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2016 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 30)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
38.3 4.23 1.22 40 2 1 4 0.1
Birth Date7-19-1985
Height6' 0"
Weight205 lbs
Age31 years, 2 months, 6 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
1.52012
1.02013
0.02014
-0.42015
0.12016
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DRA-Based WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA WARP
2009 SDN MLB 2 0 2.0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 .254 92 0.0 4.5 0.0 9.0 0% .000 .093 0.50 2.56 0.00 104 4.70 0.0
2010 SDN MLB 33 0 31.7 1 1 0 18 17 41 2 .271 85 5.1 4.8 0.6 11.7 24% .235 .216 1.11 2.95 1.71 93 3.80 0.4
2011 SDN MLB 59 0 63.0 1 2 0 51 34 76 3 .257 92 7.3 4.9 0.4 10.9 24% .312 .270 1.35 3.25 2.71 102 4.51 0.2
2012 ANA 0 56 0 54.3 4 2 23 26 26 80 7 .266 96 4.3 4.3 1.2 13.3 27% .188 .216 0.96 3.49 2.32 0 0.00 0.0
2012 SDN 0 11 0 11.7 1 0 0 9 4 18 2 .262 92 6.9 3.1 1.5 13.9 27% .292 .268 1.11 3.82 2.31 0 0.00 0.0
2013 ANA MLB 67 0 68.7 2 4 37 55 30 98 11 .264 97 7.2 3.9 1.4 12.8 25% .293 .263 1.24 3.75 3.80 88 3.33 1.0
2014 ANA 0 34 0 31.0 0 3 11 33 9 38 8 .267 95 9.6 2.6 2.3 11.0 36% .325 .307 1.35 5.03 6.39 0 0.00 0.0
2014 PIT 0 14 0 10.7 1 1 0 14 5 10 3 .258 107 11.8 4.2 2.5 8.4 26% .344 .333 1.78 6.57 10.12 0 0.00 0.0
2015 TBA MLB 22 0 23.3 1 0 2 20 11 19 6 .258 100 7.7 4.2 2.3 7.3 30% .222 .297 1.33 6.36 4.63 123 6.06 -0.4
2012 TOT MLB 67 0 66.0 5 2 23 35 30 98 9 .265 96 4.8 4.1 1.2 13.4 27% .208 .226 0.98 3.55 2.32 77 2.81 1.5
2014 TOT MLB 48 0 41.7 1 4 11 47 14 48 11 .265 98 10.2 3.0 2.4 10.4 33% .330 .314 1.46 5.43 7.34 98 4.43 0.0
CareerMLB2980296.311137322613738242.263956.94.21.311.627%.273.2611.223.943.55943.902.8

