Garrett Andrew Olson (born October 18, 1983) is an American former professional baseball pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Baltimore Orioles, Seattle Mariners, Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Mets and in the KBO League for the Doosan Bears.

Garrett Olson
Garrett Olson on August 8, 2012.jpg
Olson with the New York Mets
Born: (1983-10-18) October 18, 1983 (age 36)
Fresno, California
Batted: Right Threw: Left
Professional debut
MLB: July 4, 2007, for the Baltimore Orioles
KBO: March 31, 2013, for the Doosan Bears
Last appearance
MLB: August 8, 2012, for the New York Mets
KBO: July 10, 2013, for the Doosan Bears
MLB statistics
Win–loss record14–22
Earned run average6.26
KBO statistics
Win–loss record1–1
Earned run average6.52

Early lifeEdit

High schoolEdit

Olson attended Buchanan High School in Clovis, California. He played for the Anchorage Bucs in the Alaska Baseball League in 2004, going 7–0 with a 0.88 ERA, and was a Summer League First-Team All-American starting pitcher.


He attended Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo for college, where in his last year he was 12–4 with a 2.71 ERA. In 2005, he was a Big West Conference All-Star starting pitcher.

Professional careerEdit

Baltimore OriolesEdit

Olson was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles as a sandwich pick between the first and second rounds (48th overall) of the 2005 MLB Draft.

During the 2005 season, he played mostly with the Aberdeen IronBirds, moving to the Frederick Keys in August. He advanced to the AA Bowie Baysox, and was named the Baltimore Orioles Minor League Player of the Year.

Olson pitching for the Orioles in 2008.

Olson was invited to the All-Star Futures Game. He was called up by the Orioles organization to be a starting pitcher again after July 4 start in Chicago. He was mentioned, but did not participate in the 2007 All-Star Futures Game, representing the United States team.

Through 2007, in his minor league career he was 21–17 with a 2.95 ERA, and had averaged 7.37 hits and 8.82 strikeouts per nine innings.

Olson was promoted from the Triple-A Norfolk Tides to take the place of injured Orioles starter Steve Trachsel, and he made his major league debut on Independence Day of 2007 against the Chicago White Sox. He would have earned the win in his debut, but he only pitched 4⅓ innings, falling two outs shy of the five innings required to qualify for a win. He earned his first career win in his next start, also against the White Sox, on July 14. He gave up two runs in 5⅓ innings, both on solo home runs by Jermaine Dye, and the Orioles went on to win 5–3.

Olson committed his first career error in his debut on July 4. After allowing the first batter he faced in his career, left fielder Andy González, to reach base via a walk, he made a throwing error on a pickoff attempt, allowing Gonzalez to reach second base. His first career strikeout came three batters later, as Paul Konerko was called out on a 2–2 pitch.

On September 1, 2007, Olson made a start at Fenway park against the Boston Red Sox, He was the opposing pitcher in the Clay Buchholz no-hitter.

On June 28, 2008, Olson earned his first career hit vs. the Washington Nationals against Jesús Colomé in the sixth inning.

He went to 3–0 on 8% of all batters he faced in 2008, the highest percentage in the majors.[1]

Seattle MarinersEdit

Olson pitching for the Mariners in 2010.

On January 18, 2009, Olson was traded to the Chicago Cubs with a minor-leaguer for Félix Pie.[2] Just 10 days later, he was traded along with Ronny Cedeño to the Seattle Mariners for Aaron Heilman.[3]

On April 1, 2009, Olson was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma to begin the season.[4] He was called up on May 6 because of an injury to relief pitcher Shawn Kelley. Olson soon took the rotation spot from teammate Chris Jakubauskas.[5]

He compiled a 3.72 ERA in 12 relief appearances covering 19​13 innings. In 11 starts, he is 3–5 with a 6.49 ERA through August 10. This is why he was sent to the bull pen to become a reliever. Olson stated he felt comfortable in both roles.[6]

Olson was again optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on August 20 to clear roster space for Infielder Bill Hall.[7]

On September 13 Olson was called up again to the Mariners. This is his third stint with the team in 2009. With Tacoma, Olson went 2–3 with a 4.94 ERA and notched the Rainiers' only playoff win against the Sacramento River Cats.

Pittsburgh PiratesEdit

On March 18, 2011, the Mariners placed Olson on waivers. He was later claimed off waivers by the Pittsburgh Pirates.[8] He was designated for assignment on April 17.[9]

New York MetsEdit

Olson signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets on December 12, 2011.[10] Olson began the year with Triple-A Buffalo. On August 7, 2012, Olson was called up from Triple-A to replace the injured Tim Byrdak. Olson made his Mets debut on August 8, pitching one third of an inning, giving up three runs against the Miami Marlins. Olson was designated for assignment on August 11 to create room on the roster for Johan Santana.[11] In October 2012, Olson elected minor league free agency.[12]

Oakland AthleticsEdit

In November 2012, Olson signed with the Oakland Athletics.

Doosan BearsEdit

On March 16, 2013, Olson was released by the Athletics to allow him to sign a contract with the Doosan Bears in the Korea Baseball Organization.[13] He was released from Doosan on July 2013.

Personal lifeEdit

He currently resides in Clovis, California. He majored in mechanical engineering in college.


  1. ^ "2008 Major League Baseball Pitching Pitches". Retrieved April 8, 2010.
  2. ^ Carrie Muskat. "Cubs deal Pie to O's for lefty Olson". Retrieved April 8, 2010.
  3. ^ "Mariners Acquire LHP Garrett Olson, INF Ronny Cedeno From Cubs". Retrieved April 8, 2010.
  4. ^ The final roster won't include Olson, Jimenez or Phillips Archived 2009-04-03 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Mariners' Kelley out at least a
  6. ^ Olson back in 'pen trying to get on
  7. ^ Olson optioned to Triple-A Tacoma
  8. ^ Pirates claim Garrett Olson off waivers from Mariners
  9. ^ LHP Beimel rejoins Pittsburgh Pirates, USA Today, April 17, 2011.
  10. ^ Rubin, Adam (December 12, 2011). "Mets claim Hefner, sign 2". ESPNNewYork.
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  12. ^ Axisa, Mike (October 6, 2012). "Minor Moves: 28 Players Elect Free Agency".
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