Jordan Lyles

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Jordan Lyles
Jordan Lyles on July 2, 2012.jpg
Lyles with the Houston Astros
Colorado Rockies – No. 24
Born: (1990-10-19) October 19, 1990 (age 23)
Hartsville, South Carolina
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 31, 2011 for the Houston Astros
Career statistics
(through May 28, 2014)
Win–loss record 19–30
Earned run average 5.07
Strikeouts 305

Jordan Horton Lyles (born October 19, 1990) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Colorado Rockies of Major League Baseball.

Playing career[edit]

Houston Astros[edit]

Before being selected by the Astros with the 38th pick in the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft, Lyles attended Hartsville High School in Hartsville, South Carolina. After signing, Lyles "showed a consistent 90-mph fastball and had 64 strikeouts in 49⅔ innings in the rookie-level Appalachian League," according to sportswriter Gerry Fraley.[1] In 2010, he appeared in the All-Star Futures Game.

Lyles had his contract purchased by Houston on May 28, 2011.[2] His first start with the Houston Astros came at Wrigley Field on May 31. He pitched 7+ innings and allowed only one earned run in a 7–3 win.[3] He also got his first career hit that game. Lyles recorded his first major league win August 3, 2011 in a 5–4 win over the Cincinnati Reds. The Astros optioned Lyles to Oklahoma City at the start of the 2012 season.[4]

On April 29, Lyles was recalled to Houston to make a start for Kyle Weiland, who was placed on the 15-day DL. Lyles was 4–0 with a 3.46 ERA with 24 strikeouts in 26 innings at Oklahoma City.[5] Lyles pitched a quality start, giving up three runs over six innings of work. Though he left with the lead, the bullpen lost control, and the Astros lost, 6–5. After the game, Lyles was optioned back to Triple-A to make room for Marwin González, who was activated from paternity leave.[6]

Colorado Rockies[edit]

On December 3, 2013, Lyles, along with outfielder Brandon Barnes, was traded to the Colorado Rockies for outfielder Dexter Fowler and a player to be named later.[7]

Pitching style[edit]

Lyles typically throws five pitches: a four-seam fastball at 91–94 mph, a two-seam fastball at 90–93, a cutter at 85–88, a curveball at 78–82, and a changeup to left-handed hitters at 82–84. Lyles has also thrown a small number of sliders. He is not a strikeout pitcher, but his pitches have good ground ball/fly ball ratios.[8]


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Preceded by
Julio Teheran
Youngest Player in the National League
Succeeded by
Bryce Harper