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
Minor league stats are currently shownClick to hide.
YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA
2005 LEL A+ 2 0 3.3 0 0 0 3 1 3 1 .000 8.2 2.7 2.7 8.2 0% -.400 .000 1.21 6.88 2.73
2006 FTW A 1 0 1.2 0 0 0 1 5 1 0 .250 7.5 37.5 0.0 7.5 50% .500 .000 5.00 14.14 7.50
2006 EUG A- 27 1 37.2 3 3 2 31 15 38 3 .266 97 7.5 3.6 0.7 9.2 41% .303 .278 1.24 3.82 3.87
2006 LEL A+ 2 0 6.1 0 0 0 8 3 4 0 .000 11.8 4.4 0.0 5.9 0% .381 .000 1.80 3.92 5.90
2007 FTW A 40 0 64.7 1 2 0 48 23 65 4 .260 96 6.7 3.2 0.6 9.0 36% .262 .230 1.10 3.26 2.64
2007 LEL A+ 13 1 21.7 1 0 1 11 6 27 1 .278 92 4.6 2.5 0.4 11.2 30% .263 .218 0.78 2.73 1.24
2008 LEL A+ 33 18 123.7 8 6 0 125 32 108 14 .269 99 9.1 2.3 1.0 7.9 30% .306 .273 1.27 4.37 4.00
2008 SAN AA 2 2 11.0 1 0 0 7 2 10 3 .272 89 5.7 1.6 2.5 8.2 32% .160 .234 0.82 5.87 4.09
2008 POR AAA 1 1 6.0 1 0 0 2 2 7 0 .262 121 3.0 3.0 0.0 10.5 36% .143 .149 0.67 2.16 1.50
2009 SDN MLB 2 0 2.0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 .254 92 0.0 4.5 0.0 9.0 0% .000 .093 0.50 2.56 0.00
2009 SAN AA 27 26 140.3 10 9 0 125 62 118 13 .249 114 8.0 4.0 0.8 7.6 35% .271 .232 1.33 4.19 3.59
2010 SDN MLB 33 0 31.7 1 1 0 18 17 41 2 .271 85 5.1 4.8 0.6 11.7 24% .235 .216 1.11 2.95 1.71
2010 POR AAA 34 0 37.7 3 1 17 14 18 49 2 .268 86 3.3 4.3 0.5 11.7 20% .164 .158 0.85 3.27 1.43
2011 SDN MLB 59 0 63.0 1 2 0 51 34 76 3 .257 92 7.3 4.9 0.4 10.9 24% .312 .270 1.35 3.25 2.71
2011 TUC AAA 4 0 3.3 1 0 0 3 2 5 0 .281 90 8.1 5.4 0.0 13.5 25% .375 .267 1.50 2.58 2.70
2012 ANA MLB 56 0 54.3 4 2 23 26 26 80 7 .266 96 4.3 4.3 1.2 13.3 27% .188 .216 0.96 3.49 2.32
2012 SDN MLB 11 0 11.7 1 0 0 9 4 18 2 .262 92 6.9 3.1 1.5 13.9 27% .292 .268 1.11 3.82 2.31
2013 ANA MLB 67 0 68.7 2 4 37 55 30 98 11 .264 97 7.2 3.9 1.4 12.8 25% .293 .263 1.24 3.75 3.80
2014 ANA MLB 34 0 31.0 0 3 11 33 9 38 8 .267 95 9.6 2.6 2.3 11.0 36% .325 .307 1.35 5.03 6.39
2014 PIT MLB 14 0 10.7 1 1 0 14 5 10 3 .258 107 11.8 4.2 2.5 8.4 26% .344 .333 1.78 6.57 10.12
2014 IND AAA 7 0 7.0 0 0 1 5 4 6 2 .247 106 6.4 5.1 2.6 7.7 30% .167 .248 1.29 7.07 3.86
2015 TBA MLB 22 0 23.3 1 0 2 20 11 19 6 .258 100 7.7 4.2 2.3 7.3 30% .222 .297 1.33 6.36 4.63
2015 DUR AAA 8 0 7.3 0 1 1 6 10 5 1 .249 106 7.4 12.3 1.2 6.1 30% .227 .333 2.18 7.66 3.68
2015 RAY Rk 6 5 7.7 0 1 0 3 3 5 0 .253 103 3.5 3.5 0.0 5.9 55% .136 .189 0.78 3.56 1.17
2015 GIG Wnt 7 0 5.3 0 0 0 7 4 5 2 .000 11.8 6.8 3.4 8.4 0% .312 .000 2.06 7.76 5.06

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2009 25 0.5200 0.4000 0.7000 0.4615 0.3333 0.6667 0.7500 0.3000
2010 565 0.5434 0.4814 0.6838 0.6450 0.2868 0.7475 0.5135 0.3162
2011 1113 0.5004 0.4555 0.7337 0.6158 0.2950 0.7813 0.6341 0.2663
2012 1194 0.5343 0.4841 0.6626 0.6536 0.2896 0.6882 0.5963 0.3374
2013 1250 0.5664 0.5232 0.6636 0.6963 0.2970 0.6673 0.6522 0.3364
2014 768 0.5352 0.4805 0.7778 0.6740 0.2577 0.8051 0.6957 0.2222
2015 377 0.5199 0.4615 0.8046 0.6480 0.2597 0.8740 0.6170 0.1954
Career52920.53480.48450.70710.65650.28560.73930.62520.2929

