Patrick Neshek (pronounced NEE-shehk)… Married, wife's name is Stephanee (12/30/06); has one son, Hoyt (3/13/14) and two daughters, Shae (12/23/15) and Skye (4/20/17)… 1999 graduate of Park Center High School (MD), where he was named All-State as a senior… Developed his sidearm delivery after an injury in high school… Attended Butler University (IN), where he set the single-game strikeout
record (18 vs Detroit, 4/15/01), single-season strikeout record (118, 2001) and career strikeout record (280)… Named a 2001 Cape Cod League All-Star with Wareham… Hobby: Collecting baseball cards and sports memorabilia, which he chronicles on his website (eteamz.com/PatNeshek)… Signed by: Billy Milos.
Began season on the 10-day DL with a right shoulder strain and was activated on 7/1; included rehab assignments with Clearwater (A), 6/23-25, and Reading (AA), 6/26-30...Did not allow a run in each of his first 11 appearances of the season (9.2 IP)... Posted a 1.13 ERA (3 ER, 24.0 IP) in 29 of his 30 appearances (allowed 4 ER in 0.1 IP on 9/21)... His 5 saves were one short of his career high set in 2014...Allowed his first career run at Citizens Bank Park on 8/3 after beginning his career with 28 straight scoreless appearances at the venue... Was believed to be the first player in baseball history to wear No. 93.
Selected to his 2nd career All-Star Game (1.0 IP, H)... Made 5 scoreless appearances for the World Baseball Classic champion Team USA... Among all NL relievers, ranked 1st in BB/9.0 IP (0.87), 2nd in ERA (1.59) & SO/BB ratio (11.50) and 3rd in WHIP (0.87)... Began the season with the Phillies... Each of his 23 appearances at Citizens Bank Park were scoreless (21.2 IP)... 61 of his 71 appearances were scoreless, including each of his first 14 (4/5-5/13)... Had a 0.72 ERA through his fi rst 25.0 IP, lowest by a Phillies reliever to start a season since Brad Lidge in 2008 (also 0.72)... Was on the paternity list, 4/19-20, for the birth of daughter, Skye... Traded to COL on 7/26... Posted a 2.45 ERA with 24 strikeouts to 1 walk in 28 appearances for COL... Pitched 1.1 innings in the NL Wild Card Game at ARI, 10/4.
His 2nd season with HOU...Held opposing hitters to a .194 AVG (33-170)...Ranked 6th among AL relievers in OPP OPS vs RHH (.463)....Reached 60 appearances for the 3rd consecutive season...Held opponents scoreless in 50 of his 60 appearances (83.3%)...Had a 5.14 ERA in April (4 ER, 7.0 IP), then posted a 2.70 ERA (12 ER, 40.0 IP) and 0.95 WHIP over his final 50 appearances of the season...Posted a season-best 9-game scoreless streak, 6/20-7/16 (7.2 IP)...Notched his 400th career appearance, 7/19 at OAK...Did not allow more than 2 ER in any appearance until his final game of the season (3 ER)
Posted his second consecutive and third total season with at least 60 appearances, ranking second on the club with 66...led the Astros with 28 holds, which also ranked fourth in the American League...became the third pitcher in club history to record 28 holds in a season, joining RHP Octavio Dotel (33in 2003, 31 in 2002) and RHP Brad Lidge (28 in 2003)...set an Astros record by beginning a season with 24 consecutive games without a walk, surpassing RHP Wilton Lopez (20 games in 2012)...also marked the second-longest start-of-season streak in MLB history, behind only RHP Mark Eichhorn, who went 30 straight games without a walk to begin the 1991 season...ranked ﬁfth among AL relievers in inherited runners scored percentage (14.8%), as he allowed just four of his 27 inherited runners to score all season (min. 25 IR)...made his seventh appearance on an Opening Day roster...made his longest appearance of the season on April 14, pitching 1.2 perfect innings and retiring all ﬁve batters faced with three strikeouts...was his longest outing since Aug. 10, 2014 at BAL...had