Derek Robert Law...Instagram: @dereklaw64...he and his wife, the former Chelsea Gielarowski, were married on December 31, 2016 and have one son, Nolan Robert (12/22/18)...is a diehard fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers...was voted Most Athletic and Best Dancer in high school...his father Joe is a former right-handed pitcher who spent nine seasons in Oakland’s farm system with a 64-49 career record...was on A’s active MLB roster for four days in 1988 but never appeared in a game...Joe built a mound for Derek on the side of the house, where Derek began pitching at seven years old...he was Derek’s pitching coach at every level through high school...loves baseball history with a particular interest in the Negro Leagues... he has been collecting baseball figurines since he was a kid...his most prized are: Hall-of-Famers Josh Gibson and Satchel Paige...pitched two seasons at Miami Dade College (FL)…was 8-5 with 2.35 ERA and 121 strikeouts in 92.0 IP in 2011 and had a 3.06 ERA while fanning 76 in 64.0 IP in 2010...played at Seton-La Salle Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, PA (graduated 2009)…was a two-time Pittsburgh all-area selection in baseball.
Signed by Texas as a minor league free agent on Jan. 30 and was an invite to Rangers spring training...appeared in six exhibition games, posting a 2.70 ERA (6.2 IP, 2 ER) with two walks and five strikeouts...Placed on Rangers’ 60-man Player Pool and spent entire season at club’s alternate site at Globe Life Park in Arlington...Declared free agency on Nov. 1 and signed minor league contract with Minnesota on Nov. 12.
Was traded by SF to TOR on 4/2 and went on to rank 2nd on the Blue Jays staff in games (58), relief innings (56.2), saves (5), and games finished (18) and T3rd in holds (8)…set career highs for saves, total IP (60.2), and strikeouts (67)…opened season at Buffalo (AAA) before TOR purchased his contract on 5/3…issued runs in 19 of 54 relief appearances, allowed 11 of 24 inherited runners to score with 21 of 54 first batters reaching base…was 1-2, 4.45 (31 ER/56.2 IP) in his 54 games out of the bullpen and allowed 5 ER/4.0 IP in his first 4 MLB starts as the opener…opponents batted .256, .237 (28-118) vs. LHB and .275 (33-120) vs. RHB. Posted a 6.89 ERA (24 ER/31.1 IP) over his first 29 games/4 starts with the Jays through 7/18…had a 1.75 ERA (5 ER/25.2 IP) in his next 24 appearances to drop his season figure to 4.58 on 9/17…that included a 16.0 innings scoreless streak over 16 games from 7/18-8/22, 1.0 IP shy of his career best…permitted 4 ER in 3.2 IP in his last 5 outings…tied career-high with 4 SO, 5/8 vs. MIN…worked 2.0 IP on 5 occasions…had 5 saves in 6 tries, going 4 for 5 in a 10-game span, 8/2-24…earned lone win on 9/17 at BAL…was 2-1, 1.69 with 2 saves in 8 games at Buffalo, working 6.0 scoreless innings in his last 5 appearances.
Made five stints with the Giants and went 1-0 with a 7.43 ERA (11er, 13.1ip) in seven appearances...Threw 2.0 scoreless innings and earned his only win of the season on August 20 at New York-NL...Was appointed the 26th Man for the Giants' doubleheader on April 28 vs. Los Angeles-NL...recorded his first career hit with a single off RHP Pedro Báez in the 7th inning of Game 1...Was placed on the 10-day injured list from May 9-29 with an ankle injury...Spent the majority of the season with triple-A Sacramento...went 1-3 with a 4.20 ERA (19er, 40.2ip) in 33 games and went 8-for-9 in save opportunities...Was not recalled September 1 due to a high ankle sprain.
Had two stints with the Giants, going 4-1 with a 5.06 ERA (21er, 37.1ip)...Made his first-ever Opening Day roster...Went 3-0 with a 2.40 ERA (4er, 15.0ip) over his first 16 appearances with San Francisco...Had a nine game stretch from late May-mid June where he allowed 12 earned runs and 20 hits (including four home runs) in 8.2 innings (12.46 ERA)...was optioned to triple-A on June 19...Was recalled from triple-A on Sept. 1 and posted a 3.68 ERA (3er, 7.1ip) in 10 outings...Went 1-1 with a 2.48 ERA (9er, 32.2ip) and 10 saves in 25 games with triple-A Sacramento.
Rookie right-hander completed his first season in the big leagues as one of the best Giants relievers, posting a 2.13 ERA in 61 games. Started the season with triple-A Sacramento... was recalled on April 15, taking the roster spot of RHP Sergio Romo, who was placed on the 15-day DL. Made his big league debut on April 15 at Los Angeles-NL...struck out Adrian Gonzalez then allowed a triple to Justin Turner before striking out Howie Kendrick and Trayce Thompson…his fastball topped 96 mph. Earned his first big league win on May 7 vs. Colorado after tossing a scoreless 13th inning in the Giants' 2-1 win. His 2.13 ERA ranked as the sixth-lowest figure among National League relievers. Had a 17.0 inning scoreless streak that spanned 19 games from July 4-Aug. 16...it was tied for the eighth longest scoreless inning streak among relievers. His 0.96 WHIP ranked as the 10th best figure among relievers in the National League. Allowed nine walks in 55.0 innings...his 1.47 BB/9.0 average ranked as the fourth best figure among relievers in the NL. Was placed on the 15-day disabled list Aug. 28 with a strain in his right elbow and missed 15 games.
Came back from his recovery of Tommy John surgery and appeared in just 28 games with Double-A Richmond, going 0-1 with a 4.56 ERA and 13 saves...allowed 31 hits in 25.2 innings...had a WHIP of 1.52.
Was a non-roster invitee to big league camp and was so impressive that he wasn't sent down to the minors until the final weekend...Was ultimately assigned to double-A Richmond where he posted a 2.57 ERA and converted 13 of 14 save opportunities in 28.0 innings...However, suffered an elbow injury in early June that required Tommy John surgery, which ended his season...Was leading the Eastern League in saves prior to his injury...Left a road game on June 8th at Reading's FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading, PA , under the supervision of Squirrels' Athletic Trainer David Getsoff, Manager Russ Morman and Pitching Coach Ross Grimsley…was originally diagnosed with forearm tightness, but it was later learned that his injury would require "Tommy John" surgery…Law learned that his season had ended while at the team's hotel in Trenton, NJ.
Combined to go 5-4 with a 2.50 ERA (17 ER, 61.1 IP) in 46 appearances between ARL-Giants, Class A Augusta and Class A Advanced San Jose...Posted a remarkable 102-to-12 strikeout/walk ratio between all three clubs (8.2 K/BB)...Was a perfect 11-for-11 in save chances with San Jose and didn't issue his first walk until his 18th appearance...Had a 45-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 25.2 innings with San Jose...Went 1-0 and did not allow a run in 12.1 innings (11 appearances) for the Scottsdale Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League...Ranked fourth in the AFL in games finished (eight)...Was named to Arizona Fall League Top Prospects list.