current status: On roster
#46 P | 6'1", 220 lbs. | Chicago Cubs
Birth Date:June 13, 1985 (29 years old) Place of Birth:San Cristobal, DOM
Drafted:Signed by Colorado in 2002.
Acquired:Acquired in a trade with Baltimore in 2013.
Drafted:Signed by Colorado in 2002.
Acquired:Acquired in a trade with Baltimore in 2013.
|Assets:||Displays the ability to make batters miss with regularity. Throws strikes consistently, too.|
|Flaws:||At only 6-0, 215 pounds, he lacks the stamina to become a workhorse reliever in the bigs.|
|Career Potential:||Solid reliever with a little upside.|
Movements & Injuries
|5/30/2014||Missed 20 games (left groin).|
|5/07/2014||Left groin, 15-day DL.|
|1/17/2014||Re-signed by the Chicago Cubs to a one-year contract.|
|7/02/2013||Acquired from the Baltimore Orioles.|
|6/08/2013||Missed 14 games (lower back strain).|
|5/25/2013||Lower back strain, 15-day DL (retroactive to May 24th, 2013).|
|3/08/2013||Re-signed by the Baltimore Orioles to a one-year contract.|
|3/10/2012||Re-signed by the Baltimore Orioles to a one-year contract.|
|9/01/2011||Claimed off waivers from the Texas Rangers.|
|5/04/2011||Optioned to Round Rock (AAA).|
|10/04/2010||Assigned to minor league camp.|
|9/01/2010||Recalled from Oklahoma City (AAA).|
|8/18/2010||Optioned to Oklahoma City (AAA).|
|8/14/2010||Recalled from Oklahoma City (AAA).|
|7/10/2010||Optioned to Oklahoma City (AAA).|
|7/01/2010||Recalled from Oklahoma City (AAA).|
|6/05/2010||Optioned to Oklahoma City (AAA).|
|6/01/2010||Recalled from Oklahoma City (AAA).|
|5/16/2010||Optioned to Oklahoma City (AAA).|
|5/15/2010||Recalled from Oklahoma City (AAA).|
|3/24/2010||Optioned to Oklahoma City (AAA).|
|3/04/2010||Re-signed by the Texas Rangers to a one-year contract.|
|8/27/2009||Contract purchased from Oklahoma City (AAA).|
|9/12/2008||Designated for assignment by the Colorado Rockies.|
|3/10/2008||Assigned to minor league camp.|
|7/02/2013||Chicago Cubs traded Scott Feldman and Steve Clevenger to the Baltimore Orioles for Jake Arrieta, Pedro Strop and cash.|
|9/01/2011||Claimed by the Baltimore Orioles off waivers from the Texas Rangers.|
|11/08/2008||Signed by the Texas Rangers to a minor league contract.|
|1/25/2002||Signed as a nondrafted free agent by the Colorado Rockies.|
Pedro Strop pitches perfect inning for save | 06/07/2014 7:44 PM
NewsPedro Strop pitched a perfect ninth with a three-run lead for a save Saturday against the Marlins.
ImpactIt was a given that Hector Rondon would get the day off after Friday's blown save, so Strop got the ball in the ninth. It might have been Neil Ramirez instead, but he had worked back-to-back days already. Strop has pitched four scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and one walk, since returning from a strained groin last week. If Rondon has more problems going forward, Strop could put himself back into the closer mix.
Pedro Strop activated from disabled list | 05/30/2014 3:11 PM
NewsCubs activated RHP Pedro Strop from the 15-day disabled list.
ImpactStrop missed the last three weeks with a left groin strain. He didn't go out on a rehab assignment, so it seems unlikely that he'd be used for save chances while Hector Rondon is on paternity leave.
Pedro Strop (groin) expected to miss 3-4 wks | 05/07/2014 4:50 PM
NewsCubs placed RHP Pedro Strop on the 15-day disabled list with a moderate left groin stain.
Mark D. Gonzales on Twitter
ImpactStrop underwent an MRI on Wednesday and was diagnosed with the mild strain, which will likely sideline him for 3-4 weeks. The 28-year-old right-hander has posted a rough 4.97 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in 12 2/3 innings this season. Maybe the rest will do him some good.
Pedro Strop (groin) to undergo MRI | 05/07/2014 12:01 AM
NewsPedro Strop will undergo an MRI Wednesday to determine the severity of a groin injury.
