Tampa Bay Rays
current status: Off season (on 40-man roster)
P | 6'2", 205 lbs. | Tampa Bay
Birth Date:July 19, 1985 (29 years old) Place of Birth:Bolivar, COL
Drafted:Signed by San Diego in 2003.
Acquired:Acquired as a free agent in 2014.
Drafted:Signed by San Diego in 2003.
Acquired:Acquired as a free agent in 2014.
|Assets:||Has found his big-league niche as a reliever. Can make batters swing and miss regularly, due to a very explosive fastball that can appear even harder than it is.|
|Flaws:||Tends to elevate his pitches too often, which can lead to a high number of extra-base hits (especially the long ball). Also, he struggles with his breaking pitches.|
|Career Potential:||Inconsistent, hard-throwing reliever.|
Career Honors & Awards
|Arizona League (R)||All-Star Team||2005|
Movements & Injuries
|11/26/2014||Signed as a free agent by the Tampa Bay Rays to a one-year contract.|
|9/08/2014||Released by the Pittsburgh Pirates.|
|8/13/2014||Outrighted to Indianapolis (AAA).|
|8/08/2014||Designated for assignment by the Pittsburgh Pirates.|
|6/27/2014||Acquired from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.|
|1/17/2014||Re-signed by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to a one-year contract.|
|3/02/2013||Re-signed by the Los Angeles Angels to a one-year contract.|
|5/03/2012||Acquired from the San Diego Padres.|
|3/08/2012||Re-signed by the San Diego Padres to a one-year contract.|
|8/21/2011||Missed 15 games (back injury).|
|8/08/2011||Back injury, 15-day DL (retroactive to August 6th, 2011).|
|7/29/2011||Activated from the paternity leave list.|
|7/26/2011||Placed on the paternity leave list.|
|4/02/2011||Missed 1 game (right shoulder injury).|
|3/31/2011||Right shoulder injury, day-to-day.|
|2/27/2011||Re-signed by the San Diego Padres to a one-year contract.|
|7/16/2010||Recalled from Portland (AAA).|
|3/28/2010||Optioned to Portland (AAA).|
|3/03/2010||Re-signed by the San Diego Padres to a one-year contract.|
|9/14/2009||Recalled from San Antonio (AA).|
|3/07/2009||Optioned to San Antonio (AA).|
|2/27/2009||Re-signed by the San Diego Padres to a one-year contract.|
|3/18/2008||Optioned to San Antonio (AA).|
|3/03/2008||Re-signed by the San Diego Padres to a one-year contract.|
|11/19/2007||Contract purchased from Lake Elsinore (A).|
|11/26/2014||Signed as a free agent by the Tampa Bay Rays.|
|6/27/2014||Los Angeles Angels traded Ernesto Frieri to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Jason Grilli.|
|5/03/2012||San Diego Padres traded Ernesto Frieri to the Los Angeles Angels for Alexi Amarista and Donn Roach.|
|1/18/2003||Signed as a nondrafted free agent by the San Diego Padres.|
Frieri walks two batters in 10th inning Sat. | 07/12/2014 11:28 PM
NewsErnesto Frieri walked both of the batters he faced in the 10th inning Saturday versus the Reds.
ImpactLuckily for the Pirates, left-hander Justin Wilson was able to eliminate that threat. Pittsburgh went on to win in the bottom of the 10th. Frieri has allowed 11 baserunners and recorded only 12 outs since joining the Bucs. He's not going to see a save opportunity anytime soon.
Pirates acquire Ernesto Frieri from Angels | 06/27/2014 6:53 PM
NewsPirates acquired RHP Ernesto Frieri from the Angels in exchange for RHP Jason Grilli.
ImpactBoth hurlers began the season as the closer for their respective squads, and each lost their role recently due to ineffectiveness. Frieri will work in a setup capacity with the Pirates, but with Mark Melancon locking down the ninth inning and Tony Watson excelling in the eighth, it's unlikely that Frieri sees any save chances in the immediate future.
Ernesto Frieri charged with three runs | 06/26/2014 7:16 PM
NewsErnesto Frieri was charged with three runs in the ninth after entering a 6-1 game Thursday against the Twins.
