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Full Name: Ryan Scott Dempster Primary Position: P
Height/Weight: 6' 2"/195 First Game: May 23, 1998
Birthdate: May 3, 1977 MLB Experience: 9 years
Birthplace: Sechelt, British Columbia (Canada)
Bat/Throw: Right/Right


Biography

Ryan Scott Dempster (born May 3, 1977 in Gibsons, British Columbia, Canada) is a pitcher for the Chicago Cubs in Major League Baseball.

Dempster bats and throws right handed. He has a win-loss record of 56-59 and an earned run average of 4.83 in 247 games (162 starts) [all statistics are through the 2005 season]. He has played for the Florida Marlins (1998–2002), the Cincinnati Reds (2002–2003), and the Chicago Cubs (2004–present). In August 2003 he underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow and made a miraculous recovery from the surgery, taking a little under a year to recover from it, coming back in the last half of 2004 to pitch for the Chicago Cubs. In 2005, after starting 6 games, Dempster was named the closer for the Chicago Cubs, replacing LaTroy Hawkins.

He collected 33 saves in 35 opportunities, the best save percentage in the league; in both blown saves, he collected the win. He is the only Cub and one of just three players ever to start a game and collect 30 saves in a single season. On October 1, 2005, the Cubs signed him through 2008 in a US$15.5 million contract extension. He emerged as one of the team's most consistent closers in 2007. At one point, Lou Pinella, the Cubs' manager, was considering promoting Dempster to a starting pitcher.[1] However, the idea was short lived, as a struggling bull pen forced Dempster to remain as closer. He recorded sixteen saves in eighteen opportunities before missing two weeks of playtime on account of an injured oblique muscle.[2]

Dempster is widely known for his laid-back attitude, constantly joking with fans and teammates and is said to be a positive contribution to a team's clubhouse. Dempster's fun and easy-going personality was especially evident when in comments to an Arizona newspaper in March 2007, Dempster stated that if his career as a closer began to tumble, he would pursue ninja training.[3] He is also known for his Harry Caray impression. Most notably, he announced the Cubs' starting lineup while speaking like Caray before a nationally televised baseball game on Fox Sports.

Scouting Report

Statistics

Pitching Stats

Year Team G GS W L ERA K R ER CG SHO SV IP H HR BB IB WP HBP
1998 FLA N 14 11 1 5 7.08 35 47 43 0 0 0 54.2 72 6 38 1 5 9
1999 FLA N 25 25 7 8 4.71 126 77 77 0 0 0 147 146 21 93 2 8 6
2000 FLA N 33 33 14 10 3.66 209 102 92 2 1 0 226.1 210 30 97 7 4 5
2001 FLA N 34 34 15 12 4.94 171 123 116 2 1 0 211.1 218 21 112 5 5 10
2002 FLA N 18 18 5 8 4.79 87 66 64 3 0 0 120.1 126 12 55 1 0 7
2002 CIN N 15 15 5 5 6.19 66 61 61 1 0 0 88.2 102 16 38 1 2 3
2002 TOT N 33 33 10 13 5.38 153 127 125 4 0 0 209 228 28 93 2 2 10
2003 CIN N 22 20 3 7 6.54 84 89 84 0 0 0 115.2 134 14 70 4 3 5
2004 CHI N 23 0 1 1 3.92 18 9 9 0 0 2 20.2 16 1 13 0 1 2
2005 CHI N 63 6 5 3 3.13 89 35 32 0 0 33 92 83 4 49 7 4 4
2006 CHI N 74 0 1 9 4.80 67 47 40 0 0 24 75 77 5 36 3 6 3
2007 CHI N 66 0 2 7 4.72 55 36 35 0 0 28 66.2 59 8 30 4 2 1
Total 387 162 59 75 4.82 1007 692 631 8 2 87 1218.1 1243 138 631 35 40 55

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
1998 FLA N P 14 11 54.2 2 12 0 2 0 2 6 1 0 1.000
1999 FLA N P 25 25 147 10 15 1 4 0 0 4 5 0 .962
2000 FLA N P 33 33 226.1 11 29 4 2 0 0 13 9 1 .909
2001 FLA N P 34 34 211.1 16 36 3 7 0 0 10 7 1 .945
2002 FLA N P 18 18 120.1 13 17 0 1 0 0 3 11 2 1.000
2002 CIN N P 15 15 88.2 6 9 0 3 0 0 4 2 0 1.000
2002 TOT N P 33 33 209 19 26 0 4 0 0 7 13 2 1.000
2003 CIN N P 22 20 115.2 4 14 3 2 0 1 1 3 1 .857
2004 CHI N P 23 0 20.2 4 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1.000
2005 CHI N P 63 6 92 3 17 0 1 0 0 6 2 0 1.000
2006 CHI N P 74 0 75 3 8 1 0 0 0 5 0 0 .917
2007 CHI N P 66 0 66.2 4 7 0 1 0 0 9 0 0 1.000
Total P 387 162 1218.1 76 166 12 23 0 3 63 40 5 .953

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
1998 FLA N 14 13 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 8 0 1 0 0 1
1999 FLA N 26 49 5 5 0 2 .102 .120 .122 1 0 1 22 0 1 0 0 1
2000 FLA N 33 77 3 6 0 2 .078 .090 .104 2 0 1 29 0 4 0 0 0
2001 FLA N 34 61 1 3 0 0 .049 .065 .066 1 0 1 29 0 16 0 0 0
2002 FLA N 18 34 0 2 0 2 .059 .086 .118 0 1 1 12 0 4 0 0 0
2002 CIN N 17 29 2 6 0 1 .207 .233 .241 1 0 1 8 0 5 0 0 0
2002 TOT N 35 63 2 8 0 3 .127 .154 .175 1 1 2 20 0 9 0 0 0
2003 CIN N 24 33 1 1 0 0 .030 .059 .030 0 0 1 19 0 1 0 0 0
2004 CHI N 23 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
2005 CHI N 63 14 0 1 0 0 .071 .071 .071 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0
2006 CHI N 74 2 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
2007 CHI N 66 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 392 314 12 24 0 7 .076 .094 .099 5 1 6 135 0 32 0 0 2

Transactions

  • Selected by Texas Rangers in the 3rd round of the free-agent draft (June 1, 1995 - signed July 6, 1995).
  • Traded by Texas Rangers with a player to be named later to Florida Marlins in exchange for John Burkett (August 8, 1996); Florida Marlins received Rick Helling (September 3, 1996).
  • Traded by Florida Marlins to Cincinnati Reds in exchange for Juan Encarnacion, Wilton Guerrero and Ryan Snare (July 11, 2002).
  • Released by Cincinnati Reds (November 4, 2003).
  • Signed by Chicago Cubs (January 21, 2004).

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