Jesse Rogers on Twitter
ImpactStrop exited Tuesday's appearance with the ailment. The reliever was tagged for three runs over one-third of an inning against the White Sox, but it sounds like he might have an excuse. More will be known about a potential DL stint following Wednesday's exam.
Pedro Strop exits with apparent injury | 05/06/2014 11:27 PM
NewsPedro Strop left Tuesday's game against the White Sox with an apparent injury.
Gordon Wittenmyer on Twitter
ImpactThe Cubs' trainer visited Strop on the mound in the top of the ninth before eventually walking off with the right-hander. It's not clear what injury the reliever is dealing with, but it could partly explain why he was rocked for three runs over one-third of an inning. The Cubs should update his status shortly.
Rick Renteria: Cubs don't have a set closer | 04/24/2014 11:47 AM
NewsCubs manager Rick Renteria said Thursday that he does not have a designated closer at this point.
Bruce Levine on Twitter
ImpactPedro Strop had an opportunity to grab the job, but he was lit up for four runs in the top of the ninth inning Wednesday as the Cubs fell in brutal fashion to the Diamondbacks. "It's organic," Renteria said. Justin Grimm, James Russell, Hector Rondon, Jose Veras, and Strop could all see save opportunities going forward.
Strop allows four runs in Cubs' loss to ARI | 04/23/2014 5:47 PM
NewsPedro Strop gave up four runs in the top of the ninth inning Wednesday as the Cubs fell to the Diamondbacks.
ImpactStrop entered the game with Chicago up 5-2 but promptly blew the save opportunity, issuing two walks and a hit with bad defense and bad luck mixed in. James Russell didn't pitch any better after him. It was a classic Cubs showing on the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field.
Pedro Strop finishes off Diamondbacks | 04/22/2014 12:04 AM
NewsPedro Strop closed out the Cubs' 5-1 win on Monday, pitching a hitless ninth against the Diamondbacks.
ImpactUnfortunately, both of the Cubs' wins since Jose Veras lost his closing gig have been four-run affairs. Still, it's probably telling that Hector Rondon was the setup man and Strop was reserved for the ninth in both. Strop looks like the favorite for saves.
Strop picks up save in Cubs' win over Pirates | 04/03/2014 3:36 PM
NewsPedro Strop picked up a save Thursday in the Cubs' 3-2 defeat of the Pirates at Pittsburgh's PNC Park.
ImpactStrop entered in the bottom of the ninth inning and was able to preserve Chicago's one-run lead after giving up a leadoff single to Pirates second baseman Neil Walker. Jose Veras threw 38 pitches in a blown save Wednesday, so he was unavailable for this one. Veras remains the Cubs' closer, but Strop is a good guy to stash in mixed and NL-only fantasy leagues.
Strop holds Rockies scoreless | 03/05/2014 6:44 PM
NewsPedro Strop pitched a perfect eighth in Wednesday's 7-5 loss to the Rockies.
ImpactStrop retired the Rockies in rapid-fire succession on three ground outs. The right-hander, acquired from the Orioles in July last season, is vying for save opportunities along with Jose Veras and Hector Rondon.
Cubs agree to one-year deal with Pedro Strop | 01/17/2014 6:12 PM
NewsCubs avoided arbitration with RHP Pedro Strop by agreeing to a one-year contract.
Mark Gonzales on Twitter
ImpactTerms of the deal have not yet been disclosed. The 28-year-old right-hander will compete with Jose Veras and Hector Rondon for save chances in 2014.
Strop, Rondon to compete for closer job | 11/26/2013 10:31 PM
NewsCubs pitching coach Chris Bosio suggested Pedro Strop and Hector Rondon could compete for the closer's job.
ImpactThe 28-year-old Strop has always had top-shelf stuff and posted a 2.83 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 42/11 K/BB ratio with the Cubs after coming over in a mid-season trade. He should be considered the favorite for the job, but the Cubs figure to be an appealing destination for relief pitchers available via free agency. "We need more pitching," he said. "And as soon as we acquire four or five guys, we're going to need more after that. . We need arms. We've got to find or develop those arms, and if you're not signing them, you better develop them. And if you can't develop them, then Theo and Jed (Hoyer) and everyone are trying to do the next best thing, which is to acquire them."
