|MLB Career Stats||30||23||3.49||534||1||84||539.2||571||1.22|
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The Rays announced on Wednesday that right-hander Grant Balfour was granted his release from his Minor League contract, ending his stint with Triple-A Durham.
Grant Balfour was designated for assignment by the Rays on April 19 and later was released before re-signing with the organization. The veteran reliever has joined Triple-A Durham, and the Rays sounded hopeful he can make a successful return to the Major Leagues.
|2008||4||23rd in AL|
|2009||4||22nd in AL|
|2011||2||24th in AL|
|2012||24||10th in AL|
|2013||38||6th in AL|
|2014||12||18th in AL|
|2009||73||7th in AL|
|2012||75||5th in AL|
|2008||14||24th in AL|
|2009||18||12th in AL|
|2010||16||15th in AL|
|2011||26||4th in AL|
|2012||15||21st in AL|
|May 27, 2015||Durham Bulls released RHP Grant Balfour.|
|May 5, 2015||Tampa Bay Rays signed free agent RHP Grant Balfour to a minor league contract.|
|May 5, 2015||RHP Grant Balfour assigned to Durham Bulls.|
|April 27, 2015||Tampa Bay Rays released RHP Grant Balfour.|
|April 19, 2015||Tampa Bay Rays designated RHP Grant Balfour for assignment.|
|January 23, 2014||Tampa Bay Rays signed free agent RHP Grant Balfour.|
|July 7, 2011||Oakland Athletics activated RHP Grant Balfour from the 15-day disabled list.|
|July 5, 2011||sent RHP Grant Balfour on a rehab assignment to Sacramento River Cats.|
|June 28, 2011||Oakland Athletics placed RHP Grant Balfour on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 22, 2011. Strained right oblique|
|June 5, 2011||Oakland Athletics activated RHP Grant Balfour from the paternity list.|
|January 18, 2011||Oakland Athletics signed free agent Grant Balfour.|
|November 7, 2010||RHP Grant Balfour elected free agency.|
|September 1, 2010||RHP Grant Balfour assigned to Tampa Bay Rays.|
|August 28, 2010||sent RHP Grant Balfour on a rehab assignment to Charlotte Stone Crabs.|
|July 31, 2010||Tampa Bay Rays placed RHP Grant Balfour on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 29, 2010. Rib strain.|
|July 17, 2009||Tampa Bay Rays activated RHP Grant Balfour from the bereavement list.|
|July 12, 2009||Tampa Bay Rays placed RHP Grant Balfour on the bereavement list.|
Grant Robert Balfour was originally signed by Twins scout Howard Norsetter...he and his wife, Angie, have a daughter, Raegan Madison (6/2/11)...graduated from William Clark High School in Kellyville, New South Wales, Australia, where he played baseball and rugby...named Rookie of the Year in the Sydney Baseball League in 1995 and Pitcher of the Year in 1996...spent much of his amateur career as a catcher...in January 2008, Wests Tigers Rugby League Football inducted Grant into their club at Concord Oval...received a special invitation to attend Wests Tigers headquarters to meet the players and be taken on a tour of the training facilities...is a passionate Wests Tigers supporter after growing up following the Balmain Tigers...his father played for Balmain and now serves as the general manager for the Sydney Blue Sox of the Australian Baseball League.2014
Returned to the Rays on a two-year, $12 million free agent contract signed Jan 23 and began the season as the closer, but was removed from the role in July...finished the season with 12 saves...his 6 losses were a career high, and his 4.91 ERA was his highest since 2007...Appeared in 65 games, his fourth straight season of 60-plus apps...ranks 2nd in Rays history with 268 appearances, behind Joel Peralta (296)...leads all AL pitchers with 448 appearances since 2008...Twelve of his final 13 appearances were scoreless, beginning Aug 29, including his last 6 outings...11 of those 13 games were hitless...lowered his season ERA from 5.54 to 4.91 in this stretch, totaling 12 IP, 4 H, 3 R/ER, 2 BB, 13 SO...Issued a career-high 41 walks, 4th most among major league relievers...averaged 5.9 BB per 9 IP after averaging 3.3 from 2010-13...Allowed 34 runs in 65 games, compared to 20 runs in 65 apps in 2013...allowed 5 runs twice, after never having done so previously in his career...on April 25 at CWS, yielded a walk-off grand slam to Jose Abreu...it was the first time a Rays pitcher allowed a walk-off grand slam with the Rays ahead since Troy Percival on Sep 6, 2008 at TOR (Gregg Zaun)...on June 8 vs. SEA, entered the 9th inning with a scoreless tie and allowed 4 hits and 2 walks to take the loss...His first 4 saves came in 4 consecutive apps, April 5-12...On May 1 at BOS, became the first in franchise history to record saves in both ends of a doubleheader...both of his victories came at home vs. Boston...Stranded all 12 inherited runners...During his career is 18-7 at home (42 of 49, 86 pct. in save chances) and 12-16 (42 of 57, 74 pct.) on the road.2013