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2011-08-06 2011-08-21 15-DL 15 15 - Low Back Strain - -
2011-03-04 2011-03-17 Camp 13 0 Right Shoulder Soreness -
2010-02-28 2010-03-23 Camp 23 0 Groin Strain -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2015 TBA $800,000
2014 ANA $3,800,000
2013 ANA $530,000
2012 SDN $489,100
2011 SDN $417,100
YearsDescriptionSalary
5 yrPrevious$6,036,200
5 yrTotal$6,036,200

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
4 y 128 dMatt Colleran1 year (2016)

Details
  • 1 year (2016). Signed by Philadelphia as a free agent 12/10/15 (minor-league contract). Released by Philadelphia 4/5/16.
  • 1 year/$0.8M (2015). Signed by Tampa Bay as a free agent 11/26/14. Performance bonuses: $50,000 for 30 games. $0.1M for 35 games. $0.15M each for 40, 45 games. $0.2M each for 50, 55 games. $0.25M for 60 games. $0.15M for for 30 games finished. $0.2M for 35 GF. $0.25M for 40 GF. $0.3M for 45 GF. $0.35M for 50 GF. DFA by Tampa Bay 6/2/15. Sent outright to Triple-A 6/5/15.
  • 1 year/$3.8M (2014). Re-signed by LA Angels 1/17/14 (avoided arbitration). Acquired by Pittsburgh in trade from LA Angels 6/27/14. DFA by Pittsburgh 8/8/14. Sent outright to Triple-A 8/13/14.
  • 1 year/$0.53M (2013). Re-signed by LA Angels 3/2/13.
  • 1 year/$0.4891M (2012). Re-signed by San Diego 3/8/12. Acquired by LA Angels in trade from San Diego 5/3/12.
  • 1 year/$0.4217M (2011). Re-signed by San Diego 2/27/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Re-signed by San Diego 3/3/10.
  • 1 year/$0.4M (2009). Re-signed by San Diego 2/27/09.
  • 1 year (2008). Contract purchased by San Diego 11/19/07. Re-signed by San Diego 3/3/08.
  • Signed by San Diego 1/03 as an amateur free agent from Colombia.

2016 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/15/2015 05:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
90o 3.1 1.4 6.3 56 0 55.4 39 16 57 7 .252 1.00 2.83 3.08 10.6 1.1
80o 2.7 1.2 5.4 50 0 49.3 37 16 51 6 .266 1.07 3.22 3.51 7.0 0.8
70o 2.4 1 4.8 46 0 45.0 36 15 47 6 .276 1.13 3.51 3.82 4.8 0.5
60o 2.2 0.9 4.4 42 0 41.4 34 14 43 6 .285 1.18 3.76 4.09 3.2 0.3
50o 2 0.8 3.9 39 0 38.2 33 14 40 6 .293 1.22 4.00 4.35 1.9 0.2
40o 1.8 0.7 3.5 36 0 35.0 31 13 36 5 .301 1.27 4.24 4.61 0.7 0.1
30o 1.6 0.6 3.1 32 0 31.6 29 12 33 5 .310 1.32 4.50 4.89 -0.3 -0.0
20o 1.4 0.5 2.7 28 0 27.8 27 11 29 5 .320 1.38 4.81 5.23 -1.3 -0.1
10o 1.1 0.4 2.1 23 0 22.6 23 10 23 4 .335 1.47 5.25 5.7 -2.2 -0.2
Weighted Mean1.90.83.938037.43213396.2911.213.974.312.00.2

