Place of Birth: Columbus, Ohio
Teams: Milwaukee Brewers, New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, Minnesota Twins, Cardinals
Eric Joseph Fryer was born on August 26, 1985 in Columbus Ohio. He attended Reynoldsburg High School and then went on to play at the Ohio State University. In high school he pitched and caught. He had a very impressive senior year with a 1.35 ERA with 93 strikeouts in only 60 innings pitched. He also impressed at the player setting a school record with a .544 batting average along with 7 homeruns and 50 RBI. He received many awards including All-State first team honors twice, league and district player of the year awards. Fyer went onto graduate valedictorian of his class. At Ohio State he hit a career .338 batting average with 10 home runs and 126 RBIs, earning him Big 10 honors twice. He was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 10th round in the 2007 draft. He then made his MLB debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates on June 26, 2011.
As a Player
Bats: R Throws: R
Fryer has yet to solidify himself as a backup catcher in the MLB. An average MLB back up catcher will catch around 60 games a season while Fryer’s longest season was 28 games. This season Fryer has been given the opportunity to claim the backup catcher position with the injury to Brayan Pena. Fryer is known more for his glove than his bat. He is very solid defensively and is able to manage a pitching staff very well. His bat lacks but is understandable because he lacks daily at bats.