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39 Brett Oberholtzer SP
Height/Weight: 6-1/225 | Birthdate: 7/1/1989 | Birthplace: Christiana, DE | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Houston | College: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 7/3 | Average Draft Position: 247.71
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Astros' Castro impressed with BP sessions by Oberholtzer, Deduno


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2015) Astros catcher Jason Castro was behind the plate while Brett Oberholtzer and Samuel Deduno threw live batting practice Friday and liked what he saw from both pitchers, per the Houston Chronicle

“Obie looked good,” Castro said. “He had some good movement today, some late life on his sinker. He’s working on throwing changeups to lefties and righties, so it will be good for him. His curveball’s got some good bite on it too. For him at this point it’s just about finding that command because the movement is definitely there.

“Deduno was good. He’s the kind of guy that’s got unbelievable movement. He impressed me with his changeup actually today. I think that was a pitch that has probably improved the most since what I remember from him last year. Both of those guys look pretty good.”


Astros' Brett Oberholtzer working on adding cutter to pitching arsenal


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2015) Astros pitcher Brett Oberholtzer, primarily a fastball-changeup pitcher, is working on bringing back his cutter to his repertoire to help him earn a spot in the rotation, according to the Houston Chronicle on Tuesday.

"I threw a bullpen (Sunday), I threw about 35 pitches," Oberholtzer said, who hasn't used his cutter since his collegiate days. "Two cutters that were where I wanted them for strikes to righties. Been working on that. I had it in Triple-A and it was one of my better pitches, but like anybody, if you're a jack of all trades, you're a master of none. So sometimes, if I spent a lot of time on my changeup, I'd lose my cutter or whatever pitch it may be. So I'm trying to keep it up."

Oberholtzer used to throw a cutter, but wanted to narrow his focus to other pitches. He also said he's working on improving his curveball.

"My curveball, I'm trying to get that being more consistent, and that's what guys try to do all the time, is make adjustments and learn from their mistakes," Oberholtzer said. "Different shape. You try to get different looks. But they have to be effective. You can't just throw slop up there. I try to make it as good as possible and fine tune stuff."

Manager A.J. Hinch told reporters earlier in the week that Oberholtzer will get the first crack at the No. 4 spot in Houston's rotation. Last season, he registered a 4.39 ERA and 94:28 K:BB ratio in 143 2/3 innings.


Astros' Hinch: Oberholtzer has inside edge on No. 4 rotation spot


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/21/2015) Astros manager A.J. Hinch told reporters that pitcher Brett Oberholtzer will get the first crack at the No. 4 spot in Houston's rotation, according to the Houston Chronicle.

"It's leading right to Obie, right?" said Hinch when asked about the final rotation spots. "Obie's done a good job, and he's certainly the leading candidate. I caution against putting guys in pen too much, because you never know how things change. But Obie's done enough to be — he'll start one of the early games in camp, and be on a regular rotation as a starter preparation. And I think he's done enough to earn that right to be the first man in line.

"Is he the last man in line? I expect him to be, and he knows he's going to have to answer the bell and be good."

Oberholtzer registered a 4.39 ERA and 94:28 K:BB ratio in 143 2/3 innings in 2014.


Brett Oberholtzer chased in fifth inning of loss vs. Rangers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/23/2014) Astros pitcher Brett Oberholtzer took a loss Tuesday, allowing two earned runs on nine hits and three walks in just 4 1/3 innings while striking out three in his team's 2-1 defeat against the Rangers.

Oberholtzer (5-13) gave up both runs in the fourth inning, serving up a solo home run to lead off the inning and watching a run come home on a RBI single before a double play with two men on ended the inning. He's taken three straight losses and now owns a 4.39 ERA and 94:28 K:BB ratio in 143 2/3 innings. Oberholtzer is not scheduled to make another start.


Brett Oberholtzer drops one Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Astros pitcher Brett Oberholtzer was a hard luck loser Wednesday against the Indians. 

Oberholtzer allowed two runs on seven hits over 7 2/3 innings. He struck out three and did not issue any walks during the outing. Oberholtzer started out well, tossing three scoreless innings to open the game. He ran into trouble in the fourth, giving up a single and RBI double with two outs. He allowed another run with two outs in the sixth inning. With a man on first, Oberholtzer allowed a run-scoring triple. Oberholtzer would nearly make it through eight innings before he was pulled. He threw 94 pitches.

With the loss, Oberholtzer dropped to 5-12. He’ll take on the Rangers in his next start.


Astros return to a five-man rotation for now


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/14/2014) The Astros are skipping Brad Peacock's scheduled start on Monday against the Indians, as he is dealing with a sore lower back. Rather than replace Peacock, the Astros will move up their other five starters a day and, at least temporarily, put an end to their six-man rotation. Collin McHugh, Nick Tropeano, Brett Oberholtzer and Scott Feldman are now set to start against the Indians, and Dallas Keuchel will take the mound to open the weekend series against the Mariners on Friday.

There is currently no timetable for Peacock's return.