2016 Rest-of-Season Forecast

Last Update: 9/24/2016 11:39 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
90o 2.3 1.4 5.7 53 0 51.8 39 16 54 7 .245 1.07 3.27 3.5 4.3 0.5
80o 2 1.2 4.9 47 0 46.0 37 16 48 6 .258 1.15 3.66 3.92 1.7 0.2
70o 1.8 1 4.4 43 0 42.0 36 15 44 6 .268 1.21 3.94 4.23 0.1 0.0
60o 1.6 0.9 3.9 39 0 38.6 34 14 40 6 .277 1.26 4.19 4.49 -1.0 -0.1
50o 1.5 0.8 3.6 36 0 35.6 33 14 37 6 .285 1.31 4.43 4.75 -1.9 -0.2
40o 1.3 0.7 3.2 33 0 32.5 31 13 34 5 .293 1.36 4.67 5.01 -2.7 -0.3
30o 1.2 0.6 2.8 30 0 29.4 29 12 30 5 .301 1.42 4.93 5.29 -3.3 -0.4
20o 1 0.5 2.4 26 0 25.8 27 11 27 5 .311 1.49 5.24 5.62 -3.8 -0.4
10o 0.8 0.3 1.9 21 0 21.0 23 10 22 4 .325 1.59 5.67 6.09 -4.2 -0.5
Weighted Mean1.50.83.536034.93213366.2831.304.394.71-1.7-0.2

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
28% 43% 31% 12% 94%

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2016 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA DRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
20173131659058512160830.3011.234.204.707.93.29.31.20.1
20183231661060522161930.2981.224.224.737.83.29.21.40.1
20193331553052461951730.3031.264.284.808.03.38.91.20.0
20203431551051461850730.3031.264.334.858.23.28.91.20.0
20213521445045401645730.3031.254.344.868.13.29.11.40.0
20223621445044401544730.3031.254.334.858.23.19.01.40.0
20233721445044401543630.3031.264.364.888.23.18.91.2-0.0
20243821443043391542630.3051.274.304.828.23.28.91.30.0
20253921444043391542630.3051.264.304.828.23.18.81.30.0

Long-Term Forecast Based on RoS PECOTA (Beyond the 2016 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA DRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
20173131552051441853830.2951.224.224.737.83.29.41.40.1
20183221445044401644830.3011.284.635.198.23.39.11.6-0.2
20193321551050451849730.3001.274.454.988.23.38.91.3-0.1
20203421337036351335730.3021.324.905.498.73.28.71.7-0.3
20213521440039351339630.2961.244.485.028.13.09.11.4-0.1
20223621336036321235630.2881.234.635.198.13.08.81.5-0.1
20233721446045401642830.2821.254.805.388.13.28.51.6-0.3
20243831656055461856730.2881.174.024.507.63.09.21.20.2
20253931768067542268930.2801.133.954.427.22.99.11.20.4

Upside By Year

2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 PEAK 5
23.513.412.56.63.615.959.7

Previous Year Preseason Upside By Year

Yr Proj 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 PEAK 5
201523.513.412.56.63.615.959.7

