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Brett Oberholtzer | Relief Pitcher | #34

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Age / DOB:  (26) / 7/1/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 210
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Seminole (FL) CC
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 8 (0) / ATL
Contract: view contract details

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Brett Oberholtzer wasn’t sharp in emergency duty on Saturday and was touched up for three earned runs in two innings against the Brewers.
Oberholtzer entered the game in the second inning after Charlie Morton (hamstring) left with an injury. The lefty averaged 29 pitches per frame and kept the bases stuffed with five baserunners -- two walks and three hits -- in just two innings of work. A two-run homer to Ryan Braun blew the Phillies’ early lead before his teammates picked him up in the top half of the fourth, ensuring he couldn't take a loss. Oberholtzer owns a 8.74 ERA across 11 1/3 innings in 2016. Apr 23 - 11:21 PM

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Brett Oberholtzer is no longer part of the competition to be the Phillies' fifth starter.

Oberholtzer has been unscored upon in eight innings this spring, but the Phillies have decided he'd be best off used as a long reliever. The fifth starter competition will come down to Vincent Velasquez and Adam Morgan.
Mar 20 - 12:50 PM

Brett Oberholtzer scattered four hits over three scoreless innings Monday against the Pirates.

While he certainly lacks the upside of Vincent Velasquez, Oberholtzer would be the Phillies' safest choice for the fifth spot in their rotation. He's up to five scoreless innings so far this spring. He had a respectable 3.94 ERA in 42 starts and three relief appearances for the Astros before coming over in the Ken Giles trade.
Mar 7 - 4:40 PM

Ryan Lawrence of PhillyVoice expects Brett Oberholtzer to win the No. 5 spot in the Phillies' starting rotation.

Adam Morgan is also in the running but Oberholtzer has more big league experience and is out of minor league options. Vince Velasquez has a higher ceiling than both of them but another year of seasoning in Triple-A couldn't hurt. Oberholtzer and Velasquez were both acquired from Houston this winter as part of the Ken Giles trade.
Feb 11 - 9:56 AM

Phillies acquired LHP Brett Oberholtzer and RHPs Mark Appel, Vince Velasquez, Thomas Eshelman, Harold Arauz from the Astros for RHP Ken Giles and INF Jonathan Arauz.

The 26-year-old southpaw was at times one of the top starting pitchers in the Astros rotation in 2013 and 2014 before taking a bit of a step back last season. He owns a career 3.94 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 166/58 K/BB ratio over 253 2/3 big league innings.
Sat, Dec 12, 2015 01:47:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Astros "may look to move" Brett Oberholtzer.

There's not a spot available for Oberholtzer in the Astros' rotation at the moment. He's yet to hit arbitration eligibility, though, and would make a worthy No. 5 starter for some clubs. Heyman lists the Phillies, Orioles, Reds and Rangers as possible fits.
Fri, Dec 4, 2015 03:59:00 PM

Astros optioned LHP Brett Oberholtzer to Triple-A Fresno.

Oberholtzer got the start on Thursday, allowing three runs in five innings to the Indians while picking up the loss. The Astros were merely juggling their rotation about to set things in order for the All-Star Break. He'll head back to Triple-A, but figures to see additional spot start duty when needed later in the season.
Fri, Jul 10, 2015 04:19:00 PM

Brett Oberholtzer will be recalled to start on Thursday in Cleveland.

The Astros are tweaking their rotation around the All-Star break, as it will just be a spot start for Oberholtzer. He holds a 4.32 ERA over seven starts this season.
Tue, Jul 7, 2015 10:51:00 PM

Astros optioned LHP Brett Oberholtzer to Triple-A Fresno.

