Ernesto Frieri

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Ernesto Frieri
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Pittsburgh Pirates – No. 29
Relief pitcher
Born: (1985-07-19) July 19, 1985 (age 28)
Arjona, Colombia
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 26, 2009 for the San Diego Padres
Career statistics
(through June 19, 2014)
Win–loss record 9–12
Earned run average 3.11
Strikeouts 351
Saves 71

Ernesto Frieri [free-eh'-ree] (born July 19, 1985) is a Colombian professional baseball relief pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates of Major League Baseball.

Professional career[edit]

San Diego Padres[edit]

Frieri pitching for the San Diego Padres in 2010

Frieri was signed by scouts Robert Rowley and Marical DelValle. He began his professional career in 2005, splitting the season between the AZL Padres and Lake Elsinore Storm. For the AZL Padres, he went 7–1 with a 1.17 ERA in 17 games in five starts. In 4613 innings, he struck out 59 batters. In two relief appearances with the Storm, he went 0–0 with a 2.70 ERA.

In 2006 Frieri split the season between the Eugene Emeralds, Fort Wayne Wizards and Lake Elsinore Storm. With the Emeralds, he went 3–3 with a 3.82 ERA in 27 appearances in one start. In one game with the Wizards he had a 9.00 ERA, and in two games with the Storm he had a 6.00 ERA.

In 2007 played for the Wizards, appearing in 40 games, and Storm, appearing in 13 games, going a combined 2–2 with a 1.98 ERA and 92 strikeouts in 8613 innings.

In 2008, he played for the Storm, the Double-A San Antonio Missions and the Triple-A Portland Beavers. He went 8–6 with a 4.00 ERA in 33 games, appearing in 18 starts with the Storm. With the Missions, he went 1–0 with a 4.09 ERA in two games, and with the Beavers he went 1–0 with a 1.50 ERA in one game. Frieri had a break-out year in 2009 playing for the Double-A Missions and the Padres. With the Missions he went 10–9 with a 3.59 ERA with 118 strikeouts in 14013 innings pitched appearing in 27 games, 26 for starts. He made the Texas League All-Star team and on July 27 he was awarded the Texas League Pitcher of the Week. On September 14 he and Luis Durango were called up to the Major Leagues.[1][2] He made his Major League debut on September 26 against the Arizona Diamondbacks, pitching one inning of no-run ball and throwing two strikeouts. Frieri finished the 2009 season appearing in two games without giving up a run.

Frieri's pitching repertoire consists of a four-seam fastball (90–94 mph), which is his primary pitch, as well as a breaking ball (77–80) that is referred to variously as a curveball[3] or a slider.[4]

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim[edit]

On May 3, 2012, Frieri was traded to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for second baseman Alexi Amarista and minor league pitcher Donn Roach.

Since joining the Angels, he has had historic numbers, including no hits or runs in 13 innings pitched in his first 13 appearances. With his strong pitching repertoire and historic numbers, he quickly became an Angels fan favorite. He earned his first career save on May 23, 2012 against the Oakland Athletics.

On September 25, 2012, Frieri was one of five pitchers (Zack Greinke, Garrett Richards, Scott Downs, Kevin Jepsen) to combine for 20 strikeouts in a nine-inning game, tying a major league record.

On April 25, 2014, Frieri was pulled from the closer role in favor of Joe Smith after multiple bad outings. After a few questionable outings from Smith, Frieri and Smith began splitting the role.

Pittsburgh Pirates[edit]

On June 27, 2014, Frieri was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for relief pitcher Jason Grilli.[5]


  1. ^ Padres call up a pair from San Antonio
  2. ^ Padres recall Frieri, Durango from San Antonio
  3. ^ "PITCHf/x Player Card: Ernesto Frieri". Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  4. ^ "Ernesto Frieri". FanGraphs. Retrieved 7 May 2012. 
  5. ^ Todd, Jeff (June 27, 2014). "Angels, Pirates Swap Ernesto Frieri and Jason Grilli". Retrieved June 27, 2014. 

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