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Erik Bedard - Player Bio
- March 6, 1979
- 6' 1"
- 200 lbs
- Major League Debut:
- 4-17-2002 with BAL
Erik Bedard is a left-handed starting pitcher for the Boston Red Sox. He was born in Navan, ON in Canada into a French-speaking family and was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the sixth round of the 1999 amateur draft. His hard fastball and late breaking curve helped him to become the ace of the Orioles' rotation. Bedard pitched the best game of his career in July of 2007, striking out 15 Texas Rangers' hitters while allowing just two hits and no walks in a complete game shutout.
After signing in 1999 Bedard was on the fast track to the major leagues. He made 8 appearances for the Gulf Coast League Orioles in 1999, and had a 1.86 ERA with 41 strikeouts over 29.1 innings. He won 9 games and struck out 131 hitters at single-A in 2000. In 2001, Bedard struck out a remarkable 130 batters in just 96.1 innings for the Frederick Keys.
He excelled in double-A during the 2002 season, and even saw action with the Orioles. He made two outings for the big club and struck out one batter. Unfortunately, an arm injury derailed his quick rise. Bedard was sent to the Disabled List in May of 2003.
The southpaw came back strong in 2004. He started 26 games for Baltimore. His record was 6-10 and his ERA was 4.59. Bedard fanned 121 hitters in 137.1 innings, but also walked 71. He started to settle the control problems in 2005, walking 57 hitters in 141.2 innings. A knee injury sidelined Bedard for nearly two months in 2005, and he was again limited to 6-8 record.
He finally started to break out for the Orioles in 2006, making 33 starts and winning 15 games. High pitch counts shortened a number of his outings, but Bedard showed great potential. He struck out 171 hitters and posted a 3.76 ERA. He was particularly strong in July of 2006, when he posted a 1.54 ERA and 35 strikeouts over five starts.
The Orioles failed to contend in 2007, but Bedard turned in a solid season. He won 13 games, held opponents to a .212 batting average, recorded 221 strikeouts, and put up a 3.16 ERA. Unfortunately, a strained muscle in Bedard's rib cage ended his season in early September. At the time of his injury, he was leading the American League in strikeouts, but finished third overall. After the season, Baltimore sent Bedard to the Seattle Mariners for Adam Jones, George Sherrill, Chris Tillman, Tony Butler and Kam Mickolio.
After missing the second half of 2009 and making only a handful of minor league appearances on rehabilitation assignments in 2010 following shoulder surgery on August 14, 2009, Bedard returned to the mound on April 4, 2011 against the Texas Rangers. He got a rough welcome back to the big leagues, as SS Elvis Andrus, the second batter he faced, took him deep, for his first homer in more than a year. He then gave up up a two-run triple to Julio Borbon the next inning. Overall, he gave up 5 runs on 4 hits - all for extra bases - in 5 innings. However, he settled down after that first start and became a key part of a very solid Mariners' starting rotation that kept them in contention for first place in the AL West in the first months of the year. After 15 starts, Bedard was 4-6, but with an excellent 3.00 ERA and 85 strikeouts in 90 innings. That's when he was placed back on the DL on June 29th, with a sprained left knee. However, even though his two other seasons in Seattle had ended after 15 starts, the M's were confident that Bedard would be available to pitch again immediately after the All-Star break, in effect missing only one start. That proved to be optimistic, as he only came back in late July; in the meantime, the Mariners collapsed completely, losing a franchise-record 17 consecutive games while the Franco-Ontarian was on the sidelines. Bedard was rocked in his first start back from the disabled list on July 29th, giving up 5 earned runs in 1 1/3 innings against the Tampa Bay Rays and being charged with a loss.
Boston Red Sox
Still, the Boston Red Sox took a gamble on him at the trading deadline on July 31st, sending prospects Chih-Hsien Chiang, Tim Federowicz, Stephen Fife and Juan Rodriguez to the M's to acquire Bedard and P Joshua Fields. The Mariners then turned around and sent Federowicz, Fife and Rodriguez to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Trayvon Robinson.
- 15 Wins Seasons: 1 (2006)
- 200 Strikeouts Seasons: 1 (2007)
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