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Brad Ziegler | Relief Pitcher

Team: Arizona Diamondbacks
Age / DOB:  (35) / 10/10/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 218
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Contract: view contract details

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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. Oct 2 - 3:01 PM

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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.
Sep 29 - 6:44 PM

Brad Ziegler recorded the final four outs of Tuesday's 6-4 win versus the Padres to earn his 26th save.

Ziegler entered the eighth with two outs and the bases loaded. He uncorked a wild pitch, allowing an inherited runner to score, but struck out Brett Wallace. In the ninth, two batters reached base on a Nick Ahmed throwing error and an infield single, but Ziegler was able to induce a ground out from Matt Kemp to end the game. All five batters hit ground balls, as is his style. The closer is 26-for-28 in save opportunities with a 2.03 ERA and a 32/17 K/BB ratio in 62 innings.
Sep 16 - 1:25 AM

Brad Ziegler nailed down a tight save in Wednesday's 2-1 win over the Giants, tossing 1 2/3 scoreless innings.

Nice save for Ziegler, who entered with one out in the eighth and two runners on base while the Diamondbacks clung to a 2-1 lead. He didn't allow a run in that frame and went on to record three easy outs in the ninth to secure his 25th save of the season. The 35-year-old right-hander is 25-for-27 in save chances while pitching to a 2.37 ERA and 31/17 K/BB ratio over 60 2/3 innings.
Sep 10 - 12:50 AM

Brad Ziegler blew a three-run lead, allowing four runs while recording only two outs in Monday's walk-off loss to the Rockies.

Staked to a 4-1 lead, Ziegler allowed three singles, a double, and a walk in the ninth inning. He left with a 4-3 lead, giving way with the bases loaded to lefty Matt Reynolds, who allowed a walk-off two-run single to Ben Paulsen. Ziegler wasn't officially charged with a blown save, as that was handed to Reynolds. These outings are bound to happen, especially at Coors Field, because Ziegler doesn't miss bats often. Ziegler is 24-for-26 in save situations with a 2.48 ERA and a 31/17 K/BB ratio in 58 innings this season.
Sep 1 - 12:18 AM

Brad Ziegler tossed a 1-2-3 ninth inning Friday against the Reds for his 23rd save of the season.

Ziegler needed 14 pitches to finish off the victory, recording one strikeout along the way. The submariner has now converted each of his last 21 save chances. He owns a 1.52 ERA and 30/15 K/BB ratio in 53 1/3 innings on the year. He's not your typical closer, but he's getting it done for Arizona.
Aug 22 - 12:35 AM

Brad Ziegler picked up his 21st save with a scoreless ninth inning in Monday's 4-1 win versus the Pirates.

Ziegler issued a leadoff walk to Francisco Cervelli, but he was erased on a Sean Rodriguez double play. Gregory Polanco then grounded out to end the game. The right-hander is 21-for-23 in save chances with a 1.58 ERA and a 29/15 K/BB ratio in 51 1/3 innings.
Aug 17 - 10:44 PM

Brad Ziegler recorded the final two outs of Monday's 6-4 win against the Nationals to earn his 19th save.

The Diamondbacks entered the bottom of the ninth with a 6-0 lead and Daniel Hudson on the mound, but the right-hander allowed a solo home run followed by three singles and a double, leading to four runs scoring before departing. Ziegler entered and got Jayson Werth to ground out and Yunel Escobar to foul out to end the contest. He moves to 19-for-21 in save situations with a 1.17 ERA and a 28/14 K/BB ratio over 46 1/3 innings.
Aug 3 - 10:00 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Diamondbacks are getting "lots of calls" on reliever Brad Ziegler.

However, Crasnick notes that the D-Backs would have to be "overwhelmed" in order to move him. Ziegler, 35, has posted a 1.08 ERA in 41 appearances this season while going 15-for-17 in save chances. His contract includes a $5.5 million option for 2016 or a $1 million buyout.
Jul 23 - 5:22 PM

Brad Ziegler is expected to be unavailable for the rest of the Diamondbacks' series against the Marlins this week.

Ziegler tied a career-high by throwing 40 pitches to get a five-out save during Monday's game, so he'll get some rest. Daniel Hudson could get a look in a potential save situation over the next two nights.
Jul 21 - 8:30 AM

Brad Ziegler got the final five outs of Monday's 3-1 win against the Marlins to earn his 15th save.

The Marlins put the tying run on base with one out in the eighth inning, so Ziegler came into the game and saw his way out of trouble. He then worked an easy ninth inning with a pair of strikeouts. Ziegler continues to get the job done as the regular closer for the D'Backs, now 15-for-17 in save chances with a 1.08 ERA and a 24/11 K/BB ratio in 41 2/3 innings.
Jul 21 - 12:48 AM

Brad Ziegler needed only seven pitches to complete the ninth inning and snag his 14th save, securing Wednesday's 7-4 win versus the Rangers.

Ziegler struck out Adrian Beltre, got Josh Hamilton to ground out, and then got Mitch Moreland to fly out to end the game. The Diamondbacks couldn't have asked for anything better from Ziegler since he took over regular closing duties. He's 14-for-16 on the year with a 1.18 ERA and a 21/10 K/BB ratio in 38 innings.
Jul 8 - 11:42 PM

Brad Ziegler pitched a perfect ninth inning against the Rangers on Tuesday to earn his 13th save of the season.

The save was Ziegler's first since June 28, as he'd been used in non-save situations his previous four times out. Ziegler struck out one in the scoreless inning of work. The right-hander has been terrific all year, owning a 1.22 ERA and 0.84 WHIP through 37 innings, and he should continue to see what save chances the Diamondbacks do have moving forward.
Jul 8 - 1:27 AM

Brad Ziegler slammed the door on the Padres in the ninth inning on Sunday, working a scoreless inning to protect a two-run lead.

Ziegler allowed just one walk and struck out a pair in his inning of work. He has been spectacular since taking over the ninth inning gig in Arizona, converting 12 of his first 13 save chances to go along with a 1.41 ERA.
Jun 28 - 9:47 PM

Brad Ziegler worked around trouble Friday night against the Padres for his 10th save of the season.

After entering the top of the ninth inning with a two-run lead, Ziegler retired the first two batters he faced before walking Yonder Alonso and giving up a double to Justin Upton, but he managed to get Matt Kemp to ground out to secure the win. The sidearmer has converted each of his last eight save opportunities and owns a 1.50 ERA through 31 appearances this season. Ziegler recorded a strikeout on Friday, which was oddly his first since way back on May 22.
Jun 20 - 2:57 PM

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