Jordan Horton Lyles…became engaged to Breianna Miller on 10/26/19...has three brothers (Justin, Josh and Jake) and one sister (Jody)…participated in Rangers Virtual Winter Caravan prior to this season…lists Chipper Jones as his favorite baseball player and grew up a fan of the Atlanta Braves…graduated from high school and was drafted and signed by the Astros all on the same day (6/5/08).
Labored through his first season with TEX, finishing 1-6 with a career-worst 7.02 ERA (45 ER/57.2 IP)…led all MLB pitchers in runs (49) and earned runs (tied-45) allowed, and ranked among ML leaders (min. 55.0 IP) in highest ERA (1st), lowest SO/BB (2nd, 1.57), lowest SO/9 (2nd, 5.62), most baserunners per 9 (3rd, 14.36), and most HR/9 (5th, 1.87)… batters swung and missed on 23.2% of swings from 2017-19, but did so on just 16.8% of swings in 2020, a drop off of over 6%.
Had a 12-8 record and 4.15 ERA (65 ER/141.0 IP) in 28 starts for PIT and HOU…recorded career bests for wins, starts, strikeouts (146), and strikeouts per 9 innings (9.3), and was 0.2 IP shy of innings high (2013)…limited opposition to a .243 batting average with .220 AVG vs. RHB ranking 14th best in the N.L. (140.0+ IP)…opponent batting average with RISP and 2 out was .208 (10-48)…was 2-1, 2.17 in 5 starts vs. A.L. clubs.
PITTSBURGH: Was 5-7, 5.36 (49 ER/82.1 IP) in 17 starts with PIT…opened season on 10-day IL with right side discomfort before being activated on 4/4…went 2-0, 0.53 (1 ER/17.0 IP) in first 3 starts, working 5.0 SHO IP on 4/4 vs. CIN and 6.0 SHO IP on 4/19 vs. SF…overall, was 4-1, 1.97 (10 ER/45.2 IP) in first 8 G thru 5/17, allowing fewer than 2 runs 6 times…set a career-best with 12 SO on 5/17 at SD in final start of that span…went 1-6, 9.57 (39 ER/36.2 IP) in final 9 starts with PIT, issuing 23 R/20 ER in 12.0 IP in last 4 games…lost final 6 decisions after win 5/23 vs. COL, matching longest career losing streak (3rd time)…on 10-day IL with left hamstring strain, 6/10-29.
MILWAUKEE: Was acquired by the Brewers on 7/29 and went on to go 7-1 with a 2.45 ERA (16 ER/58.2 IP) and 1.108 WHIP figure in 11 starts the rest of the year…posted lowest ERA on Brewers staff for the season (50.0+ IP)…beginning with first MIL start on 7/31, ranked among MLB leaders (50.0+ IP) in wins (T5th), ERA (8th), opponent batting average (11th, .202), and opponent OPS (14th, .636)…was 5-0, 1.91 (8 ER/37.2 IP) in last 7 appearances, tying career-best for consecutive wins (also 4/2-5/10/14)…went 3-0, 2.39 (7 ER/26.1 IP) in 5 September starts to earn Brewers pitcher of the month honors…MIL was 10-1 in his 11 starts, the lone defeat coming by a 1-0 score on 8/11 vs. TEX (1 ER/7.0 IP) when he was beaten by Mike Minor (0 ER/8.0 IP)… allowed 2 or fewer runs in 9 of 11 starts…was on MIL's roster for N.L. Wild Card Game at WAS but did not pitch.
Split the season between SD and COL while also making five starts for El Paso (AAA)... Began the season with COL and made 33 relief appearances before being designated for assignment on 8/1 and signed by the Padres to a minor league contract on 8/8... Made five starts for El Paso and went 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA (10 ER, 20.0 IP)…worked at least 5.0 IP in each of his last three starts with a 2.87 ERA (5 ER, 15.2 IP) while limiting opposing hitters to a .214 average... Selected to the Major League roster on 9/1 and made the start in his Padre debut in Game 2 of the doubleheader sweep against LAD on 9/2…did not factor into the Padres' 7-2 win, tossing 4.1 IP of two-run ball, allowing six hits while striking out three... Earned his first ML win since 9/7/16 a year and a day later on 9/8 at ARI, working 5.0 IP of four-run ball, striking out six and walking none in the SD's 10-6 victory.