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 70)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 90 Tony Sipp 2014 3.55
2 84 Jorge Julio 2009 8.83
3 81 Ron Davis 1986 9.36
4 79 Boone Logan 2015 4.33
5 78 Shawn Kelley 2014 4.53
6 77 Mike Dunn 2015 4.50
7 77 Marshall Bridges 1961 8.27
8 76 Armando Benitez 2003 3.33
9 76 Cecilio Guante 1990 5.01
10 75 Doug Bair 1980 4.45
11 75 Frank Lacorte 1982 5.07
12 74 David Riske 2007 2.45
13 74 Russ Springer 1999 3.80
14 73 Dick Radatz 1967 7.86
15 73 Scott Service 1997 6.45
16 73 Armando Almanza 2003 6.62
17 73 Eddie Guardado 2001 3.51
18 73 Claude Raymond 1967 3.34
19 73 Arthur Rhodes 2000 4.41
20 72 Blas Minor 1996 4.24
21 72 Bill Caudill 1987 9.00
22 72 Al Reyes 2001 4.56
23 72 Eric Plunk 1994 3.17
24 72 Bobby Ayala 2000 0.00 DNP
25 72 Matt Mantei 2004 12.66
26 72 Rigo Beltran 2000 40.50
27 71 Bill Risley 1997 8.31
28 71 Darren Hall 1995 4.96
29 71 Kiko Calero 2005 3.23
30 71 Dave LaRoche 1978 3.39
31 71 Todd Worrell 1990 0.00 DNP
32 71 Steve Delabar 2014 4.91
33 71 Jeff Parrett 1992 3.20
34 70 Vinnie Pestano 2015 6.94
35 70 Mark Guthrie 1996 2.71
36 70 Juan Cruz 2009 6.08
37 70 Brandon Morrow 2015 2.73
38 70 Paul Spoljaric 2001 0.00 DNP
39 70 John Johnstone 1999 3.29
40 70 Ugueth Urbina 2004 4.67
41 70 Rod Scurry 1986 4.35
42 70 Pete Ladd 1987 0.00 DNP
43 70 Rich Harden 2012 0.00 DNP
44 70 Kyle Farnsworth 2006 4.64
45 70 Ed Glynn 1983 8.03
46 69 Ken Dayley 1989 3.11
47 69 Frank Dipino 1987 3.60
48 69 Enrique Romo 1978 3.86
49 69 Dan Boitano 1983 0.00 DNP
50 69 Kerry Ligtenberg 2001 3.32
51 68 Tom Acker 1960 0.00 DNP
52 68 Luis Vizcaino 2005 3.86
53 68 Dick Littlefield 1956 4.47
54 68 Joe Beckwith 1985 4.36
55 68 Greg Harris 1986 3.31
56 68 Mike Stanton 1983 3.60
57 68 Edwin Nunez 1993 4.28
58 68 Doug Henry 1994 4.88
59 68 Tim Stoddard 1983 6.09
60 68 John Henry Johnson 1987 10.25
61 68 Mark Langston 1991 3.25
62 68 Chad Gaudin 2013 3.15
63 68 Dennis Higgins 1970 4.28
64 68 Mike Myers 1999 5.23
65 68 Huston Street 2014 1.37
66 68 Mel Queen 1972 4.94
67 67 Rick Croushore 2001 0.00 DNP
68 67 Nolan Ryan 1977 3.31
69 67 Joe Ausanio 1996 0.00 DNP
70 67 Danny Frisella 1976 3.25
71 67 Steve Farr 1987 4.85
72 67 Steve Hamilton 1965 1.85
73 67 Dave Geisel 1985 7.00
74 67 Justin Speier 2004 4.17
75 67 Don Robinson 1987 3.50
76 67 Aaron Fultz 2004 5.04
77 67 Scott Dohmann 2008 6.14
78 67 Scott Sanders 1999 5.95
79 67 Jeff Samardzija 2015 5.13
80 66 Greg McCarthy 1999 0.00 DNP
81 66 Chuck Cary 1990 4.42
82 66 Will Cunnane 2004 7.30
83 66 Tim Crews 1991 3.55
84 66 Todd Van Poppel 2002 5.45
85 66 Rob Dibble 1994 0.00 DNP
86 66 Pete Richert 1970 2.30
87 66 Fernando Salas 2015 4.81
88 66 Jay Howell 1986 3.88
89 66 John Patterson 2008 0.00 DNP
90 66 Al Hrabosky 1980 4.07
91 66 De Wayne Buice 1988 6.31
92 66 Ian Kennedy 2015 5.08
93 66 Bud Norris 2015 7.37
94 66 Mike Trombley 1997 4.70
95 66 Esteban Yan 2005 4.86
96 66 Dave Tobik 1983 3.68
97 66 Paul Lindblad 1972 2.71
98 66 Rudy Seanez 1999 3.52
99 66 Xavier Hernandez 1996 5.19
100 66 Antonio Osuna 2003 3.91

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .208 .294 .434 .280
11 vs R (Multi) .261 .345 .459 .290
18 Split (Multi) -.053 -.051 -.025 -.011
19 LgAvg (Multi) .009 .023 .019 .016
30 vs L (2015) .220 .283 .488 .312
31 vs R (2015) .244 .352 .467 .284
38 Split (2015) -.025 -.069 .021 .029
39 LgAvg (2015) .009 .024 .022 .017

