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Kirk Saarloos

Cleveland Indians — No. 54
Pitcher
Born: May 23, 1979 (1979-05-23) (age 30)
Long Beach, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right 
MLB debut
June 18, 2002 for the Houston Astros
Career statistics
(through 2008 season)
Win-Loss     29-30
Earned run average     5.02
Strikeouts     251
Teams

Kirk Craig Saarloos (born May 23, 1979 in Long Beach, California) is a right-handed Major League Baseball pitcher for the Cleveland Indians organization. He has been used both in starting and relief situations.

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High school and college

Saarloos graduated from Valley Christian High School in Cerritos, California, a three-sport (baseball, football and soccer) athlete. He attended California State University, Fullerton where he established himself as one of the best closers in college baseball during his sophomore and junior seasons. In 2001, his senior year, he became a starter (the new closer was former Washington Nationals closer Chad Cordero) and established himself as the ace of the staff, winning 15 games with a 2.18 ERA. He was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 2001 Major League Baseball Draft in the third round as the 86th overall pick.

Professional career

Saarloos quickly rose in the Astros organization, making brief stops at Double-A Round Rock and Triple-A New Orleans before being called up to the major leagues in his second year as a professional. In 2002 he went 6-7 with a 6.01 ERA with Houston and was sent down to New Orleans for the next season. In 2003 he again pitched very well in the minors, but posted a 4.93 ERA in 36 games for the big club. He also contributed to the Astros' six-pitcher no-hitter of the New York Yankees on June 11, throwing the last out of the third inning and all of the fourth. It was around this time he caught the eye of Oakland Athletics assistant general manager Paul DePodesta. A few weeks into the 2004 season, after appearing in only two games for New Orleans, he was traded to the Oakland Athletics for Chad Harville. They sent him to Triple-A Sacramento, where he pitched well enough to receive a call-up and start 5 games for Oakland.

In 2005, with Mark Mulder and Tim Hudson traded away, the Athletics had openings in their rotation. Saarloos beat out Keiichi Yabu and Juan Cruz to win the last starter spot in the rotation. Saarloos succeeded, going 10-9 with a 4.17 ERA in 27 starts. He was widely considered to be among the best #5 starters in the American League, sporting one of the lowest home run rates.[1]

With the signing of veteran starter Esteban Loaiza before the 2006 season, the A's bumped Saarloos to the bullpen. Soon after, Rich Harden got injured and Saarloos was put in as a fifth starter for a few games. He has also been be used in many varying relief roles, much like Justin Duchscherer was in 2005, but also as a spot starter. On January 19, 2007, Saarloos signed a one-year $1.2 million deal with the Athletics.

On January 23, 2007, Saarloos was traded to the Cincinnati Reds for minor league reliever David Shafer. Both teams also received a player to be named later. On May 28, 2007, Saarloos was sent to the minors after failing to retire any of the seven batters he faced in a 14-10 loss to Pittsburgh the night before. On October 12, 2007 the Saarloos was outrighted to the minor leagues. He refused the assignment and became a free agent.

On January 15, 2008, Saarloos signed a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training with the Oakland Athletics. On April 14, he was added to the major league roster, but was designated for assignment on April 23. He was sent outright to Triple-A on April 25. On August 18, Saarloos was recalled. He free agent at the end of the season, he signed a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training with the Cleveland Indians in January 2009[2]; after training camp, he was sent to Minor League camp on March 24, 2009.[3]

Scouting

Saarloos has a variety of pitches, including a 4-seam fastball, a curveball, a slider, and a changeup. However, his best pitch by far is his mid-to-high 80's sinker. For this reason, Saarloos is known predominately as a sinkerball specialist, and as such gets few strikeouts (batters tend to hit groundballs when faced with a sinker). In fact, his 2.99 strikeouts per 9 innings in 2005 ranked third to last in Major League Baseball, and was the lowest mark in Oakland Athletics history for a starting pitcher.

Statistics

Year Ag Tm Lg W L G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO HBP WP BFP BK ERA WHIP OBA
2002 23 HOU NL 6 7 17 17 1 1 0 85⅓ 100 59 57 12 27 54 6 1 372 0 6.01 1.488 .301
2003 24 HOU NL 2 1 36 4 0 0 0 49⅓ 55 31 27 4 17 43 3 0 218 0 4.93 1.459 .281
2004 25 OAK AL 2 1 6 5 0 0 0 24⅓ 27 13 12 4 12 10 2 0 112 0 4.44 1.603 .284
2005 26 OAK AL 10 9 29 27 2 1 0 159⅔ 170 75 74 11 54 53 11 1 682 0 4.17 1.403 .278
2006 27 OAK AL 7 7 35 16 0 0 2 121⅓ 149 70 64 19 53 52 3 3 548 0 4.75 1.665 .308
2007 28 CIN NL 1 5 34 3 0 0 0 42⅔ 54 36 34 8 19 27 3 1 201 0 7.17 1.711 .305
2008 29 OAK AL 1 0 8 1 0 0 0 26⅓ 37 17 16 2 4 12 0 0 118 0 5.47 1.557 .330
Totals: 29 30 165 73 3 2 2 509 592 301 284 60 186 251 28 6 2,251 0 5.02 1.528 .295
Roll over stat abbreviations for definitions. Italics: led league. Bold italics: led MLB.

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