Drew Steckenrider

Position: RHP
Born: 01/10/91
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 215
B/T: R/R
Acquired: Drafted in the eighth round of the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft (MIA).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
0-0 with a 1.25 ERA and two saves over 16 games at New Orleans (Triple-A), striking out 26 while walking just eight and scattering nine hits in 21 2/3 innings for a miniscule .125 batting average against.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Recalled from New Orleans on May 23, when RHP David Phelps was placed on the bereavement list.
MLB Debut Date: 05/24/17

Debut Details
May 24, in a 4-1 loss to the Athletics. The last of three pitchers, he threw one scoreless inning, giving up one hit and striking out one batter. Of 24 pitches thrown, 19 were for strikes. Starting the bottom of the eighth coming on for right-handed reliever Brad Ziegler, he retired Ryon Healy on a 5-3 groundout before Trevor Plouffe singled to center. Mark Canha then struck out looking before Josh Phegley flew out to center to end the inning.

Player Notes
Just over a year after converting froma starter to full-time reliever, Steckenrider has put up some of the most dazzling numbers of any relief prospect in the game thanks to his mid-90s fastball and steadily improving and potentially-plus slider. Originally drafted out of the University of Tennessee where he was a reliever, he saw minimal innings in the first few years after being drafted, undergoing Tommy John surgery in mid-2013 which wiped out the next 18 months. In 2015, he returned and combined between Greensboro (Class A) and Jupiter (High A) to go 5-6 with a 3.00 ERA, appearing in 25 games, 13 of them starts, and striking out 78 while walking 42 in 96 innings. In 2016, though, he moved to the pen full time and cruised through Jupiter, Jacksonville (Double-A) and New Orleans, combining for a 2.08 ERA in 40 games, converting 14 of 15 save opportunities, and fanning 71 while walking just 19 and allowing 25 hits in 52 innings for a tidy .141 batting average against.