Tony Sipp, Relief Pitcher, Houston Astros, #29
Date of Birth: 7/12/1983
Birthplace: Pascagoula, Mississippi
College: Clemson University
Current Salary: $6,000,000
Tony Sipp, relief pitcher for the Houston Astros, was first drafted by the Cleveland Indians in 2004. He played in the Indians minor league system from 2004 through 2008.
Sipp joined the Indians for 46 games in 2009. He had a 2.93 ERA in 40.0 innings. The following season, he had career highs in games played (70), innings pitched (63.0), and strikeouts (69 to 39 walks). He finished the 2010 season with a 4.14 ERA. He had similar numbers in 2011, pitching 62.1 innings in 69 games and finishing with a 6-3 record, 57 strikeouts to 24 walks, and an improved ERA of 3.03. In 2012, he had a 4.42 ERA in 55.0 innings in 63 games.
In December, 2012, the Indians traded Sipp to the Arizona Diamondbacks. He pitched 37.2 innings from the Diamondbacks' bullpen before they designated him for assignment on August 4, 2013. At the time, he had a 4.78 ERA.
Sipp signed a minor league contract with the San Diego Padres in February, 2014. Three months later, he was released on May 1, 2014. That same day, he signed with the Astros. He pitched in 56 games with the Astros in 2014, finishing with 63 strikeouts to 17 walks and a 3.38 ERA in 50.2 innings. He had a career low ERA of 1.99 in 60 games in 2015. In the postseason, he pitched 5.1 innings in 6 games and he gave up one hit and one run.
Sipp signed a three-year, $18 million contract with the Astros on December 11, 2015. He finished the 2016 season with a 4.95 ERA, 1 win to 2 losses, 1 save, and 40 strikeouts to 18 walks in 43.2 innings in 60 games.
Career pitching statistics for Sipp through 2016 include:
- 480 games played
- 406.2 innings pitched
- 22-18 win-loss record
- 7 saves
- 432 strikeouts to 183 walks
- 3.65 ERA