current status: Off season (on 40-man roster)
#31 P | 6'6", 215 lbs. | Miami
Birth Date:June 18, 1986 (28 years old) Place of Birth:Falmouth, MA Hometown:East Falmouth, MA
Drafted:Drafted by Florida in 2007 (5th round).
Drafted:Drafted by Florida in 2007 (5th round).
|Assets:||Has tremendous size (6-6, 215 pounds) and the ability to deceive because of his deceptive side-arm delivery. Can strike batters out and close games in the bigs.|
|Flaws:||Needs to cut down on the number of base-runners he allows to thrive even more as a big-league reliever. Can be hurt by the big inning against him.|
|Career Potential:||Excellent late-inning reliever.|
Movements & Injuries
|1/17/2014||Re-signed by the Miami Marlins to a one-year contract.|
|2/19/2013||Re-signed by the Miami Marlins to a one-year contract.|
|5/24/2011||Recalled from New Orleans (AAA).|
|5/12/2011||Optioned to New Orleans (AAA).|
|5/11/2011||Recalled from New Orleans (AAA).|
|3/16/2011||Optioned to New Orleans (AAA).|
|9/20/2010||Contract purchased from Jacksonville (AA).|
|6/07/2007||Drafted by the Florida Marlins in the 5th round in 2007.|
Marlins closer Steve Cishek earned his 38th save of 2014 on Tuesday. | 09/23/2014 9:38 PM
NewsMarlins closer Steve Cishek earned his 38th save of 2014 on Tuesday.
ImpactHe did give up two hits, and brought the go-ahead run to the plate, but Cishek was able to get Grady Sizemore to ground out, and Darin Ruf to strikeout, to end the game. Cishek has been a steal of a closer this year in fantasy.
Marlins closer Steve Cishek saved his 35th gave this season against the Phillies on Sunday. | 09/14/2014 6:37 PM
NewsMarlins closer Steve Cishek saved his 35th gave this season against the Phillies on Sunday.
ImpactCishek watched Jonathan Papelbon cough up a three run lead in the top of the ninth, and the Marlins closer nearly gave it right back. He pitched around a hit and a walk as the Marlins escaped with a 5-4 victory. Cishek has a 3.38 ERA and four blown saves to go along with his 35 saves.
Marlins may be willing to trade Steve Cishek | 07/20/2014 10:31 PM
NewsAccording to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, Marlins closer Steve Cishek has been a very popular name in recent trade talks.
ImpactThe rumblings suggest that the Marlins may be sellers at the trade deadline. If that happens, Cishek would suddenly become one of the top arms available on the market and could fetch a nice return package.
Steve Cishek blows third save of the season | 07/09/2014 6:52 PM
NewsSteve Cishek blew his third save of the season Wednesday in the Marlins' loss to the Diamondbacks.
ImpactIt was an ugly one. The Marlins took a 3-1 lead over Arizona in the top of the 10th inning, but Cishek gave up a walk, two singles, and a game-winning double to Paul Goldschmidt while failing to record an out in the bottom of the 10th. He's already blown two saves this month, but the right-hander's job is probably safe for now.
Cishek blows 2nd save as Marlins lose late | 07/03/2014 9:26 PM
NewsSteve Cishek blew his second save of the season, allowing two runs in the ninth inning in Thursday's loss to the Phillies.
ImpactThe Marlins had taken a one-run lead with a two-run eighth inning. Cishek walked Tony Gwynn, Jr. to lead off the inning, then allowed a one-out single to Ben Revere. Second baseman Donovan Solano didn't help, making back-to-back poor decisions at second base (though no errors were assigned) resulting in two runs scoring. Cishek is now 4-4 and 18-for-20 in save situations with a 3.22 ERA, a 1.13 WHIP, and a 44/12 K/BB ratio.
Cishek strikes out the side for his 18th save | 06/25/2014 10:08 PM
NewsSteve Cishek struck out the side in the ninth inning to pick up his 18th save in Wednesday's win over the Phillies.
ImpactCishek made short work of the 8-9-1 hitters for the Phillies, fanning Ben Revere, pinch-hitter Cesar Hernandez, and Jimmy Rollins. The sidewinding right-hander has been a force to be reckoned with, as he has converted 18 of 19 save opportunities and sports a 1.93 ERA, a 0.98 WHIP, and a 43/9 K/BB ratio.