ImpactFrieri dug his own grave and then Joe Smith buried him, giving up a three-run double to Joe Mauer after entering with two outs. The hit took Frieri's ERA from 5.52 to 6.39, and Smith simply retired Kendrys Morales afterwards to earn a save in the 6-4 win. Frieri's problem has been homers, but it was two walks that did him in today. He had allowed just six unintentional walks in 30 1/3 innings entering the game, so it was an odd outing him for him. Needless to say, he's not getting the closing gig back anytime soon.
Angels plan to use committee at closer | 06/19/2014 7:13 PM
NewsAngels manager Mike Scioscia indicated Thursday that he doesn't have a defined closer.
Impact"I don't think it's any different from what we talked about," Scioscia said when asked if Ernesto Frieri is his closer. "What's different from matching up like we talked about?" The comments came after Cam Bedrosian was used in a save situation Thursday, only to load the bases and be relieved by Frieri, who promptly served up a walk-off grand slam. Frieri is still probably the best bet for saves, but Bedrosian and Joe Smith should also be owned.
Frieri serves up walkoff grand slam to Swish | 06/19/2014 3:54 PM
NewsErnesto Frieri served up a walkoff grand slam to Nick Swisher on Thursday afternoon in Cleveland.
ImpactAnaheim led 3-1 heading into the bottom of the 10th inning and Cam Bedrosian was brought in for the save. But manager Mike Scoiscia turned back to Frieri after Bedrosian loaded the bases on two walks and a double. That's when Swisher went deep to win it. The Angels' bullpen is a mess right now.
Angels sticking with Frieri in ninth inning | 06/15/2014 6:18 PM
NewsAngels manager Mike Scioscia indicated Sunday that there has been no change to how he's handling the team's closer role, and that it will continue to be primarily Ernesto Frieri in the ninth inning.
Jeff Fletcher on Twitter
ImpactThis comes on the heels of Frieri surrendering four runs on five hits without recording an out in the ninth inning against the Braves on Friday. While the vote of confidence sounds reassuring, his 5.46 ERA and 1.29 WHIP on the season paint a troubling picture. Joe Smith should be secured as a handcuff option wherever he's available.
Frieri surrenders four runs in loss to Braves | 06/15/2014 12:15 AM
NewsErnesto Frieri surrendered four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning Saturday against the Braves.
ImpactFrieri entered the game with Anaheim leading by four runs and yielded three singles, a ground-rule double, and a triple without recording even one out. He now has a hideous 5.46 ERA on the year, but Saturday's blowup was in a non-save situation and the Angels wound up winning the game in extras so Frieri's hold on the closer role might be safe.
Frieri punches out all 3 batters to earn save | 06/10/2014 1:16 AM
NewsErnesto Frieri struck out the side in the ninth inning to finish off the A's in Monday's 4-1 win.
ImpactFrieri has struck out multiple batters in three straight appearances, all of which ended in saves. The 28-year-old has pitched on four consecutive days, so you would think Joe Smith might get a save chance if one presents itself Tuesday. Smith, however, has pitched in three of four. Manager Mike Scioscia is hoping for a blowout win.
Frieri strikes out two to lock down 10th save | 06/08/2014 8:34 PM
NewsErnesto Frieri worked around a couple of baserunners to earn his 10th save of the season against the White Sox on Sunday.
ImpactDayan Viciedo doubled with one out and Adam Dunn was intentionally walked to bring the winning run to the plate, but Frieri got Adrian Nieto to strike out looking to end the threat. He had two strikeouts in the inning and now owns a 4.33 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 33/7 K/BB ratio over 27 innings.
Frieri gives up a run but earns 7th save | 05/28/2014 1:29 AM
NewsErnesto Frieri survived a shaky ninth inning Tuesday against the Mariners to earn his seventh save of the season.
ImpactFrieri notched the first two outs quickly, but the third one proved evasive. He walked Michael Saunders, gave up an RBI single to Robinson Cano, and walked Justin Smoak before he got Kyle Seager to fly out to center. This was the first time he's given up a run since May 6. Manager Mike Scioscia has been hesitant to say it, but Frieri is officially the Angels' closer again.
