Tyler Clippard, Relief Pitcher, Houston Astros
Date of Birth: 2/14/1985
Birthplace: Lexington, Kentucky
Nickname: The Yankee Clippard
Tyler Clippard, relief pitcher for the Houston Astros, started pitching at the young age of eight. He was originally drafted by the New York Yankees in 2003. He played in the Yankees' minor league system from 2003 through most of 2007, joining the team for just six games in 2007.
The Yankees traded Clippard to the Washington Nationals in December, 2007. He spent most of the 2008 season in the minors, pitching in just two games with the Nationals. In 2009, he pitched 60.1 innings in 41 games out of the Nationals' bullpen. He finished that season with a 2.69 ERA.
Clippard continued to pitch out of the Nationals' bullpen in 2010, pitching mostly in the setup position. He finished the season with a 3.07 ERA, an 11-8 record, and one save in 91.0 innings in 78 games. The following season, he had a career low ERA of 1.83 in 88.1 innings in 72 games.
Clippard signed a one-year, $1.65 million contract with the Nationals in 2012. That season he became the Nationals' closer. He finished the 2012 season with a 3.72 ERA and 32 saves in 74 games. His ERA dropped considerably in 2013, when he finished with a 2.41 ERA. It was even better in 2014, when he had a 2.18 ERA.
On January 14, 2015, Clippard was traded to the Oakland Athletics. He was traded again on July 27, 2015, this time to the New York Mets. He finished the 2015 season with a 5-4 record, 19 saves, 64 strikeouts to 31 walks, and a 2.92 ERA in 37 games with the Athletics and 32 games with the Mets. In postseason play, he pitched 6.2 innings in 8 games and he gave up 7 hits, including a home run, and 5 runs.
Clippard signed a two-year, $12.25 million contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks on February 8, 2016. He returned to the Yankees in a trade on July 31, 2016. He finished the season with a 3.57 ERA, 4 wins and 6 losses, 3 saves, and 72 strikeouts to 26 walks in 40 games with the Diamondbacks and 29 games with the Yankees.
The Yankees traded Clippard to the Chicago White Sox on July 18, 2017. He was traded to the Astros on August 13th.
Career pitching statistics for Clippard through 2016 include:
- 558 games played
- 625.0 innings pitched
- 46-35 win-loss record
- 56 saves
- 684 strikeouts to 256 walks
- 2.95 ERA