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Bruce Chen
ERA W-L K
7.45 2-4 36
Team: Kansas CityHt / Wt: 6-2 / 216 NFBC ADP: 540.48
Position: SPBorn: 6/19/1977 Birthplace: Panama City, Panama
Bats/Throws: L/L Draft: Undrafted by Braves (1993)


Latest News
Sep. 5 5:02 PM PT6:02 PM MT7:02 PM CT8:02 PM ET20:02 ET0:02 GMT8:02 5:02 PM MST7:02 PM EST7:32 PM VEN4:02 UAE (+1)7:02 PM CT-Chen has been released by the Kansas City Royals. The 37-year-old pitcher was designated for assignment Aug. 29, a day after he gave up six runs in the 10th inning of an 11-5 loss to Minnesota.
Analysis: Chen began the season in the rotation, went on the disabled list with a back injury and finished 2-4 with a 7.45 ERA in 13 games. He had a 47-43 record with a 4.53 ERA in six seasons with Kansas City.
Aug. 29 3:32 PM PT4:32 PM MT5:32 PM CT6:32 PM ET18:32 ET22:32 GMT6:32 3:32 PM MST5:32 PM EST6:02 PM VEN2:32 UAE (+1)5:32 PM CT-The Royals have designated Chen for assignment after six seasons with the team. Friday's move came one day after he gave up six runs in the 10th inning of an 11-5 loss to Minnesota.
Analysis: The 37-year-old Chen is 2-4 with a 7.45 ERA in 13 games this season. He was in the Royals' rotation when the season began, but went on the 60-day disabled list with a back injury.
July 23 10:33 AM PT11:33 AM MT12:33 PM CT1:33 PM ET13:33 ET17:33 GMT1:33 10:33 AM MST12:33 PM EST1:03 PM VEN21:33 UAE12:33 PM CT-Chen earned his second win of the season in a 7-1 victory at the White Sox on Tuesday, limiting Chicago to a run on a homer and yielding four additional hits.
Analysis: Chen is 2-2 with a 5.76 ERA in six starts this year.
July 14 2:13 PM PT3:13 PM MT4:13 PM CT5:13 PM ET17:13 ET21:13 GMT5:13 2:13 PM MST4:13 PM EST4:43 PM VEN1:13 UAE (+1)4:13 PM CT-Chen did not get a decision Sunday.
Analysis: Chen allowed two runs in 5 1-3 innings in a so-so effort.
May 1 3:35 PM PT4:35 PM MT5:35 PM CT6:35 PM ET18:35 ET22:35 GMT6:35 3:35 PM MST5:35 PM EST6:05 PM VEN2:35 UAE (+1)5:35 PM CT-The Royals have activated left-hander Bruce Chen from the 60-day disabled list and sent him to the bullpen in a long relief role.
Analysis: Chen began the season in the Kansas City rotation before landing on the DL with a bulging disk in his back. He made four minor league rehab starts, three at Omaha, and struck out 11 over 5 1-3 innings last weekend against Albuquerque.
Apr. 20 11:17 AM PT12:17 PM MT1:17 PM CT2:17 PM ET14:17 ET18:17 GMT2:17 11:17 AM MST1:17 PM EST1:47 PM VEN22:17 UAE1:17 PM CT-Chen earned his first win Saturday.
Analysis: Chen allowed all four runs on eight hits and four walks, but the damage could have been a whole lot worse. The crafty left-hander twice walked the bases loaded, and his only clean inning was the first, when Brian Dozier hit a fly out that nearly left the park. He faces the Tribe next.
Apr. 18 3:42 PM PT4:42 PM MT5:42 PM CT6:42 PM ET18:42 ET22:42 GMT6:42 3:42 PM MST5:42 PM EST6:12 PM VEN2:42 UAE (+1)5:42 PM CT-Chen said he's ready to pitch against the Twins on Saturday.
Analysis: He had his regular turn pushed back from Thursday because of a sore back.
Apr. 12 2:18 PM PT3:18 PM MT4:18 PM CT5:18 PM ET17:18 ET21:18 GMT5:18 2:18 PM MST4:18 PM EST4:48 PM VEN1:18 UAE (+1)4:18 PM CT-Chen was roughed up in Friday's loss to Minnesota, surrendering six runs and seven hits over just 3 2-3 innings of work.
Analysis: Chen has looked like two different pitchers in his first two starts. He limited the White Sox to one run and seven hits over 6 1-3 innings in his season debut.
Apr. 6 11:20 AM PT12:20 PM MT1:20 PM CT2:20 PM ET14:20 ET18:20 GMT2:20 11:20 AM MST1:20 PM EST1:50 PM VEN22:20 UAE1:20 PM CT-Chen had a strong season debut but did not get a decision in Kansas City's 4-3 win over Chicago on Saturday
Analysis: Chen allowed one unearned run on six singles, walked none and struck out seven in 6 1-3 innings.
Feb. 1 11:03 AM PT12:03 PM MT1:03 PM CT2:03 PM ET14:03 ET19:03 GMT3:03 12:03 PM MST2:03 PM EST2:33 PM VEN23:03 UAE1:03 PM CT-Kansas City announced the signing of veteran pitcher Bruce Chen to a $4.25 million, one-year deal on Saturday that includes a mutual option for the 2015 season, and manager Ned Yost said he expects to keep the left-hander as a starter rather than a reliever.
Analysis: The 36-year-old Chen became a free agent after last season, when he went 9-4 with a 3.27 ERA in 15 starts and 19 appearances out of the bullpen. He attracted some interest from a handful of clubs, but he always said he'd like to return for a sixth season in Kansas City. The sides reached an agreement Thursday but had to wait to announce it until Chen passed a physical. He'll make $3.25 million this season and $5.5 million with a $1 million buyout next season. He can also earn a performance bonus of $125,000 for each start from 16 through 25.

