Dennis Ryan Tepera...On Twitter: @RTepera...Married his wife, Chelsea, on Dec. 11, 2021...Represented Blue Jays in 2012 Arizona Fall League...Graduated from Brazoswood HS (TX) and attended Sam Houston State University (TX)...Originally signed by Blue Jays scout Aaron Jerslid.
Combined to go 0-2 with a 2.79 ERA (61.1 IP - 19 ER), two saves, 21 holds, 74 strikeouts, a 0.88 WHIP and .164 (35/213) opponents average in 65 total relief appearances...Limited right-handers to a .180 (25/139) average and lefties to a .135 (10/74)…Opponents hit just .167 (10/60) with RISP and .133 (4-30) with RISP/two outs...Recorded sub-1.00 ERAs in May (0.61; 14.2 IP - 1 ER) and August (0.77; 11.2 IP - 1 ER)...Made Cubs Opening Day roster and struck out the only batter he faced in the season opener vs. Pittsburgh...Allowed 27.0% (10/37) of inherited runners to score…First batters faced went 13/55 (.236) with 18 strikeouts...Owned an 18-game scoreless streak from May 12-June 20, allowing three hits (66 AB) with 26 SO in 20.1 IP...On June 24 at Dodgers, pitched the 7th inning of Cubs combined no-hitter (first combined no-hitter in franchise history)...Was preceded by Zach Davies (6 IP) and followed by Andrew Chafin (1 IP) and Craig Kimbrel (1 IP)...Traded by Cubs to White Sox in exchange for minor league LHP Bailey Horn on July 29...Owned an eight-game scoreless streak from July 31-Aug. 15…Allowed three hits with nine strikeouts in 7.0 IP...Earned first save with the White Sox on Aug. 20 at Tampa Bay…Struck out two in a hitless 11th inning.
Ryan went 0-1 with two holds and a 3.92 ERA (9 ER/20.2 IP) while walking 12 and striking out 31 for Chicago...allowed just two homers in 89 batters faced...Held the opponent scoreless in 17 of 21 outings...stranded six of 12 inherited runners and retired 14 of 21 first batters faced...Averaged 13.50 strikeouts per 9.0 innings...Opponents batted .227 (17-for-75) with a .684 OPS...held left-handed batters to a .188 average (6-for-32) with a .638 OPS...Posted a 1.64 ERA (2 ER/11.0 IP) in 10 games at Wrigley Field...had a 6.52 ERA (7 ER/9.2 IP) in 11 road games...Allowed just three hits in 46 at-bats (.065) when reaching two strikes in a count...After allowing three runs in his first two outings to start the season, pitched to a 2.89 ERA (6 ER/18.2 IP) in his final 19 outings...Recorded at least one strikeout in a career-high 15 consecutive appearances from August 14-September 22...previous career mark was a strikeout in 13-straight outings from June 7-July 9, 2017 with Toronto.
Ryan was limited to 23 relief appearances with the Blue Jays due to a right elbow impingement that sidelined him from mid-May through the end of August...posted a 4.98 ERA (12 ER/21.2 IP) in 23 games...Returned from the injured list in September to post a 3.38 ERA (4 ER/10.2 IP) in 11 outings...had a 6.55 ERA (8 ER/11.0 IP) in 12 outings prior to being placed on the injured list...Posted a 2.57 ERA (2 ER/7.0 IP) in seven rehab games between Single-A Dunedin and Triple-A Buffalo.
Recorded a career-high seven saves ... Led the team with 19 holds... Also led the team in 2017 with 18 holds ... Earned his 1st win of the year on March 31 vs. NYY, his 1st career win against the Yankees (1.0 IP, 1BB, 1K) ... Recorded his 1st save of the season on May 25 at PHI, the 4th of his career... Notched another save on May 27 at PHI, recording saves in back-to-back outings for the 1st time in his career ... Picked up his 5th win of 2018 (12th career) on June 24 at LAA... Had won 12 of his last 15 decisions ... Placed on the disabled list from June 28-July 14 with right elbow inflammation, his 1st career DL stint ... Posted a 1.80 ERA with a .143 OBA over his last 18 appearances (15.0 IP, 7H, 3ER, 9BB, 15K).