Oberholtzer had a complete meltdown Saturday against the Yankees. He gave up six runs in 1 2/3 innings and was ejected for throwing at Alex Rodriguez. The left-hander has posted a disappointing 7.43 ERA over his last three starts and could use some time off to get his head straight. The Astros will announce the corresponding roster move on Sunday.
Sat, Jun 27, 2015 08:32:00 PM

Brett Oberholtzer was ejected from Saturday's game against the Yankees for throwing at Alex Rodriguez.

Oberholtzer got the heave-ho from home plate umpire Rob Drake after nearly hitting A-Rod with an inside fastball. He lasted just 1 1/3 innings, giving up six runs on four hits. Houston came back to tie the game 6-6 so Oberholtzer won't be on the hook for the loss.
Sat, Jun 27, 2015 06:27:00 PM

Brett Oberholtzer limited the Angels to two runs in 5 2/3 innings, but suffered a loss on Monday.

After walking Mike Trout with two outs, Oberholtzer made a mistake that turned into a two-run Albert Pujols home run in the fifth inning. He got two outs and issued a walk in the sixth, but was taken out after crossing 100 pitches. Overall, he gave up four hits, walked four, and struck out five. In five starts since being activated from the disabled list on June 1, the lefty has compiled a 2.79 ERA with a 20/11 K/BB ratio in 29 innings. Oberholtzer will face the Yankees at home in a weekend start next.
Tue, Jun 23, 2015 01:41:00 AM

Brett Oberholtzer fired eight scoreless innings in Friday's 10-0 win over the Mariners.

Oberholtzer thrived with the big lead, holding Seattle to just three hits (all of them singles) and two walks while striking out five batters. The young lefty was very efficient, throwing 72 out of 108 pitches for strikes. He hadn't thrown more than 5 1/3 innings in any of his previous three starts this season, so those in mixed fantasy leagues can afford to wait and see.
Sat, Jun 13, 2015 12:19:00 AM

Brett Oberholtzer was tagged for four runs (two earned) over 3 2/3 innings Saturday against the Blue Jays.

It was a tough matchup for the young left-hander and he predictably struggled, allowing six hits and three walks before being pulled in the third inning. Oberholtzer struck out two batters. He'll look for better results next time out against the Mariners next Friday at home.
Sat, Jun 6, 2015 04:31:00 PM

Brett Oberholtzer, making his first start since May 13, pitched well in a no-decision, yielding two runs in 5 1/3 innings as the Astros won on Monday.

Oberholtzer had been on the disabled list due to a blister issue which has nagged him all season. His previous start, on May 13, was his first and only start prior to Monday. He scattered seven hits and a pair of walks, relenting the two runs towards the end of his start. The lefty also struck out three. Oberholtzer doesn't have much fantasy appeal, particularly given the blister situation. He'll start next in Toronto against the Blue Jays.
Mon, Jun 1, 2015 11:08:00 PM

Astros activated LHP Brett Oberholtzer from the 15-day disabled list.

Oberholtzer will rejoin the Astros' starting rotation on Monday night against the Orioles. The 25-year-old left-hander is not a great fantasy option versus Baltimore. He's been limited to one start in 2015 due to an ongoing blister issue.
Mon, Jun 1, 2015 03:35:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Carlos Ruiz
2Cameron Rupp
1B1Ryan Howard
2Tommy Joseph
2B1Cesar Hernandez
SS1Freddy Galvis
3B1Maikel Franco
2Andres Blanco
LF1Tyler Goeddel
2Cody Asche
CF1Odubel Herrera
RF1Peter Bourjos
2Jimmy Paredes
3Aaron Altherr
Starting Pitcher
S1Jeremy Hellickson
2Charlie Morton
3Aaron Nola
4Jerad Eickhoff
5Vincent Velasquez
6Zach Eflin
7Adam Morgan
8Matt Harrison
Relief Pitcher
R1Jeanmar Gomez
2Dalier Hinojosa
3David Hernandez
4Hector Neris
5Brett Oberholtzer
6Andrew Bailey
7Elvis Araujo
8Daniel Stumpf
9Severino Gonzalez