Frieri closes out Royals for 6th save Sunday | 05/25/2014 7:25 PM
NewsErnesto Frieri tossed a scoreless ninth inning against the Royals to earn his sixth save of the season on Sunday.
ImpactFrieri gave up a double to Salvador Perez with one out, but he got Lorenzo Cain to fly out before inducing a pop up from Alcides Escobar to end the threat. He's now converted four straight save opportunities since being reinstated as the closer, and he owns an impressive 27/4 K/BB ratio in 21 1/3 innings of work. His early struggles appear to be behind him.
Frieri picks up fifth save in Angels victory | 05/13/2014 10:14 PM
NewsErnesto Frieri tossed a scoreless ninth inning to pick up his fifth save as the Angels defeated the Phillies on Tuesday.
ImpactFrieri was recently reinstated to his role as the Angels' closer and he seems to have gotten on the right track. He walked one and struck out one against the Phillies and has racked up scoreless outings in seven out of his last eight appearances.
Ernesto Frieri picks up fourth save | 05/09/2014 11:14 PM
NewsErnesto Frieri got the call in the ninth inning Friday and pitched a perfect inning for his fourth save against the Jays.
ImpactFrieri should officially be back in the closer's role now. Joe Smith pitched the eighth tonight and gave up a homer that tied the game before the Angels went back ahead in the top of the ninth. Frieri struck out two in his frame. He took a loss on Tuesday, but that's the lone run he's allowed in his last seven appearances.
Frieri coughs up game, snaps scoreless streak | 05/07/2014 1:12 AM
NewsErnesto Frieri allowed a Brian Roberts solo homer in the top of the ninth inning to take the loss in Tuesday's 4-3 setback against the Yankees.
ImpactFrieri earned the save on Monday when Joe Smith was too ill to take over in the ninth. He may have lost a little momentum in his quest to reclaim the closer's job tonight, allowing a run for the first time since his April 23 implosion in which Frieri allowed four runs against the Nationals. He totes an ugly 6.28 ERA, but his peripherals -- including a 1.26 WHIP and 17/3 K/BB rate -- show he's been better than that.
Frieri reclaims closer's gig with 1-2-3 save | 05/06/2014 1:29 AM
NewsErnesto Frieri reclaimed the closer's role by tossing a perfect ninth inning to finish off the Yankees in Monday's 4-1 win.
ImpactAngels manager Mike Scioscia hinted Sunday that he might go back to Frieri, and he did just that, despite Joe Smith's effectiveness during a brief stint. The old Frieri was back tonight, as he blew away Jacoby Ellsbury and Mark Teixeira, and was within one strike of also whiffing Brian McCann. Frieri has now strung together five straight scoreless appearances.
Frieri could soon return to closer's role | 05/04/2014 10:43 PM
NewsAngels manager Mike Scioscia said Sunday that he wouldn't commit to using Joe Smith in the ninth inning beyond Sunday, hinting that Ernesto Frieri could soon reclaim his closer's role.
Orange County Register
ImpactWhile a change may not be immediate, Scioscia quipped "Our optimum bullpen is really with Ernie back in the ninth inning and being able to move Joe Smith around." While Smith has been terrific in saving his first three chances, it seems Scioscia still prefers him in high-leverage situations earlier in the game with Frieri in the ninth.
Ernesto Frieri perfect in eighth | 05/04/2014 12:46 AM
NewsErnesto Frieri pitched a perfect eighth with a 4-3 lead to earn a hold Saturday against the Rangers.
ImpactSince losing the closer's role, Frieri has pitched 4 2/3 perfect innings, lowering his ERA from 9.35 to 6.57. He should get another look in the ninth soon enough.
Ernesto Frieri demoted from closer role | 04/25/2014 5:18 PM
NewsErnesto Frieri has been demoted from the Angels' closer role.
