Eric signed a one-year minor league contract with the Cubs on Jan. 13, 2022, after pitching the last two seasons in the Milwaukee Brewers organization... In 51 major league appearances, all out of the bullpen is 2-1 with a 3.52 ERA (21 ER/53.2 IP) with 31 strikeouts... Is 21-20 with a 2.93 ERA (147 ER?451.2 IP) over 338 career minor league appearances (two starts)... Was named the Brewers Unsung Hero in 2020 as voted on by members of the Milwaukee Chapter of the BBWAA after posting a 1.54 ERA (4 ER/23.1 IP) in the abbreviated 60-game season... Was claimed by Milwaukee off waivers from San Diego, Nov. 15, 2019... Made his major league debut with San Diego in 2019, going 0-1 with a 2.31 ERA (3 ER/11.2 IP) over 10 appearances... Pitched for seven seasons in the Padres organization after signing originally signing with the club as a non-drafted free agent, July 21, 2013... After going undrafted in 2013, was going to pursue his master's degree, but drove 20 hours to pitch in the independent Pecos League... While playing for the Taos Blizzard, the team folded ... went on to pitch for the Trinidad Triggers before signing with San Diego as a non-drafted free agent... Graduated from Seattle University with a degree in humanities for teaching and a minor in math ... was inducted into Seattle University's Hall of Fame, March 2019... Between his sophomore and junior seasons, transitioned to pitching sidearm, at the suggestion of his college coach, Donny Harrel... Attended Richland (Wash.) High School, where he was a two-sport athlete in basketball and baseball.
Split the 2021 season between Milwaukee and Triple-A Nashville, appearing in 17 games for the Brewers and 39 for Nashville... Was limited due to an injured list stint from May 1-25 with a right shoulder strain... With Nashville, finished the season with a 2.33 ERA (5 ER/19.1 IP) over his last 21 outings... Held right-handed hitters to a .220 average (18-for-82).
Went 2-0 with a 1.54 ERA in a team-leading 24 relief appearances during his first season with Milwaukee...Was named Brewers Unsung Hero as voted on by members of the Milwaukee Chapter of the BBWAA...His 1.54 ERA tied for fourth among National League relievers (minimum 20ip)...Held opponents to a .224 batting average...Retired 17 of 24 first batters faced (70.8%)...Stranded seven of 12 inherited runners (58.3%)... Earned his first Major League win on 8/16 at Chicago-NL...Went unscored upon in 12 of his last 13 outings, posting a 0.71 ERA (12.2ip, 1er)...Tossed 2.1 perfect innings (2k) in Game 1 of the NL Wild Card Series at Los Angeles.....stranded two inherited runners.
Spent most of the season at Triple-A El Paso and went 0-2 with a 2.83 ERA and 7 saves in 43 relief appearances... Had two stints with San Diego (8/21-8/23 and 9/3-end)... Went 0-1 with a 2.31 ERA in 10 relief appearances with San Diego... Retired 5 of 10 first batters faced (50.0%)... Stranded 3 of 7 inherited runners (42.9%)... Made his Major League debut on 8/21 at Cincinnati (0.1ip, 2h, 3r, 1er, 1bb)... In his second MLB outing, 8/23 vs. Boston, allowed 2 runs on 4 hits in 2.2 innings, including a 3-run homer to J.D. Martinez... Did not surrender a run over his last 8 appearances with the Padres (8.2ip, 6h, 2bb, 5k, .194ba)... Was claimed off waivers by Milwaukee on 11/15.
Split the season between El Paso (AAA) and San Antonio (AA), making 48 appearances with a 5-4 record and a 4.13 ERA...Went 10 straight appearances (all with SA) without giving up a single run (4/25-5/18)...Among all SA pitchers who also did not start a game, his 39.1 IP ranked second behind Jason Jester's 60.1 IP...On the road with ELP, owned a perfect 0.00 ERA in seven appearances and 10.1 IP and a .147 opponent clip...at home with ELP, had a 10.32 ERA (13 ER, 11.1 IP) with a .385 opponent AVG...On the road with SA, he owned a 5.30 ERA (11 ER, 18.2 IP) with a .333 opponent clip...at home with SA, had a 1.74 ERA (5 ER, 20.2 IP) and a .214 opponent average...Made 14 relief appearances for the Gigantes in the Dominican Winter League, posting a 3.38 ERA with seven SO.
Split the season between El Paso (AAA) and San Antonio (AA), posting a combined 2.05 ERA (16 ER, 70.1 IP)...Converted six of 10 save opportunities between the two clubs, appearing in 49 games (all in relief)...Fanned a career-high 60 batters (52 with the Missions and eight with the Chihuahuas)...Named a Texas League Mid-Season All-Star...prior to the All-Star game, owned a 3-0 record and a 2.21 ERA in 25 appearances...His 2.05 ERA is the second-best mark in a single season (behind his 1.89 ERA in 2013 with the AZL Padres...in each of his five professional seasons, he has yet to have an ERA over 3.00...Posted a 1.04 WHIP while with San Antonio and a 0.89 WHIP with El Paso...Allowed just 20 runs to score and 16 earned runs, his best marks since his first professional season in 2013 with the AZL Padres, when he allowed five runs and four earned runs in 12 appearances...Following the season, made 18 relief appearances for Gigantes del Cibao of the Domincan Winter League, posting a 2-1 record with a 0.48 ERA (1 ER, 18.2 IP).
Appeared in 12 games with San Antonio (AA) and 37 games with El Paso (AAA), owning a cumulative 2.93 ERA (23 ER, 70.2 IP)...Tossed a career-high 70.2 innings between the two clubs...While with El Paso, had a 1.42 ERA (4 ER, 25.1 IP) on the road and a 4.13 ERA (13 ER, 28.1 IP) at home...Tossed a career-high 5.0 innings on 7/24 at Sacramento...allowed just two hits and not a single earned run...also fanned a career-high five batters in the game...Yardley's 2.85 ERA in 37 games with El Paso was the lowest mark on the pitching staff (among those who made at least 10 appearances).
Owned a 2.97 ERA (22 ER, 66.2 IP) between Lake Elsinore (A) and San Antonio (AA) in 52 total appearances...Named a California League Mid-Season All-Star...had a 3.94 ERA (13 ER, 29.2 IP) with 25 strikeouts across 26 games...His 16 saves (all with the Storm) set a career-high in a season...Named to the Arizona Fall League's Rising Stars game after the season.
Appeared in 42 games with Fort Wayne (A) and four games with San Antonio (AA), fostering a 2.95 ERA (21 ER, 64.0 IP) and fanning 59 batters
Spent his first professional season with the AZL Padres (R), going 2-0 with a 1.89 ERA (4 ER, 19.0 IP) in 12 appearances.