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50 Grant Balfour RP
Height/Weight: 6-2/200 | Birthdate: 12/30/1977 | Birthplace: Sydney, Australia | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Tampa Bay | College: No College | MLB Experience: 12 | Salary: /images/baseball/mlb/players/170x170/223474.png | Owned/Started%: 3/1 | Average Draft Position: 9999
 
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Projections
TimeframeIPWLSVERAWHIPKBBI
2015 Season (CBSSports.com)66.202.004.003.003.241.1767.0032.00
 
Key Stats
IPW-LSVERAKsBB
4.10-006.2304
 
Games Played By Position
YearC1B2B3BSSOFDHSPRP
2015000000006
20140000000065
 
Injury Report
No Injury Reported
More Injuries
 
Situational Stats
SituationIPWLERASVBBSO
vs LHB 1.000 0.00010
vs RHB 2.200 0.00000
 
Recent Trades
DateTradedTraded For
12/17/2014Jake Marisnick, CF HOU
Ryan Cook, RP OAK
Grant Balfour, RP TB
 
Last 10 Games
DateOppWLSVIPHAERBBAKs
4/6BAL0000.10000
4/7BAL0000.11010
4/10@MIA0001.01000
4/14@TOR0001.00000
4/15@TOR0001.00000
4/18NYY0000.21330
 
Rank Among Leaders
 
 
 
Latest News

Rays DFA reliever Balfour after Saturday pounding

by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/18/15) The Rays have seen enough of faltering reliever Grant Balfour. After he surrendered a grand slam Saturday night to Chris Young, he was designated for assignment, per the Tampa Tribune.

The 37-year-old Balfour has been struggling since last season, when he arrived in Tampa as the closer and quickly lost the job. He had pitched 3 2/3 shutout innings this season before walking three and giving up the blast to Young on Saturday.

Rays will revisit closer-by committee approach once McGee returns

by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/1/15) Rays manager Kevin Cash reiterated that he won't name a closer for now, and will take a closer-by committee approach to start the season, per the Tampa Tribune on Wednesday.

"We're not going to name a closer," Cash said. "There's going to be guys that we'll lean on to pitch in those (high) leverage situations. It just doesn't make sense to me to come out and name a closer when the game can be on the line in the seventh and eighth inning."

Brad Boxberger, who saved two games last season, was deemed as the favorite by Cash earlier this spring to see the ball in the ninth while Jake McGee is sidelined with an elbow injury. Grant Balfour and Ernesto Frieri have combined for 152 out of 164 career saves on Tampa Bay's active roster.

Cash indicated that he will revisit his closer approach once McGee returns from injury.

"We'll revisit it," Cash said, "but it's too early to tell."

Rays' Cash changes course, plans to take closer-by-committee approach

by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/30/15) A day after indicating Brad Boxberger would be the team's closer while Jake McGee is sidelined with an elbow injury, Rays manager Kevin Cash said Monday he is not going to name a closer, per the Tampa Bay Times. Cash added they will use several relievers in save situations.

"There's going to be guys that we'll lean on to pitch in those leveraged situations," Cash said, per MLB.com. "But it just doesn't make sense to come out and name a closer when the game could be on the line in the seventh or eighth inning."

Cash added they will revisit the closer situation once McGee comes off the disabled list. McGee is expected to miss the first month of the season.

Along with Boxberger, Grant Balfour, Kevin Jepsen and Ernesto Frieri could all be used in save situations.

"We're comfortable with all of our bullpen options," Cash said. "I don't see us leaning toward anybody just waiting to pitch the ninth inning."

Rays RP Grant Balfour allows run in debut

by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/23/15) Rays relief pitcher Grant Balfour surrendered a solo home run in his spring debut Monday. It was the only hit allowed in one inning of work for Balfour, who had been away from the team for several weeks due to the death of his father in Australia.

Rays RP Grant Balfour on track to make spring debut Monday

by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/21/15) Rays reliever Grant Balfour threw 38 pitches Friday in live batting practice Friday and is on track to make his spring debut Monday against the Pirates, according to The Tampa Tribune.

“Everything was very, very good. He felt great,” manager Kevin Cash said. “Didn’t even realize he threw that many pitches. I asked him how many, and he said 25. He missed by almost 15 pitches.”