Alden Gonzalez on Twitter
ImpactManager Mike Scioscia publicly supported Frieri just a couple days ago, but he's obviously had a changed of heart. It's hard to blame him after the reliever put up a 9.35 ERA over his first 10 appearances. Scioscia said he's confident Frieri will "get it back" eventually, but for now Joe Smith will close. Frieri will be used in low-leverage situations for a while.
Nats walk off after Ernesto Frieri blows save | 04/23/2014 10:44 PM
NewsErnesto Frieri blew his second save of the season, allowing four runs as the Nationals walked off winners in the bottom of the ninth.
ImpactFrieri, who saved 37 games for the Angels last season, has not been able to get the job done in the early going. Against the Nationals, he allowed a home run to Jose Lobaton to lead off the ninth, then got a strike out. From there, he allowed a single, a walk, a two-run double, and a walk-off RBI single to Adam LaRoche. On the season, Frieri has struck out 12 in 9 1/3 innings, but has also allowed five home runs. One has to wonder if he may be running out of time to right the ship.
Ernesto Frieri gives up homer, gets save | 04/21/2014 10:57 PM
NewsDespite giving up his fourth homer of the year, Ernesto Frieri recorded his second save Monday against the Nationals.
ImpactFrieri gave up the long ball to Ian Desmond leading off the ninth, but he struck out the other three guys he faced. The early homer barrage is certainly a concern for Frieri owners, but since he has the 11/1 K/BB ratio in 8 1/3 innings, he's managed to survive, blowing just one save. He should get better.
Frieri coughs up Jaso's 2-run HR, blows save | 04/15/2014 1:15 AM
NewsErnesto Frieri blew his first save of the season by coughing up John Jaso's two-run ninth-inning homer in Monday's 3-2 loss to the A's.
ImpactFrieri allowed a leadoff single to Josh Donaldson, retired Yoenis Cespedes on a fly out in which Cespedes thought he had called time, and then got careless up in the zone with Jaso, who blasted a no-doubter out to right. The closer proceeded to cough up singles to Alberto Callaspo and Nick Punto before Mike Scioscia yanked him to boos (Jose Alvarez escaped the inning with no further damage inflicted). Angels fans are calling for Frieri's head already, but they should keep in mind that he was 37-for-41 in save opportunities last year (albeit it with a poor 3.80 ERA and 1.24 WHIP). Besides, he entered tonight having allowed only one baserunner over four consecutive scoreless frames. Joe Smith isn't going to leapfrog him tomorrow, but Frieri is advised to cut down on that 6.75 ERA next time out.
Frieri tosses scoreless 9th to earn 1st save | 04/10/2014 1:14 AM
NewsErnesto Frieri pitched around a walk to hurl a scoreless ninth inning and earn his first save of the season in a 2-0 win against Seattle on Wednesday.
ImpactFrieri didn't get an easy lineup draw, but he induced a Robinson Cano ground out and whiffed Corey Hart around a Justin Smoak walk. Kyle Seager provided Seattle's last chance to push the Mariners' record to 5-0 against the Angels this season, but Frieri fooled him into a game-ending grounder to second. Back on April 2, Frieri coughed up two homers in his first appearance of the season versus Seattle. He hasn't given up a run in two outings since.
Frieri punches out two against the Brewers | 03/12/2014 7:38 PM
NewsErnesto Frieri pitched a perfect sixth inning as the Angels defeated the Brewers 12-2 on Wednesday.
ImpactFrieri punched out two in the effort. He has yet to allow a run in four innings while striking out four. The right-hander isn't a top-tier closer because of his control, but he will certainly pile up the strikeouts in bunches.
Scioscia hopes to limit Frieri to 1 inning | 03/11/2014 3:25 PM
NewsAngels manager Mike Scioscia wants to limit closer Ernesto Frieri to one-inning outings this season.
Orange County Register
Impact"If it's needed (to bring in Frieri in the eighth), we'll have it," Scioscia said. "But it'll be better if we can keep him in that bubble." This is a topic of conversation coming off a season in which Frieri led the majors in saves of at least four outs in 2013 with seven. Nobody else had even five. "I think he'll maintain his stuff better and maybe be more effective," Scioscia said. Los Angeles will use Joe Smith and Sean Burnett as a bridge to the ninth inning.