Brett Oberholtzer gets rocked in loss to Halos


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/13/2014) Astros pitcher Brett Oberholtzer was rocked by the Angels on Friday, dropping to 5-11 on the year. He was shelled for six runs -- four earned -- on five hits and no walks while striking out six over 4 1/3 innings of an 11-3 defeat.

Over his last three starts covering 15 innings, Oberholtzer has allowed 14 earned runs. He owns a 4.51 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP over 22 starts (131 2/3 innings). He will make his next start Thursday at home against Cleveland.

Brett Oberholtzer reaches seventh in win


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2014) Astros pitcher Brett Oberholtzer posted a quality start Friday against the Athletics.

Oberholtzer gave up three runs on seven hits over 6 1/3 innings. He struck out one and walked two during the outing. All three runs scored in the third inning. After giving up a leadoff single, Oberholtzer managed to load the bases with two walks. With the bases loaded, Derek Norris managed to single in two runs. Adam Dunn would later add another run on a single. After a visit to the mound, Oberholtzer was able to get the third out to end the inning. He was pulled after putting a man on in the seventh inning.

With the win, Oberholtzer improved to 5-10. He’ll take on the Mariners in his next start.


Brett Oberholtzer gets hammered by Rangers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/30/2014) Astros pitcher Brett Oberholtzer got hammered by the Rangers on Friday, dropping to 4-10 on the year. The left-hander permitted seven runs on nine hits and one walk while striking out two over 4 1/3 innings of a 13-6 defeat.

Of his last three starts covering 16 1/3 innings, Oberholtzer has allowed 14 earned runs. He owns a 4.39 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP over 20 starts (121 innings). His next start will come Friday at Oakland.

Brett Oberholtzer allows three runs in loss vs. Indians


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Astros pitcher Brett Oberholtzer took a loss Sunday, giving up three earned runs on 10 hits in 6 2/3 innings and striking out six in his team's 3-1 defeat against the Indians.

Oberholtzer (4-9) didn't issue a walk in the outing, and he's only walked four batters in his last six starts combined. However, he was far too hittable Sunday, giving up two doubles and eight singles in the loss. Oberholtzer owns a 4.01 ERA and 79:23 K:BB ratio in 116 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Rangers Friday.


Brett Oberholtzer has a rough outing against Yankees


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Astros pitcher Brett Oberholtzer had a tough outing Tuesday against the Yankees.

Oberholtzer allowed four runs on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings. He struck out seven and walked one. Oberholtzer turned in three scoreless innings before Brian McCann took him deep for a two-run shot in the third inning. The Astros managed to give Oberholtzer a lead in the sixth, but he couldn’t hold on. Oberholtzer gave up a leadoff single to lead off the bottom of the frame. That base-runner advanced to second on a balk. Oberholtzer then walked Carlos Beltran, and gave up a two-run double against Martin Prado, tying the game at four. He was replaced by Tony Sipp.

Oberholtzer will take on the Indians in his next start. 


Poor run support dooms Brett Oberholtzer to loss


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2014) One run allowed in seven innings was not good enough Wednesday to provide Astros starter Brett Oberholtzer a win. It was bad enough to lower his record to 4-8.

The left-hander yielded only a homer to Joe Mauer. He allowed six hits, walked none and fanned four for his sixth straight quality starter. Oberholtzer has surrendered only 12 runs in his last 41 innings pitched.

He will seek to maintain his momentum Tuesday against the host Yankees.


Brett Oberholtzer allows two runs in no-decision vs. Rangers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) Astros pitcher Brett Oberholtzer didn't factor into Friday's decision after giving up two earned runs on six hits and one walk in seven innings and striking out four in his team's 4-3 victory over the Rangers.

Oberholtzer served up a two-run home run in the top of the first inning and was in line for the loss before the offense finally came around with three runs in the bottom of the eighth. He owns a 4.05 ERA and 62:22 K:BB ratio in 97 2/3 innings after putting together five straight quality starts. Oberholtzer is scheduled to face the Twins Wednesday.


Brett Oberholtzer wins second straight decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/2/2014) Astros pitcher Brett Oberholtzer put together another quality start on Saturday, scattering two runs on six hits and one walk in seven innings while striking out five in his team's 8-2 victory over Toronto. Of his 92 pitches, 62 were strikes.

The win improved him to 4-7 on the year. Over his last two starts covering 13 2/3 innings, Oberholtzer has allowed five earned runs. The southpaw will seek his third straight win Friday at home against Texas.

Brett Oberholtzer gets back in win column


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Astros pitcher Brett Oberholtzer turned in a quality start Monday night against the A's, improving to 3-7 on the year. The southpaw permitted three runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out two over 6 2/3 innings of a 7-3 victory.

Oberholtzer picked up his first win since May 30. Over his last three starts covering 20 innings, Oberholtzer has allowed seven earned runs. He owns a 4.30 ERA and 53:20 K:BB ratio in 83 2/3 innings. He will make his next start Saturday at home against Toronto.

Brett Oberholtzer to start Monday vs. A's


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2014) The Astros announced Saturday that pitcher Brett Oberholtzer will start Monday's game against the A's.

