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Eric Fryer | Catcher | #41

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (31) / 8/26/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Ohio State
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 10 (0) / MLW
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Cardinals signed C Eric Fryer to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
It's a minor league contract, but Fryer is expected to be Yadier Molina's backup in 2017. He batted .368/.415/.421 in limited duty for the Cards last season before a roster crunch cost him his spot. The career .254/.332/.328 hitter will eventually give way to top prospect Carson Kelly when he's ready. Mon, Dec 12, 2016 04:19:00 PM

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Pirates non-tendered C Eric Fryer.

The 31-year-old backstop hit .267/.336/.319 with no homers and 13 RBI in 133 plate appearances between the Cardinals and Pirates in 2016. He will look for another opportunity on the open market but may have to settle for a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Sat, Dec 3, 2016 08:22:00 AM

Pirates activated C Eric Fryer from the paternity leave list.

Fryer left the team after his wife gave birth to twins on Saturday. The Pirates optioned Elias Diaz to Triple-A Indianapolis to clear a spot on the active roster.
Tue, Jul 26, 2016 02:17:00 PM

Pirates placed C Eric Fryer on the paternity leave list.

Fryer's wife gave birth to twins on Saturday morning, so he certainly has his hands full for the next couple of days. Elias Diaz was recalled from Triple-A to take his place on the roster.
Sat, Jul 23, 2016 01:33:00 PM

Eric Fryer got revenge on his former team Tuesday, going 2-for-4 and notching three RBI in the Pirates' 5-2 defeat of the Cardinals.

Fryer was claimed off waivers from the Cardinals on Saturday and was making his first start as a member of the Bucs. It was a good first impression for Pirates fans, as he collected an RBI single in the fifth inning and added a two-run double in the sixth. Fryer was the victim of a numbers crunch in St. Louis, but the 30-year-old is hitting .381/.422/.452 this season and could earn plenty of playing time in Pittsburgh with Francisco Cervelli sidelined.
Wed, Jul 6, 2016 12:12:00 AM

Pirates claimed C Eric Fryer off waivers from the Cardinals.

It's not a surprise that Fryer was scooped up after the Cards designated him for assignment, as he batted .368 (14-for-38) two doubles and five RBI over 24 games for them and flashed good defense. The Pirates are hurting for catching depth with Francisco Cervelli (hand) on the disabled list and Chris Stewart (knee, ankle) banged up.
Sun, Jul 3, 2016 02:29:00 PM

Cardinals designated C Eric Fryer for assignment.

The move clears a spot for Bryan Pena on the active roster. Fryer has played well in sporadic duty with the Cardinals this season, batting .368 (14-for-38) two doubles and five RBI over 24 games.
Tue, Jun 28, 2016 01:38:00 PM

Eric Fryer went 3-for-3 with a walk, two doubles, and two RBI on Sunday against the Reds.

Fryer drew his first start of the season Sunday with Yadier Molina finally taking a rest and the career backup now stands 6-for-6 as a member of the Cardinals. Perhaps the hot start will earn him a bit more playing time -- and allow Molina to get more early breathers -- but Fryer is really just holding down the fort until Brayan Pena is recovered from a knee injury.
Mon, Apr 18, 2016 08:29:00 AM

Cardinals purchased the contract of C Eric Fryer from Triple-A Memphis.

Fryer will function as the primary backup to Yadier Molina while Brayan Pena is sidelined following his knee surgery. The 29-year-old won't hold any fantasy value, even in the deepest of NL-only leagues.
Sat, Apr 2, 2016 02:50:00 PM

Cardinals signed C Eric Fryer to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Fryer elected free agency late last month after being outrighted off the Twins' 40-man roster. The 29-year-old catcher is highly doubtful to crack the Cardinals' Opening Day roster next spring. He will function as organizational depth at the backstop position.
Thu, Nov 12, 2015 12:41:00 PM

Eric Fryer has elected free agency.

Fryer had been outrighted off the Twins' 40-man roster and has decided to test out the free agent waters. The 29-year-old backstop spent most of 2015 in the minors, hitting .293/.367/.360 with two homers and 19 RBI in 67 games at Triple-A Rochester.
Fri, Oct 30, 2015 01:19:00 PM

Twins sent C Eric Fryer outright to Triple-A Rochester.

Fryer is eligible to elect for free agency. In 22 at-bats with the Twins during the 2015 campaign, he picked up a pair of doubles and three singles. The 29-year-old backstop hit .293/.367/.360 with two homers and 19 RBI in 67 games at Triple-A Rochester.
Wed, Oct 21, 2015 04:31:00 PM

Twins purchased the contract of C Eric Fryer from Triple-A Rochester.

Fryer was removed from the 40-man roster a month ago, but he's back to serve as a third catcher down the stretch. The 29-year-old is 3-for-18 (.167) with 11 strikeouts with the Twins this season.
Tue, Sep 1, 2015 03:01:00 PM

Twins sent C Eric Fryer outright to Triple-A Rochester.

Fryer cleared waivers after being designated for assignment and will remain in the organization. He's hit .167 (3-for-18) with 11 strikeouts with the Twins this season.
Sun, Aug 9, 2015 08:33:00 AM

Twins designated C Eric Fryer for assignment.

The 29-year-old appeared in just seven games with the Twins this season, hitting .167 (3-for-18) with 11 strikeouts. He'll continue to function as organizational depth for the Twins provided he passes through waivers unclaimed.
Thu, Aug 6, 2015 10:26:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2Eric Fryer
3Carson Kelly
4Alberto Rosario
5Gabriel Lino
1B1Matt Carpenter
2Matt Adams
3Chad Huffman
2B1Kolten Wong
2Greg Garcia
3Breyvic Valera
4Eliezer Alvarez
SS1Aledmys Diaz
2Edmundo Sosa
3Wilfredo Tovar
3B1Jedd Gyorko
2Jhonny Peralta
LF1Randal Grichuk
2Jose Martinez
3Todd Cunningham
CF1Dexter Fowler
2Tommy Pham
3Magneuris Sierra
4Jordan Schafer
RF1Stephen Piscotty
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Carlos Martinez
2Adam Wainwright
3Lance Lynn
4Mike Leake
5Alex Reyes
6Luke Weaver
7Mike Mayers
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Seung Hwan Oh
2Kevin Siegrist
3Brett Cecil
4Trevor Rosenthal
5Matt Bowman
6Jonathan Broxton
7Tyler Lyons
8Michael Wacha
9Sam Tuivailala
10John Gant
11Miguel Socolovich
12Rowan Wick
13Zach Duke
14Zach Phillips