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Brian Patrick Schlitter (born December 21, 1985) is an American professional baseball relief pitcher in the Oakland Athletics organization. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Chicago Cubs and Oakland Athletics, and in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) for the Saitama Seibu Lions.

Brian Schlitter
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Schlitter with the Chicago Cubs
Oakland Athletics
Relief pitcher
Born: (1985-12-21) December 21, 1985 (age 33)
Oak Park, Illinois
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Professional debut
MLB: June 28, 2010, for the Chicago Cubs
NPB: April 1, 2017, for the Saitama Seibu Lions
MLB statistics
(through July 25, 2019)
Win–loss record3–6
Earned run average5.20
NPB statistics
Win-loss record1-5
Earned run average2.83



Prior to playing professionally, he attended Maine South High School and then the College of Charleston. He was originally drafted in the 34th round of the 2005 amateur draft by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, however he did not sign.

Philadelphia PhilliesEdit

Schliter was next drafted in the 16th round of the 2007 amateur draft by the Philadelphia Phillies, signing.

He began his professional career in 2007, splitting the season between the Williamsport Crosscutters (one game) and Lakewood BlueClaws (16 games). That season he went a combined 0-1 with a 3.51 ERA in 17 relief appearances. In 2008, Schlitter pitched for the Clearwater Threshers in the Phillies organization, going 4-3 with a 2.22 ERA in 34 relief appearances with them.

Chicago CubsEdit

On August 7, he was traded to the Cubs for pitcher Scott Eyre.[1] He finished the season with the Daytona Cubs, going 0-1 with a 2.16 ERA in seven relief appearances. Overall, he went 4-4 with a 2.21 ERA in 41 relief appearances, striking out 67 batters in 57 innings. Schlitter spent all of 2009 with the Tennessee Smokies, going 1-7 with a 4.38 ERA in 59 relief appearances. He began 2010 with the Iowa Cubs, with whom he went 1-1 with a 4.09 ERA in 27 relief appearances prior to his call up to the major leagues.

On June 28, 2010, he made his major league debut. He pitched 2/3 of an inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates, striking out both batters he faced.[2]

The Cubs placed Schlitter on the 15-day DL with a right shoulder impingement on July 7, 2010.[3] Schlitter was optioned back to Triple A on August 3, 2010, a day after hitting Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Carlos Gómez on the head with a pitch.[4][5]

After the 2010 season, Schlitter was claimed off waivers by the New York Yankees.[6] He was cut from the Yankees on February 14, 2011, and claimed off waivers by the Phillies on February 15.[7] On April 18, 2011, he was returned to the Cubs. The commissioner's office returned him to the Cubs from the Phillies because of a past elbow injury.[8]

After pitching in the Cubs' minor league system in 2012 and 2013, Schlitter attended 2014 spring training as a non roster invitee. On March 29, the Cubs announced that he had made the 2014 major league opening day roster.[9][10] Schlitter earned his first career MLB win on May 3, 2014, against the St. Louis Cardinals.[11]

He did not make the opening day roster in 2015[12] and was designated for assignment on August 27.[13]

Saitama Seibu LionsEdit

On November 10, 2016, Schlitter signed with the Saitama Seibu Lions of Nippon Professional Baseball.[14][15]

Los Angeles DodgersEdit

On February 13, 2018, Schlitter signed a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.[16] He pitched in 58 games for the AAA Oklahoma City Dodgers, with a 7–2 record, 3.36 ERA and 21 saves.[17]

Oakland AthleticsEdit

On November 15, 2018, Schlitter signed a minor league deal with the Oakland Athletics. On June 23, 2019, his contract was selected by the A's.[18] On July 29, he was designated for assignment.


  1. ^ "Cubs trade left-handed pitcher Scott Eyre to Phillies". August 7, 2008. Retrieved August 29, 2015.
  2. ^ "Pirates continue mastery of Cubs, end 17-game road skid". Associated Press. June 29, 2010. Retrieved August 29, 2015.
  3. ^ "Cubs call up right-handed reliever Atkins". July 7, 2010. Retrieved August 29, 2015.
  4. ^ "Cubs send down Brian Schlitter". August 3, 2010. Retrieved August 29, 2015.
  5. ^ McCalvy, Adam (May 17, 2015). "C. Gomez hit in head, avoids concussion". Retrieved August 29, 2015.
  6. ^ Collins, Donnie (February 16, 2011). "Yanks reliever Schlitter claimed by Phils". The Times Tribune. Retrieved August 29, 2015.
  7. ^ Gelb, Matt (February 16, 2011). "Phillies Notes: Mayberry tries hand at first base". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved August 29, 2015.
  8. ^ "Phillies' claim on Schlitter voided due to injury". April 18, 2011. Retrieved August 29, 2015.
  9. ^ "Schlitter earns Cubs' last bullpen spot". Chicago Tribune. March 29, 2014. Retrieved April 3, 2014.
  10. ^ Bloom, Barry M.; Muskat, Carrie (March 29, 2014). "Schlitter claims final spot in Cubs' bullpen". Retrieved August 29, 2015.
  11. ^ "Cubs ride home runs past Cardinals for third straight win". Associated Press. May 3, 2014. Retrieved August 29, 2015.
  12. ^ Muskat, Carrie (April 1, 2015). "Rosscup, Schlitter and Lake optioned to Triple-A". Retrieved August 29, 2015.
  13. ^ "Cubs acquire RHP Fernando Rodney from Seattle for a player to be named or cash consideration". August 27, 2015. Retrieved August 27, 2015.
  14. ^ "西武、元カブスのシュリッター投手を獲得". (in Japanese). November 10, 2016. Retrieved November 10, 2016.
  15. ^ "Brian Schlitter signs with NPB Seibu Lions". November 10, 2016. Retrieved November 10, 2016.
  16. ^ Stephen, Eric (February 13, 2018). "Dodgers sign Brian Schlitter, who is not Jake Arrieta, to minor league deal". SB Nation. Retrieved February 13, 2018.
  17. ^ "2018 Oklahoma City Dodgers Statistics". Baseball Reference. Retrieved September 16, 2018.
  18. ^ RotoWire Staff (June 23, 2018). "Athletics' Brian Schlitter: Contract selected by Oakland". CBS Sports. Retrieved June 23, 2019.

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