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Justin De Fratus | Relief Pitcher | #25

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (29) / 10/21/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 224
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: Ventura (CA) CC
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 11 (0) / PHI
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Nationals signed RHP Justin De Fratus to a minor league contract.
The right-hander was acquired by the Rangers in mid-June, but designated for assignment shortly after. The 28-year-old owns a 2.89 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 25/16 K/BB ratio across 37 1/3 innings at Triple-A this season. Jul 23 - 8:31 AM

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Rangers acquired RHP Justin De Fratus from the Mariners as the player to be named later for Patrick Kivlehan.

De Fratus heads to Texas to complete the deal for Kivlehan from May 29. The 28-year-old hurler owns a 4.08 ERA and 1.37 WHIP over 194 big league innings in his career. He'll provide bullpen depth for the Rangers.
Jun 11 - 2:55 PM

Mariners re-signed RHP Justin De Fratus to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

De Fratus was released Wednesday, but the M's have brought him back on a minor league deal. He'll provide some right-handed relief depth.
Mar 18 - 2:22 PM

Mariners manager Scott Servais acknowledged the team is open to re-signing Justin De Fratus.

He was released Wednesday after posting a 4.50 ERA in his first four outings this spring. If De Fratus doesn't latch on with another team in the next few days, the Mariners could bring him back as an insurance policy while Evan Scribner and Ryan Cook recover from back injuries. In the meantime, Joel Peralta and Tony Zych should get more chances.
Mar 17 - 10:36 AM

Mariners released RHP Justin De Fratus.

The Mariners signed De Fratus to a one-year, $750,000 deal back in December, but they decided to cut ties after he allowed three runs in six innings with a 4/3 K/BB ratio this spring. The 28-year-old really struggled with the Phillies in 2015 and will try to bounce back elsewhere this season.
Mar 16 - 1:12 PM

Mariners signed RHP Justin De Fratus to a one-year, $750,000 contract.

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman was first on the scene to report De Fratus' deal with Seattle. It's official now. The 27-year-old right-hander struggled with the Phillies in 2015, pitching to a 5.51 ERA with a 68/32 K/BB ratio across 80 innings. The sub-par numbers ultimately earned De Fratus an outrighting from the club in October. He opted for free agency instead of an assignment to Triple-A. While 2015 was a painful year on the statistical side, De Fratus held a 2.39 ERA over 52 2/3 innings in 2014, making this a decent low-risk acquisition by the M's.
Wed, Dec 2, 2015 05:43:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Mariners have signed reliever Justin De Fratus.

He's expected to receive $750,000, with the chance to earn more with incentives. Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune first reported the team's interest in De Fratus. The 27-year-old is coming off a disappointing 5.51 ERA and 68/32 K/BB ratio over 80 innings with the Phillies, but he has enjoyed some success in the past.
Wed, Dec 2, 2015 12:18:00 PM

Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that the Mariners are showing interest in Justin De Fratus.

De Fratus elected free agency in October after being outrighted off the Phillies' 40-man roster. He held an ugly 5.51 ERA, 1.55 WHIP and 68/32 K/BB ratio over 80 innings in 2015 but entered the campaign with a career 3.08 ERA across 130 relief appearances.
Tue, Dec 1, 2015 08:45:00 PM

Justin De Fratus has elected free agency.

The 27-year-old hurler had been outrighted to Triple-A earlier in the week but has refused that assignment. He registered a 5.51 ERA, 1.55 WHIP and 68/32 K/BB ratio over 80 innings with the Phillies during the 2015 campaign.
Sat, Oct 10, 2015 08:51:00 AM

Phillies sent RHP Justin De Fratus outright to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

De Fratus turned in 80 innings with the Phillies this season, pitching to a 5.51 ERA and 1.55 WHIP. Needless to say, there's little reason to expect fantasy value from him heading into 2016.
Wed, Oct 7, 2015 04:34:00 PM

Justin De Fratus was ejected from Tuesday's game against the Orioles for intentionally throwing a pitch at J.J. Hardy.

He didn't hit him with the offering, but the intent was pretty clear since it happened right after the Orioles' seventh home run of the night. It's possible De Fratus could face a suspension.
Tue, Jun 16, 2015 09:25:00 PM

Phillies recalled RHP Justin De Fratus from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

De Fratus allowed four runs over his first five relief innings last month before being sent down. The Phillies will use him in low-leverage situations.
Sun, May 25, 2014 01:01:00 PM

Phillies optioned RHP Justin De Fratus to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

De Fratus allowed four runs over his first five relief innings to earn the demotion. He'll be replaced in the bullpen by Luis Garcia.
Sun, Apr 13, 2014 10:19:00 AM

Phillies recalled RHP Justin De Fratus from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

De Fratus has a 1.89 ERA in 13 appearances at the minor league level. The 25-year-old will provide bullpen depth.
Sat, May 11, 2013 08:43:00 AM

Phillies recalled RHP Justin De Fratus from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

De Fratus has dealt with elbow issues for much of the season but has pitched well at Triple-A when healthy, putting up a 2.49 ERA and 22/3 K/BB ratio over 21 2/3 innings. The Phillies will use him in the middle innings.
Sun, Sep 2, 2012 09:16:00 AM

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