Saved a career-high 38 games for the A's, 6th in the American League…charged with just 3 blown saves, all coming over his final 24 appearances beginning July 26…his 92.7 save pct. was 4th in the AL and 4th best in Oakland history, just ahead of his 92.4 mark in 2012…it was the best mark by an A's closer since Dennis Eckersley converted 94.4 pct. in 1992. Converted 62 of 67 (92.5 pct.) save chances over the past two seasons, 4th-best pct. in the majors over that span. Converted his first 26 save chances of the season extending his streak to an Oakland club record Set the Oakland club record on July 8 at PIT with his 41st consecutive save, breaking the previous record of 40 held by Dennis Eckersley (1991-92). Opponents batted .206 off him, the highest mark he has allowed since his final season with the Rays in 2010…in the three years since he left the Rays, opponents have batted only .188, tied for 8th best among major league relievers over that span…his career ratio of 6.74 hits per 9 IP is tied for 5th among the 116 active pitchers with 300 or more appearances…in his career, he has struck out 514 of 1,950 batters (26.4 pct.), 11th-best ratio among active pitchers (min. 300 apps)…as a Ray has fanned 27.9 pct. batters faced, 2nd in club history among relievers behind Jake McGee (29.4 pct.). For the second consecutive season did not lose a game at home…lost only once at home in three years with Oakland: Sep 21, 2011 vs. TEX…during his career is 16-4 in his home parks (39 of 45, 87 pct. in save chances) and 12-13 (33 of 46, 72 pct.) on the road. Underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Feb 14… did not pitch in a spring training game until March 21…made only 4 Cactus League appearances…was on his fifth consecutive Opening Day roster (2011-13 with Oakland, 2009-10 with Tampa Bay). ALL-STAR GAME: Named to his first AL All-Star Team and pitched a scoreless 6th inning in the game at Citi Field July 16…replaced teammate Bartolo Colon on the AL roster…was the first Australian pitcher named to the Midsummer Classic, the second Australian player overall (MIL Dave Nilsson in 1999). POSTSEASON: Faced 10 batters in 3 appearances in the ALDS vs. Detroit and retired 9, allowing only a walk…recorded a win in Game 2 and a save in Game 3…the last time the A's had a pitcher with both a win and a save in a postseason series was the 1974 World Series when both Rollie Fingers and Catfish Hunter did it. Has not allowed a run in 12 of his 13 career ALDS appearances…his 20 postseason relief appearances are tied for 9th among active pitchers…tied with former teammates J.P. Howell and Joaquin Benoit.2012 Had two stints as the A's closer and saved a team-leading 24 games in a team-high 75 appearances while posting a 2.53 ERA...was charged with just two blown saves, all during his first stint as closer, and his save percentage of 92.3 ranked fourth in the American League...it tied for fourth best in Oakland history... was 10th in saves...also ranked second among AL relievers in opponents batting average (.160), third in slugging percentage (.253), fourth in on-base percentage (.242), fifth in games (75) and tied for fifth in innings (74.2)...the games pitched tied for fifth most in Oakland history...the batting average tied for third lowest in Oakland history among relievers and the slugging percentage was sixth best...had career highs in saves, games and innings pitched...the batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage were second lowest of his career...had a 4.50 ERA and .233 opponents batting average over his first 21 appearances...then posted a 1.81 ERA and .130 opponents average over his final 54 games beginning May 20...allowed 10-of-21 (47.6%) inherited runners to score...first batters faced were 16-for-65 (.246) with nine walks (.347 on-base percentage)...tied for the third most first batter walks in the AL...the most first batter walks by an Oakland reliever since 1974 is 10 by Bill