Cishek fans two in earning 14th save vs. Cubs | 06/08/2014 6:42 PM
NewsSteve Cishek struck out two in a perfect ninth inning against the Cubs on Sunday, earning his 14th save of the season.
ImpactCishek has run into some trouble in recent outings, but he had no problems with the Cubs. The right-hander got Junior Lake to line out before striking out Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro to end the game. Cishek has a 2.45 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 32/9 K/BB ratio over 25 2/3 innings on the year.
Cishek earns 11th save as Fish beat Nats | 05/26/2014 4:35 PM
NewsSteve Cishek collected his 11th save as the Marlins took down the Nationals on Monday afternoon.
ImpactCishek protected Miami's one-run lead by retiring all three batters he faced in the bottom of the ninth. He has a 1.74 ERA and a 26/6 K/BB ratio in 20 2/3 innings.
Marlins' Steve Cishek collects 10th save | 05/24/2014 7:20 PM
NewsSteve Cishek tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings to earn his 10th save of 2014 on Saturday versus Milwaukee.
ImpactCishek struck out three Brewers hitters in the impressive outing. He has a 1.83 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 19 2/3 innings this season, and the 27-year-old right-hander is 10-for-11 so far in save opportunities.
Cishek picks up sixth save as MIA tops ATL | 05/01/2014 10:47 PM
NewsSteve Cishek converted his sixth save of the season with 1 1/3 scoreless innings as the Marlins defeated the Braves 5-4 on Thursday.
ImpactCishek entered the game with runners on the corners and two outs in the eighth inning of a one-run ballgame. After walking Andrelton Simmons to load the bases, Cishek struck out Ramiro Pena to end the threat. Cishek then shut down the Braves' 1-2-3 hitters in short order in the ninth inning to pick up the save. With the exception of his outing on Friday (his first blown save since June 2, 2013), Cishek has been very reliable for the Marlins.
Cishek blows first save since last June | 04/25/2014 10:37 PM
NewsSteve Cishek blew his first save since last June 2 on Friday and took the loss against the Mets.
ImpactAfter entering the bottom of the ninth inning with a one-run lead, Cishek gave up a leadoff single to Lucas Duda before Travis d'Arnaud dropped down a sacrifice bunt. Bobby Abreu lined out to left field for the second out of the inning, but Omar Quintanilla followed with a game-tying single. Kirk Nieuwenhuis then delivered a pinch-hit double before Curtis Granderson ended it with a walk-off single to right field. Cishek had converted 33 consecutive saves before Friday's blowup, so we'll chalk this up to an off night.
Cishek locks in fourth save against Braves | 04/22/2014 9:23 PM
NewsSteve Cishek pitched a perfect ninth inning against the Braves on Tuesday to earn his fourth save.
ImpactCishek has been lights out this year, and Tuesday was no different. The right-hander worked though the top of the Braves order with ease, getting Jason Heyward and B.J. Upton to ground out before striking out Freddie Freeman to end the game. He still hasn't allowed a run in seven innings of work.
Cishek escapes trouble to secure Marlins' win | 04/20/2014 4:23 PM
NewsSteve Cishek worked out of a ninth inning jam to earn his third save of the season, securing the Marlins' 3-2 win over the Mariners on Sunday.
ImpactCishek started the inning by allowing a leadoff double to Corey Hart, and a groundout left a runner at third with one out. After a walk to Justin Smoak, the right-hander buckled down, striking out Nick Franklin and pinch-hitter Michael Saunders to end the game. Cishek is 3-for-3 in save opportunities and still hasn't allowed a run over six innings to start the year.
Cishek notches second save of season | 04/03/2014 4:08 PM
NewsSteve Cishek notched his second save of the season Thursday with a scoreless ninth inning against the Rockies.
ImpactCishek gave up a two-out single to Michael Cuddyer, but he was able to strike out Carlos Gonzalez swinging to end it. The 27-year-old likely didn't go for a high price in drafts this spring, but he had a 2.33 ERA and 74/22 K/BB ratio over 69 2/3 innings while going 34-for-36 in save opportunities. He should be a very useful fantasy closer again in 2014 for what could be an improved Miami team.