Frieri escapes trouble against the Dodgers | 03/06/2014 6:56 PM
NewsErnesto Frieri tossed a scoreless inning during Thursday's 4-4 tie with the Dodgers.
ImpactFrieri got into trouble in the fifth inning, issuing two singles and giving up a single, but catcher Chris Iannetta helped him out by throwing out Justin Turner attempting to steal second base. The Angels' closer will be a good source of saves and strikeouts if he can keep his control in check.
Ernesto Frieri gets $3.8 million from Angels | 01/17/2014 5:14 PM
NewsAngels avoided arbitration with RHP Ernesto Frieri by agreeing to a one-year, $3.8 million contract.
Alden Gonzalez on Twitter
ImpactIt's a sizable raise for the first-time arbitration-eligible reliever. Frieri notched 37 saves in 41 chances for the Angels last season, posting a 3.80 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 98/30 K/BB ratio over 68 2/3 innings. He'll serve as the Halos' closer again in 2014.
Dipoto confirms Frieri as Angels closer | 11/22/2013 8:14 PM
NewsAngels general manager Jerry Dipoto confirmed on MLB Network Radio Friday that Ernesto Frieri will be the team's closer in 2014.
Mel Antonen on Twitter
ImpactThe hard-throwing 28-year-old notched 37 saves in 41 chances for the Angels last season, posting a 3.80 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 98/30 K/BB ratio over 68 2/3 innings. He struggles with his command at times and can be prone to the long ball, but when he's on his game he's nearly untouchable. He should once again be a fairly dependable fantasy closer.
Frieri whiffs 4 in 2 frames, earns 34th save | 09/15/2013 6:48 PM
NewsErnesto Frieri shut the Astros down in the eighth and ninth innings on Sunday to earn his 34th save of the season.
ImpactFrieri struck out four batters over those two frames, which is why he required 33 pitches to escape despite allowing only one hit and no walks. Frieri was forced to enter in the eighth inning because setup man Dane De La Rosa allowed the first two batters he faced to reach base. Frieri has allowed just one run since August 7. He's converted his last nine save opportunities.
Ernesto Frieri records 31st save | 09/07/2013 1:23 AM
NewsErnesto Frieri picked up his 31st save despite giving up a run in the ninth Friday against the Rangers.
ImpactThe run came on back-to-back hits with two outs. Frieri then fanned Ian Kinsler to end the game. It was the first run allowed by Frieri since Aug. 6. He's converted his last six save chances.
Ernesto Frieri ears save for Halos | 08/29/2013 6:27 PM
NewsErnesto Frieri recorded his 28th save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning in Thursday's win over the Rays.
ImpactIt wasn't easy, as Frieri issued a leadoff walk and allowed a one-out double to put the tying and go-ahead runs on base. He was able to wiggle out of trouble, though, getting a foulout and flyout to end it. Dane De La Rosa was used ahead of Frieri Thursday, as Angels manager Mike Scioscia continues to give fantasy owners a headache by alternating closers.
Frieri earns first save in 3 weeks on Friday | 08/24/2013 3:16 PM
NewsErnesto Frieri struck out three in a scoreless ninth inning to earn his 27th save of the year against the Mariners on Friday.
ImpactFrieri owners can exhale now, as this was the veteran's first save in exactly three weeks. During that time, he's endured job-security questions both in the media and out of the lips of manager Mike Scioscia. Frieri has strung together six straight scoreless innings, but it's going to take more than that to erase memories of his nightmarish seven-appearance stretch between July 23-August 6 when the closer went 0-2 with two blown saves and posted a 23.14 ERA and a Miguel-Cabrera-against-high-school-pitching slash line of .556/.636/.963 to opposing batters.
Ernesto Frieri earns first win in relief | 08/18/2013 1:31 AM
NewsErnesto Frieri finally notched his first win by pitching two scoreless innings with four strikeouts Saturday against the Astros.