Mooneyham (1986) and Greg Cadaret (1988)...his .160 opponents batting average included a .157 (21-for-134) mark against left-handed hitters compared to .163 (20-for-123) against right-handers...surrendered three of his four home runs to right-handers...allowed a .103 batting average with two outs and opponents are batting .186 (96- for-516) with two outs in his career...yielded a .207 average with runners in scoring position...allowed 13 of his 21 runs in the ninth inning for a 3.44 ERA...had a 1.77 ERA in all other innings...had all three of his wins and a 1.06 ERA in 41 appearances at home...was charged with both of his losses and had a 4.45 ERA in 34 outings on the road...now has a 1.40 ERA (12 er in 77.1 ip) in 74 home games in two seasons with the A's compared to a 3.94 ERA (26 er in 59.1 ip) in 63 appearances on the road...posted a 1.93 ERA in eight interleague appearances and is now 4-0 with a save, a 1.14 ERA (6 er in 47.1 ip) and .157 (25-for-159) opponents batting average in 40 career interleague appearances...did not commit an error in 75 games and has not made an error in 50 chances and 398 games in his career. 2011 Was used mostly as a set-up man, posting a 5-2 record with two saves, a 2.47 ERA and .199 opponents batting average in 62 relief appearances... tied for eighth among American League relievers in grounded into double plays (8), ranked 10th in opponents on-base percentage (.266) and was tied for 10th in wins...also tied for eighth in home runs allowed (8) and tied for 10th in blown saves (5)...the grounded into double plays and home runs were career highs and the blown saves matched his high... his .199 opponents average broke down to .191 (21 for 110) against lefthanded hitters and .207 (23 for 111) against right-handers...allowed a .230 average and five of his eight home runs with the bases empty compared to .151 with runners on...four of his home runs were to the first batter he faced in an outing, which tied for third most in the AL...opponents hit .125 with runners in scoring position...has yielded a .177 (40 for 226) average with RISP over the last four years...first batters faced hit .250 (15 for 60) with two walks...tied for eighth in the AL in first batter strikeouts (19)...allowed just 2 of 15 (13.3%) inherited runners to score, which was the lowest mark of his career...yielded a .151 batting average with two outs...the opponents number five hitter was just 1-for-28 (.036)...posted a 1.80 ERA in 33 games at home compared to 3.33 in 29 appearances on the road...now has a 1.60 ERA (7 er in 39.1 ip) in 39 career appearances in Oakland...combined for a 1.65 ERA in the seventh and eighth innings, then posted a 5.54 ERA from the ninth inning on...did not commit an error in 62 games and six total chances...has not made an error in 323 games and 37 chances in his career...tossed at least one inning in 54 of his 62 appearances, not allowing a run in 51 of those outings.
Appeared in 73 games, 2nd most in one season
in Rays history behind Shawn Camp's 75 in
2006...tied for 7th most in the AL and tied with
TOR Jesse Carlson for most in the AL East...Opponents have batted only .195 (87-447) the
past 2 seasons, tied with teammate J.P. Howell
for the 5th lowest in the majors over that span...Averaged 9.2 strikeouts per 9 IP...his career
rate of 10.85 strikeouts per 9 IP is the highest
in Rays history (min. 100 games)...Of the career-high 6 home runs he allowed,
5 were three-run homers, most by a major
league reliever in 2009...he had allowed only
two in his career prior to '09...all 6 home runs
came on the road...has not allowed a home
run at home since Aug 3, 2008 vs. DET (Gary
Sheffield)...has gone 47 appearances and 48
innings at home since...Three of the 3-run home runs resulted in Rays
losses...took the loss Aug 12 at LAA after Gary
Matthews Jr. went deep...allowed a 3-run HR
to Placido Polanco Aug 30 at DET, spoiling
a 3-1 lead...on Sep 9 at NYY, allowed 3-run
pinch-hit homer to Jorge Posada in the 8th inning
resulting in a 4-2 loss...His 12-6 (.667) record as a Ray is 2nd all time
among Rays relievers trailing only Jim Mecir
(1998-2000) who was 14-5 (.737)...In 8 interleague games did not allow a run (1-0,
8-IP, 4-H)...in his Rays career has not allowed
a run against the NL while going 3-0 in 13 appearances
(17.1-IP, 6-H, 3-BB, 24-SO).Opponents were 1-for-9 with the bases loaded...
