David Riske #54

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David Riske MLB Career Stats

20-20 3.67 497.2 441 1.31

David Riske Bio

  • Full Name: David Richard Riske
  • Born: 10/23/1976 in Renton, WA
  • Draft: 1996, Cleveland Indians, 56th rd. (1559th overall)
  • College: Green River CC
  • Debut: August 14, 1999
  • Ret., Final Game: 8/15/2010
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MLB Career Stats 20 20 3.67 462 0 22 497.2 441 1.31


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Season SV Rank
2003 8 20th in AL
2004 5 23rd in AL
2007 4 22nd in AL


Season G Rank
2003 68 15th in AL
2004 72 12th in AL
2007 65 25th in AL


Season HLD Rank
2003 17 10th in AL
2007 16 15th in AL

David Riske Latest Transactions

Team Date Transaction
February 15, 2011 Baltimore Orioles invited non-roster RHP David Riske to spring training.
February 8, 2011 Norfolk Tides signed free agent RHP David Riske.
August 23, 2010 Milwaukee Brewers released RHP David Riske.
June 8, 2010 Milwaukee Brewers activated RHP David Riske from the 60-day disabled list.
May 21, 2010 Milwaukee Brewers transferred RHP David Riske from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.
May 20, 2010 Brevard County Manatees sent RHP David Riske on a rehab assignment to Nashville Sounds.
March 25, 2010 Milwaukee Brewers placed RHP David Riske on the 15-day disabled list.
November 6, 2009 Milwaukee Brewers activated RHP David Riske from the 60-day disabled list.
June 4, 2009 Milwaukee Brewers transferred RHP David Riske from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.
April 16, 2009 Milwaukee Brewers placed RHP David Riske on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to April 10, 2009. Tight right elbow