Cishek gets the save against the Rockies | 04/01/2014 9:57 PM
NewsSteve Cishek pitched a scoreless ninth inning and earned his first save of the season as the Marlins defeated the Rockies 4-3 on Tuesday.
ImpactCishek retired the Rockies in short order, inducing two ground outs and recording one strikeout. The sidewinding right-hander quietly finished with an impressive 2.33 ERA and 34 saves last season and can be reasonably expected to be a solid source of saves and strikeouts.
Cishek cuts workout short with sore neck | 02/18/2014 12:00 PM
NewsSteve Cishek cut a workout short before his scheduled bullpen session Tuesday due to a sore neck.
Juan C. Rodriguez on Twitter
ImpactIt doesn't sound like a major concern at this time, but the Marlins obviously don't want to push it this early in camp. Cishek posted a 2.34 ERA and 33 saves last season and is an underrated option at closer in fantasy leagues.
Steve Cishek gets $3.8 million from Marlins | 01/17/2014 2:24 PM
NewsMarlins avoided arbitration with RHP Steve Cishek by agreeing to a one-year, $3.8 million contract.
Juan C. Rodriguez on Twitter
ImpactCishek gets a big raise after qualifying for arbitration this winter as a Super Two player. His first full season as the Marlins' closer was a good one, as the righty held a 2.34 ERA while recording 33 saves.
Steve Cishek nails down 31st save | 09/18/2013 11:21 PM
NewsSteve Cishek notched his 31st save in nailbiting fashion Wednesday, loading the bases before escaping trouble in a win over the Phillies.
ImpactIt certainly wasn't all Cishek's fault, as the leadoff batter reached on an error and the third runner got on with an intentional walk following a Domonic Brown double. But, he got a strikeout and groundout to end the threat. Cishek has been one of the few bright spots for the Marlins this season, posting a 2.51 ERA with over a strikeout per inning.
Cishek works perfect ninth to earn 28th save | 08/24/2013 10:00 PM
NewsSteve Cishek worked a perfect ninth inning in Saturday's victory over the Rockies, earning his 28th save of the season.
ImpactCishek struck out one in his inning of work. He's been a very steady and dependable closer for fantasy owners this season, posting a 2.65 ERA and 55/18 K/BB ratio over 57 2/3 innings while converting 28 of his 30 save chances.
Cishek notches 27th save of the season | 08/18/2013 5:22 PM
NewsSteve Cishek earned his 27th save of the season, pitching a scoreless ninth inning against the Giants on Sunday.
ImpactCishek hasn't allowed a run in August, notching five saves in six one-inning appearances. The right-hander is 27-for-29 in save conversions this season and has logged a solid 2.80 ERA and 1.13 WHIP.
Cishek earns 25th save as Marlins beat Royals | 08/14/2013 12:24 AM
NewsSteve Cishek earned his 25th save of the season, pitching a scoreless 10th inning against the Royals on Tuesday.
ImpactThe right-hander now has 25 saves in 27 chances, a 2.91 ERA and 51 strikeouts in 52 2/3 innings. He hasn't allowed a run in an appearance of one inning or less since June 4.
Cishek suffers sixth loss, Mets win in extras | 07/31/2013 12:02 AM
NewsSteve Cishek allowed two runs in his second inning of work as the Marlins lost to the Mets on Tuesday.
ImpactCishek worked a scoreless ninth inning but was sent back out for the 10th, where he ran into problems. The right-hander ended up giving up three hits and two walks in the inning, with one of the walks being intentional. The outing certainly didn't help his trade stock, but closers are rarely asked to go more than one inning at a time and he shouldn't be downgraded for the hiccup.
Cishek earns fifth save in last week | 07/28/2013 5:12 PM
NewsSteve Cishek earned his fifth save in one week's time Sunday, tossing a scoreless ninth inning against the Pirates.
ImpactHe walked a batter and surrendered a single to make things interesting, but ultimately skirted danger and preserved rookie Jose Fernandez's gem. Cishek (2.89 ERA) has converted 17 straight saves. He's been dynamite since posting a disappointing 5.25 ERA in April. The Marlins apparently have no interest in dealing their closer, which is great news for fantasy owners.
Steve Cishek earns fourth save of the week | 07/26/2013 10:03 PM
NewsSteve Cishek picked up his fourth save of the week on Friday, allowing a pair of hits and striking out two in his scoreless inning of work.