in the past 2 seasons has held opponents
to an .071 (1-14) average with the bases
loaded...Stranded his first 16 inherited runners, then allowed
18 of his last 51 to score...Played his 6th ML season but made his first
Opening Day roster...Earned his first win May 6 at NYY, the first Ray
to win at new Yankee Stadium...retired his
only batter (Jose Molina) with runners on 2nd
and 3rd...Threw 2.2 innings May 30 vs. MIN, retiring his
first 7 batters in relief of David Price...it was
his longest relief outing as a Ray and longest
since July 20, 2004 at DET (3-IP) while a member
of the Twins...From June 9-July 5 made 11 consecutive
scoreless appearances (13-IP, 8-H, 0-R,
3-BB, 14-SO)...Had three blown saves in a 12-game span
(Aug 30 at DET, Sep 5 vs. DET, Sep 9 at NYY)...Recorded the save Oct 3 vs. NYY and had a
save in each of his last 3 appearances of the
season (also Sep 28 and Sep 29 vs. BAL).
Thirty-year-old Australian had one of the best
seasons of any reliever in baseball, leading the
majors in several categories and setting career
highs in virtually every pitching statistic...
led all Rays relievers in ERA, opp avg., wins
(tied) and SO/9 IP...from the time he joined the
club May 30, he also led the Rays bullpen in
appearances, innings, wins, strikeouts.
Spent the first two months of the season in
Durham (AAA)...was one of the Rays final cuts
in spring training, but cleared waivers after he
was designated for assignment at the end of
camp and was outrighted to Durham.
Led all major league relievers with a 12.65
SO/9 IP (58.1-IP, 82-SO)...this mark ranked
9th all-time among AL relievers...struck out
36.6 percent of batters faced on the season,
tops in the majors and 3rd all-time among AL
His 1.54 ERA was 4th-best among ML relievers
behind OAK Brad Ziegler (1.06), MIN Joe Nathan
(1.36) and NYY Mariano Rivera (1.40)...43
of his 51 outings were scoreless, including 13
of his first 14 apps and 15 of his final 17 outings
from Aug 22 on.
His .143 opp avg. (28-196) led AL relievers
and was 2nd in MLB to CHC Carlos Marmol
(.135)...tied for 7th-lowest opp avg. ever recorded
by an AL reliever.
Saved 4 games, 3 of which came while Troy
Percival was on the DL...converted his first
career save opportunity in his season debut
on May 31 vs. CWS, retiring the only batter
he faced (Brian Anderson)...with Percival on
the shelf for 14 games in July, split time at
closer with Dan Wheeler...he notched 3 saves,
Allowed just 3 HR and 11 extra-base hits...did
not allow a homer over his first 24 outings and
30.2 IP, until DET Gary Sheffield went deep
Aug 3...held opponents to a .230 slugging
pct., 2nd lowest among ML relievers (OAK
Joey Devine, .170).
Six wins tied J.P. Howell for the club lead
among relievers, and fell one shy of the team
record of 7, achieved 6 times (last Shawn
Camp in 2006).
Twenty-nine year-old righthander was acquired
by the Rays July 27 from Milwaukee in exchange
for RHP Seth McClung ... Is the second Australian to play for the Rays joining left-handed pitcher Damian Moss who
pitched briefly with the Rays in 2004 ... Pitched 22 times for the Rays ... struck out 27 in 22.0 innings...also walked 16 ...
First 15 apps thru Sep 5: 17.0-IP, 14-H, 4-ER - 2.11 ... Next 5 apps thru Sep 21: 3.0-IP, 11-H, 11-R, 6-BB...hiked his ERA to 6.75 ... Last two appearances were scoreless (2 IP) ...
Pitched to a 0.79 ERA in August (11.1-IP/1-ER),
6th-best ERA among AL relievers ... held opponents
to a .184 average ...
