Jordan Lyles

Jordan Lyles
Lyles with the Rockies in 2016
Milwaukee Brewers – No. 25
Born: (1990-10-19) October 19, 1990
Hartsville, South Carolina
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 31, 2011, for the Houston Astros
MLB statistics
(through August 28, 2018)
Win–loss record 31–52
Earned run average 5.33
Strikeouts 538

Jordan Horton Lyles (born October 19, 1990) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Houston Astros, Colorado Rockies, and San Diego Padres.

High school

Lyles attended Hartsville High School in Hartsville, South Carolina. In his junior baseball season, he led the Red Foxes to a 4A championship, compiling a 6–1 win-loss record and a 0.85 earned run average (ERA). He went 7–2 in 2008, recording a 1.86 ERA and 89 strikeouts in 60 23 innings pitched. As a hitter, Lyles hit .447 with six home runs and 20 runs batted in. In football, Lyles set single-season school records with 81 receptions for 1,568 yards and 23 touchdowns.[1]

Professional career

Houston Astros

The Houston Astros selected Lyles with the 38th pick in the 2008 Major League Baseball draft. After signing, Lyles pitched in the Rookie-level Appalachian League, where he recorded 64 strikeouts in 49 23 innings.[2] In 2010, Baseball America named Lyles the Astros' top pitching prospect.[3] That season, he appeared in the All-Star Futures Game.[4][5]

Lyles had his contract purchased by Houston on May 28, 2011.[6] His first start with the Houston Astros came at Wrigley Field on May 31. He pitched 7+ innings and allowed one earned run in a 7–3 win.[7] He also got his first career hit. Lyles recorded his first major league win August 3, 2011, against the Cincinnati Reds.[8] In the 2011 season with Houston, he was 2–8 with a 5.36 ERA.[9]

The Astros optioned Lyles to Oklahoma City at the start of the 2012 season.[10] On April 29, Lyles was recalled to Houston to make a start for Kyle Weiland, who was placed on the 15-day DL. Lyles was 4–0 with a 3.46 ERA with 24 strikeouts in 26 innings at Oklahoma City.[11] Lyles gave up three runs over six innings of work. Though he left with the lead, the bullpen lost control, and the Astros lost, 6–5. After the game, Lyles was optioned back to Triple-A to make room for Marwin González, who was activated from paternity leave.[12] In the 2012 season with Houston, he was 5–12 with a 5.09 ERA.[9]

In the 2013 season with the Astros, he was 7–9 with a 5.59 ERA.[9] In AAA with Oklahoma City, he was 2–2 with a 5.32 ERA.[9]

Colorado Rockies

On December 3, 2013, Lyles, along with outfielder Brandon Barnes, was traded to the Colorado Rockies for outfielder Dexter Fowler and a player to be named later.[13][14] In 22 starts, Lyles tied a career high with 7 wins and posted his lowest ERA of his career with a 4.33 in 126.2 innings.

On January 14, 2015, Lyles and the Rockies avoided arbitration, agreeing to a one-year contract worth $2.475 million.[15] On June 1, Jordan was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a medial collateral ligament injury in his left big toe.[16] On June 3, it was declared Lyles would need left big toe surgery, ending his season after just 10 starts.[17] In 2015 with the Rockies, he was 2–5 with a 5.14 ERA.[9]

In 2016, Lyles began as a starter but after five starts, he was shifted to the bullpen for the remainder of the season. For the 2016 season, Lyles posted a record of 4–5 with a 5.83 ERA in 40 games.[9] In AAA with Albuquerque he was 4–2 with a 5.44 ERA.[9]

The following season in 2017, Lyles was used mainly out of the bullpen to disastrous results, as he posted an 0–2 record with an ERA of 6.94 in 33 games.[9] He was designated for assignment and released by the Rockies on August 1.[18]

San Diego Padres

Lyles signed a minor league deal with the San Diego Padres in August 2017.[19] The Padres used Lyles as a starter for the final month of the season, in which he posted a 1–3 record with an ERA of 9.39.[9]

On November 2, 2017, he was granted free agency.[20] On December 17, 2017, the Padres signed Lyles to a one-year, $1 million contract to remain with the team.[21] On May 15, 2018, Lyles threw 7 13 perfect innings against the Colorado Rockies at home.

Milwaukee Brewers

On August 5, 2018, the Milwaukee Brewers claimed Lyles from the Padres off of trade waivers.[22]

Pitching style

Lyles typically throws five pitches: a four-seam fastball at 91–94 mph, a two-seam fastball at 90–93, a cutter at 85–88, a curveball at 78–82, and a changeup to left-handed hitters at 82–84. Lyles has also thrown a small number of sliders. He is not a strikeout pitcher, but his pitches have good ground ball/fly ball ratios.[23]


  1. Bezjak, Lou (June 6, 2008). "Astros select Hartsville's Lyles". The Morning News. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  2. Fraley, Gerry (January 12, 2009). "Cooper ready to lead Astros on smoother trip". USA Today. Retrieved 2009-01-21.
  3. "Lyles Named to Futures Game". June 22, 2010. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  4. McTaggert, Brian (June 22, 2010). "Lyles to get a taste of future in Anaheim". Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  5. "Lyles to appear in Futures Game". July 2, 2010. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  6. McTaggert, Brian (May 28, 2011). "Wandy heading to DL, Astros will promote Lyles". Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  7. "Impressive Jordan Lyles settles for no-decision as Astros rally by Cubs". Associated Press. May 31, 2011. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  8. "J.D. Martinez comes through in clutch to lift Astros past Reds". Associated Press. August 3, 2011. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  9. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Jordan Lyles Minor Leagues Statistics & History |
  10. McTaggert, Brian (April 2, 2012). "Astros option Lyles to Oklahoma City". Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  11. "Astros recall Lyles, will start Sunday". Chicago Tribune. Reuters. April 28, 2012. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  12. Wallner, Jeff (April 29, 2012). "Lyles solid in debut, 'pen can't hold on".
  13. "Astros acquire OF Dexter Fowler". Associated Press. December 3, 2013. Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  14. McTaggert, Brian (December 3, 2013). "Astros add Fowler, send Barnes, Lyles to Rockies". Retrieved August 19, 2014.
  15. "Stubbs, Lyles, Chatwood agree to deals with Rockies". Associated Press. January 14, 2015. Retrieved January 15, 2015.
  16. Jordan Lyles Stats, Fantasy & News |
  17. Toe surgery ends Rockies starter Jordan Lyles’ season – HardballTalk
  18. Jordan Lyles, Padres agree to minor league deal – The San Diego Union-Tribune
  19. Thornburg, Chad (December 17, 2017). "Padres sign pitcher Lyles to 1-year deal". Retrieved December 17, 2017.
  21. "Brooks Baseball · Home of the PitchFX Tool – Player Card: Jordan Lyles". Brooks Baseball. Retrieved 4 September 2012.
Preceded by
Julio Teherán
Youngest Player in the National League
Succeeded by
Bryce Harper
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