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Pat Neshek | Relief Pitcher

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (34) / 9/4/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 210
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
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Pat Neshek earned his fifth save of the season in Tuesday's win over the Pirates.
With Trevor Rosenthal having pitched in back-to-back games, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny turned to Neshek to close out the Pirates on Tuesday. Neshek took care of the Bucs in order to earn the save. He owns a 1.37 ERA and 0.66 WHIP and remains the Cardinals' top choice for saves when Rosenthal is unavailable or ineffective. Sep 2 - 11:55 PM

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Pat Neshek notched his fourth save of the season Friday despite a shaky ninth inning against the Padres.

Trevor Rosenthal was unavailable Friday after pitching two days in a row, so Neshek got the call. The sidearmer gave up a two-out solo homer to Yasmani Grandal and a double to Chris Nelson to bring the tying run to the plate, but he managed to strike out Will Venable swinging to end it. Neshek still carries a ridiculous 0.88 ERA, 0.58 WHIP and 56/6 K/BB ratio over 51 1/3 innings this season.
Aug 16 - 1:06 AM

Pat Neshek worked a perfect ninth inning to protect a three-run lead and earn his third save in Thursday's win versus the Red Sox.

Regular closer Trevor Rosenthal had pitched in each of the last two days, throwing 31 pitches total, so manager Mike Matheny opted to go with Neshek to end the ballgame. Neshek has held the opposition scoreless in 23 out of his last 24 appearances, including in each of his last five. He has a 0.76 ERA.
Aug 7 - 11:34 PM

Pat Neshek told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Wednesday that he is open to discussing a contract extension with the Cardinals.

Neshek signed a minor league contract with St. Louis in the offseason and has resurrected his career at age 33, posting a 0.78 ERA, 0.60 WHIP, and 49/6 K/BB ratio in 46 1/3 innings. "I like it here," said Neshek, a free agent this winter. "I like how I’m being used. That’s a big part of it. That’s the feeling I have. That’s one of the main things. I feel like I pitch really well at Busch Stadium. I think that would be good for my career, right? I just really like it here."
Aug 7 - 11:19 AM

Pat Neshek earned his second career save Tuesday in the Cardinals' 5-2 victory over the Mets.

Neshek was called on to stymie the Mets' ninth-inning rally after Jason Motte allowed a long solo home run and a double to lead off the frame. Neshek now has a 0.92 ERA, 0.61 WHIP, and 29/4 K/BB ratio in 29 1/3 innings this season. He's next in line for saves behind Trevor Rosenthal, who was given the night off on Tuesday.
Jun 17 - 11:05 PM

Pat Neshek earned his first career save in the Cardinals' extra-innings defeat of the Royals on Wednesday.

Neshek retired all three batters he faced in the bottom of the 11th inning and now boasts a 1.03 ERA, 0.61 WHIP, and 28/3 K/BB ratio in 26 1/3 total frames this season for St. Louis. Trevor Rosenthal allowed two inherited runners to score in the ninth inning Wednesday but probably isn't in danger yet of losing his grip on the closer gig. Neshek would have to be considered next-in-line with Jason Motte still struggling to find his pre-Tommy John surgery velocity.
Jun 5 - 12:10 AM

Cardinals purchased the contract of RHP Pat Neshek from Triple-A Memphis.

Neshek had a 3.24 ERA and nice 11/2 K/BB ratio over 8 1/3 innings this spring to wrap up a spot. He'll serve as a right-handed specialist in the bullpen.
Mar 30 - 9:28 AM

Cardinals signed RHP Pat Neshek to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Neshek, 33, had a 3.35 ERA and 29/15 K/BB ratio in 40 1/3 innings last season with the Athletics. The sidearmer is nice depth to have around for St. Louis, but it could be a challenge for him to win a bullpen job in the spring.
Feb 6 - 5:47 PM

Pat Neshek elected free agency.

The A's outrighted Neshek off the 40-man roster, and the side-winding right-hander elected to explore other options. Neshek, who was mere days from cracking the six years of service time that would have guaranteed free agency anyway, has enjoyed a productive and thoroughly under-appreciated career. He's logged a 3.07 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 214 1/3 innings over parts of the last seven seasons with the Twins, Padres and A's. He tossed 60 frames of 2.70 ERA-ball with the A's the past two seasons but it wasn't enough to save his job, in part because arbitration would have guaranteed him over $1 million in 2014. Neshek should provide sterling relief depth to another organization on a minor league contract.
Wed, Nov 6, 2013 12:23:00 PM

Athletics purchased the contract of RHP Pat Neshek from Triple-A Sacramento.

Neshek was designated for assignment by the A's in August but made it through waivers and decided to remain with the team. Now he's being rewarded with a September callup.
Tue, Sep 3, 2013 04:24:00 PM

Athletics sent RHP Pat Neshek outright to Triple-A Sacramento.

Neshek was designated for assignment by the A's on Monday after posting a 3.58 ERA and 1.38 WHIP over 37 2/3 innings of relief. He did not draw interest on waivers.
Wed, Aug 28, 2013 04:19:00 PM

Athletics designated RHP Pat Neshek for assignment.

Neshek has posted a pedestrian 3.58 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 28/12 K/BB ratio in 37 2/3 innings this season. The 32-year-old righty will likely pass through waivers.
Mon, Aug 26, 2013 03:43:00 PM

Pat Neshek owns a 2.81 ERA over 18 appearances.

Born and bred in Minnesota, Neshek has been a decent middle reliever since he was unceremoniously waived by the Twins prior to the 2011 season. Over the last two seasons in Oakland, he's posted a 2.02 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 27/14 K/BB ratio over 42 appearances.
Tue, May 21, 2013 05:33:00 AM

Athletics and RHP Pat Neshek avoided arbitration Wednesday by agreeing to a one-year, $975,000 contract.

He could earn an additional $75,000 in incentives. Neshek, 32, registered a promising 1.37 ERA and 16/6 K/BB ratio in 19 2/3 innings this past season for the A's. He will serve as a middle reliever for the club in 2013.
Wed, Nov 28, 2012 05:07:00 PM

Pat Neshek will be on the Athletics' roster for the ALDS against the Tigers.

Neshek will be pitching with a very heavy heart, as his son died less than 24 hours after being born this week. The 32-year-old right-hander posted a 1.37 ERA and 16/6 K/BB ratio in 19 2/3 innings over 24 relief appearances this season with the A's.
Fri, Oct 5, 2012 04:24:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2A.J. Pierzynski
3Tony Cruz
1B1Matt Adams
2Xavier Scruggs
2B1Kolten Wong
2Mark Ellis
3Daniel Descalso
SS1Jhonny Peralta
2Pete Kozma
3Greg Garcia
3B1Matt Carpenter
LF1Matt Holliday
CF1Jon Jay
2Peter Bourjos
3Thomas Pham
RF1Oscar Taveras
2Randal Grichuk
3Shane Robinson
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Adam Wainwright
2Michael Wacha
3Lance Lynn
4John Lackey
5Shelby Miller
6Jaime Garcia
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Trevor Rosenthal
2Pat Neshek
3Seth Maness
4Randy Choate
5Sam Freeman
6Jason Motte
7Carlos Martinez
8Kevin Siegrist
9Justin Masterson
10Tyler Lyons
11Nick Greenwood
12Marco Gonzales
13Samuel Tuivailala