ImpactFrieri has pitched four scoreless innings since manager Mike Scioscia told him he was being bounced from the closer's role. He's still the team's best option in the ninth, and Scioscia will probably give him a chance to win the job back if he can keep this up for a couple of more appearances.
Frieri removed from closer job for time being | 08/10/2013 8:17 PM
NewsErnesto Frieri has been removed as the Angels closer for the time being.
Jeff Fletcher on Twitter
ImpactThe writing was on the wall when Dane De La Rosa was given the save opportunity on Friday, and Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Saturday his preference is to use Frieri in low-leverage situations until he regains his previous form. Frieri hasn't pitched since August 6, allowing four runs in his last two appearances spanning one full inning.
Ernesto Frieri records 26th save | 08/03/2013 1:44 AM
NewsErnesto Frieri picked up his 26th save with a scoreless ninth Friday against the Blue Jays.
ImpactFrieri struck out the side in a two-run game, though he did allow a double in the process. It was his first save since July 24 after he blew back-to-back chances earlier this week. One more blown save will likely get him bumped back to middle relief for a bit.
Frieri aware that closer job in jeopardy | 08/02/2013 11:55 AM
NewsErnesto Frieri knows he's fighting to save his closer's job.
Los Angeles Times
ImpactFrieri blew his second consecutive save against the Rangers Tuesday and has allowed eight runs on nine hits and four walks over his last four appearances. He's posted a dreadful 8.31 ERA and .962 opponent's OPS over 14 appearances since June 23. Scioscia indicated after Tuesday's loss that he might use a closer-by-committee moving forward, a move that could potentially give a pitcher like Dane De La Rosa save chances. "I'm gonna die standing up like a warrior," Frieri said. "I won't give up. You can write that in big letters. I won't give up."
Angels could use closer-by-committee | 07/31/2013 11:13 AM
NewsAngels manager Mike Scioscia indicated after Tuesday's loss to the Rangers that he could use a closer-by-committee moving forward.
ImpactFrieri blew his second straight save Tuesday and has allowed eight runs on nine hits and four walks over his last four appearances. Sensing that his confidence "might be a little nicked right now," Scioscia said he'll try to play the matchups a bit more in the ninth inning for now. Dane De La Rosa is probably the best pickup for fantasy purposes.
Ernesto Frieri gives up two homers in loss | 07/29/2013 11:18 PM
NewsErnesto Frieri gave up a pair of homers in the ninth to take a blown save and a loss Monday against the Rangers.
ImpactFrieri hadn't pitched since picking up his 25th save by the skin of his teeth last Wednesday. The day before that, he gave up five runs to take a loss. Odds are that he'll find it again soon enough, but he's a little lost right now. If things get bad enough that the Angels have to pull him from the closer's role, Dane De La Rosa would be the favorite to take over.
Ernesto Frieri notches save against Twins | 07/24/2013 6:41 PM
NewsErnesto Frieri recovered from Tuesday's disaster to pitch a scoreless ninth in a 1-0 win over the Twins on Wednesday.
ImpactBarely, though. Frieri walked and then hit the first two batters he faced. He then made one of the heads up plays of the year, letting Justin Morneau's little infield pop drop in front of him for a 1-3-6-3 double play. After another walk, he struck out Chris Herrmann to end it. So, while Frieri got the job done, he may not be cured just yet.
Frieri allows five runs in epic implosion | 07/24/2013 1:54 AM
NewsErnesto Frieri epically imploded Tuesday night against the Twins, allowing five runs on four hits and a walk over 1/3 of an inning.
ImpactFrieri, who entered the 10th inning of a 3-3 game, surrendered three consecutive hits before Trevor Plouffe fouled out. The Angels' closer intentionally walked Clete Thomas to load the bases for rookie catcher Chris Herrmann, who crushed a grand slam to right-center. Frieri had given up just 13 runs all season prior to this evening. One awful outing won't affect his job security, but it will spike his ERA from 2.76 to 3.80.
Frieri hasn't allowed a run in July | 07/21/2013 3:01 PM
NewsErnesto Frieri hasn't allowed a run in July.