three wins in ﬁve appearances from April 27-May 7, and consecutive wins in appearances on May 3 and May 7...recorded his ﬁrst save of the season on May 19 vs. OAK by pitching a scoreless 0.1 of an inning...struck out the only batter he faced (Billy Burns) on three pitches...was his ﬁrst save since Sept. 13, 2014 vs. COL...had his best month of the season in May...did not allow a run in his 12 appearances (10IP), and gave up only four hits and walked none in those games...did not allow a run in 17 appearances from April 27-June 7 (14IP)...was tied for the longest active scoreless appearance streak in the Majors (also RHP Kenley Jansen)...prior to the All-Star Break, his .183 (21x115) opponent batting average ranked 12th among AL relievers...owned a .160 mark (12x75) against righties...was scoreless in 26 of his last 30 games, and hitless in 12 of his last 17 outings prior to the ASB...made the ﬁrst error of his career on Sept. 2 vs. SEA...had gone 353 games without making an error...made two postseason appearances, and was scoreless in both...pitched 0.2 of an inning in Game 2 of the ALDS, and 0.1 of an inning in Game 5
Was a non-roster invitee to Spring Training after signing with the Cards as a minor league free agent on Feb. 6, 2014...was added to the Cardinals roster and spent the entire season with St. Louis...made 71 appearances, his most since 74 in 2007 with Minnesota...selected to his first All-Star Game by Manager Mike Matheny, playing in his hometown of Minneapolis, Minn. (0.1 IP, 3 H, 2R)...ranked second in the NL with a 0.77 WHIP and seventh with a 1.87 ERA...his 71 games were third-most on the Cardinals staff and tied for 15th among NL relievers...62 of his 71 appearances were scoreless...held a 7.56 strikeout/walk ratio which was tops among NL relief pitchers...his seven relief wins were tied for fifth in the NL, and the most by a Cardinals relief pitcher since RHP Russ Springer (8-1) in 2007...earned 26 holds which ranked sixth in the league...picked up his first career save on June 4 in his 255th game...had six saves during the season... had a 22-game (20.1 IP) scoreless streak from April 11-May 31, setting a new career high...it was the fifth-longest streak among National League relievers...from April 11-Aug. 13 allowed just two earned runs over 49 games, covering 46.0 innings...went 4-0, two saves and a 0.70 ERA in 43 games and 38.1 IP before the All-Star Break...was 3-2, four saves with a 3.41 ERA in 28 games and 29.0 IP after the break...appeared in eight postseason games, four in the NLDS vs. LAD and four in the ALCS vs. SF...posted a 2.35 ERA (2ER/7.2IP) with six punchouts and no walks
Was on the Opening Day roster for the first time with the Athletics...Spent the entire season with Oakland with the exception of one week with Sacramento (AAA) at the end of August...Appeared in 45 games, his most at the big league level since he tallied a career-high 74 with Minnesota in 2007...Allowed a .252 batting average, the highest mark of his career and struck out 29 batters in 40.1 innings for a career-low average of 6.5 strikeouts per nine innings...Did not commit an error in five chances and has not made an error in 226 games and 27 chances in his career...Tossed a season-high 2.1 scoreless innings vs. DET (4/13) to start a 24-game stretch through 6/25 where he did not allow a run in 21 of 24 games. Had a 1.17 ERA and .226 opponents batting average over that span...Retired the side in order in the 9th inning at TEX (5/20) in the 200th appearance of his career...Had a season-best 1.08 ERA in nine games in May...Appeared in two games with Sacramento, both at Tacoma, and allowed two unearned runs in 2.0 innings. Returned to Oakland 9/3 when Sacramento's season ended and did not allow a run or a hit in four outings following his return.
