Dennis Ryan Tepera ... Attended Brazoswood High School and Sam Houston University in Huntsville, Texas...Played shortstop in his senior year of high school ... Is an avid golfer.
Recorded a career-high seven saves ... Led the team with 19 holds... Also led the team in 2017 with 18 holds ... Earned his 1st win of the year on March 31 vs. NYY, his 1st career win against the Yankees (1.0 IP, 1BB, 1K) ... Recorded his 1st save of the season on May 25 at PHI, the 4th of his career... Notched another save on May 27 at PHI, recording saves in back-to-back outings for the 1st time in his career ... Picked up his 5th win of 2018 (12th career) on June 24 at LAA... Had won 12 of his last 15 decisions ... Placed on the disabled list from June 28-July 14 with right elbow inflammation, his 1st career DL stint ... Posted a 1.80 ERA with a .143 OBA over his last 18 appearances (15.0 IP, 7H, 3ER, 9BB, 15K).
Among AL relievers, ranked T-4th in wins (7) and T-5th in IP (77.2)…The seven wins were the most by a Toronto reliever since Jason Frasor had seven in 2009 ... Set career marks in wins, innings, games (73), strikeouts (81), SO/9 (9.39) and opponents' OPS (.633) ... Held left-handed hitters to a .196 AVG (20-for-102) and kept opponents to a .205 average overall ... Allowed a career-high four earned runs in just 0.1 IP (3H, BB, HR) on April 16 vs. BAL ... Pitched 3.0 innings en route to his 1st career win on April 21 at LAA…The win came in his 59th career game, which is the most games in team history for a pitcher before earning his first W (Koch - 57G in 2000) ... Picked up his 1st save of the year on April 25 at STL (1.0 IP, 1H, 1K), his first save since Sept. 12, 2015 at NYY ... Threw a career-high 3.1 innings while recording a personal-best five strikeouts on April 30 vs. TB ... Put together a career-best scoreless streak of 19.0 innings from April 30-May 27, the longest streak by any Toronto pitcher in 2017 ... Went 26 consecutive batters without allowing a hit from May 3-14 ... On May 26 vs. TEX, had a streak of 17.1 straight IP without allowing an XBH snapped after giving up a double to Joey Gallo ... Had a streak of retiring the first batter he faced snapped at 12 consecutive batters on May 30 vs. CIN after giving up a leadoff single in the 7th inning ... Struck out at least one batter in a career-best 13 consecutive outings from June 7-July 9 ... On July 6 vs. HOU, allowed a home run for the first time since April 16 vs. BAL, a span of 38.2 IP without allowing one ... Gave up a home run to the first batter he faced for the first time in 2017 (47-BF) on July 31 at CWS...It was also the first HR he allowed in a close-and-late situation (104-BF) ... Recorded his 6th win on Aug. 5 at HOU (2.0 IP, BB, 2K), pitching 2.0+ innings for the first time since May 14 vs. SEA ... Suffered his 3rd blown save on Aug. 23 at TB but picked up his 7th win in the process (1.0, H, BB, K)…Gave up an infield single to Longoria which snapped a streak of 18 straight batters faced without allowing a hit ... Surrendered his 1st career grand slam on Aug. 26 vs. MIN (Max Kepler) ... Allowed four hits on Aug. 31 at BAL to tie a career high (3x, last: Sept. 9, 2016 vs. BOS) ... Recorded his 2nd save of the season (3rd career) on Sept. 9 vs. DET.
Made seven separate stints with the Blue Jays in 2016...Over his last final 17 appearances with TOR last season, recorded a 1.69 ERA (3ER/16.0 IP), while striking out 17 batters...Stranded 12 of the 14 runners he inherited as a Blue Jays reliever last year...Has limited LHB to a .167 average (14-84) in his ML career...Four of those 14 hits however, have been home runs...In 37 outings with the Bisons posted a 2.58 ERA (13 ER/45.1 IP), while limiting opposing hitters to a .205 average...Over his final 13 appearances with Buffalo (July 7-Aug. 31) surrendered only two earned runs over 14.1 IP (1.26 ERA)...Was named to all three postseason rosters in 2016 (AL Wild Card, ALDS and ALCS)... Appeared in only one game in the playoffs for Toronto, tossing 0.2 scoreless innings in game one of the ALDS at TEX.
Had three separate stints with Toronto in 2015. In 21 outings with the Bisons posted a 1.06 ERA (4ER/34.0IP) while limiting hitters to a .138 average. From June 8-Sept. 4 allowed just 2ER over 17.1 IP in 16 contests (1.04ERA). 18 of his final 23 appearances were scoreless…Six of the seven ER he has allowed over those outings were via a HR. Held hitters to a .248 OBP which ranked as 3rd lowest among the pitching staff behind Osuna (.234) & Lowe (.235). His .137 average vs. LH hitters (7-51) was best on club and 4th best in AL (min. 50 AB's). Was added to postseason roster after Brett Cecil was injured but did not appear in a game.
Only player on Buffalo roster to be active throughout the entire 2014 season...Despite not making a start, finished T-2nd on the Bisons in wins (7) and 5th in strikeouts (67)...Was 2nd on club in games pitched (51) behind only Bobby Korecky (55)...Finished T-1st on club in holds (8) and 2nd in games finished (23)...Had multiple strikeouts in 18 of 51 outings... Posted 67 strikeouts in 64.0 IP for a 9.4 SO/9 IP ratio...Posted nine consecutive scoreless outings, July 22-Aug. 15 (11.2 IP, 7 H, 3 BB, 9 SO)...Retired the first batter he faced in 31 of his 51 outings (61%)...Held RH hitters to just one home run in 147 at-bats (.245, 36-147).
Moved to Dunedin (High-A) for all of 2011... TEAM LEADER: Led the club in starts (23) and innings pitched (146.1), and tied for the club lead with Asher Wojciechowski with 11 wins... Won his first three decisions and won two or more consecutive on four occasions, while losing two decisions in a row only once... ROAD WARRIOR: Fared better away from Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, posting a 7-3 record with a 3.66 ERA... At home was 5-3 with 5.16 ERA... Did not walk more than three batters in any of his 27 outings... Now owns a .639 wnning percentage for his career with a 23-13 record.
Moved to Lansing (Low-A) for 2010 making 24 appearances (22 starts)... Led the Lugnuts in wins (9) and was second in starts, ERA (3.98) and innings pitched (120.0).
Began his career with the Blue Jays Gulf Coast entry in the GCL... Made six relief appearances going 2-0 with a 0.71 ERA before moving into the rotation... Made five starts to close out the season, posting a 1-1 record with a 2.25 ERA... Overall batters hit just .150 for the season.