Dan Otero, Relief Pitcher, Cleveland Indians, #61
Date of Birth: 2/19/1985
Birthplace: Miami, Florida
College: Duke University, University of South Florida
Current Salary: $1,055,000
Dan Otero, relief pitcher for the Cleveland Indians, was first drafted in 2007 by the San Francisco Giants. He pitched in the Giants' minor league system from 2007 through 2011. He pitched 12.1 innings in 12 games with the Giants in 2012. He spent the rest of the season in the minors.
The New York Yankees claimed Otero off waivers on March 26, 2013, but he stayed with them only three days. On March 29th, the Oakland Athletics claimed him off waivers. He pitched in 33 games with the Athletics in 2013, finishing with a career low ERA of 1.38 in 39.0 innings. The following season, he had a 2.28 ERA in a career high 72 games. He finished the 2014 season with 8 wins to 2 losses and 45 strikeouts to 15 walks. He pitched in just 41 games with the Athletics in 2015 and he finished with a 6.75 ERA.
Otero was claimed off waivers by the Philadelphia Phillies on November 3, 2015. The following month, on December 18th, he was traded to the Indians. He pitched in 62 games with the Indians in 2016. He finished the season with 5 wins and 1 loss, 57 strikeouts to 10 walks, and a 1.53 ERA in 70.2 innings. In the postseason, he pitched 6.2 innings in 6 games and he gave up 6 hits, including 2 home runs, and 2 runs. He struck out 2 batters and walked none and had a 2.70 ERA.
Career pitching statistics for Otero through 2016 include:
- 220 games played
- 255.1 innings pitched
- 17-7 win-loss record
- 165 strikeouts to 39 walks
- 2.93 ERA