ImpactCishek has been outstanding over his last 30 appearances, posting a 1.55 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 29/5 K/BB ratio in 29 innings of work. With the Marlins telling potential suitors that Cishek is unavailable, he should remain a very reliable fantasy closer for the remainder of the season.
Marlins unwilling to part with Cishek or Dunn | 07/25/2013 3:00 PM
NewsCBS Sports' Danny Knobler reports that the Marlins are telling teams Steve Cishek is unavailable.
Danny Knobler on Twitter
ImpactMiami is also unwilling to part with left-handed reliever Mike Dunn, according to Knobler's sources. Cishek is under team control through 2017 and the Fish probably plan to contend while he's in the fold. Dunn can't hit the free agent market until after the 2016 season.
Cishek gets slapped with his fifth loss | 07/14/2013 5:29 PM
NewsSteve Cishek was slapped with his fifth loss after allowing three runs over 1 1/3 innings against the Nationals on Sunday.
ImpactCishek was called on with one out in the ninth inning of a tie game. He retired the first three batters he faced -- including the leadoff hitter in the 10th -- but then ran into trouble. Cishek ends the first half 17-for-19 in save conversions to go with a 3.24 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 41/13 K/BB rate over 41 1/3 innings.
Cishek saves 13th, Marlins topple Twins 4-2 | 06/25/2013 10:46 PM
NewsSteve Cishek earned his 13th save of the season in the Marlins' 4-2 win over the Twins on Tuesday.
ImpactAfter a bumpy start to the year, Cishek has now notched eight consecutive saves without a blown save. He also hasn't allowed a run in that time, striking out 10 in 8 1/3 innings of work. The Marlins aren't likely to generate an abundance of save opportunities, but Cishek is a must-own at this point.
Cishek escapes the Giants, earns 12th save | 06/22/2013 2:59 AM
NewsSteve Cishek danced from danger Friday against the Giants, earning his 12th save.
ImpactEven with a 6-3 lead, Cishek had the game in doubt by putting runners on second and third with two outs and Buster Posey batting. Cishek fell behind 3-0, but eventually coaxed Posey into a ground out to end the contest. The right-hander had just three saves in April and two in May, but has tallied seven since June 8. Such is the fickle nature of being a closer, especially when pitching for a team as bad as Miami.
Cishek strikes out two, earns 11th save | 06/21/2013 1:07 AM
NewsSteve Cishek struck out two in a scoreless ninth for his 11th save Thursday against the Giants.
ImpactCishek is 11-for-13 in save conversions this year, to go with a 3.56 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 28/12 K/BB rate over 30 1/3 innings. Cishek is a decent closer, but Miami will continue to deprive him of save opportunities.
Cishek closes out Brewers for seventh save | 06/11/2013 9:59 PM
NewsSteve Cishek worked a perfect ninth inning to pick up his seventh save of the season on Tuesday.
ImpactMarlins manager Mike Redmond said a few weeks ago that the ninth inning was open to everyone, but Cishek has gotten two saves in the last four days. It's not a sexy job and it carries minimal fantasy value, but it seems as though Cishek will be the first man up in save situations in Miami.
Marlins saying Cishek, Dunn are unavailable | 06/06/2013 12:01 PM
NewsAccording to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro, the Marlins have told clubs that Steve Cishek is not available.
ImpactThe Fish are also said to be protecting left-handed reliever Mike Dunn, at least for now. Cishek, 26, has a 4.50 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 21/12 K/BB ratio in 24 innings this season as Miami's primary closer. He doesn't carry that much real-life trade value anyway.
Redmond: Marlins to use 'everybody' at closer | 05/20/2013 11:01 PM
NewsMarlins manager Mike Redmond said he plans to use "everybody" at closer.
Palm Beach Post
ImpactMichael Dunn saved Sunday's game and Chad Qualls was warming up during a save chance Monday before the Marlins extended their lead. Former full-time closer Steve Cishek holds a 4.91 ERA and 1.42 WHIP on the year and has struggled against left-handed batters. "We're going to use Cishek. We'll use Qualls. We haven't had that many save opportunities. We need those guys to pitch. We need Cishek to go down there and log some innings. He's still going to close games. Qualls might close some games. Dunn might close some games. We need these guys to pitch we need them to stay sharp. They're all going to contribute."