Regular Season

Pitching Statistics
Year Team W L Sv-Op G GS CG IP H R ER HR BB IBB K WHIP ERA
1998 Atl 2 0 0 - 0 4 4 0 20.1 23 9 9 3 9 1 17 1.57 3.98
1999 Atl 2 2 0 - 0 16 7 0 51.0 38 32 31 11 27 3 45 1.27 5.47
2000 Atl 4 0 0 - 0 22 0 0 39.2 35 15 11 4 19 2 32 1.36 2.50
2000 Phi 3 4 0 - 0 15 15 0 94.1 81 39 38 14 27 2 80 1.14 3.63
2000 Tot 7 4 0 - 0 37 15 0 134.0 116 54 49 18 46 4 112 1.21 3.29
2001 Phi 4 5 0 - 0 16 16 0 86.1 90 53 48 19 31 4 79 1.40 5.00
2001 NYM 3 2 0 - 0 11 11 0 59.2 56 37 31 10 28 0 47 1.41 4.68
2001 Tot 7 7 0 - 0 27 27 0 146.0 146 90 79 29 59 4 126 1.40 4.87
2002 NYM 0 0 0 - 0 1 0 0 0.2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.50 0.00
2002 Mon 2 3 0 - 0 15 5 0 37.1 47 29 29 9 23 3 43 1.88 6.99
2002 Cin 0 2 0 - 0 39 1 0 39.2 37 24 19 7 20 2 37 1.44 4.31
2002 Tot 2 5 0 - 0 55 6 0 77.2 85 53 48 16 43 5 80 1.65 5.56
2003 Hou 0 0 0 - 0 11 0 0 12.0 14 8 8 2 8 1 8 1.83 6.00
2003 Bos 0 1 0 - 0 5 2 0 12.1 12 8 7 4 2 0 12 1.14 5.11
2003 Tot 0 1 0 - 0 16 2 0 24.1 26 16 15 6 10 1 20 1.48 5.55
2004 Bal 2 1 0 - 0 8 7 1 47.2 39 19 16 7 16 0 32 1.15 3.02
2005 Bal 13 10 0 - 0 34 32 1 197.1 187 94 84 33 63 0 133 1.27 3.83
2006 Bal 0 7 0 - 0 40 12 0 98.2 137 81 76 28 35 3 70 1.74 6.93
2007 Tex 0 0 0 - 0 5 0 0 10.0 11 11 8 3 6 1 7 1.70 7.20
2009 KC 1 6 0 - 0 17 9 0 62.1 74 42 40 12 25 3 45 1.59 5.78
2010 KC 12 7 1 - 1 33 23 1 140.1 136 68 65 17 57 4 98 1.38 4.17
2011 KC 12 8 0 - 0 25 25 1 155.0 152 71 65 18 50 2 97 1.30 3.77
2012 KC 11 14 0 - 0 34 34 0 191.2 215 114 108 33 47 3 140 1.37 5.07
2013 KC 9 4 0 - 2 34 15 0 121.0 107 46 44 13 36 4 78 1.18 3.27
2014 KC 2 4 0 - 0 13 7 0 48.1 69 40 40 7 16 1 36 1.76 7.45
Career 82 80 1 - 3 398 225 4 1525.2 1561 840 777 254 545 39 1136 1.38 4.58

Hitting Statistics
Year Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K SB CS AVG OBP SLG
1998 Atl 4 7 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 4 0 0 .143 .143 .143
1999 Atl 16 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2000 Atl 22 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2000 Phi 15 25 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 17 0 0 .040 .077 .040
2000 Tot 37 30 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 20 0 0 .033 .065 .033
2001 Phi 16 28 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 10 0 0 .107 .107 .107
2001 NYM 11 19 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 9 0 0 .158 .158 .158
2001 Tot 27 47 1 6 0 0 0 0 0 19 0 0 .128 .128 .128
2002 Mon 15 12 3 5 1 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 .417 .417 .500
2002 Cin 39 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2002 Tot 55 15 3 5 1 0 0 1 0 4 0 0 .333 .333 .400
2003 Hou 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2003 Tot 16 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2005 Bal 34 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .333 .500 .333
2006 Bal 40 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000
2009 KC 17 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000
2010 KC 33 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000
2011 KC 25 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2012 KC 35 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 .200 .200 .200
2013 KC 34 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .500 .500 .500
Career 399 125 5 19 1 0 0 3 3 58 0 0 .152 .172 .160

Postseason


Pitching Velocity

Pitch TypePitchesMaxMinAvgPct
Fastball 335 88 80 84.2 38.77
Curveball 108 77 65 72 12.5
Changeup 152 78 73 75.3 17.59
Cut Fastball 269 85 78 81.3 31.13

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