Blake M. Treinen was originally signed by A's scout Kevin Mello…he and his wife, Kati, have one daughter, Addison…pitched collegiately as a walk-on and graduated from South Dakota State University…went 10-4 with a 4.46 ERA in 25 career starts spanning two seasons (2010-11) for the Jackrabbits…struck out 9.4 batters per 9.0 innings at SDSU…before his arrival in Brookings, SD, studied at the University of Arkansas and Baker (KS) University…was member of Baker's JV squad…attempted to try out at Arkansas, but school did not have a program for walk-ons…was forced to sit out 2009 campaign while transferring from Arkansas to South Dakota State…graduated from Osage City (KS) High School …during 2016 Spring Training, garnered attention as the subject of a clue on "Jeopardy," The Nationals' Blake Treinen hit 100 miles per hour with this type of pitch that gets its name from its downward motion (answer: "What is a sinker?").
Was acquired from Washington in the Sean Doolittle/Ryan Madson trade on July 16 and ended up saving 13 games for the A's…went 3-4 with a 2.13 ERA in 35 appearances with Oakland and his ERA was third lowest in the American League among pitchers with more than 35 innings from July 17 through the end of the season…was 0-2 with three saves and a 5.73 ERA in 37 games with the Nationals and combined for a 3-6 record, a career-high 16 saves and a 3.93 ERA overall…also had career highs in innings pitched (75.2), strikeouts (74), losses, hits (80), runs (35), earned runs (33), home runs (6), hit batters (5), ERA, opponents slugging percentage (.397) and OPS (.736)… matched his high in wild pitches (4)…converted 16-of-21 (76.2%) save opportunities, which was the fifth lowest save percentage in the majors…tied for third among Major League relievers in grounded into double plays (12)…has 43 opponents GIDP over the last three years, which are nine more than any other ML reliever…surrendered the second most hits among ML relievers, tied for sixth in losses and lowest winning percentage (.333) and was seventh in most opponents RBI (46)…allowed 16-of-36 (44.4%) inherited runners to score, which was eighth highest in the majors…that included 8-of-18 with both the A's and Nationals…yielded a .274 opponents batting average, including .252 (41-for-163) against right-handed hitters and .302 (39-for-129) against left-handers…surrendered five of his six home runs to lefties for a .488 slugging percentage (.325 against righties)…has allowed 12 of his 16 career home runs to lefties…11 of his 12 GIDP in 2017 were against righties…opponents hit .325 with runners in scoring position, including .394 with RISP and two outs and .417 with the bases loaded…now has a .405 (17-for-42) career opponents average with the bases full…first batters faced hit .309 and his 13 first batter RBI tied for fifth most in the majors…compiled a 2.97 ERA in the ninth inning, a 4.81 ERA in all other innings…had a 2.70 ERA in 21 games on no days rest, a 9.00 ERA in 17 games on one day of rest and a 2.15 ERA in 34 games on two days rest or more…logged a 3.50 ERA at night, 4.60 during the day…now has a 2.84 ERA (56 er in 177.1 ip) in his career at night, 3.98 (37 er in 83.2 ip) during the day.
MAJORS: Pitched in each of the Nationals first four games and had three saves, a blown save and an 8.10 ERA over that span…those were his only saves of the season with Washington…allowed a season-high three runs on a season-high six hits in 0.1 innings April 24 at Colorado…posted a 9.00 ERA and .370 opponents batting average while issuing eight walks in 10.0 innings over 12 appearances in April…tossed a season-high 2.0 innings May 2 against Arizona, his first of seven games of two or more innings…had a 9.22 ERA over his first 15 games through May 7…then compiled a 2.84 ERA over his next 11 outings from May 8 to June 9…allowed all five of his inherited runners to score over a two-game stretch from June 11-14…matched his season high by allowing three runs June 29 against Chicago (NL)…did not allow a run in his final three games with the Nationals…was traded to Oakland July 16 with minor leaguers Sheldon Neuse and Jesus Luzardo for Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson…yielded just one earned run in his first nine appearances with Oakland for a 0.77 ERA in 12 games in July…was credited with his first save as an Athletic July 31 against San Francisco when he tossed a scoreless ninth inning in the A's 8-5 win…his 13 saves from July 31 through the end of the season tied for third most in the American League over that span…was charged with his fifth and final blown save of the season Aug. 4 at Los Angeles (AL) when he inherited a bases loaded situation in the seventh inning and allowed all three runners to score…picked up the save two days later against the Angels to start a season-ending streak where he converted each of his 12 saves over his final 24 games…had a 2.36 ERA and .235 opponents batting average over that stretch…walked three batters in 1.0 hitless innings Aug. 8 against Seattle, matching his most walks ever as a reliever…made the 200th appearance of his career Aug. 15 against Kansas City and picked up his first win as Athletic, despite allowing two runs in 1.2 innings…also allowed two home runs in a game for the only time in his career in that contest…had a season-high three strikeouts against the Royals, a figure he would match Aug. 20 at Houston and Sept. 4 vs. Los Angeles (AL)…was charged with the loss in three consecutive appearances from Sept. 2-5, to become the first A's reliever with a loss in three consecutive games since Brian Fuentes set the Oakland record with a four-game streak from May 18-23, 2011…the streak was part of a career-high four-game losing streak from Aug. 16-Sept. 5…did not allow a run over his final 10 games beginning Sept. 10 for a season-high 9.1 inning scoreless streak (8 h, 4 bb, 11 so)…had surgery to remove a cyst on his right middle finger Oct. 6…the surgery was performed by Dr. McPherson Beall in Portland, Ore.