Was acquired from the Baltimore Orioles organization Aug. 3 for cash considerations after going 3-2 with 11 saves and a 2.66 ERA in 35 appearances at Triple-A Norfolk...then went 2-1 with a 1.37 ERA and .147 opponents batting average in 24 appearances with the A's...the ERA and opponents batting average were the lowest marks of his career...as was his .221 opponents on-base percentage and .309 slugging percentage...allowed a .094 (5-for-53) batting average against right-handed hitters compared to .333 (5-for-15) against left-handers...surrendered two of his three home runs to lefties for a .733 slugging percentage...righties slugged .189...opponents were 1-for-15 (.067) with runners in scoring position, including 0-for-8 with RISP and two outs...has allowed a .166 (26-for-157) average with RISP in his career...first batters faced were 3-for-18 (.167) with three walks, a hit by pitch and two sacrifice flies...they are batting .147 (23-for-156) with a .229 on-base percentage in his career...allowed 5-of-17 (29.4%) inherited runners to score...was charged with two blown saves...opponents were 2-for-26 (.077) with two outs but both of the hits were home runs...did not allow a run (10.2 ip) and had a .061 opponents batting average in 11 appearances in Oakland...had a 3.00 ERA and .229 opponents average in 13 road games...has not allowed a run in 13 career appearances in the O.co Coliseum (13.0 ip)...did not commit an error in 24 games and has no errors in 181 career appearances (22 total chances).
Was claimed off waivers by San Diego from Minnesota on March 20...Made the Padres Opening Day roster...Earned the win on Opening Day, March 31 @STL, his .rst win since August 15, 2007 @SEA...Had four separate stints with San Diego in 2011...Went 1-0 with a 2.16 ERA (16.2IP, 4ER) and a .203 (12-59) opponents batting average over his .rst 16 outings, March 31-June 10...Worked scoreless ball in 16 of his 25 outings for San Diego, including nine of 14 at home...Posted a 3.46 ERA (13.0IP, 5ER) over 14 outings at home for San Diego...Pitched to a 4.63 ERA (11.2IP, 6ER) in 11 outings on the road...Designated for assignment on September 1 and outrighted to Triple-A Tucson on September 6.
Started the season on the Twins Opening Day roster for the third time in his career (missed 2009 with injury)...Made six appearances for the Twins and did not allow a run in his first five appearances (4.1 ip)...season-high with 2.0 innings pitched, April 14 vs. Boston...Placed on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his right middle finger, May 2-June 5...returned from rehab assignment at Single-AFt. Myers and was optioned to Triple-A Rochester...appeared in 30 games for the Red Wings, all in relief...Posted a four-game win-streak, June 29-August 3...recorded only save of the season, August 7 at Syracuse...Did not allow a run in nine consecutive appearances (11.1 ip), July 27-August 20...Went 2-0, 5.21 (19.0 ip, 11 er) in 13 games before the All-Star break and 3-1-1, 2.66 (20.1 ip, 6 er) in 17 games after the break with Rochester...Was recalled by the Twins, September 6...Set a career-high with three walks in a scoreless inning, September 19 vs. Oakland...Set a season-high with three strikeouts, September 25 at Detroit...it marked his first outing with three strikeouts since March of 2008.
Missed the entire season recovering from "Tommy John" surgery on his right elbow.
Had season-high three strikeouts, March 31 vs. Los Angeles (AL)...did not allow a run in seven appearances (5.1 ip), April 17-30...placed on 15-day disabled list with an acute partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, May 9.
Had 17.0 inning scoreless streak, April 21-May 26...did not allow a run in 11 consecutive appearances, going 1-0, 0.00 (10.1 ip), May 29-June 22...was one of five players on the Final Vote Ballot for the 2007 All-Star Game...did not allow a run in nine appearances, going 2-0, 0.00 (7.1 ip, 0 er), July 7-21...tied season-high three-game win-streak, July 15-28...tied season-high three strikeouts, July 18 vs. Detroit...tied season-high 2.0 innings, September 4 vs. Cleveland...had .183 batting-average-against with lefthanders batting .181 (17-for-94) with three home runs and righthanders batting .185 (27-for-146) with four home runs...stranded 45 of 59 (76%) inherited runners and first-batters-faced in relief were 8-for-62 (.129) with 22 strikeouts...tied for fifth in American League in games.