David Richard Riske Bio Info

Is married, wife's name is Missy...The couple has two sons, Payton and Maddox, and a daughter, Myla...Graduated from Lindbergh (WA) High School...Attended Green River Community College...Is a collector of Nike Air Jordan basketball shoes, owns over 100 pairs...Is an avid fan of the Seattle Seahawks...Enjoys golf. 2010 Appeared in 23 games for Milwaukee, pitching to a 5.01 ERA (23.1IP, 13ER) in 23 games...Was placed on the 15-day DL on March 25 and pitched on rehab for Class-A Brevard County (3 games) and Triple-A Nashville (8 games)...Transferred to the 60-day DL on May 21 and was reinstated on June 8...Struck out 16 and walked 8...Held left-handers to a .133/.188/.167 line in 32 plate appearances...Pitched to a 3.75 ERA (12.0IP, 5ER) at Miller Park and a 6.35 ERA (11.1IP, 8ER) on the road...Had a 2.31 ERA (11.2IP, 3ER) in the first half and a 7.71 ERA (11.2IP, 10ER) after the All-Star break...Given his unconditional release on August 25 2009 Made his only appearance on 4/9 at San Francisco...Was placed on the 15-day disabled list on 4/16 with a tight right elbow (retroactive to 4/10).Underwent "Tommy John" surgery on 6/2 in Los Angeles, performed by Dr. Lewis Yocum...Was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on 6/4 2008 Went 1-2 with a 5.31 ERA and 2 saves in 45 relief appearances in his first season with the Brewers...Retired 30 of 45 first batters faced (66.7%)...Stranded 18 of 26 inherited runners (69.2%)...Had a save in his Brewers debut on 3/31 at Chicago-NL...Earned his only win of the season on 7/2 at Arizona...Was on the 15-day disabled list from 5/15-6/18 with a hyper-extended right elbow...Did not pitch after 9/7.....had surgery on 9/23 to remove a bone spur from his right elbow (Dr. William Raasch). 2007 Was a stalwart in the Royals bullpen, recording one of the best seasons of his career with a 1-4 record and a 2.45 ERA in 65 appearances...His 65 appearances were the third-most in his career, trailing only 2004 (72) and 2003 (68)...Finished just out of the top 10, posting the 11th-best ERA among A.L. relievers with a 2.45...Was sensational at Kauffman Stadium, posting a 1.69 ERA in 34 appearances, allowing 7 earned runs in 37.1 innings...Held lefties to a .202 (20-for-99) average against him while right-handers hit .265 (41-for-155)...Improved as the inning moved on, allowing a .289 (26-for-90) average with no outs, a .225 (18-for-80) average with 1 out and a .202 (17-for-84) average with 2 outs...Opponents hit .194 (13-for-67) against him with runners in scoring position.  Began the season as the Royals closer with Octavio Dotel on the 15-day D.L... saved 2 of his first 3 opportunities and 4 of 8 overall on the season...Tied with Jimmy Gobble for the team-lead with 16 holds...Started the season slowly, posting a 0-2 record with a 6.97 ERA (10.1 IP, 16 H, 8 ER) in 10 April appearances...rebounded to go 1-2 with a sparkling 1.67 ERA (59.1 IP, 45 H, 11 ER) in his fi nal 55 outings of the season...His slow start follows his career trend to date, as he has a 5.16 career April ERA and a no higher than a 3.53 ERA in any month thereafter...Recorded a streak of 17.1 consecutive scoreless innings beginning on May 1 and including his first inning of work on June 12 against the Cardinals before Ryan Ludwick broke the streak with a solo home run...Allowed just 2 runs in a 31.1-inning span from May 1 to July 14 (30 appearances), posting a 0.57 ERA...Named the Royals Pitcher of the Month for May, tossing 13.1 innings of shutout baseball over 14 appearances...allowed 7 hits and 6 walks and struck out 13...Pitched a career-long 3.0 innings on June 20 in the Royals eventual 14-inning loss at St. Louis...did not allow a run on 3 hits and 2 walks, striking out 3. 2006 Split his season between the Red Sox and the White Sox, compiling a 1-2 record with a 3.89 ERA (44.0 IP, 19 ER) in 41 appearances...Made just 1 appearance for the Red Sox on April 4 before being placed on the 15-day D.L. on April 12 with a low back strain...returned to Boston on May 22 and made just 7 more appearances for the Red Sox before being traded to Chicago in exchange for left-handed pitcher Javier Lopez on June 15...Following the trade, made 33 appearances for the White Sox, going 1-1 with a 3.93 ERA...Recorded a 2.75 ERA (19.2 IP, 6 ER) in 19 games prior to the All-Star break and a 4.81 ERA (24.1 IP, 13 ER) following the break...Limited right-handers to a .224 (26-116) average while lefties hit .280 (14-50) against him...did allow 5 of his 6 home runs to right-handers...Posted a 2.63 ERA (24.0 IP, 7 ER) 20 road appearances, but had a 5.40 ERA (20.0 IP, 12 ER) in 21 home games...Did not allow a run in 25 of his 41 appearances...Did not allow a run in 9 June appearances...tossed 11.0 innings, allowing 6 hits and 4 walks while striking out 8...Earned his only win of the season on Aug. 1 at Kansas City, tossing 1.2 perfect innings in a 7-5, 10-inning White Sox victory...Was acquired by the Red Sox from the Indians prior to the 2006 season on Jan. 27 with outfielder Coco Crisp and catcher Josh Bard in exchange for right- handed pitcher Guillermo Mota, infielder Andy Marte, cash considerations and a player to be named later. 