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Collin Balester | Relief Pitcher

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (30) / 6/6/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 199
Bats / Throws: Right / Right

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Tigers signed RHP Collin Balester to a minor league contract.
The 30-year-old right-hander spent the 2015 season pitching for the Samsung Lions in the Korean Baseball Organization, registering an 8.03 ERA, 2.60 WHIP and 5/12 K/BB ratio over 12 1/3 innings. He's merely organizational depth for the Tigers at this point. Fri, Dec 23, 2016 07:26:00 PM

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Collin Balester announced Saturday that he has signed a contract with the Samsung Lions of the Korean Baseball Organization.

The 29-year-old right-hander wasn't finding any offers to his liking stateside, so he'll head overseas for the 2016 season in an effort to rebuild his value. He appeared in 15 games for the Reds in 2015, compiling a 7.47 ERA, 1.92 WHIP and 13/13 K/BB ratio over 15 2/3 innings.
Sat, Dec 19, 2015 09:15:00 AM

Collin Balester has elected free agency.

He refused an outright assignment by the Reds. Balester held a 7.47 ERA over 15 relief appearances with Cincy this season.
Fri, Oct 30, 2015 04:41:00 PM

Reds purchased the contract of RHP Collin Balester from Triple-A Louisville.

Balester held a 2.05 ERA over 21 relief appearances with Louisville. He hasn't pitched in the majors since 2012.
Sun, Aug 23, 2015 12:18:00 PM

Reds acquired RHP Collin Balester from the Pirates in exchange for a player to be named later.

It's a good move for Balester, as he wasn't going to crack the Pirates' bullpen but could easily find a relief role with the Reds. The 29-year-old holds a 2.31 ERA with 22 strikeouts over 35 innings between Double- and Triple-A this season. He hasn't appeared in the majors since 2012.
Fri, Jun 19, 2015 04:55:00 PM

Pirates reassigned RHP Collin Balester to minor league camp.

Balester hasn't appeared in a major league game since the 2012 season due to elbow issues. The 28-year-old will try to prove his health at Triple-A Indianapolis.
Thu, Mar 19, 2015 09:30:00 AM

Pirates re-signed RHP Collin Balester to a minor league contract.

Balester is still rebuilding arm strength following his June 2013 Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. He should be close to full health by the start of spring training in 2015 but will likely struggle to crack the Pirates' Opening Day roster.
Wed, Oct 15, 2014 05:37:00 PM

Pirates signed RHP Collin Balester to a minor league contract.

Balester posted a 7.33 ERA in five starts and one relief appearance with the Rangers' Triple-A affiliate this past season before undergoing season-ending Tommy John surgery in June. The 27-year-old will be rehabbing until midseason.
Wed, Nov 20, 2013 11:10:00 AM

Collin Balester underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery on his right elbow Monday.

Balester signed a minor league deal with the Rangers over the winter and had a 7.33 ERA and 22/9 K/BB ratio in 27 innings across five starts and one relief appearance this season. The 27-year-old will likely be in rehab mode until around midseason next year.
Thu, Jun 6, 2013 06:00:00 PM

Rangers signed RHP Collin Balester to a minor league contract.

He also gets a spring training invite. Balester had a 6.50 ERA in 11 appearances with the Tigers this season before being demoted to the minors and posting a 3.64 ERA and 45/12 K/BB ratio over 47 innings with Triple-A Toledo. He could be in the mix for a bullpen job.
Wed, Nov 28, 2012 01:51:00 PM

Colin Balester has elected free agency.

The 26-year-old right-hander was acquired by the Tigers last offseason in exchange for Ryan Perry, but struggled to the tune of a 6.50 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 12/11 K/BB ratio over 18 innings before being banished to Triple-A Toledo for the remainder of the summer. He shouldn't have a problem securing a spring training invite on the open market.
Tue, Nov 6, 2012 03:27:00 PM

Tigers sent RHP Collin Balester outright to Triple-A Toledo.

Balester cleared waivers after being designated for assignment last week. The 25-year-old right-hander will serve as relief depth in the minor leagues.
Tue, May 29, 2012 01:17:00 PM

Tigers designated RHP Collin Balester for assignment.

He was cleared to make room for outfielder Quintin Berry on the active roster. Balester, who was acquired from the Nationals during the offseason, has a 6.50 ERA and 12/11 K/BB ratio over 18 innings of work this season. He could draw interest on waivers.
Wed, May 23, 2012 09:00:00 AM

The Tigers are expected to designate Collin Balester for assignment prior to Wednesday's game.

They'll purchase the contract of speedy outfielder Quintin Berry from Triple-A Toledo to take his spot on the roster. Balester holds a 6.50 ERA and 12/11 K/BB ratio over 18 innings this season.
Tue, May 22, 2012 10:34:00 PM

Collin Balester walked his first batter of the spring Monday, but he pitched another scoreless inning against the Phillies.

Balester has allowed just one run in eight innings. He was expected to have a bullpen spot regardless, since he's out of options, but it doesn't seem like it's made him complacent.
Mon, Mar 19, 2012 04:29:00 PM

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