Married, wife's name is Brett...The couple has a daughter, Murphy...Graduated from South Plantation (FL) HS...Attended Florida Gulf Coast University…As a junior, went 7-1 with a 2.09 ERA (21 ER/90.1 IP) in 12 starts…Ranked among Atlantic Sun Conference leaders in ERA (1st), wins (T-1st), innings pitched (3rd), complete games (1st, four) and strikeouts (4th, 76)…Unanimously selected as 2008 Atlantic Sun Conference "Pitcher of the Year" and First-Team All-Sun Conference… Selected by Texas in the sixth round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft and was the highest draft choice in Florida Gulf Coast University history at the time of his selection (No. 183 overall).
Pitched in a career-high 68 games in 2021. Went 3-2 with a 2.95 ERA in 58.0 innings...Allowed first walk of the season on 6/8 vs. COL after 25 appearances. Allowed just six walks all season. Tied with Atlanta’s Chris Martin (43.1 IP) for the fewest walks by any MLB reliever that pitched in 40 games or more...Entered the game with no outs and the bases loaded in a tie game on May 4 against Arizona. Struck out the side to strand all three runners...Finished the season with 17 consecutive scoreless appearances (14.1 IP)...Made his first career plate appearance on May 12 at Arizona. Recorded a sacrifice bunt.
Richard Sidney Bleier (Bly-er) pitched in 19 games for the Marlins in 2020 after being traded to Miami on Aug. 1. Finished the season 1-1 with a 2.63 ERA in 13.2 innings... Led all MLB pitchers with a 72.0 ground ball percentage.
His 53 appearances were the fourth-most on the team...Earned his first Major League save on 4/1 at TOR (1.0 IP, 2 H, ER, K); finished the season 4-for-5 in save opportunities ... Made his first career start on 9/20 vs. SEA (2.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, HR, K); had made 159 Major League relief appearances prior to the start...Went 3-0 with a 3.68 ERA (12 ER/29.1 IP) in 29 games (one start) after the All-Star Break, compared to going 0-0 with a 7.27 ERA (21 ER/26.0 IP) in 24 first-half appearances...Posted a 3.67 ERA (11 ER/27.0 IP) in 24 home games and a 6.99 ERA (22 ER/28.1 IP) in 29 road games...Made his season debut on 3/30 at NYY and allowed a home run to the first batter he faced (Troy Tulowitzki)...Had a 2.93 ERA (5 ER/15.1 IP) and two saves in 12 September games...Allowed at least three earned runs in four games; entered the season with only two career games of allowing three-or-more runs...Gave up a career-high four runs on 4/9 vs. OAK (1.1 IP, 4 H, HR, HB, 2 K)...Placed on the injured list on 4/11 (retroactive to 4/10 with left shoulder tendinitis) and reinstated on 5/16.
Tossed 19.1-straight scoreless innings from 4/7-5/9 (14 games); tied for the 11th-longest scoreless streak in the AL last season... Tossed a season-high 3.0 innings on 4/8 at NYY, his longest outing since his 2017 season debut on 5/3/17 at BOS (4.0 IP)... Earned his first win of 2018 on Opening Day (3/29) after tossing a scoreless 11th inning, allowing just one hit... Did not allow a run in seven games in June (5.2 IP)... Pitched to a 5.23 ERA (6 ER/10.1 IP) in 12 games in May; had a 0.54 ERA (1 ER/16.2 IP) in 12 games in March and April... Appeared in three-straight games from 6/5-7, recording a hold in each of them; was the second time during the season appearing in three-straight games (4/6-8)... Allowed runs in only four of his 31 appearances...Placed on the disabled list on 6/15 (left shoulder latissimus strain) and had season-ending surgery.
Acquired by the Orioles from the New York Yankees on 2/21 in exchange for a player to be named later...A member of Team Israel's provisional roster for the 2017 World Baseball Classic...Spent almost the entire season with the Major League club, posting a 1.99 ERA (14 ER/63.1 IP) in 57 relief appearances...Began the season with Triple-A Norfolk and appeared in five games before being recalled by the Orioles on 4/30... Sent back to the minors on 5/4 and recalled again on 5/14…Spent remainder of the season on the Major League roster... Overall, posted a 0.61 ERA (1 ER/14.2 IP) in eight relief appearances for the Tides...Posted a 2.10 ERA (7 ER/30.0 IP) in 30 home games and a 1.89 ERA (7 ER/33.1 IP) in 27 road games...His 57 appearances ranked fourth among Orioles relievers and were the most by an O's left-hander...Worked multiple innings in 18 of his 57 appearances…Tossed 2.0-plus innings in 11 outings...Made double digit appearances in three of the five months he pitched in (June-12, August-15, & September-12), while appearing in nine games the other months (May and July)... Earned his first career win on 5/16 at DET after working 1.2 frames in the bottom of the 12th and 13th innings...Tossed a career-high tying 4.0 innings in relief on 5/3, matching his previous career-high set on 9/12/16 vs. LAD (with NYY).
Posted a 1.96 ERA (23.0IP, 5ER) without recording a decision in 23 relief appearances over two stints with the Yankees (5/26-8/9 and 9/9-10/2)…retired 17-of-23 first batters faced (73.9%)…allowed 6-of-10 inherited runners to score (60.0%). Tossed 14.1 scoreless innings (6H, 2BB, 9K, 1HP) in 13 appearances at Yankee Stadium…marks the most consecutive scoreless appearances at the current Yankee Stadium to begin a career. Was signed to a Major League contract and selected to the Yankees' 25-man roster from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on 5/26…became the first Yankees pitcher since at least 1913 to not record a walk or strikeout in each of his first five Major League appearances (5/30-6/14). Made his Major League debut in 5/30 loss at Toronto and needed only three pitches to retire both batters faced in finishing the eighth inning…at 29 years, 44 days old, became the 12th Yankees pitcher since 1913 to make his Major League debut after turning 29 years old and the first since Amauri Sanit (31 years, 312 days) on 5/12/11 vs. Kansas City. Recorded his first career strikeout (Tony Wolters) in the seventh inning of 6/21 loss vs. Colorado (1.2IP, 2H, 2K). Did not allow a run over his final 13 games (all following the All-Star break), tossing 12.1 scoreless innings over the span (7H, 3BB, 8K, 1HP). Tossed 4.0 scoreless innings in 9/12 loss vs. Los Angeles-NL (1BB, 3K, 1HP), setting a career high in innings pitched and pitches thrown (61, previous: 36 in 1.2IP on 7/8 at Cleveland)…did not allow a ball to be hit out of the infield. In 12 games (10 starts) with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, was 2-3 with one save, a 3.72 ERA (58.0IP, 24ER) and 25K. Attended spring training with the Yankees as a non-roster invitee, posting a 2.25 ERA (4.0IP, 1ER) and 4K in four relief appearances.