Made his Rays debut July 28 (2.0-IP, 2-H, 2-R/ER,
2-BB) in an extra-inning loss to Boston ... Was scored upon in just 2 of his next 14 appearances ... Recorded his lone decision as a Ray Aug. 29 at
Baltimore, getting the 5-4 win with a scoreless
10th and 11th ... walked a pair but punched out
a season-high 4 ...
Was 0-2 in 3 relief appearances with the Brewers following his promotion from AAA Nashville on
July 17 ... suffered the loss in his first outing, July
18 vs. Arizona, and last outing with them, July
23 at Cincinnati ... Lefties hit better than 100 points higher than righties (.370 to .265).
Opened the season at AA Huntsville ... converted
a pair of saves and a 2.38 ERA in 8 April appearances ... promoted to AAA Nashville and went
1-1 with 5 saves and a 1.69 ERA in 24 games for
the Sounds ... Fanned a total of 98 in 68 innings pitched at all
four stops in 2007 ...
Pitched with the Minnesota Twins in 2001, 2003
and 2004 before returning to the major leagues
this season ... in 2004 he was 4-1 with a 4.35 ERA
in 36 games for the AL Central Division Champion
Signed with Cincinnati as a free agent on 1/12...Spent the entire season on the 60-day disabled list
recovering from right elbow and shoulder surgeries...Made 9 rehab appearances between Class-A Dayton,
Rookie GCL Reds and Class-A Sarasota...Was claimed off waivers by Milwaukee on 10/5...On 1/12/07 signed a 1-year contract, avoiding arbitration.
Missed the entire season due to injury in his final year in the Twins organization...Was placed on the 15-day disabled list on 3/25 with a
sore right elbow...On 5/13 underwent "Tommy John" surgery to repair a torn
ulnar collateral ligament (Dr. Timothy Kremchek)...Was transferred to the 60-day disabled list on 6/7...On 9/29 underwent surgery to repair the torn labrum and
torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder (Kremchek).
Entered the season as the ninth-best prospect in the
Twins organization according to Baseball America...Went 4-1 with a 4.35 ERA in 36 relief appearances with
Minnesota...Held opponents to a .238 batting average and struck out
42 batters in just 39.1 innings...On the 15-day disabled list from 4/4-5/13 with a tender
right shoulder and from 7/26-8/16 with tendinitis in that
shoulder...Posted a 23.63 ERA over his first 3 appearances of the
season (2.2ip, 7er).....posted a 2.95 ERA the rest of the
season (36.2ip, 12er)...Tied his career high with 5 strikeouts over 2.0 perfect
innings on 7/3 at Arizona...Made 2 appearances in the ALDS against the Yankees,
tossing 2.2 perfect innings (2k).
Split the season between Triple-A Rochester and
Minnesota...With Rochester went 5-2 with a 2.41 ERA and 5 saves in
21 games (11 starts).....held opponents to a .188 batting
average and struck out 87 batters in just 71.0 innings... Was 1-0 with a 0.69 ERA in relief (13ip, 1er) and 4-2 with
a 2.79 ERA as a starter (58ip, 18er).....made his first 9
appearances of the season in relief...Was on the Red Wings' disabled list from 5/8-5/26...Was selected to pitch in the Triple-A All-Star Game but did
not participate due to his promotion to the majors...Had a pair of stints with the Twins (7/3-7/16 and 8/15-end)
and went 1-0 with a 4.15 ERA in 17 games (1 start)...Struck out a career-high 5 batters over 2.1 innings in his
first appearance with the Twins on 7/3 vs. Cleveland...Tossed a career-high 4.0 innings, allowing 2 hits without
a run, on 8/23 vs. Kansas City (0bb, 4k)...Recorded his first Major League win on 8/29 at Texas,
tossing 2.0 scoreless innings in the 8-5 victory...Made his first Major League start on 9/3 vs. Anaheim and
received no decision (2.2ip, 4h, 4r, 4er, 5bb, 3k, 1hr).
Went 2-4 with a 4.16 ERA and 8 saves in 58 relief
appearances at Triple-A Edmonton...Held opponents to a .231 batting average and struck out
88 batters in just 71.1 innings...Ranked third in the Pacific Coast League in appearances.