ImpactFrieri posted a disappointing 4.15 ERA in May and hit a brief rough patch in late June, but other than that has been spectacular. He's struck out at least one batter in every appearance since June 28 and his 13.6 K/9 ratio is the highest of his career. Frieri, who has earned saves in the Angels first two games of the second half, currently ranks fifth in the American League with 24 saves.
Frieri's 13.6 K/9 ratio is a career high | 07/12/2013 7:44 PM
NewsErnesto Frieri's 13.6 K/9 ratio is the highest of his career.
ImpactFrieri has struck out 60 batters in 39 2/3 innings and doesn't appear likely to wilt in the summer heat: The former Padres reliever has struck out eight batters over two July appearances. Frieri is allowing more hits and walks per nine innings than he did last season, which is why his ERA in 2013 (2.95) is higher than it was in 2012 (2.32). Those are rectifiable problems.
Frieri not available on Saturday | 06/29/2013 2:04 PM
NewsErnesto Frieri is not available Saturday.
Mike DiGiovanna on Twitter
ImpactFrieri has appeared in the last four games and won't be able to pitch in a save situation. The Angels will likely be forced to use Scott Downs or Garrett Richards in his absence.
Ernesto Frieri suffers blown save | 06/24/2013 12:10 AM
NewsErnesto Frieri suffered a blown save Sunday against the Pirates.
ImpactFrieri gave up a three-run lead in the ninth inning in a shaky outing. It was just his second blown save and the first runs he's allowed since May 29. Frieri has a 3.31 ERA and 1.22 WHIP over 32 2/3 innings.
Frieri whiffs two in perfect 9th, earns save | 06/21/2013 3:20 AM
NewsErnesto Frieri struck out two in a perfect ninth inning to earn his 17th save against the Mariners on Thursday.
ImpactFrieri hasn't allowed a run since May 29. He's lowered his ERA from 3.57 to 2.53 over that stretch, solidifying his role as Angels' closer. In June, Frieri has a 14/1 K/BB rate over nine outings. He hasn't surrendered a hit since June 5, a stretch of seven games.
Ernesto Frieri notches 12th save | 05/31/2013 1:06 AM
NewsErnesto Frieri pitched around a leadoff single to pick up his 12th save against the Dodgers on Thursday.
ImpactFrieri had extra life on his fastball tonight, getting three swings and misses with it on his strikeout of Andre Ethier. It was a nice recovery from Wednesday's outing, in which he gave up a pair of solo homers.
Ernesto Frieri gives up 2 HR, earns save | 05/30/2013 1:11 AM
NewsErnesto Frieri picked up a save despite giving up two homers in the ninth Wednesday against the Dodgers.
ImpactAdrian Gonzalez and Scott Van Slyke hit solo shots off him. Frieri is just the 11th pitcher since the save stat was invented to give up two homers and still pick up a one-inning save, but he has some good company in Trevor Hoffman (twice), Billy Wagner and current teammate C.J. Wilson. It's the fourth time in five appearances that Frieri has allowed runs, but he hasn't blown any saves in that span.
Frieri earns his 10th save against the Royals | 05/27/2013 1:53 AM
NewsErnesto Frieri earned his 10th save of the year Sunday as the Angels defeated the Royals.
ImpactFrieri allowed a hit and a walk but escaped the outing unscathed. He's been extremely vulnerable, lately, allowing a run in three straight appearances prior to Sunday. In his last four outings, covering 4 1/3 frames, he's walked five and given up five hits, including a home run. Fortunately, for him, Ryan Madson is still weeks from returning from his elbow woes.
Frieri earns seventh save as Angels beat Sox | 05/11/2013 10:22 PM
NewsErnesto Frieri tallied his seventh save of the year Saturday as the Angels defeated the White Sox.
ImpactFrieri struck out Adam Dunn, allowed a single to Dayan Viciedo, then retired Jeff Keppinger and Tyler Fowlers to pick up the save. He has a gorgeous 1.59 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 25/12 K/BB ratio in 17 innings this season and should remain the Anaheim closer even when Ryan Madson (elbow) is deemed fit for high-leverage situations.
