Berken with the Baltimore Orioles
November 27, 1983 |
Green Bay, Wisconsin
|May 26, 2009 for the Baltimore Orioles|
(through 2012 season)
|Earned run average||5.36|
Jason Thomas Berken (born November 27, 1983) is a Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher in the Philadelphia Phillies organization. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Baltimore Orioles and Chicago Cubs.
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 252⁄3 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 1192⁄3 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.
On September 7, 2012, Berken was claimed off waivers by the Cubs.
Chicago White Sox
He later signed as a minor league free agent with the Chicago White Sox for 2013.