Went 3-4 with a 4.11 ERA (87.2ip/40er) and 84 strikeouts in 35 total games (eight starts) between San Diego and Milwaukee...Posted a 3.32 ERA (40.2ip/15er) in 27 relief appearances and a 4.79 ERA (47.0ip/25er) in his eight starts...Began season in the San Diego bullpen and was scored upon once in his first eight games (12.1ip/2er) thru 4/17...Made his first start on 5/10 vs. St. Louis and suffered a 2-1 loss (5.0ip/2r/1er)...Gave up just one hit and tied career high with 10 strikeouts while pitching a season-high 7.1 innings in a 4-0 win vs. Colorado on 5/15...Made his final start on 6/16 at Arizona (7.0ip/1r)...Was placed on the 10-day disabled list on 6/24 due to right elbow inflammation...Made two rehab starts with Triple-A El Paso on 7/19 (2.2ip/4r) and 7/24 (3.0ip/7r)...Was recalled from rehab and reinstated from the D.L. on 7/29...Made three more relief appearances (4.2ip/1er) with San Diego before being claimed off waivers by Milwaukee on 8/5... Was scored upon in each of his first three games with the Brewers (6.0ip/7r/6er) before making eight straight scoreless appearances to end the season (10.1ip)...Went 0-for-15 with three walks and three runs scored as a batter.
Made the Opening Day roster after recovering from left big toe surgery that forced him to miss most of the 2015 season … transitioned to a relief role after five starts, including his first home Opening Day nod...Had three stints on the Rockies' active roster … was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque April 25 after going 1-1 with a 7.64 ERA (17.2 IP, 15 ER) over his first four starts of the season...Was recalled May 20 and pitched 2.1 innings in a spot start while allowing six runs (four earned) in a start on May 23 before being optioned the next day … was recalled June 20 and transitioned to the bullpen, where he would remain for the remainder of the season … had last made a relief appearance on Aug. 26, 2013 at ChicagoAL while with Houston...In total, went 1-2 with a 8.55 ERA (20.0 IP, 19 ER) in his five starts...Went 3-3 with one save and a 4.42 ERA (38.2 IP, 19 ER) in 35 relief outings … scored upon in 14 of his 35 relief appearances...Recorded his first career win as a reliever July 5 at San Francisco...Earned his second career save, first as a Rockies pitcher, in his next appearance July 9 vs. Philadelphia...Pitched four scoreless innings July 19 vs. Tampa Bay, a career-long relief outing.
On the Opening Day roster, but had his season cut short after being placed on the disabled list June 1 with a medial collateral ligament injury in his left big toe that required surgery … also suffered a bruised pitching hand on a ball back to the mound May 13 in Anaheim. Made 10 starts for the Rockies in 2015 after making 22 starts in 2014. Went 2-5 with a 5.14 ERA (49.0 IP, 28 ER) in his 10 starts with a .290 opponent batting average, a 5.51 strikeouts-per-nine innings ratio, and a 3.49 walks-per-nine innings rate. Made three quality starts for the Rockies, all within his first four starts in the month of April. Went 2-1 with a 2.92 ERA (24.2 IP, 8 ER) with a .244 opponent batting average (21-for-86) over his first four starts of the season, and went 0-4 with a 7.40 ERA (24.1 IP, 20 ER) and a .330 opponent batting average (33- for-100) over his final six starts. At Coors Field, went 1-3 with a 4.55 ERA (29.2 IP, 15 ER) and a .296 opponent batting average in five starts … in five starts on the road, went 1-2 with a 6.05 ERA (19.1 IP, 13 ER) with a .282 opponent batting average. Four of his five losses came against NL West competition, against whom he went 1-4 with a 6.25 ERA (28.2 IP, 20 ER) in five starts. Won at Milwaukee in his first start of the year, 5-2, allowing five hits and two runs … other win was April 23 vs. San Diego, 2-1, allowing six hits and one run in 6.2 innings pitched. Rockies scored five runs while he pitched in his first two starts, but combined tallied 11 runs over his final eight outings for a total of 21 runs of support. Worked only 1.1 innings in his final start of the year May 31 at Philadelphia prior to being placed on the disabled list for the remainder of the season.