Pedro Strop an option to close games for Cubs | 11/10/2013 10:25 PM
NewsCubs team president Theo Epstein indicated over the weekend that they have "guys that could close" already on the roster, likely referring to Pedro Strop.
ImpactOf course Epstein also noted that having a closer vacancy could make the Cubs an appealing destination for relief pitchers available via free agency. The 28-year-old Strop has always had top-shelf stuff and posted a 2.83 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 42/11 K/BB ratio with the Cubs after coming over in a mid-season trade. He makes for a very interesting sleeper candidate in early mixed league drafts.
Strop earns first save as Cubs defeat Braves | 09/21/2013 7:05 PM
NewsPedro Strop earned his first save of the season Saturday in the Cubs' victory versus the Braves.
ImpactStrop struck out all three batters he faced in the top of the ninth inning. He is finishing the season as the Cubs' closer with Kevin Gregg relegated to setup duty.
Strop to act as Cubs' closer down the stretch | 09/19/2013 1:13 PM
NewsPedro Strop will serve as the Cubs' closer for the remainder of the 2013 regular season.
ImpactKevin Gregg will operate in a setup role. "It's going to be an opportunity [for Strop]," manager Dale Sveum said Thursday. "We want to see what he does in that role. Kevin [Gregg] has been one of the better closers in all of baseball. God knows where we'd be without him."
Sveum: Strop could be used in save situations | 09/04/2013 2:20 PM
NewsCubs manager Dale Sveum said Pedro Strop could be used in save situations this month.
ImpactKevin Gregg is the incumbent, but there's almost no chance that Chicago intends to enter Spring Training next spring with the unreliable veteran pegged for the ninth inning. "I don't think you'll have any idea at the end of this season about what's going to happen," Sveum said. "So many things go into play there and it's a long offseason. Certain things come up. There's no way you can predict or plan what's going to happen by Spring Training next year." Strop looked lost earlier this season in Baltimore, but he's produced a sparkling 2.19 ERA and 0.89 WHIP in 26 appearances with the Cubs since coming over in the Scott Feldman trade.
Pedro Strop gives up five runs in loss | 07/29/2013 11:43 PM
NewsPedro Strop was charged with five runs in the ninth Monday and took a loss to the Brewers.
ImpactIt wasn't all Strop's fault -- a fielder's choice was mixed in and two of the runs came around to score after he departed -- but it was definitely his first bad day as a Cub after 10 2/3 scoreless innings to start his tenure with the team. Unless he compounds with another poor performance next time out, it shouldn't have any effect on his status as the closer-in-waiting.
Pedro Strop could close after Gregg trade | 07/21/2013 9:39 AM
NewsCubs manager Dale Sveum said Saturday that Pedro Strop would be "one of the higher candidates" to close if Kevin Gregg is traded.
ImpactSveum indicated before Strop's arrival that Blake Parker might be next in line for saves after Gregg, but it appears that Strop has passed him up. The former Oriole has eight strikeouts over 6 2/3 scoreless innings since arriving in Chicago. "He's obviously one of the higher candidates just because he's pitched in high-profile games already in the big leagues," said Sveum. "He's got the stuff, he's got the velocity. He's got a strike slider, he's got a wipeout slider. . He has a good time on the mound. He's not scared of anything. Those are the kind of guys you want out there."
Pedro Strop strikes out side | 07/12/2013 7:21 PM
NewsPedro Strop struck out the side in the eighth Friday against the Cardinals and is still unscored upon as a Cub.
ImpactStrop has allowed two hits, walked two and struck out seven in 5 2/3 innings for his new team. If he keeps this up, he'll be the obvious choice to step into the closer's role should Kevin Gregg exit via trade.
Cubs acquire Pedro Strop from Orioles | 07/02/2013 2:04 PM
NewsCubs acquired RHP Pedro Strop from the Orioles in the Scott Feldman trade.
ImpactAfter posting a 2.44 ERA in 70 appearances last season, Strop has struggled to the tune of a 7.25 ERA in 29 games this year. His control has been an issue all along, so it wasn't surprising to see some regression, but a contending team like the Orioles couldn't afford to keep throwing him out there. Still, there's little doubt that he has swing-and-miss stuff. If Strop gets off to a hot start, he could be a natural alternative for the closer role assuming Kevin Gregg gets moved by the trade deadline.
Orioles activate RHP Pedro Strop from DL | 06/08/2013 12:49 PM
NewsOrioles activated RHP Pedro Strop from the 15-day disabled list.