Began season at New Britain...disabled with sore right forearm, April 6-26...was 0-0, 0.00 (14.2 ip, 0 er) with
3 saves, April 26-May 16...Twins' Minor League Pitcher of the Month for May, going 1-0, 0.52 (17.1 ip, 1 er) with 6 saves
in 11 appearances, allowing 11 hits and 3 walks while striking out 24...tied season-high 3.0 innings and 5 strikeouts,
July 3 at New Haven...pitched for World Team in Futures Game, July 9 at Seattle...was 1-0, 0.00 (20.2 ip, 0 er) with
3 saves, June 13-July 19...had .149 batting-average-against with lefthanders batting .172 (10-58) with no homers and
righthanders batting .138 (16-116) with one homer ...recalled July 21...made major league debut, July 22 vs. Seattle
...optioned to Edmonton, July 29...pitched for Grand Canyon in the Arizona Fall League.
Season-high 9 strikeouts, April 13 vs. St. Petersburg...Florida State League Pitcher of the Week, June 19-25...season-high 7.0 innings, June 22 at Sarasota...season high 5-game win-streak, going 5-0, 3.18 (45.1 ip, 16 er) with
6 saves in 20 appearances, June 22-August 24...tied season-high 9 strikeouts, July 25 at Port Charlotte ...did not allow
an earned run in final 7 appearances (10.2 ip), August 12-29...averaged 9.1 strikeouts per-9-innings...righthanders
batted .235 with 4 homers...tied for club lead in wins, was second in saves, innings pitched and strikeouts, and was
third in appearances...pitched for Team Australia in 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.
Season-high 4-game win-streak, going 4-0, 3.16 (25.2 ip, 9 er), June 29-July 24...tied season-high 8.0 innings
and season-high 12 strikeouts, August 9 vs. Ft. Wayne...first professional save, September 3 at Clinton...9 of 14 starts
were quality starts ...averaged 9.3 strikeouts per-9-innings...was 7-4, 3.40 (79.1 ip, 30 er) in 14 starts and 1-1, 4.38
(12.1 ip, 6 er) with one save in 5 relief appearances...lefthanders batted .191 with 2 homers and righties .212 with
5 homers...was third on club in wins, fourth in games started and fifth in innings pitched and strikeouts.
Led club in wins, ERA, games started, innings pitched and strikeouts...led league in wins, was third in innings pitched and games started and tied for fifth in strikeouts.
Led club in games started and innings pitched ...was second in league in innings pitched and games started ...played for Sydney in Australian Winter League.
TAMPA BAY: Was on his second career Opening Day roster (also 2009)...allowed a run on two hits in 2.0 innings in his first outing April 8 against Baltimore for his only blown save of the season...was tagged with his only loss May 10 at Los Angeles (AL) when he allowed a run in the bottom of the 11th inning in a 5-4 Rays loss...picked up his first win June 1 at Toronto by tossing 1.1 scoreless innings... struck out a season-high four batters in 2.0 scoreless innings June 6 against Texas...the innings pitched matched his season high (six times)...posted a 0.82 ERA in the month of June, his lowest single-month mark in 2010...retired the only batter he faced July 1 at Minnesota to drop his ERA to a season-low 1.62...then allowed two runs on two hits without retiring a batter July 3 at Minnesota...it was one of just two outings in which he allowed more than one run...had a 2.08 ERA in 44 outings when he was placed on the 15-day disabled list July 31 retroactive to July 30 with an intercostal strain...had a two-start rehab assignment with Triple-A Charlotte from Aug. 28 to 31, recording a loss and a 10.80 ERA... missed 32 games before he was reinstated from the DL Sept. 1...earned his second win Sept. 13 vs. New York (AL), tossing a scoreless 11th inning followed by Reid Brignac's walk-off home run...made 13 appearances following his return and compiled a 3.00 ERA...fanned Austin Kearns Sept. 15 at New York (AL) for his 305th career strikeout, making him the all-time leader among Australia-born major leaguers...surpassed Graeme Lloyd...made three postseason appearances in the American League Division Series against Texas...did not allow a run in 3.2 innings...has not allowed a run in eight career Division Series games (9.2 ip).