Lyles made 22 starts for the Rockies, tied for second-most on the club...was acquired by Colorado, with outfielder Brandon Barnes, on Dec. 3, 2013 from Houston for OF Dexter Fowler and a player to be named later; deal completed on June 3, 2014 for cash considerations...In his first season with Colorado, Lyles opened the season with Triple-A Colorado Springs but did not make an appearance before being called up on April 2 at Miami...in that start, Lyles went five innings and earned the win (5 hits, 4 R-ER, BB, 5 SO)...won his next start on April 7 vs. Chicago-AL, lasting 6.2 innings and giving up just one run on five hits...Tossed a season-high eight innings in the win on May 5 vs. Texas, surrendering two runs on seven hits...struck out a season-high eight batters on May 10 at Cincinnati over six innings in the 11-2 Rockies win (4 H, 2 R-ER, 4 BB)...Opened the season 5-0 with a 2.66 ERA (50.2 IP, 15 ER) spanning eight starts...received first loss snapping a five-game win streak on May 17 vs. San Diego (3.1 IP, 5 H, 6 R-ER, 6 BB, 3 SO)...on June 4 vs. Arizona, pitched four innings, allowing four runs (two earned) on seven hits before exiting the game with a fractured left hand...injury occurred as he was covering home plate on a wild pitch in the first inning...placed on the disabled list the following day, June 3, with a left third metacarpal fracture...missed 54 games in which the Rockies went 16-38 before being activated off the 60-day disabled list on Aug. 6...Won five straight decisions to begin the season, surpassing his career-high winning streak set in 2013 (May 22-June 18)...it's the longest winning streak to begin a season by a Rockie since Ubaldo Jimenez won a franchise record six-straight in 2010...Made two scoreless rehab appearances, one at High-A Modesto and one at Triple-A Colorado Springs, and allowed just six hits with eight strikeouts over 8.1 innings at the two stops...In 15 of his 22 starts, he limited opponents to three or fewer runs and pitched five or more innings in each of those 15...during those starts, he went 5-2 with a 2.85 ERA (91.2 IP, 29 ER) with 33 walks and 61 strikeouts...Lyles limited right-handed hitters to a .235 clip (57-for-243) this season, which ranks 17th in the National League for right-handed pitchers with at least 240 at-bats...The 24-year-old has made 87 career starts with more than half of them (46) reaching six innings...in those 46 starts, he's 16-10 with a 3.15 ERA (302.2 IP, 106 ER), 37 of those are quality starts...in comparison, when he doesn't reach the sixth inning, he's just 5-22 with a 7.93 ERA (194.0 IP, 171 ER) in 41 starts.
Set or tied Major League career highs in wins, appearances, starts, innings pitched and quality starts in what was his 3rd year in the Majors...tied for the club lead with 7 wins...went 7-9 with a 5.57 ERA (86ER/139IP) in his 25 starts and picked up his 1st MLB save in 1 of his 2 relief appearances...went 3-3 with a save and a 4.41 ERA (32ER/65.1IP) in his road appearances... Played the entire season at the age of 22, which made him the youngest American League pitcher this season to reach the 125 innings pitched plateau...among all MLB pitchers who were 22 or younger on June 30 of this season, Lyles ranked 1st in the AL and 4th in the Majors with 141.1 innings pitched...was the youngest member of the starting rotation this season, even though the club finished with 4 rookie starters in the rotation... Began the season with Triple-A OKC before being recalled on 5/2...spent the remainder of the season with the Astros... Posted a 1.74 ground ball to fly ball ratio, which ranked 12th in the American League...did not allow a home run in 40.0 straight innings spanning parts of 8 starts (6/7-7/21)... Over a 7-game run, from 5/17-6/18, posted a 1.61 ERA (8ER/44.2IP), which ranked 2nd in the AL in that time frame...posted a career-long, 3-game winning streak from 5/22-6/18, during which he posted a 1.59 ERA (7ER/39.2IP) in his 6 starts...in that stretch, allowed just 2 runs in 2 starts, 1 run in 3 starts and 0 runs in 1 start...marked the 1st time in his career to win consecutive decisions... Recorded a career-high 10 strikeouts in 7.0 shutout innings on 6/12 at SEA...at 22 years and 236 days old, Lyles became the youngest Astro to record 10-or-more strikeouts in a game since Larry Dierker fanned 14 on 5/7/69 at PHI when he was 22 years and 227 days old... Over an 11-game run from 5/17-7/10, posted a 3.11 ERA (23ER/66.2IP) and allowed 2 runs or less in 7 straight starts from 5/17-6/18, which tied for the longest such streak in the AL this season... Picked up his 1st Major League save on 8/26 at CWS...entered the game in the 9th inning with 2 outs and the bases loaded in a 10-8 contest...got behind in the count 3-0 on Avisail Garcia before striking him out on the final 3 pitches of the at-bat to earn the save... Made 6 appearances (5 starts) at OKC, posting a 2-2 record and a 5.32 ERA (14ER/23.2IP)...excluding 1 rough outing (5ER/1IP), posted a 2-1 record and a 3.57 ERA (9ER/22.2IP) in his other 5 appearances.
