Ernesto Frieri Gutierrez
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 190 lb.
Frieri was signed by scouts Robert Rowley and Marcial Del Valle. He began his professional career in 2003, going 1-4 with a 4.00 ERA for the Tronconero 1 and striking out 49 in 36 innings. In 2004, the Colombian right-hander fanned 59 in 50 1/3 IP for the DSL Padres, going 4-0 with a 1.43 ERA. He came to the US in 2005, splitting the season between the AZL Padres and Lake Elsinore Storm. For the AZL Padres, he went 7-1 with a 1.17 ERA in 17 games (five starts). In 46 1/3 innings, he struck out 59 batters. In two relief appearances with the Storm, he went 0-0 with a 2.70 ERA. He led the Arizona League in ERA, lowest average allowed (.122; 21 H in 46 1/3 IP) and tied for Rayner Oliveras the lead in victories. He was named the All-Star right-handed relief pitcher. Baseball America rated him as the #19 prospect in the AZL.
He played for three teams in 2006: the Eugene Emeralds, Fort Wayne Wizards and Lake Elsinore Storm. With the Emeralds, he went 3-3 with a 3.82 ERA in 27 appearances (one start). HIn one game with the Wizards he had a 9.00 ERA, and in two games with the Storm he had a 6.00 ERA. He played for the Wizards (40 games) and Storm in 2007 (13 games), going a combined 2-2 with a 1.98 ERA and 92 strikeouts in 86 1/3 innings.
In 2008, he played for the Storm, San Antonio Missions and Portland Beavers. He went 8-6 with a 4.00 ERA in 33 games (18 starts) with the Storm. With the Missions, he went 1-0 with a 4.09 ERA in two games, and with the Beavers he went 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA in one game.
Ernesto Frieri was absolutely brilliant after being acquired by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in a trade on May 3, 2012. In his first 10 innings for the Angels, he did not allow a single hit and recorded 22 strikeouts. After 25 1/3 innings, he had still not allowed a run, while giving up only 7 hits against 43 strikeouts. His string was finally snapped on July 15th, when he gave up a two-run homer to the New York Yankees' Mark Teixeira, having run the string to 26 1/3 innings in the meantime.
- 30 Saves Seasons: 1 (2013)