The Astros had to choose between removing Oberholtzer or Brad Peacock from the rotation with Collin McHugh set to return, and Peacock lost out on the battle, being sent to Triple-A Oklahoma City Saturday. Oberholtzer owns a 4.32 ERA and 51:19 K:BB ratio in 77 innings.


Brett Oberholtzer gives up two runs in no-decision Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Astros pitcher Brett Oberholtzer didn't factor into the decision Tuesday after surrendering two earned runs on six hits and two walks in seven innings and not recording a strikeout in his team's extra-innings game against the A's.

Oberholtzer was handed a 2-0 lead after the top of the third innind, but he gave back one run in the bottom of the frame and the other on a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning. He has given up two runs or fewer in five of his last six starts, but he hasn't earned a win since rejoining the team in late June. Oberholtzer owns a 4.32 ERA and 51:19 K:BB ratio in 77 innings. He'll likely be taken out of the rotation if Collin McHugh is ready to return this weekend.


Brett Oberholtzer settles for no-decision vs. Red Sox


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2014) Astros pitcher Brett Oberholtzer ended the first half of the season on a solid note, despite failing to factor into the decision Saturday afternoon at home against the Red Sox. The left-hander allowed two runs on 11 hits and no walks while striking out three over 6 1/3 innings of a 3-2 victory.

Oberholtzer enters the All-Star break with a 2-7 record, along with a 4.50 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP over 12 starts (70 innings). It remains to be seen if Oberholtzer will remain in the rotation following the All-Star break.

Brett Oberholtzer to start Saturday for ailing Collin McHugh


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2014) Astros manager Bo Porter announced a change to the team's pitching plans for Saturday's game against the Red Sox Friday.

With Collin McHugh dealing with a figure injury, the Astros will have Brett Oberholtzer start in his place Saturday against the Red Sox. McHugh will be scratched from the start and sill instead take the All-Star break to heal before the team decides when to put him back in the rotation. 


Brett Oberholtzer dispatched to Oklahoma City


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2014) Brett Oberholtzer required a strong start Thursday against the Angels to have any chance to stick with the Astros, though the die might already have been cast. All doubt was removed when he gave up five runs in 6 1/3 innings to take the loss.

The result was that Oberholtzer was sent down to Triple-A Oklahoma City after the game. His roster spot will be assumed by reliever Josh Fields, who is coming off the disabled list Friday.

"I think I got the right mindset for it," Oberholtzer told the Houston Chronicle. "I'm pretty strong mentally, so I'll just go down and continue to work and get better."

Oberholtzer heads down with a 2-7 record and 4.66 ERA.


Brett Oberholtzer surrenders five runs in loss Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2014) Astros pitcher Brett Oberholtzer was stuck with a loss Thursday, giving up five earned runs on nine hits and three walks in 6 1/3 innings while striking out four in his team's 5-2 defeat against the Angels.

Oberholtzer (2-7) enjoyed a successful return to the rotation in last outing but couldn't duplicate his success Thursday. After surrendering an RBI single in the first inning, the pitcher came undone in the fourth, allowing four runs on four straight hits and a sacrifice fly. Oberholtzer owns a 4.66 ERA and 48:17 K:BB ratio in 63 2/3 innings. His next outing is to be determined, but it could come Wednesday against the Rangers.


Astros tinker with rotation for weekend series


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2014) Astros ace Dallas Keuchel has recovered from a wrist injury and is expected to start Friday against the Angels. He was originally slated to pitch Thursday, but Brett Oberholtzer will do so instead.

Keuchel, who missed his last start, had slumped after a brilliant run. He gave up eight runs in his last 13 innings. Oberholtzer earned another outing with a strong performance Saturday against Detroit.


Brett Oberholtzer surrenders one run in no-decision vs. Tigers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2014) Astros pitcher Brett Oberholtzer wasn't a factor in the decision in Saturday's spot start, giving up just one earned run on five hits and two walks in 6 1/3 innings while striking out four in his team's 4-3 loss to the Tigers.

Oberholtzer was called upon to make his first start since May 30 with Dallas Keuchel sidelined. He acquitted himself well, surrendering just an RBI single in the fifth inning and leaving the game with the lead, one the bullpen would relinquish in the ninth inning. Oberholtzer owns a 4.40 ERA and 44:14 K:BB ratio in 57 1/3 innings. He could face the Angels Thursday depending on Keuchel's health.


Brett Oberholtzer to get the call for Saturday spot start


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2014) Brett Oberholtzer will get the start for the Astros Saturday against the Tigers, according to CSNHouston.com.

Oberholtzer will make the spot start in Dallas Keuchel's place, after the latter was scratched due to swelling in his wrist. Oberholtzer will have to be recalled from the minors to make the start, though the transaction has yet to be announced.

Oberholtzer made nine starts for the Astros earlier in the season, posting a 4.76 ERA in 51 innings. 


Brett Oberholtzer sent down


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/1/2014) Astros pitcher Brett Oberholtzer has been optioned the the minors.

Oberholtzer is coming off two strong starts, but will be sent to the minors. He's posted a 4.76 ERA over 51 innings.