Frieri slams door on White Sox to earn save | 05/10/2013 11:54 PM
NewsErnesto Frieri slammed the door on the White Sox in the ninth inning on Friday, locking up his sixth save of the season.
ImpactThe hard-throwing 27-year-old entered the game with a two-run lead, then proceeded to walk the leadoff hitter on four pitches to bring the tying run to the dish. He was able to dig in and whiff the next three hitters in order to end the threat and preserve the victory. Frieri has now converted six-of-seven save chances on the season while posting a 1.69 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 24/12 K/BB ratio in 16 innings. He's certainly pitched well enough to hold the closer's job after Ryan Madson returns.
Ernesto Frieri gets five outs for fifth save | 05/10/2013 12:23 AM
NewsErnesto Frieri got five outs for a save Thursday in the 6-5 win over the Astros.
ImpactThree of Frieri's five saves have seen him enter the game in the eighth inning, which illustrates just how much trouble the Angels have had getting to him. He's been successful despite the 11 walks in 15 innings this season; he has 21 strikeouts and he's allowed just three runs.
Ernesto Frieri goes 1 2/3 innings for save | 05/01/2013 7:21 PM
NewsErnesto Frieri got five outs Wednesday for his fourth save against the Athletics.
ImpactFrieri, who relieved an injured Scott Downs in the eighth, escaped despite issuing three walks and hitting a batter. Yoenis Cespedes getting caught stealing for the first out of the ninth proved huge. Cespedes actually had second base taken, but he overslid the bag and was tagged out by Howie Kendrick. Frieri walked two more batters afterwards, but he got Brandon Moss to fly out and Josh Reddick to foul out to end it.
Ernesto Frieri suffers loss | 04/23/2013 1:37 AM
NewsErnesto Frieri suffered his first loss of the season Monday when he allowed a go-ahead solo homer to the Rangers' A.J. Pierzynski.
ImpactThe previous batter, Adrian Beltre, just missed homering, but Pierzynski didn't miss Frieri's first-pitch fastball, pummeling it into the seats. Frieri has converted both of his save chances this season and has struck out 11 over 7 1/3 frames, but he's also walked five and has a 1.50 WHIP. Still, he has some job security and should pitch the ninth inning for a while with Ryan Madson's recent setback.
Ernesto Frieri notches save for Angels | 04/01/2013 9:01 PM
NewsErnesto Frieri struck out two of the four batters he faced in the 13th to pick up a save Monday against the Reds.
ImpactFrieri was quite shaky this spring, but he's pretty much locked into the closer's role in Anaheim with Ryan Madson out. That could make him one of the AL's early save leaders.
Frieri working hard to improve changeup | 03/15/2013 10:48 PM
NewsErnesto Frieri has been working on developing his off-speed pitches this spring, specifically his changeup.
ImpactHe's gotten to the point now where he feels comfortable enough throwing the pitch in any situation. As good as Frieri was in 2012, if he can successfully add a good breaking pitch to his arsenal, he could become truly elite. With Ryan Madson likely to open the season on the DL, Frieri will begin the year as the Angels primary closer.
|Date||Team||Opp||GS||DEC||YTD W||YTD L||YTD SV||YTD ERA||CG||SHO||IP||H||R||ER||HR||BB||K||Status|
Career Regular Season Statistics
2014 Game Highs
|Most Innings Pitched (Relief)||2.0||vs. KC||May 24||2.0|
|Most Strikeouts (Relief)||3||3 times-last: vs. Oak||last: Jun 9||5|
Career Highs (SEASON)
|Games||67||2 times-last: 2013 (Ana)|
|Losses||4||2 times-last: 2014 (Ana/Pit)|
|Innings Pitched||68.2||2013 (Ana)|
|Hits Allowed||55||2013 (Ana)|
|Runs Allowed||34||2014 (Ana/Pit)|
|Earned Runs Allowed||34||2014 (Ana/Pit)|
|Home Runs Allowed||11||2 times-last: 2014 (Ana/Pit)|
|Strikeouts||98||2 times-last: 2013 (Ana)|
|Earned Run Average||2.32*||2012 (SD/Ana)|