Jason Berken

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Jason Berken
Jason Berken 2009.jpg
Berken with the Baltimore Orioles in 2009
Free agent
Relief pitcher
Born: (1983-11-27) November 27, 1983 (age 33)
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 26, 2009, for the Baltimore Orioles
MLB statistics
(through 2012 season)
Win–loss record 10–20
Earned run average 5.36
Strikeouts 163

Jason Thomas Berken (born November 27, 1983) is an American professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Baltimore Orioles and Chicago Cubs.


Berken graduated from West De Pere High School. He played college baseball for the Clemson Tigers. While at Clemson, he played for the New England Collegiate Baseball League's Keene Swamp Bats. In 18623 innings with Clemson, Berken pitched to an 18–6 record, 3.04 ERA, and 156 strikeouts.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Baltimore Orioles[edit]

Berken was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the sixth round (175th overall) of the 2006 MLB draft. On May 26, 2009, after pitching just 2523 innings for Triple-A Norfolk, he was called up to the Orioles' roster to replace injured outfielder Lou Montanez. He earned his first major league win that day, giving up two runs in five innings in a 7–2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. However, he finished the year with a 6–12 record, along with a 6.54 ERA in 11923 innings pitched. This led to Berken being named the AL Les Sweetland award winner by SI writer Joe Posnanski for finishing the year as the worst starting pitcher in the American League.[2]

Chicago Cubs[edit]

On September 7, 2012, Berken was claimed off waivers by the Cubs.[3]

Chicago White Sox[edit]

He later signed as a minor league free agent with the Chicago White Sox for 2013.

San Francisco Giants[edit]

On November 15, 2013, Berken signed a minor league contract with the San Francisco Giants. On March 31, 2014 he was assigned to the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies.

Philadelphia Phillies[edit]

On February 24, 2015, Berken signed a minor league deal with the Philadelphia Phillies. On March 2, 2015 he was assigned to the Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs. He elected free agency on November 6.[4]

Toronto Blue Jays[edit]

On February 17, 2016, Berken signed a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Former Tiger Jason Berken to Start for Baltimore Orioles". tigernet.com. May 26, 2009. Retrieved September 21, 2016. 
  2. ^ 2009 Anti-Award Winners
  3. ^ Cubs claim right-handed pitcher Jason Berken off waivers from Baltimore
  4. ^ "International League Transactions". milb.com. p. November 2015. Retrieved November 6, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Toronto Blue Jays Transactions February 2016". MLB.com. Retrieved February 27, 2016. 

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