Steve Cishek, Relief Pitcher/Closer, Seattle Mariners, #31
Date of Birth: 6/18/1986
Birthplace: Falmouth, Massachusetts
College: Carson-Newman College
Current Salary: $6,000,000
Steve Cishek, relief pitcher/closer for the Seattle Mariners, was first drafted by the Miami Marlins in 2007. He played in the Marlins' minor league system from 2007 through 2010, joining the Marlins for just three games in 2010.
In 2011, Cishek pitched 54.2 innings in 45 games with the Marlins and he had a 2.63 ERA. The following season, as a part-time closer for the Marlins, he had 15 saves and a 2.69 ERA in 63.2 innings in 68 games.
Cishek became the Marlins' full-time closer in 2013. That season, he had a career low ERA of 2.33 and 34 saves in a career high 69.2 innings in 69 games (also a career high). The following season, he had a career high 39 saves and a 3.17 ERA in 65.1 innings in 67 games.
Cishek was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals on July 24, 2015. He finished the season with a 3.58 ERA in 55.1 innings in 32 games with the Marlins and 27 games with the Cardinals. He was not a closer in 2015.
Cishek signed a two-year contract with the Mariners on December 14, 2015. He finished the 2016 season with a 2.81 ERA, 4 wins to 6 losses, 25 saves, and 76 strikeouts to 21 walks in 64.0 innings.
Career pitching statistics for Cishek through 2016 include:
- 373 games played
- 377.0 innings pitched
- 21-26 win-loss record
- 120 saves
- 408 strikeouts to 140 walks
- 2.82 ERA
Cishek and his wife Marissa were married in November, 2012. They have one daughter.