Began season at Rochester...was 0-0, 0.00 (9.1 ip) with three saves, April 6-21...did not allow a run in six appearances, going 1-0, 0.00 (11.1 ip), with two saves, April 29-May 12...was 2-0, 0.52 (17.1 ip, 1 er) with six saves in nine appearances, May 17-June 6...selected toTriple-A All-Star Game, July 12 at Toledo...recalled and made Major League debut, July 7 at Texas...did not allow a run in ﬁve appearances (7.0ip), July 7-23...recorded ﬁrst Major League win, July 30 vs. Detroit...did not allow a run in nine appearances striking out 19 and walking just one,July 30-August 23...struck out a season-high four, twice, August 1 vs. Texas and August 12 vs. Toronto...recorded his second win August 16 vs.Cleveland as he retired the only batter he faced...recorded his third win in his next outing August 18 vs. Chicago (AL) with 1.1 scoreless innings...pitched 2.0 scoreless innings recording three strikeouts, September 28 vs. Kansas City...went 4-0 with a 0.90 ERA and held opponents to a .181average at the Metrodome...stranded 26 of 29 (90%) of inherited runners and ﬁrst-batters-faced in relief were 4-for-31 (.129)...named to Topps' Triple-A All-Star Team as top relief pitcher.
Did not allow a run in 14 of 15 appearances, going 2-0, 0.92 (19.2 ip, 2 er) with 5 saves, April 18-May 29 . . . tied season-high 5 strikeouts, June 20 vs. Binghamton . . . did now allow a run in 9 of 10 appearances, going 2-1,1.69 (16.0 ip, 3 er) with 4 saves, June 24-July 20 . . . season-high 3.0 innings, July 19 at Binghamton . . . was 0-0, 0.55(16.1 ip, 1 er) with 7 saves in 11 appearances, August 4-26 . . . averaged 10.4 strikeouts per-9-innings . . . led Twins'minor leaguers in saves.
Began season at New Britain . . . did not allow a run in 10 appearances, going 1-0, 0.00 (10.0 ip) with 1 save, May 5-June 5 . . . was 1-0, 0.00 (7.2 ip) with 1 save in 5 appearances, June 17-July 1 . . . season-high 4.0 innings and4 strikeouts, July 5 vs. Trenton . . . transferred to Ft. Myers, July 15 . . . did not allow a run in 10 of 12 appearances,going 0-0, 1.32 (13.2 ip, 2 er) with 9 saves, July 17-August 20 . . . led club in saves.
Began season at Quad Cities . . . did not allow an earned run in first 13 appearances, going 2-1, 0.00 (14.1 ip) with 5 saves, April 5-May 4 . . . Twins' Minor League Player of the Week, April 12-18 . . . Twins' Minor League Pitcher ofthe Month for April . . . did not allow a run in 13 of 14 appearances, going 1-0, 0.50 (18.0 ip, 1 er) with 9 saves, May12-June 21 . . . season-high 5 strikeouts, June 12 at Peoria . . . named to Midwest League All-Star team, June 17 at WestMichigan . . . promoted to Ft. Myers, June 23 . . . was 3-0, 1.64 (11.0 ip, 2 er) in 7 appearances, June 26-July 11 . . .did not allow a run in 9 of 11 appearances, going 1-0, 1.29 (14.0 ip, 2 er) with 2 saves, July 17-August 6 . . . promotedto New Britain, August 12 . . . tied season-high 3.0 innings, August 17 vs. Portland . . . was third among Twins' minorleaguers in saves . . . pitched for Grand Canyon in the Arizona Fall League.
Was 0-0, 0.00 (4.0 ip) with 3 saves in 4 appearances, June 26-July 4 . . . did not allow an earned run in 19 consecutive appearances, going 0-1, 0.00 (19.2 ip), July 11-August 20 . . . season-high 3.1 innings, August 5 vs. Bristol. . . tied season-high 4 strikeouts, August 20 at Kingsport . . . led club and was second in league in saves . . . was fifthamong Twins' minor leaguers in saves.