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2016 The Rays signed Ernesto Frieri last year hoping to correct his issues with the long ball. The Rays did not correct his issues with the long ball.
2015 Frieri moved very quickly from closer to "sort of like closer but without the c." He misplaced his fastball command, causing the Angels to relocate him away from the ninth inning and then away from Anaheim, dealing him to Pittsburgh for another fallen closer, Jason Grilli. The Pirates tried to turn him around, couldn't, and relocated him off the 40-man and then out of the organization entirely, releasing him before the season ended. Frieri would have been non-tendered anyway, so the Pirates essentially did him a favor by allowing him to shop for a new home earlier. The Rays picked him up on a cheap major-league deal before Thanksgiving, hoping Jim Hickey can fix what ails him, but it's worth asking what the odds of that are given that Ray Searage has already taken his best shot.
2014 Frieri had his worst season as a big leaguer, posting an ERA above 3.00 for the first time. The fly-ball pitcher allowed 11 home runs despite playing his home games in a park that plays big—especially by the time Frieri enters, when the night air is damp and heavy. His game plan is simple: blow fastballs past his opponents. He uses a funky delivery that includes crossing his front leg over his back leg and a herky-jerk move with his hand. The ball explodes on the hitter with mid-90s heat, and he backs it up with a mid-80s slider and occasional off-speed pitch. Even in a frustrating season, he maintained an elite level of strikeouts. Whether he is a closer or not, he is a late-inning weapon on the right side of 30 and a few years from free agency.
2013 By the time Frieri allowed a hit as an Angel, he had faced 52 batters. By the time he allowed a run, he had pitched 26 innings. Nobody makes pitching look as simple as Frieri does: He throws almost all fastballs, nearly all aimed at the same quadrant, up and away to lefties and up and in to righties. There’s some downside to this relentlessness. He had the third-lowest groundball rate in baseball (minimum 50 innings), and the lack of a different look makes his wild ones comparably easy to take. But every pitcher has imperfections, few have the ability to blow hitters away like Frieri.
2012 After a couple of decent but not great seasons as a starter, Frieri returned to his original bullpen role in 2010 and became a different pitcher. His fastball sits in the low-to-mid 90s, but a deceptive delivery makes it difficult to pick up out of his hand. The Colombian right-hander, who is the longest-tenured player in the Padres organization, is aggressive with the fastball and a sharp-breaking slider. Frieri's two main weaknesses are extreme fly-ball tendencies and occasional lapses in control, neither of which (stop me if you've heard this one before) will hurt him as much at Petco Park as they would elsewhere. PECOTA has doubts, but he is a solid setup man who could close if needed.
2011 Frieri came up in mid-July when Mike Adams hit the disabled list, and when Adams returned, Frieri had pitched well enough that it was Ryan Webb who was sent down to Portland instead. The righty is a two-pitch reliever, but he uses them well: his heater averages 93 mph and misses 10 percent more bats than the average fastball, and he complements the pitch with a curve that induces plenty of swings-and-misses. His control could be better, but opponents don't often put the ball in play against him; since he hasn't had issues allowing homers, he is something of a Two True Outcomes reliever, which is fine when your K/BB ratio is 2.4 and you're in the back end of a pen. The trade of Webb and Edward Mujica to the Marlins will mean even more of those low-leverage innings for Frieri in 2011.
2010 Signed as an 18-year-old out of Colombia in 2003, Frieri has slowly worked his way through the Padres' farm system, bouncing between starting and relief roles and finally getting a brief taste of the major leagues last September. He has a good slider and curveball, and a fastball that sits around 92-94 mph. He'll head back to Portland to make needed refinements to his command and breaking ball, but if that all goes well he'll resurface as a qualified option for service at the back end of a major-league rotation.
2009 Colombian righty Ernesto Frieri has a live arm and throws strikes, but his secondary stuff has been taken hostage by drug lords, so most project him as a reliever.
2008 Right-hander Ernesto Frieri thrived in a bullpen role last year and gained some velocity on his fastball, but his secondary stuff still lags behind.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2014-01-21 18:00:00 (link to chat)Any AL set-up men you like to potentially get the closer job this year?
(Dave from Boston)
Whoever is setting up Tommy Hunter seems like a pretty good bet in Baltimore. Otherwise, Joe Smith is a good get in AL-only. Mike Scioscia showed wavering confidence with Ernesto Frieri last year and Smith could steal the job if Frieri falters. (Mike Gianella)
