Eric Lance Lauer...son of Rick and Carole Lauer...has an older sister, Carli...was a three-year letter award winner at Kent State...as a junior in 2016, was named Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Year, College Baseball Hall of Fame Pitcher of the Year and a 2016 Golden Spikes Award Semifinalist...his 0.69 ERA while going 10-2 in 2016 was the nation's lowest ERA in more than 30 years...was the 505th overall pick by the Toronto in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft but did not sign...lettered four years at Midview High School, winning the conference championships in 2012 and 2013...as a high school senior, was team captain, All-County, All-Conference, First Team All-State, team MVP, Pitcher of the Year and Lorain County D1 Player of the Year...has a pet dog, Taz, and two cats, Snickers and Sampson... enjoys golfing and playing the guitar...his favorite TV show is Family Guy and favorite actors are Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg...roots for the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Cleveland Browns and New England Patriots...originally signed by Padres scout Matt Maloney.
Lauer (pronounced: LOUW-er, rhymes with "hour") became just the second pitcher of the entire 2016 draft class to make their ML debut, making 23 starts for SD after just 35 career minor league appearances (34 starts)...Became the 20th rookie in SD history to reach the 20-start plateau in a single season…teammate Joey Lucchesi became the 19th rookie to do so earlier in 2018, marking the first time SD has had two rookies make 20-or-more starts since 1977...it's now been done so five times (also: 1969, 1972 and 1974)...His 100 SO, along with Lucchesi's 145 SO, accounted for the first pair of SD rookies to surpass the 100-SO mark in the same season since Bob Shirley and Bob Owchinko in 1977...His 10 pickoffs led MLB, three more than the next closest hurler (SEA Marco Gonzales' seven)…Lauer (10) and Lucchesi (three) combined for 13 pickoffs, the most by a Padre rookie duo in franchise history…SD's 20 pickoffs ranked tied for first in the majors with CHC...Recorded pickoffs in five straight starts from 5/22-6/13, the longest pickoff streak in SD history and tied for the second-longest in ML history with four others...Made three starts with ELP to begin the season, going 2-1 with a 3.00 ERA (6 ER, 18.0 IP) and a .172 opponent average before having his contract selected by SD on 4/24...Became just the seventh opponent and 27th pitcher overall to make their big league debut as a starter at Coors Field on 4/24…only one other Padre did so (Anthony Bass on 6/13/11)...allowed a career-high seven runs (six earned) in 3.0 IP in SD's 8-0 defeat...Recorded his first ML victory in his third career start on 5/6 vs. LAD in Monterrey, Mexico, working 6.0 innings without allowing a run on seven hits…he became the first Padre pitcher to get his first career ML win in a game played outside the US and Canada. • After posting a 7.67 ERA from April-May through his first seven starts, he tallied a 2.76 mark in June (his next six starts) for a -4.91 ERA differential…his -4.91 ERA differential ranked first among all ML pitchers that tossed at least 25.0 IP from March-May and also at least 25.0 IP in June...Allowed three earned runs or fewer in eight consecutive starts from 6/2-7/10...his 2.33 ERA from 6/2-7/10 was the 10th-lowest mark among all ML starters, the sixth-lowest in the NL and second-lowest among all rookies...On 7/10 vs. LAD, was one out shy of becoming the first Padre rookie to throw a complete game shutout since Clay Hensley in 2006...he tossed 8.2 IP of four-hit ball, allowing one run behind a career-high 115 pitches and matching a career high with eight SO...Placed on the 10-day DL on 7/31 with a left forearm strain and missed the team's next 26 games before being reinstated on 8/30...Over his final five starts from 8/30-9/28, went 1-0 with a 1.07 ERA (3 ER, 25.1 IP) and a .174 opponent average...In his 10 starts vs NL West opponents, posted a 4-1 record with a 2.62 ERA (16 ER, 55.0 IP)...In his three starts vs. LAD, he went 3-0 with a 0.92 ERA (2 ER, 19.2 IP)…with his three straight wins vs. LAD, he became the first Padre rookie to win three straight starts against any single divisional opponent since Jimmy Jones vs. ATL in 1987 (ATL was in NL West at the time)...Did not factor into the decision in either of his two interleague starts (6/19 vs. OAK and 9/15 vs. TEX), despite posting a combined 1.64 ERA (2 ER, 11.0 IP)...Opponents hit .225 (25-for-111) against him with RISP and .189 (10-for-53) with RISP/2 out. ..Tossed at least 5.0 IP in 16 of his 23 starts, owning a 6-2 record, a 2.21 ERA (22 ER, 89.2 IP), .254 opponent average and 1.30 WHIP…when he tossed less than 5.0 IP, he went 0-5 with a 12.90 ERA (32 ER, 22.1 IP), a .394 opponent average and a 2.51 WHIP...When he received three-or-more runs of support (eight starts), he owned a 4-0 record with a 2.93 ERA (14 ER, 43.0 IP)...when he received two runs of support or fewer (15 starts), he went 2-7 with a 5.22 ERA (40 ER, 69.0 IP)...Relied on five pitches this season: four-seamer (59.3%), cutter (18.8%), curve (11.4%), slider (6.8%) and changeup (3.6%).
Split the season between Lake Elsinore (A) and San Antonio (AA), posting a combined 6-8 record and a 3.30 ERA (45 ER, 122.2 IP)...Named a California League Mid-Season All-Star for Lake Elsinore...prior to the All-Star game, he owned a 2.15 ERA (15 ER, 62.2 IP)...Struck out a career-high 10 hitters on 6/20 vs. Rancho Cucamonga but was tagged with the loss in the Storm's 5-3 defeat...Promoted to San Antonio on 6/28 and made 10 appearances (nine starts), posting a 4-3 record with a 3.93 ERA (24 ER, 55.0 IP) with 48 SO against 17 BB...In his Double-A debut on 7/2, tossed a career-high 7.2-shutout innings and earned the win at Northwest Arkansas, striking out nine and walking none in the Missions' 1-0 victory...In his final five appearances (four starts) in August from 8/1-31, went 2-1 with a 1.00 ERA (3 ER, 27.0 IP) with 26 SO to nine BB and limited the opposition to a .181 average...Made his first career postseason performance with San Antonio on 9/9 at Midland in Game 4 of the Texas League semifinals...allowed seven hits and one run in 4.2 IP in the Missions' 6-3 defeat.
Made two starts with the AZL Padres (R), seven with Tri-City (A) and one with Fort Wayne (A), owning a cumulative 2.03 ERA (7 ER, 31.0 IP) with 37 SO against nine BB...Named an Organization All-Star for San Diego by MiLB...In seven starts with Tri-City, had a 1.44 ERA (4 ER, 25.0 IP) with 28 strikeouts against seven BB.