Strop expected to be activated Saturday | 06/07/2013 11:12 PM
NewsPedro Strop (back) is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Saturday.
Eduardo Encina on Twitter
ImpactThe fire-balling right-hander struggled through his first 17 2/3 innings before being placed on the disabled list, compiling a 6.11 ERA, 1.58 WHIP and 17/14 K/BB ratio. He'll likely return as the third option for saves in the O's bullpen behind Jim Johnson and Darren O'Day.
Strop (back) throws in simulated game | 06/06/2013 5:57 PM
NewsPedro Strop (back) threw 25 pitches in a simulated inning on Thursday.
Dan Connolly on Twitter
ImpactStrop didn't have any issues with his back, so he remains on track to come off the disabled list on Saturday. The hard-throwing right-hander has a a 6.11 ERA with 14 walks over 17 2/3 innings this season with Baltimore.
Strop (back) is aiming to return this weekend | 06/04/2013 5:11 PM
NewsPedro Strop (back) is aiming to return from the disabled list this coming weekend.
Brittany Ghiroli on Twitter
ImpactStrop threw a 20-pitch simulated game on Tuesday afternoon in Houston and felt no lingering discomfort in his back. He will fly to the Orioles' spring training complex in Sarasota, Florida on Wednesday to ride out the rest of his 15-day disabled list stint.
Pedro Strop to throw simulated game | 06/02/2013 11:42 AM
NewsPedro Strop (back) will throw a simulated game on Tuesday.
Roch Kubatko on Twitter
ImpactIt's possible he'll need a rehab assignment after that, though it hasn't been determined. Either way, Strop should be activated from the DL sometime this week.
Strop (back) to throw bullpen session Sat. | 05/31/2013 5:31 PM
NewsPedro Strop (back) is scheduled to throw another bullpen session Saturday.
Roch Kubatko on Twitter
ImpactStrop landed on the disabled list last week with a lower back strain, but he hasn't had any issues since resuming throwing. He's scheduled to be reevaluated Monday and could either throw a simulated game or go out on a rehab assignment. He figures to rejoin the Orioles' bullpen around when he's first eligible.
Pedro Strop throws bullpen session | 05/29/2013 8:04 PM
NewsPedro Strop (back) threw a pain-free 20-25 pitch bullpen session Wednesday.
Impact"First couple of the throws on the mound in the [bullpen], I was kind of afraid a little bit, just thinking about it. But then after a couple of throws, I didn't feel anything, I just let it go and there was no pain at all," Strop said. The righty is eligible to return from his lower back strain on June 8, and it sounds like he'll be ready at that time or shortly after. It's unclear if he'll need a rehab assignment.
Orioles place Pedro Strop on DL | 05/25/2013 12:36 PM
NewsOrioles placed RHP Pedro Strop on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 24, with a lower back strain.
ImpactThe move clears a spot on the 25-man roster for Steve Johnson. Strop has a 6.11 ERA with 14 walks over 17 2/3 innings with the Orioles.
Strop takes loss Monday against the Yankees | 05/21/2013 4:22 AM
NewsPedro Strop was slapped with a loss Monday against the Yankees after allowing two runs over two-thirds of an inning.
ImpactCalled upon to begin the 10th inning, Strop gave up consecutive doubles to Ichiro Suzuki and Vernon Wells before recording a pair of outs. He was asked to intentionally walk Robinson Cano before the O's tabbed Brian Matusz, who allowed an inherited runner to score. Strop's stuff is absolutely lethal, but his post-WBC efforts haven't impressed. The 27-year-old holds a 5.19 ERA and 1.44 WHIP over 21 appearances. He's got closer's stuff, but is nowhere close to being trusted in the ninth inning.
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|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)||1.0||33 times-last: vs. StL||last: Jul 27||2.0|
|Most Strikeouts (Relief)||2||13 times-last: at Ari||last: Jul 20||3|
Career Highs (SEASON)
|Innings Pitched||66.1||2012 (Bal)|
|Hits Allowed||52||2012 (Bal)|
|Runs Allowed||30||2013 (Bal/ChN)|
|Earned Runs Allowed||29||2013 (Bal/ChN)|
|Home Runs Allowed||5||2013 (Bal/ChN)|
|Earned Run Average||2.44*||2012 (Bal)|