 
 
 

 
Upcoming 7 Games
DateOppTimeScheduled Starter
4/21/15BOS7:10 pmWade Miley
4/22/15BOS7:10 pmJoe Kelly
4/23/15BOS7:10 pmClay Buchholz
4/24/15TOR7:10 pmR.A. Dickey
4/25/15TOR6:10 pmDaniel Norris
4/26/15TOR1:10 pmMark Buehrle
4/27/15@ NYY7:05 pmAdam Warren
= probable start
Pitching Stats
YearTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVSVOINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
2001MIN00 13.50200000 2.23442032
2003MIN10 4.151710001 26.0231212401430
2004MIN41 4.353600001 39.1351919422142
2005MIN00 ---000000 0.00000000
2007MIL-TB12 7.662500000 24.2302121212030
2008TB62 1.545100045 58.1281010302482
2009TB54 4.817300049 67.1593836623369
2010TB21 2.285700001 55.1431614301756
2011OAK52 2.476200027 62.0441717802059
2012OAK32 2.53750002426 74.2412121412872
2013OAK13 2.59650003841 62.2482018702772
2014TB26 4.91650001215 62.1493434314157
2015TB00 0.00500000 3.22000010
Total 3023 3.4453310084106 539.0405212206467249571
Batting Stats
YearTeamGABRHHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2001MIN2000000000 --- --- ---
2003MIN17000000000 --- --- ---
2004MIN36000000000 --- --- ---
2007MIL-TB25000000000 --- --- ---
2008TB51100000100 .000 .000 .000
2009TB73000000000 --- --- ---
2010TB57000000000 --- --- ---
2011OAK62000000000 --- --- ---
2012OAK75100000100 .000 .000 .000
2013OAK65000000000 --- --- ---
2014TB65000000000 --- --- ---
2015TB5000000000 --- --- ---
Total 533200000200 .000 .000 .000
Fielding Stats
YearTeamPosnGGSTCPOAEDPFLD%
2001MINP20101001.000
2003MINP171404001.000
2004MINP360734001.000
2007MIL-TBP250615001.000
2008TBP510505001.000
2009TBP730413011.000
2010TBP570422001.000
2011OAKP620624011.000
2012OAKP7501367001.000
2013OAKP65071511 .857
2014TBP650615001.000
2015TBP5000000 ---
Total  533163174513 .984
More Pitching Stats
YearTeamIBBGOAOGO/AOSBCSPKBKWPAVGPAMB9SLGRPF
2001MIN033 1.0000000 .33314 20.31.0000
2003MIN22127 0.8121000 .235115 12.8 .4081
2004MIN12745 0.6422003 .238172 13.3 .3401
2005MIN000 ---00000 ---0 --- ---0
2007MIL-TB02020 1.1031200 .316121 18.6 .4840
2008TB12862 0.4521002 .143224 8.0 .2301
2009TB04977 0.7361001 .235289 12.6 .3555
2010TB23373 0.4522014 .216222 9.8 .3471
2011OAK15168 0.8710000 .199242 9.3 .3395
2012OAK25889 0.6933002 .160289 8.4 .2532
2013OAK25065 0.8001009 .206262 10.8 .3223
2014TB35963 1.0350104 .217270 13.1 .3503
2015TB047 0.5700000 .15414 7.4 .2310
Total 14403599 0.7226123125 .2082234 11.0 .33222
Postseason Pitching Stats
YearTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVSVOINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
2004MIN00 0.00200000 2.20000002
2008TB00 6.231000000 8.211662187
2010TB00 0.00300000 3.22000001
2012OAK01 5.40200011 1.23110012
2013OAK10 0.00300011 3.00000013
Total 11 3.202000022 19.21677211015
Minor League Pitching Stats
YearTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
1997 R-Twins24 3.761312000 67.0733128142043
1998 R-Elizabethtn72 3.361313000 77.2703629752775
1999 A-Quad City85 3.531914001 91.2663936763795
2000 A-Fort Myers85 4.253510006 89.0914642883490
2001 AA-New Britain21 1.083500013 50.02666102272
2001AAA-Edmonton22 5.51110000 16.1181110201017
2002AAA-Edmonton24 4.16580008 71.1603433303088
2003AAA-Rochester52 2.412111005 71.0482119631687
2006 A-Sarasota00 7.9450000 5.28750137
2006 A-Dayton00 0.0020000 2.00000003
2006 R-Reds00 13.5022000 1.11220132
2007 AA-Huntsville00 2.3880002 11.183300421
2007AAA-Nashville11 1.69240005 32.01766201147
2008AAA-Durham10 0.38150008 23.2511101039
2010AFA-Charlotte Stone Crab01 13.5022000 1.12320032
2011AAA-Sacramento River Cat00 9.0010000 1.02110010
 
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