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Brad Ziegler | Relief Pitcher | #29

Team: Arizona Diamondbacks
Age / DOB:  (36) / 10/10/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Missouri State
Drafted: 2004 / UDFA / OAK
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Brad Ziegler picked up his eighth save in Tuesday's 5-3 win over the Yankees, working around a walk for a scoreless ninth inning.
Ziegler entered action in the ninth with the Diamondbacks holding a 5-3 lead. He would keep it that way in closing out the game. Only a two-out walk to Chase Headley presented any sort of a challenge to the veteran right-hander. He would retire Didi Gregorius on a grounder to extinguish that threat. For the season, Ziegler is 8-for-8 in save chances and holds a 2.60 ERA and 11/9 K/BB ratio over 17 1/3 innings. May 18 - 1:04 AM

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Brad Ziegler (fingers) is available for Monday's game against the Yankees.

Ziegler was hit in the fingers on his right hand in the ninth inning on Sunday, but it's not a serious concern. He should be good to go for a potential save chance.
May 16 - 6:01 PM

Brad Ziegler pitched a scoreless ninth inning against the Braves on Saturday to earn his sixth save.

Ziegler faced a veritable who's who of replacement-level players, retiring Reid Brignac, Erick Aybar and Daniel Castro to close out the win. He's had a few hiccups but has been largely good this year, posting a 2.70 ERA in 13 appearances. He has yet to blow a save in six chances.
May 7 - 11:26 PM

Brad Ziegler converted his sixth save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth inning against the Braves on Friday.

A date with the lowly Braves was a good way to snap the Diamondbacks’ six-game losing streak. Ziegler needed 14 pitches to lock down the victory and notched a strikeout along the way. The 36-year-old is 5-for-5 in save chances this season and owns a 2.92 ERA through his first 12 appearances this season, but he has allowed 16 hits and six walks over 12 1/3 innings. Given that he isn’t a conventional closer, it’s not hard to imagine a scenario where he eventually loses his grip on the closer gig. But he’s getting the job done for now.
May 6 - 11:19 PM

Brad Ziegler scattered four hits and a walk in the 12th and 13th innings on Saturday night against the Padres.

Ziegler actually faced a bases-loaded, one-out situation for the second night in a row in the bottom of the 13th, but the submariner struck out pinch-hitter Colin Rea and got Jon Jay to harmlessly fly out to left field. He wasn’t sharp on Saturday (or Friday, for that matter), which is a concern for fantasy owners, as the Diamondbacks have other closing options should Ziegler falter over the upcoming weeks. Still, he lowered his ERA to 1.29 on Saturday night.
Apr 17 - 2:12 AM

Brad Ziegler earned his first save of the season Tuesday afternoon against the Dodgers.

Ziegler gave up a leadoff double to Corey Seager in the bottom of the ninth inning and Yasmani Grandal eventually drove Seager in, but the Diamondbacks' closer was able to preserve Arizona's lead. Ziegler carries a 2.25 ERA through four appearances (four innings) in 2016.
Apr 12 - 7:26 PM

Brad Ziegler will make his Cactus League debut on Saturday.

Ziegler isn't injured, but he's been eased into things this spring simply to keep him fresh. The side-armer will go into the season as the Diamondbacks' closer.
Mar 11 - 8:54 AM

Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that Brad Ziegler will remain the Diamondbacks' closer following the addition of Tyler Clippard.

The D'Backs finally landed the late-inning reliever they had been seeking, but Ziegler will stay at the back-end of the bullpen. The side-armer isn't your prototypical closer, but he converted 30-of-32 save chances while putting up a 1.85 ERA last season.
Feb 8 - 4:21 PM

GM Dave Stewart said the Diamondbacks are open to trading for a late-inning reliever.

The addition of Jean Segura could allow the D'Backs to flip one of their infielders for a late-inning arm. The Diamondbacks also saved $6.5 million by trading Aaron Hill on Saturday. That money could be used toward adding a reliever. As well as Brad Ziegler pitched last season, he's a 36-year-old sidearmer with a below average fastball. He's not the Diamondbacks' long-term solution at closer.
Jan 30 - 8:52 PM

GM Dave Stewart said the Diamondbacks are content to have Brad Ziegler continue closing.

The Reds are making star closer Aroldis Chapman available but it doesn't sound like the Diamondbacks are interested. "With Ziegler doing the job that he has, I am looking to better ourselves more than likely in the front end versus the back end (of the bullpen)," said Stewart. While Ziegler's skill set is a bit usual for a closer—he throws sidearm and pitches to contact with a mid 80s fastball—he was very effective this year. The 36-year-old converted 30-of-32 save chances with a 1.85 ERA while holding opponents to a dismal .198 average in 244 at-bats.
Sat, Nov 21, 2015 06:06:00 PM

Diamondbacks exercised RHP Brad Ziegler's $5.5 million club option for 2016.

It was an expected move. Serving as the Diamondbacks' closer, Ziegler posted a career-high 30 saves this season while posting a 1.85 ERA and 36/17 K/BB ratio over 68 innings. While Ziegler will return, the Diamondbacks could acquire a new closer and move him back into a set-up role.
Tue, Nov 3, 2015 01:18:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Diamondbacks are expected to exercise Brad Ziegler's $5.5 million option for 2016.

It's really a no-brainer, as they'd have to pay him a $1 million buyout otherwise. Ziegler finished with a career-high 30 saves in 2015 to go along with a 1.85 ERA, and he boasts a 2.47 ERA for his career. He's currently in line to return as Arizona's closer in 2016, although the club would like to acquire a ninth-inning man and move Ziegler back to a setup role. They've been connected with Aroldis Chapman in the past.
Fri, Oct 9, 2015 12:25:00 PM

Brad Ziegler (family) tossed two scoreless innings in his return to action Sunday.

Ziegler was excused from the Diamondbacks at the end of September to celebrate the arrival of a new baby girl. He made it back just in time to fit in one final regular-season appearance. The veteran right-hander finished with a stellar 1.85 ERA and 0.96 WHIP in 68 innings of relief. He carries a $5.5 million club option (or $1 million buyout) for 2016.
Mon, Oct 5, 2015 08:55:00 AM

Brad Ziegler (paternity leave) will be returning to the team on Friday and should be available to pitch against the Astros.

Ziegler's been away since September 29, as he's been celebrating the birth of his baby girl. He'll return to the Diamondbacks on Friday and should be able to contribute in this weekend's big season-ending series against the Astros. This season, the veteran right-hander is pitching to a 1.91 ERA and is 29-for-31 in save chances with a 34/17 K/BB ratio across 66 innings. Obviously, his return could cause problems for the Astros.
Fri, Oct 2, 2015 03:01:00 PM

Brad Ziegler is not with the Diamondbacks Tuesday following the birth of his baby girl.

It's unclear at this point when he'll rejoin the club. Daniel Hudson should handle any save chances while Ziegler is away.
Tue, Sep 29, 2015 06:44:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Welington Castillo
2Chris Herrmann
1B1Paul Goldschmidt
2B1Jean Segura
2Phil Gosselin
SS1Nick Ahmed
3B1Jake Lamb
2Brandon Drury
LF1Yasmany Tomas
2Rickie Weeks
CF1Chris Owings
2Michael Bourn
3A.J. Pollock
RF1David Peralta
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Zack Greinke
2Shelby Miller
3Patrick Corbin
4Rubby De La Rosa
5Robbie Ray
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Brad Ziegler
2Tyler Clippard
3Daniel Hudson
4Randall Delgado
5Andrew Chafin
6Josh Collmenter
7Zac Curtis
8Jake Barrett