Steve Cishek pulled from save chance | 05/19/2013 4:28 PM
NewsSteve Cishek was pulled from a save chance Sunday after allowing a two-out single and a walk.
ImpactCishek came on after Ricky Nolasco gave up a leadoff double and got a groundout and sac fly before running into trouble. The closer then gave way to Mike Dunn, who walked a batter before getting a groundout to end it. Cishek has been dominant against right-handers this season, but lefties have really given him fits. It's possible Dunn could see the occasional save chance if matchups dictate it.
Cishek works scoreless ninth in Marlins' loss | 05/18/2013 9:54 PM
NewsSteve Cishek worked a perfect ninth inning in a non-save situation against the Diamondbacks on Saturday.
ImpactCishek took the loss against the Reds his last time out, so it was good to see him back and pitching well. The Marlins don't have any better options and Cishek is actually pretty good for the most part, so there's little doubt he will continue to be the closer going forward.
Steve Cishek takes loss in 10th | 05/16/2013 10:43 PM
NewsSteve Cishek took his fourth loss after giving up three runs in 1 2/3 innings against the Reds on Thursday.
ImpactCishek pitched a scoreless ninth with the Marlins down 2-1 and then was asked to stay in to pitch the 10th after the Marlins tied it. It's the second time this year he's been asked to get more than three outs, and both times he's taken losses. Cishek had been pitching better of late, so he should be safe in the closer's role. He's 5-for-6 in his save chances this year, blowing only his first opportunity on April 7.
Steve Cishek strikes out two in ninth | 05/11/2013 1:44 AM
NewsSteve Cishek struck out two in a perfect ninth for his fifth save Friday against the Dodgers.
ImpactThe first strikeout came on a pitch that should have been called ball four, but Cishek will take it. His save tonight came with two men warming in the pen behind him. It's just the second time he's pitched this month, as the Marlins have tried to limit him to save situations.
Steve Cishek gets handed third loss | 04/25/2013 10:54 PM
NewsSteve Cishek took his third loss after allowing a solo homer in a tie game Thursday against the Marlins.
ImpactCishek has converted his last two save chances after blowing his first, but this makes five appearances in 10 outings in which he's allowed runs. We're not overly concerned; tonight's homer was the first he's allowed and he has a nice 11/3 K/BB ratio in 10 innings. Still, as the closer for the Marlins, he's only going to get so many chances to earn saves and record wins.
Steve Cishek spears second save vs. Twins | 04/24/2013 12:22 AM
NewsSteve Cishek earned his second save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning against the Twins on Tuesday.
ImpactCishek walked Joe Mauer but went through the rest of the Twins' top of the order to secure the victory. The 26-year-old closer has had only three save chances on the year, a trend that's likely to continue given the strength of the Marlins' roster. Still, if and when save opportunities do present themselves Cishek will be the one getting the call and, more often than not, he should get the job done.
Cishek slams door on Reds to earn first save | 04/19/2013 10:14 PM
NewsSteve Cishek worked a scoreless inning against the Reds on Friday, preserving a 2-1 lead and recording his first save of the young season.
ImpactCishek allowed a leadoff single to Zack Cozart, but calmly retired the next three hitters in order to end the proceedings. His save chances may be limited pitching for a poor Miami squad, but Cishek has certainly proven himself to be a capable closer.
Steve Cishek blows it | 04/07/2013 5:17 PM
NewsSteve Cishek blew his first save chance of the season Sunday, allowing a walk-off, two-run single to Marlon Byrd in a loss to the Mets.
ImpactCishek got Lucas Duda to fly out to start the frame, but he then hit a batter and allowed two straight singles to blow it. The Marlins don't have many other options in their bullpen, but that's now two straight poor outings for Cishek. He can't afford many more.
|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)||1.1||3 times-last: vs. Cin||last: Aug 2||2.0|
|Most Strikeouts (Relief)||3||5 times-last: at Phi||last: Sep 14||3|
Career Highs (SEASON)
|Innings Pitched||69.2||2013 (Mia)|
|Hits Allowed||58||2014 (Mia)|
|Runs Allowed||26||2 times-last: 2014 (Mia)|
|Earned Runs Allowed||23||2014 (Mia)|
|Home Runs Allowed||3||3 times-last: 2014 (Mia)|
|Earned Run Average||2.33*||2013 (Mia)|