Matt Albers

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Matt Albers
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Albers in 2011
Free agent
Relief pitcher
Born: (1983-01-20) January 20, 1983 (age 31)
Houston, Texas
Bats: Left Throws: Right
MLB debut
July 25, 2006 for the Houston Astros
Career statistics
(through 2014 season)
Win–loss record 25–31
Earned run average 4.42
Strikeouts 361
Teams
Albers pitching for the Baltimore Orioles in 2009.

Matthew James Albers (born January 20, 1983) is an American professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent.

Biography[edit]

High school[edit]

In 2001, Albers graduated William P. Clements High School in Sugar Land, Texas. That year, in the 2001 MLB Draft, the Astros took him in the 23rd round.

Minor leagues[edit]

Albers worked his way up through the minor leagues and started 2006 at Double-A Corpus Christi, where he went 10–2 with an 2.17 ERA.

Major League Baseball[edit]

Houston Astros[edit]

In late July 2006, the Astros called him up to the Major Leagues. Albers pitched a few games in relief, then made his first Major League start against the San Diego Padres on August 3, 2006.

When Albers was sent back down shortly after the San Diego start, it was to AAA Round Rock. Albers returned to the Majors when rosters expanded on September 1.

In 2006, Albers was named Texas League Pitcher of the Year.

Albers got his first Major League win on May 5, 2007 against the Cardinals when he pitched seven and a third innings without giving up a run.

Baltimore Orioles[edit]

After being a starting pitcher for two years. Albers was traded to the Baltimore Orioles on December 12, 2007 as part of the Miguel Tejada trade. In the middle of the 2008 season he was placed on the 60-day disabled list.[1]

Boston Red Sox[edit]

On December 16, 2010, Albers signed a one-year contract with the Red Sox.[2]

On December 12, 2011, Albers signed a one-year deal to return to Boston, thus avoiding arbitration.[3]

Arizona Diamondbacks[edit]

On July 31, 2012, The Red Sox traded Albers and OF Scott Podsednik to Arizona for RP Craig Breslow.

Cleveland Indians[edit]

On December 11, 2012, Albers was traded along with RP Bryan Shaw and SP Trevor Bauer to the Cleveland Indians as part of a three-way deal involving the Diamondbacks and Cincinnati Reds. Drew Stubbs went from the Reds to the Indians, the Arizona Diamondbacks received RP Tony Sipp and 1B Lars Anderson from the Indians, and SS Didi Gregorius from the Reds . The Cincinnati Reds received RF Shin-Soo Choo, IF Jason Donald, and $3.5 million from Cleveland.[4]

On April 6, 2013, Albers earned his first MLB ejection for arguing a safe call by second base umpire CB Bucknor. Albers' ejection was the first overall ejection of the 2013 season.[5]

Return To Houston[edit]

On December 16, 2013, Albers signed a one-year contract worth $2.45MM that comes with a club option for 2015.[6] Houston declined his 2015 option on October 9, making him a free agent.[7]

Pitching style[edit]

Albers is mainly a sinkerball pitcher, throwing it in the 93-96 mph range. He complements the sinker with a hard slider and an occasional curveball.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tejada traded to Astros, Orioles to receive five players for former AL MVP". SI.com. 2007-12-12. Archived from the original on 2007-12-14. Retrieved 2007-12-12. 
  2. ^ Abraham, Peter (December 16, 2010). "Red Sox sign Albers". The Boston Globe. 
  3. ^ Boston Red Sox (December 12, 2011). "Red Sox sign Albers to one-year contract". boston.redsox.mlb.com. 
  4. ^ Tribe deals Choo to Reds, gets Bauer from D-backs
  5. ^ "MLB Ejection 001: CB Bucknor (1)." Close Call Sports/Umpire Ejection Fantasy League. April 6, 2013.
  6. ^ "Cleveland Indians reach 1-year deal with John Axford; Matt Albers signs with Astros Retrieved February 23, 2014.
  7. ^ Todd, Jeff (October 9, 2014). "Astros Decline Matt Albers’ Option, Outright Jesus Guzman And Rudy Owens". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved October 9, 2014. 
  8. ^ "PITCHf/x Player Card: Matt Albers". BrooksBaseball.net. Retrieved 26 April 2012. 

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