Established himself as one of the top relievers in Major League Baseball, appearing in a career-high 73 games...Ranked among National League relievers in ERA (8th, 2.28), holds (12th, 22) and games played (T12th, 73)...Led NL relievers (third in MLB) in ground ball percentage (66.5%)... Induced 17 double plays, the most among MLB relievers...Appeared in a career-high 73 games while allowing a career-low 51 hits...Recorded a 0.68 ERA (1 ER/13.1 IP) with 14 strikeouts, four walks, 10 hits and seven holds in his final 15 games of the regular season...Posted a 1.89 ERA (7 ER/33.1 IP) in 37 road contests...Tossed 16.1 consecutive scoreless innings from May 15 to June 24 (.185 avg against, 16 SO, 10 H)...Recorded his first career save, June 27 at CLE (0.2 IP)...Made his first appearance in the Postseason...Earned the win in Game 2 of the NLDS (1.1 IP, 2 SO).
Made his first Opening Day roster...Transitioned to the relief role...Induced ground balls at a rate of 63.8 percent (fifth in NL) and ranked 11th in MLB fastball velocity (96.4 MPH) in 2015...Held right-handed batters to a .187 / .276 / .216 line while surrendering just two extra base hits (2B, HR) in 134 at bats...Allowed fewer hits per nine innings in 2015 (8.25) than in 2014 (10.13)...Also improved strikeouts per nine innings in 2015 (8.65) as compared to 2014 (5.33)...Was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse on July 20 and recalled on Aug. 6...Struck out 14 in 12.0 scoreless innings of relief spanning five AAA games...Upon return, offered scoreless relief in next 12 games (13.0 IP)...Struck out 12, walked two and posted a 0.69 WHIP over that stretch.
Enjoyed six separate stints with the Nationals in 2014 despite never having pitched above Double-A entering the 2014 season...Was 1-3, 3.00 ERA in seven starts for the Nationals...Faced, among others, C.Kershaw, E.Volquez, A.Cashner, T.Hudson, J. Samardzija (16 combined Op. Day starts)...Made MLB debut April 12 at Atlanta (2.0 scoreless inn.)...Spun 5.0 inn. of two-run ball to pocket first career win, June 28 at CHI (G2)...Went 8-2, 3.35 ERA in 16 International League starts for Triple-A Syracuse...Fanned 7.1 batters per nine innings and walked just 2.2 batters per nine innnings at Triple-A
Combined on a 3.47 ERA and a in 23 games/22 starts for Harrisburg of the Double-A Eastern League and Auburn of the Short-season Single-A New York-Penn League in 3rd professional season...fanned a career-high 93 in 124.2 innings... was touched for only 9 home runs in 124.2 innings.
Began conversion to starting role, going 6-6 with a 4.70 ERA in 15 starts for Stockton of the Single-A California League...struck out a career-best 10 on June 12 vs. Bakersfield...posted a 2.08 ERA in 9 relief appearances, fanning 14 in 13.0 innings out of the bullpen...registered a gaudy 4.0/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (92 SO, 23 BB).
Posted a win, 2 saves, a 3.67 ERA and allowed only one homer in 30.0-inning pro debut with the Burlington of the Single-A Midwest League and the Athletics' Rookie-level Arizona Summer League entry.