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Jake Diekman | Relief Pitcher

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (28) / 1/21/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 203
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Left-hander Jake Diekman was traded from the Phillies to the Rangers in an eight-player deal.
Diekman has had a rough year, with his always shaky control going from bad to worse. Still, he has one of the best arms of any left-handed reliever in the game, which explains how he's struck out 225 batters in 173 1/3 innings as a major leaguer. The Rangers will ask for less and potentially get more out of him than the Phillies did. Plus, he's under control through 2018. Jul 31 - 12:26 PM

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Phillies recalled LHP Jake Diekman from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Diekman has registered a 6.75 ERA and 2.01 WHIP in 21 1/3 innings this season for the Phillies. The 28-year-old southpaw will pitch in low-leverage relief situations.
Jun 18 - 10:24 AM

Phillies optioned LHP Jake Diekman to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

The 28-year-old has been an atrocity in the Phillies bullpen this season, posting a 6.75 ERA with a 29/17 K/BB ratio over 21 1/3 innings. He'll look to get back on track in the minor leagues before hopefully rejoining the bullpen later in the year.
Jun 4 - 10:39 PM

Jake Diekman was lit up for seven runs in one-third of an inning by the Yankees on Friday.

Yikes. Diekman 100-strikeout season out of the pen went mostly unnoticed last year, but it was a pretty impressive accomplishment for a lefty. He's being counted on as a big part of the Phillies pen again, but he does have options left if the Phillies want to send him down. He entered the day with a 3.86 ERA and a 7/2 K/BB ratio in seven innings this spring, so we're probably not at that point yet.
Mar 27 - 5:04 PM

Jake Diekman was ejected from Saturday night's game against the Nationals.

Diekman pitched one inning, allowing two runs on one hit and one strikeout before being ejected. He has 61 strikeouts in 43 2/3 innings this season but a 4.53 ERA.
Sat, Jul 12, 2014 11:17:00 PM

With Jonathan Papelbon unavailable after pitching three straight days, Jake Diekman got the save chance for the Phillies on Monday and gave up a grand slam to Dan Uggla in the ninth.

Needless to say, he took the blown save, as well as his first loss. Diekman is a talented left-hander, but he was nervous tonight, as evidenced by his four-pitch walk to B.J. Upton to start the ninth. The Phillies would have preferred to go to Antonio Bastardo in Paplebon's place, but he needed the day off, too.
Mon, Apr 14, 2014 11:25:00 PM

Phillies recalled LHP Jacob Diekman from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Tyler Cloyd was sent down in a corresponding roster move. Diekman had a 5.70 ERA and 37/24 K/BB ratio over 30 innings this season in Triple-A and will pitch in middle relief.
Thu, Jun 13, 2013 04:11:00 PM

Phillies optioned LHP Jacob Diekman and RHP Justin De Fratus to Triple-A Lehigh Valley; reassigned INF Josh Fields and LHP Cesar Jimenez to minor league camp.

Diekman has plenty of upside as a situational lefty, but his control is still a work in progress. He and De Fratus will be up at some point this season.
Sun, Mar 17, 2013 08:27:00 AM

Phillies recalled LHP Jacob Diekman from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Diekman appeared in 23 games with Philadelphia earlier this season, compiling a 4.64 ERA and 1.59 WHIP over 21 1/3 innings. He'll likely serve as a long man and situational left-hander in the Phillies' bullpen for the remainder of the season.
Sat, Sep 1, 2012 07:57:00 PM

Phillies optioned LHP Jacob Diekman to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Diekman holds a 4.64 ERA and 1.59 WHIP over 23 appearances with the Phils this season. He and Joe Savery are making room for the arrival of new acquisitions Nate Schierholtz and Josh Lindblom.
Tue, Jul 31, 2012 10:24:00 PM

Phillies recalled LHP Jacob Diekman from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Diekman, 25, has an 0.59 ERA and 22/3 K/BB ratio over 15 1/3 innings at the Triple-A level this season. He'll give manager Charlie Manuel another left-handed option in the bullpen alongside Antonio Bastardo and Raul Valdes.
Fri, May 11, 2012 01:35:00 PM

The Phillies are expected to recall left-hander Jacob Diekman from Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Friday.

The Phillies' bullpen has a major league worst 5.59 ERA, so general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. is attempting an overall. Diekman, 25, has an 0.59 ERA and 22/3 K/BB ratio over 15 1/3 innings at the Triple-A level this season.
Thu, May 10, 2012 06:33:00 PM

Phillies optioned LHP Jacob Diekman to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Diekman, 25, registered a cool 3.05 ERA and 11.5 K/9 in 65 innings for Double-A Reading last year. He should be allowed to make his MLB debut at some point this season.
Tue, Mar 27, 2012 08:43:00 AM

Phillies purchased the contract of LHP Jacob Diekman from Double-A Reading.

Diekman has emerged as a solid relief prospect since moving to the bullpen full-time last year. He boasted a 3.05 ERA and 11.5 K/9 rate for Reading this season, but walks continued to be an issue for him, as he held a 6.1 BB/9 mark. The 24-year-old is now protected from the Rule 5 draft.
Fri, Nov 18, 2011 12:05:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Robinson Chirinos
2Carlos Corporan
3Chris Gimenez
4Bobby Wilson
1B1Mitch Moreland
2Mike Napoli
2B1Rougned Odor
2Hanser Alberto
3Jurickson Profar
SS1Elvis Andrus
3B1Adrian Beltre
LF1Josh Hamilton
2Will Venable
CF1Delino DeShields
2Antoan Richardson
RF1Shin-Soo Choo
2Ryan Strausborger
DH1Prince Fielder
2Kyle Blanks
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Cole Hamels
2Derek Holland
3Martin Perez
4Yovani Gallardo
5Colby Lewis
6Yu Darvish
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Shawn Tolleson
2Keone Kela
3Jake Diekman
4Anthony Bass
5Sam Freeman
6Sam Dyson
7Andrew Faulkner
8Nick Tepesch
9Lisalverto Bonilla