2013-01-29 14:00:00 (link to chat)Closers are on the mind today. Thoughts on how the Jays' and Angels' closer situations play out?
(Carlester from Seaboard)
There was a story yesterday or the day before that Ryan Madson could miss the first week of the season, so Ernesto Frieri might get the ninth-inning job on Opening Day, but Madson (if healthy) should get the opportunities the rest of the way. In Toronto, given how well Casey Janssen performed last year — and his success against both righty and lefty batters — I'd consider him the favorite. (Daniel Rathman)
2012-10-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)You think that the Angels were kicking themselves a bit at the end of the season when Fernando Rodney broke Eck's ERA record? While Ernesto Frieri looked good, he was the team's 3rd or 4th closer for the year and wasn't even on the team to begin the season.
(jlarsen from chicago)
I doubt the Angels are kicking themselves. They got good value out of Frieri, and Rodney had shown zero indication that he was capable of doing anything close to what he ended up doing. But such is the nature of relievers. Plus the hat. I still want to fix that for him. (Geoff Young)
2012-08-27 14:00:00 (link to chat)Ernesto Frieri: Buy or Sell? Why?
(Michael from Milwaukee)
Soft "buy." He's the best reliever in the Angels bullpen and is the one getting the majority of the saves right now. They could work Downs or even Walden back into the mix, but Frieri is the best option. (Derek Carty)
2012-07-11 12:00:00 (link to chat)How much do you believe in Ernesto Frieri long term? I am in a league where saves are pretty valuable, but I have been offered a couple of decent bats in return. Is right now the perfect time to sell high?
(Justin from Chicago)
I treat all closers not named Rivera or Papelbon on a year to year basis. They're too damn volatile. Bats for closers is a deal I do every time. (Jason Collette)
2012-05-25 14:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Doug, thanks for the chat...I'm going to Angels Mariners game tonight, any particular relievers you 'd like to study? especially stride, I may be able to snap some bird eye view if they are up in the bullpen.
(Jim from Seattle)
Check out the Halos' Ernesto Frieri - he has great momentum and a killer stride (Doug Thorburn)
2012-05-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)As an owner of Jordan Walden, should I be looking to pick up Ernesto Frieri? How do you see the LAA closer situation shaking out moving forward?
(LoyalRoyal from Kansas)
I wouldn't. For one thing, Downs has a hold on the job at the moment. For another, I really think Walden is just getting a few days to collect himself, or something. If I had to bet, with I swear no useful information that could possibly help you, I would bet that Walden is saving games by May 15. (Sam Miller)
2012-02-23 11:00:00 (link to chat)Is Brad Boxberger the Closer by the end of the year? Any chance he starts the year in the Bullpen? Thanks
(jake1m from Jenny Lind, Ca.)
Boxberger will compete for a spot in the bullpen. Whether he makes the big club out of spring training or not, he'll see material time with the Padres in 2012. I'm not sure he'll be the closer. If Huston Street is traded at some point, I'm guessing that Andrew Cashner or maybe Ernesto Frieri would be next in line, although Cashner's health and Frieri's control raise questions. (Geoff Young)
2010-10-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)i'm assuming you dont think the padre bullpen will have anything like a repeat performance, right?
(nicety from ca)
It's probably hard to believe without accusing me of being a biased fanboy about it, but I see them performing pretty close to that level. Here's the thing--Bell/Adams/Gregerson are all legitimately excellent pitchers, and the kind of guys who can replicate their success from year-to-year. Edward Mujica was unlucky in 2010, and is much better than his ERA indicates--have a look at his K/BB ratio of 12.0 for proof of that. Ernesto Frieri is a young pitcher with some promise who did well in his first stint in the bigs, and I expect him to be a bit better. Joe Thatcher should be there all season long in 2011. Ryan Webb has some upside and is the last option in the pen. This is a collection of fantastic pitchers who, if they are all together again, can perform just as well.

Will they *definitely* repeat? I'm not saying that. But if you asked me to pick one pen that could replicate its previous season, my money would be on the one in San Diego. (Marc Normandin)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Ernesto Frieri has thrown 5,614 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2009 and 2016, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and Spring Training. In 2016, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (92mph) and Slider (83mph).