Richard Bleier

Position: LHP
Born: 4/16/1987
Height: 6'3
Weight: 215
B/T: L/L
Acquired: Signed as a minor league free agent on December 18, 2015 (NYY). Originally drafted in the sixth round of the 2008 MLB First-Year Player Draft (TEX).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
CURRENT SEASON STATS: 1-1 with a 2.84 ERA in seven starts at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Triple-A), striking out nine while walking four and allowing 30 hits in 31.2 IP.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Contract purchased from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre May 26 when LHP Chasen Shreve went on the 15-day DL.
MLB Debut Date: 5/30/2016

Debut Details
May 30, in a 4-2 loss to the Blue Jays. The last of three pitchers, if you blinked you missed Bleier’s perfect two-thirds of an inning. Coming on with one out in the eighth inning in relief of Nick Goody, it took him a grand total of three pitches — all strikes — to complete the inning, as he retired both Michael Saunders and Justin Smoak on infield groundouts.

Player Notes
Like Jacob Barnes (below), Bleier became one of two Florida Gulf Coast University products to make his big league debut within a four-day period. The veteran, who brought a 4.04 ERA in his first eight seasons into 2016, had gone a combined 14-5 with a 2.57 ERA in 28 games for the Nationals between Harrisburg (Double-A) and Syracuse (Triple-A) in 2015, striking out 65 and walking just 16 in 171.2 IP. Now with his fourth organization, he began his career in the Rangers system before the Blue Jays — the team he faced in his major league debut — plucked him out of the Texas chain in the 2013 Rule 5 Draft. One year later, he signed as a minor league free agent with the Nationals organization, before once again entering the free agent market and inking with the Yankees on December 18, 2015.