Set career highs in innings, starts, strikeouts, quality starts and wins in what was his second season in
the Majors...spent the majority of the season as the youngest starting pitcher in the National League...made
25 starts across four stints with Houston...three of his five wins came at Minute Maid Park, where he posted
a 4.30 ERA (36ER/75.1IP) and 60 strikeouts...pitched 182 combined innings in the minors (40.2IP) and MLB
(141.1IP)...increased his groundball percentage from 53% in 2011 to 66.1% in 2012...his 1.95 (252GB/129FB)
groundballs per flyball ratio ranked ninth in the NL among starters (min. 20 starts)...began the year in Triple
A OKC's rotation before getting recalled to Houston on April 29...optioned back on April 30 after making his
first MLB start of 2012 (April 29)...recalled to make two turns in the rotation from May 15-20...recalled on May
28 where he made his fourth start, before getting optioned to Triple A on May 29...officially recalled from
Triple A on June 3 and remained in the Astros' starting rotation to finish the season...recorded his first-career
complete game shutout on Sept. 30 at MIL in what was his final start of the season...held the Brewers to just
four hits and one walk on 103 pitches in his 9.0 innings...hit his first career homer in the game, which was also
the Astros' only home run by a pitcher in 2012...had a strong finish to the season, posting a 3-2 record with
a 3.49 ERA (15ER/38.2IP) and 29 strikeouts in his final seven starts...after giving up a homer in nine straight
starts from June 26-Aug. 12, allowed just one home run over his last eight starts of the season...ranked third in the Majors in home runs per 9.0 innings (0.21) over that eight-start span...spent nearly two months of
his season at Triple A OKC, where he went 5-0 with a 3.54 ERA (16ER/40.2IP) in seven starts...posted just
eight walks with 33 K's...at the time of his final call-up, ranked second in the Pacific Coast League with a 2.29
In 15 starts, went 2-7 with a 5.02 ERA (50ER/89.2IP)...was 2-3 with a 3.53 ERA (17ER/43.1IP) in seven home starts...pitched
156.1 innings combined in the minors (62.1IP) and MLB (94IP)...began the year in Triple A OKC's rotation before having his
contract purchased by Houston on May 30...optioned back on Aug. 21 and moved into a relief role, in an effort to limit his
innings pitched...officially recalled from Triple A on Sept. 2 and made five relief outings for Houston to finish the season...earned
his first career MLB victory on Aug. 3 vs. CIN (3ER/7IP)...went winless in his first 11 MLB starts, which tied an Astros record to
begin a career (also held by Bruce Von Hoff in 1967)...made his MLB debut on May 31 at CHC (2ER/7IP)...at the time of his debut,
Named the Astros Minor League Pitcher of the Year
after combining to post a 7-12 record and a 3.57 ERA
(63ER/158.2IP) in 21 games with Double A Corpus Christi
and six games with Triple A Round Rock...skipped the High-A
level by beginning the season with Corpus Christi...entered
the season ranked as the club's No. 3 prospect by Baseball
America...participated in the XM MLB All-Star Futures game
in Los Angeles (AL) and tossed 1.0 scoreless inning in relief...
also named a Texas League Midseason and Postseason All-
Star...along with teammate LHP Douglas Arguello, became
the first Corpus Christi pitchers in the TL All-Star Game since
2007 (Troy Patton)...earned the win in the ASG by tossing
1.0 scoreless inning in relief...finished fifth in the TL in ERA
(3.12) and tied for fourth in strikeouts (115)...named the
TL's Pitcher of the Week from June 14-20 after tossing a
combined 14.0 innings in two appearances allowing only
one run...later named Corpus Christi's Pitcher of the Month
for June (1-2, 2.10 ERA)...promoted to Round Rock on Aug. 6, at age 19, and finished his campaign with six starts...became the
first 19-year-old to participate in a Triple A game in 2010.
Named the Astros No. 6 prospect by Baseball America at the beginning of the
season...spent his entire campaign at Class A Lexington, going 7-11 with a 3.24 ERA (52ER/144.2IP)...finished fourth in the South
Atlantic League in innings pitched and third in strikeouts (167)...walked only 38 hitters all season...led all Astros minor leaguers
in strikeouts, while ranking fourth in ERA...named the 6th overall prospect in the SAL by BA following the season
in the supplemental first round (38th overall) of the June draft...was the highest right-handed pitcher taken by Houston in the
draft since 2002, when the club selected Derick Grigsby at number 29 overall...drafted, signed and graduated from high school
on the same day, June 5...reported to Rookie-level Greeneville, where he went 3-3 with a 3.99 ERA (22ER/49.2IP) in 13 starts...did
not pitch longer than 5.0 innings in any start...had consecutive 5.0-inning, shutout starts before a promotion to Class A Tri-City...
made two starts with the ValleyCats, posting a 6.35 ERA (4ER/5.2IP).