2005 In his final season in Cleveland, went 3-4 with 1 save and a 3.10 ERA in 58 relief appearances...Limited hitters to a .208 batting average (55- 265), the 11th-lowest mark among all A.L. relievers...equally successful against righties (.204) and lefties (.213)...Issued just 15 walks in 72.2 innings, an average of just 1.86 free passes per 9.0 innings...did not issue more than 1 walk in any outing and did not issue a walk in 43 of his 58 appearances...Recorded a 0.38 ERA (23.2 IP, 1 ER) in 17 outings during the day...Allowed just a .220 (20-91) batting average with runners on base and just a .212 (11-52) average with runners in scoring position...Held 1st-batters to a .151 (8-53) average and walked just 3 of the 58 1st-batters he faced. Allowed only 7 of 30 inherited runners to scored (23.3%), good for 12th in the A.L...Recorded a streak of 14-consecutive scoreless innings from April 11-May 17, the longest streak by an Indians reliever in 2005...Did not allow an earned run through his 1st 17.0 innings, spanning 13 appearances...Struggled mid-season, posting a 6.20 ERA (20.1 IP, 14 ER) from May 17-June 25...following that stretch, recorded a 2.72 ERA (36.1 IP, 11 ER) in 29 appearances the remainder of the season. 2004 Began the season as Cleveland's closer, struggled in the spot and returned to the set-up position in mid-May, where he blossomed and regained his dominant form...appearing in a career-high 72 games, he went 7-3 with 5 saves and a 3.72 ERA, fanning 78 batters in 77.1 innings...tied for 4th in the league in relief wins, tied for 12th in appearances and ranked 15th in relief innings pitched...after carrying a 12.34 ERA (16 ER/11.2 IP) thru his first 12 outings of the season, turned his season around as a set-up man, going 7-2 with a 2.19 ERA (16 ER/65.2 IP) in his final 60 appearances to lower his ERA 8.62 points to a season-ending 3.72...won a career-high and 2004 Cleveland season-high 7 decisions in a row from May 29-August 25, the longest winning streak among all major league relievers and tied for the 7th-longest winning streak in the American League all season...as a closer to start the year, blew his first 2 save chances Opening Day at Minnesota on April 6 and April 10 at Kansas City before recording his first 2 saves April 18 vs. Detroit and April 22 vs. Kansas City...was removed from the closer's role after posting an ERA of 12.27 in 8 April outings...would soon turn in his best months of the season in June (1.00 ERA, 2 ER/18.0 IP with 26 strikeouts) and August (1.76 ERA, 3 ER/15.1 IP)...in his final 32 outings from July 22 through the end of the season, had a 2.03 ERA (7 ER/31.0 IP), while his ERA after August 2 was 1.73 (5 ER/26.0 IP) in 27 outings...26 of his 35 2nd-half outings were scoreless...fanned a season-high 5 batters June 11 vs. Cincinnati...ranked 2nd on the club with 9 holds...his .224 batting average allowed vs. lefties was 12th-best among league pitchers. 2003 Turned in another consistent campaign, concluding as the club's closer for the final 6 weeks and going 7-for-7 in save opportunities...overall, went 2-2 with 8 saves and a 2.29 ERA, the 8th-lowest ERA among American League relievers...led the club with 17 holds (tied for 10th in the league) finished 2nd on the team with 68 appearances and 8 saves...his .138 batting average vs. lefties was the lowest in the A.L...ranked fourth among league relievers with a .196 batting average against and was 5th with a .181 average against with runners on base...only 9 of his 39 inherited runners scored, the 8th-best percent (23) in the league...got off to a shaky start, allowing 6 runs and 2 home runs in his first 4 appearances (covering 4.1 innings) and took a 12.46 ERA into his 5th outing of the season...suffered a blown save on Opening Day at Baltimore, March 31, allowing a 2-run homer to Marty Cordova...after posting a 4.22 ERA (5 ER/10.2 IP) in 8 outings in April, finished the season by posting an ERA of 2.84 or lower in each of the season's final 5 months, 1.98 or lower in 4 of the months...in fact, he boasted a microscopic 1.66 ERA (13 ER/70.1 IP) in his final 64 outings of the season, a 1.56 ERA (10 ER/57.2 IP) in his final 55 outings, and a 1.07 ERA (3 ER/25.1 IP) in his final 24 games from July 27 on...did not allow an earned run in 14 consecutive outings, covering 13.1 innings, for a month from May 15-June 15...posted a 0.66 ERA (1 ER/13.2 IP) in 13 outings in August, holding foes to a .109 batting average...was named the club's closer on August 15 and saved all 7 chances through the rest of the year...issued only 20 walks while fanning 82 in 74.2 innings, an average of 2.4 walks and 9.9 strikeouts per 9 innings...limited opponents to a .191 batting average with runners in scoring position, a .205 mark in such situations and 2 outs...was practically unhittable when the count reached 2 strikes, holding opponents to a .109 batting average...opponents batted just .050 (1-for-20) when facing a 3-2 count...the Indians went 40-28 (.588) in games in which he appeared...retired 69 percent of first batters faced (47-of-68). 2002 Split the season between the Indians, Triple-A Buffalo and the disabled list, going 2-2 with a 5.26 ERA in 51 big league outings...struck out 65 in 51.1 innings with the Tribe, an average of 11.4 strikeouts per 9 innings, the 3rd-best mark among relievers in the majors...after a fantastic spring during which he posted a 0.75 ERA (1 ER/12.0 IP) in 10 outings, carried that momentum into April by not allowing an earned run in his first 8 outings and taking a 3.86 ERA (5 ER/11.2 IP) into May...struggled in May and June, combining to go 1-1 with a 7.31 ERA (13 ER/16.0 IP) in 21 outings before being placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 19 with a lower back and right hamstring strain...was on the shelf through July 17 after making 4 rehab outings with Triple-A Akron from July 4-14...upon his activation, made 2 outings (2 ER/3.0 IP) and was optioned to Buffalo July 20 when Charles Nagy returned from injury...was recalled on August 15 for the rest of the season...much like April, posted a solid September by going 1-0 with a 3.29 ERA (5 ER/ 13.2 IP), including a 1.59 ERA (2 ER/11.1 IP) in his final 8 appearances of the season...struck out a career-high 6 batters September 11 vs. Toronto. 