Among AL relievers, ranked T-4th in wins (7) and T-5th in IP (77.2)…The seven wins were the most by a Toronto reliever since Jason Frasor had seven in 2009 ... Set career marks in wins, innings, games (73), strikeouts (81), SO/9 (9.39) and opponents' OPS (.633) ... Held left-handed hitters to a .196 AVG (20-for-102) and kept opponents to a .205 average overall ... Allowed a career-high four earned runs in just 0.1 IP (3H, BB, HR) on April 16 vs. BAL ... Pitched 3.0 innings en route to his 1st career win on April 21 at LAA…The win came in his 59th career game, which is the most games in team history for a pitcher before earning his first W (Koch - 57G in 2000) ... Picked up his 1st save of the year on April 25 at STL (1.0 IP, 1H, 1K), his first save since Sept. 12, 2015 at NYY ... Threw a career-high 3.1 innings while recording a personal-best five strikeouts on April 30 vs. TB ... Put together a career-best scoreless streak of 19.0 innings from April 30-May 27, the longest streak by any Toronto pitcher in 2017 ... Went 26 consecutive batters without allowing a hit from May 3-14 ... On May 26 vs. TEX, had a streak of 17.1 straight IP without allowing an XBH snapped after giving up a double to Joey Gallo ... Had a streak of retiring the first batter he faced snapped at 12 consecutive batters on May 30 vs. CIN after giving up a leadoff single in the 7th inning ... Struck out at least one batter in a career-best 13 consecutive outings from June 7-July 9 ... On July 6 vs. HOU, allowed a home run for the first time since April 16 vs. BAL, a span of 38.2 IP without allowing one ... Gave up a home run to the first batter he faced for the first time in 2017 (47-BF) on July 31 at CWS...It was also the first HR he allowed in a close-and-late situation (104-BF) ... Recorded his 6th win on Aug. 5 at HOU (2.0 IP, BB, 2K), pitching 2.0+ innings for the first time since May 14 vs. SEA ... Suffered his 3rd blown save on Aug. 23 at TB but picked up his 7th win in the process (1.0, H, BB, K)…Gave up an infield single to Longoria which snapped a streak of 18 straight batters faced without allowing a hit ... Surrendered his 1st career grand slam on Aug. 26 vs. MIN (Max Kepler) ... Allowed four hits on Aug. 31 at BAL to tie a career high (3x, last: Sept. 9, 2016 vs. BOS) ... Recorded his 2nd save of the season (3rd career) on Sept. 9 vs. DET.
Made seven separate stints with the Blue Jays in 2016...Over his last final 17 appearances with TOR last season, recorded a 1.69 ERA (3ER/16.0 IP), while striking out 17 batters...Stranded 12 of the 14 runners he inherited as a Blue Jays reliever last year...Has limited LHB to a .167 average (14-84) in his ML career...Four of those 14 hits however, have been home runs...In 37 outings with the Bisons posted a 2.58 ERA (13 ER/45.1 IP), while limiting opposing hitters to a .205 average...Over his final 13 appearances with Buffalo (July 7-Aug. 31) surrendered only two earned runs over 14.1 IP (1.26 ERA)...Was named to all three postseason rosters in 2016 (AL Wild Card, ALDS and ALCS)... Appeared in only one game in the playoffs for Toronto, tossing 0.2 scoreless innings in game one of the ALDS at TEX.
Had three separate stints with Toronto in 2015. In 21 outings with the Bisons posted a 1.06 ERA (4ER/34.0IP) while limiting hitters to a .138 average. From June 8-Sept. 4 allowed just 2ER over 17.1 IP in 16 contests (1.04ERA). 18 of his final 23 appearances were scoreless…Six of the seven ER he has allowed over those outings were via a HR. Held hitters to a .248 OBP which ranked as 3rd lowest among the pitching staff behind Osuna (.234) & Lowe (.235). His .137 average vs. LH hitters (7-51) was best on club and 4th best in AL (min. 50 AB's). Was added to postseason roster after Brett Cecil was injured but did not appear in a game.
Only player on Buffalo roster to be active throughout the entire 2014 season...Despite not making a start, finished T-2nd on the Bisons in wins (7) and 5th in strikeouts (67)...Was 2nd on club in games pitched (51) behind only Bobby Korecky (55)...Finished T-1st on club in holds (8) and 2nd in games finished (23)...Had multiple strikeouts in 18 of 51 outings... Posted 67 strikeouts in 64.0 IP for a 9.4 SO/9 IP ratio...Posted nine consecutive scoreless outings, July 22-Aug. 15 (11.2 IP, 7 H, 3 BB, 9 SO)...Retired the first batter he faced in 31 of his 51 outings (61%)...Held RH hitters to just one home run in 147 at-bats (.245, 36-147).
Moved to Dunedin (High-A) for all of 2011... TEAM LEADER: Led the club in starts (23) and innings pitched (146.1), and tied for the club lead with Asher Wojciechowski with 11 wins... Won his first three decisions and won two or more consecutive on four occasions, while losing two decisions in a row only once... ROAD WARRIOR: Fared better away from Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, posting a 7-3 record with a 3.66 ERA... At home was 5-3 with 5.16 ERA... Did not walk more than three batters in any of his 27 outings... Now owns a .639 wnning percentage for his career with a 23-13 record.
Moved to Lansing (Low-A) for 2010 making 24 appearances (22 starts)... Led the Lugnuts in wins (9) and was second in starts, ERA (3.98) and innings pitched (120.0).
Began his career with the Blue Jays Gulf Coast entry in the GCL... Made six relief appearances going 2-0 with a 0.71 ERA before moving into the rotation... Made five starts to close out the season, posting a 1-1 record with a 2.25 ERA... Overall batters hit just .150 for the season.