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Andy Oliver | Starting Pitcher

Team: Baltimore Orioles
Age / DOB:  (27) / 12/3/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 215
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
Contract: view contract details

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Orioles signed LHP Andy Oliver to a minor league contract.
Oliver opted out of his deal with the Rays earlier this month after posting a 3.86 ERA and 3224 K/BB ratio strikeouts over 28 Triple-A innings. He's merely a depth guy. Jul 17 - 1:01 PM

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Rays released LHP Andy Oliver.

Oliver has exercised the opt-out clause in his minor league contract. He posted a 3.86 ERA with 32 strikeouts over 28 innings at Triple-A Durham, but walks remained an issue for him with a whopping 24 free passes.
Jul 3 - 4:39 PM

Rays signed LHP Andy Oliver to a minor league contract; assigned him to Triple-A Durham.

Oliver hasn't appeared in the major leagues since 2011, when he posted a 6.52 ERA in two starts for the Tigers. The 27-year-old left-hander will function as organizational rotation depth for Tampa Bay.
Apr 14 - 4:11 PM

Phillies sent LHP Andy Oliver outright to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Oliver elected for free agency. The Rule 5 pick finished the spring with a 2.25 ERA over 12 innings (with 10 strikeouts). The lefty has good stuff and will probably find offers elsewhere.
Apr 4 - 5:59 PM

Rule 5 pick Andy Oliver struck out all three Red Sox he faced in Sunday's appearance.

Oliver is going to win a spot in Philadelphia's bullpen if this keeps up. He has a history of terrible wildness, but he also has very good stuff for a lefty. This spring, he's struck out nine and walked two in five scoreless innings.
Mar 15 - 4:50 PM

Phillies selected LHP Andy Oliver from the Pirates in the Rule 5 draft.

Oliver getting selected comes as a pretty big surprise. The former Tigers prospect reached the majors in 2010, going 0-4 with a 7.36 ERA in five starts. The Pirates picked him up in the minor deal in 2012, but he failed to progress and was dropped from the 40-man last spring. Converted into a reliever last season, he had a 2.53 ERA in 64 innings in Triple-A, with 85 strikeouts and a whopping 47 walks. In 2013, he walked 112 in 124 1/3 innings as a starter. The stuff is there for him to be a useful reliever if he could ever throw strikes, but his control has been disastrous for years.
Thu, Dec 11, 2014 01:24:00 PM

Pirates sent LHP Andy Oliver outright to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Oliver, 26, posted a 4.05 ERA, 1.70 WHIP and 138/112 K/BB ratio over 124 1/3 innings at Triple-A last season. A former second-round pick of the Tigers, Oliver will serve as organizational depth for the Pirates if he isn't picked up by another team.
Sat, Mar 29, 2014 04:43:00 PM

Pirates optioned LHP Andy Oliver and C Tony Sanchez to Triple-A Indianapolis.

Neither cut is a surprise. Oliver is an option for a potential spot start down the line or possibly bullpen duty. It will take an injury for Sanchez to get a shot.
Fri, Mar 15, 2013 08:29:00 AM

Pirates acquired LHP Andy Oliver from the Tigers for C Ramon Cabrera.

Oliver was a second-round pick in 2009 and was once considered a fairly promising prospect. But he posted a 7.11 ERA and 1.83 WHIP in seven total starts between 2010 and 2011 with the Tigers and struggled this past year in the minor leagues. Perhaps the change of scenery will give his career a nice boost.
Wed, Dec 5, 2012 05:48:00 PM

The Tigers plan to have left-hander Andy Oliver pitch out of the bullpen during spring training.

Oliver was a candidate for the fifth starter job during spring training this past season, but the Tigers were impressed with what they saw when he was moved to a relief role with Triple-A Toledo later in the year. "We liked what he did out of the bullpen," said Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski. "Some of our people still think he should start, but I would say coming into spring training based upon how we're set up right now he would come in as a bullpen guy." The hard-throwing 25-year-old has battled control problems during his career, but he could contend for a roster spot as a second left-hander behind Phil Coke.
Wed, Dec 5, 2012 11:52:00 AM

The Tigers have shifted Andy Oliver to the bullpen at Triple-A Toledo.

Oliver went 4-9 with a 5.18 ERA as a starter on the farm before hitting the disabled list prior to the All-Star break. That's all Detroit needed to see. "He's been out for a while," Detroit Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said. "He's healthy. We weren't going to have a good time to stretch him out. The second thing is, we have often wondered how he would do in the bullpen ourselves, so we just figured it's a good time to make the transition for the rest of the year, see how it goes and take it from there." Oliver could be a September call-up, but he won't be fantasy relevant this season.
Sun, Jul 29, 2012 08:11:00 PM

The Tigers haven't decided on a replacement for Doug Fister (side) but will watch Andy Oliver pitch on Sunday and Casey Crosby on Monday for Triple-A Toledo.

They could also pull Duane Below out of the bullpen to make the start. He tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief of Fister Saturday and picked up his first major league win. Oliver, Crosby and Below lost out on the No. 5 starter competition to Drew Smyly.
Sun, Apr 8, 2012 10:09:00 AM

Tigers optioned LHP Andy Oliver to Triple-A Toledo.

The move means that Drew Smyly and Duane Below are the two men left standing for the final spot in the starting rotation. Oliver entered spring training with a shot, but struggled with his control and gave up six runs over just three innings against the Astros on Tuesday. The 24-year-old southpaw still has a promising future, but he needs more seasoning in the minors.
Thu, Mar 29, 2012 01:33:00 PM

Andrew Oliver was pounded for seven runs -- six earned -- in three innings by the Astros on Tuesday.

Oliver's bid for a rotation spot has taken a big hit with back-to-back poor outings. Drew Smyly looks like the best of the Tigers' internal options right now.
Tue, Mar 27, 2012 04:24:00 PM

Andrew Oliver gave up three runs and five walks in 3 2/3 innings Wednesday against the Twins.

A weak showing for the pitcher who had been the favorite to go north as Detroit's fifth starter. Drew Smyly is probably the better choice anyway, though we still wouldn't rule out a trade.
Wed, Mar 21, 2012 04:14:00 PM