2001 Established himself as a reliable big league set-up man following a strong 2nd half with the Indians after beginning the campaign with Triple-A Buffalo...stayed healthy through the entire season after spending nearly all of 2000 on the disabled list with back and shoulder problems...went 2-0 with a 1.98 ERA in 26 relief outings for the Tribe, limiting foes to a .206 batting average...tossed scoreless ball in 21 of the 26 outings...made a brief 4-day appearance with Cleveland from June 23-26, returned to Buffalo and then was recalled to the Indians on July 23 for the rest of the season...made his 2001 Indians debut June 25 at New York, tossing 2.2 scoreless frames, a career high...was impressive in August, going 1-0 with one save and a 2.13 ERA (3 ER/12.2 IP) in 12 appearances...earned his first career save August 22 at Oakland...his August 26 win at Seattle was the 2nd of his career, and his 2nd against his hometown Mariners...in his last 15 outings from August 22 through the end of the season, went 2-0 with a 2.89 ERA (3 ER/9.1 IP)...overall, limited foes to a .161 batting average (5-for-31) with runners in scoring position, including a .067 mark (1-for-15) in those situations and 2 outs...in the Division Series vs. Seattle, provided 3 scoreless outings covering 3.2 innings, fanning 5...spent the first half of the season with Buffalo, going 1-2 with a 2.36 ERA in 38 relief outings...the 15 saves ranked 5th in the International League at the time of his 2nd recall to Cleveland. 2000 Battled injuries for nearly the entire season and was limited to just 5 appearances between Double-A Akron and Triple-A Buffalo...reported to spring training in February and began experiencing soreness in his lower back...was diagnosed as a bulging disc, and he was placed on the disabled list March 25...began a 30-day rehab assignment in Akron on April 22, then made 2 relief outings for Buffalo on April 25 and 28 before feeling more pain in the region...had surgery May 5 in Cleveland by Dr. Louis Keppler to repair the bulging disc...was transferred to the 60-day disabled list May 29...began a rehab assignment with Akron on August 28 and was activated by the Indians on September 4, but did not pitch again...attempted to pitch for Buffalo in the International League playoffs but experienced pain in his throwing shoulder...was placed back on the 60-day disabled list on September 14 with a torn labrum in his right shoulder and had surgery September 26 in Los Angeles by Dr. Lewis Yocum. 1999 Turned in another sensational minor league campaign and got his first taste of the big leagues during the final 7 weeks of the season...began the season in Double-A Akron, where he allowed only 5 hits in 23.2 innings en route to 12 saves and a 1.90 ERA in 23 outings...held Eastern League batters to a .067 average (5-for-75) with one homer and 33 strikeouts in 23.2 innings...promoted to Triple-A Buffalo June 21, he went 3-0 with 4 saves and a 0.79 ERA in 19 outings to earn his first call to the majors on August 9, when his contract was purchased by the Indians...made his major league debut Augut 14 vs. Baltimore and pitched a scoreless 9th inning, fanning Albert Belle looking to end the frame...earned his first major league win in his hometown of Seattle on August 22 at Safeco Field, tossing 1.2 scoreless innings...was placed on the disabled list August 31 with a strained left oblique muscle and began a rehab assignment on September 2, appearing in 4 games and tossing 5.0 hitless innings...was activated on September 10 and remained with the Tribe the rest of the way, going 1-1 with an 8.36 ERA in 12 relief appearances...was eligible for post-season play, but was not on the 25-man Division Series roster...at the minor league level, combined to go 3-0 with 18 saves and a 1.23 ERA (7 ER/51.1 IP) in 46 outings...held minor league hitters to a combined .113 batting average against (19-for-168), surrendering only one long ball. 1998 Earned Indians Minor League Pitcher of the Year and Carolina League Reliever of the Year kudos...went 1-1 with a league-high 33 saves and a 2.33 ERA in 53 outings for Single-A Kinston...won league Rolaids Reliever of the Year honors with 99 points and was a mid-season and post-season CL All-Star...struck out 67 in 54.0 innings, an average of 11.2 strikeouts per 9 innings...was promoted to Double-A Akron on September 1 and made 2 scoreless outings, notching one save...the 34 saves in 1998 ranked 3rd among all minor leaguers...was named best reliever in the Carolina League by Baseball America. 1997 Went 4-4 with 2 saves and a 2.25 ERA in 39 appearances for Single-A Kinston in his pro debut...struck out 90 in 72.0 innings, an average of 11.3 K's per 9 innings. 1996 Did not play professionally after signing his first contract on 10/21/96 after the conclusion of the minor league season.