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Brad Ziegler | Relief Pitcher | #29

Team: Miami Marlins
Age / DOB:  (38) / 10/10/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 231
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Missouri State
Drafted: 2004 / UDFA / OAK
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Brad Ziegler surrendered one run on three hits over one inning of work in Saturday's loss to the Marlins.
Tough moment for Ziegler, who came on to start the top of the ninth with the game knotted at 0-0. He couldn't keep it there. After putting runners on first and third with one out, an infield hit by Corey Dickerson finally broke the seal to score the first and ultimately only run of the game. While he wasn't exactly rocked on Saturday, Ziegler has now been touched up in back-to-back appearances. He's been burned for six runs in 6 2/3 innings for the season as a whole. Issues for relievers stand out very starkly early in the year simply due to their limited number of innings, but no matter how you slice it, it's been a disappointing start to the campaign for the veteran right-hander. Apr 14 - 10:17 PM

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Brad Ziegler took a loss after allowing two runs -- one earned -- in the ninth versus the Mets on Tuesday.

It was the second loss for Ziegler, who came into a tie game after Kyle Barraclough gave up two runs to take a blown save in the eighth. Ziegler has allowed five earned runs in 5 2/3 innings, so his leash could be getting pretty short. Barraclough and Drew Steckenrider would vie for the ninth if Ziegler is replaced.
Apr 10 - 10:39 PM

Brad Ziegler earned his first save of 2018 by pitching a scoreless ninth in a win over the Phillies on Sunday.

Ziegler allowed just one hit, and he picked up a strikeout as well. The 38-year-old veteran hasn't allowed a run in three of his first four outings, but his ERA still sits at an ugly 7.71 because of his blowup against the Cubs on March 31. He's a normally reliable reliever, but with the Marlins likely looking at 100 losses, he's tough to trust as a year-long closer.
Apr 8 - 4:55 PM

Marlins' team president of baseball operations David Hill confirmed Saturday that Brad Ziegler will head into spring training as the team's closer.

The veteran right-hander has long been expected to begin the season in that role, though if he pitches well it's likely he'll be dealt to a contender at the trade deadline. Kyle Barraclough and Drew Steckenrider still loom if Ziegler should struggle.
Feb 10 - 1:37 PM

Brad Ziegler said in an interview on Fantasy Sports Radio on Wednesday that he tried to pitch through a rib injury last season which he initially suffered in the first week of spring training.

The injury went unreported and the veteran reliever tried to gut it out even though he admitted it made it difficult for him to breathe during the first half. Ziegler eventually went on the disabled list and missed five weeks with what the Marlins called a right back strain. He had a 6.52 ERA at the time but returned to post a 2.00 ERA the rest of the way. Ziegler is slated to open 2018 as the Marlins' closer and could be in line for a bounce-back season if the injury was largely responsible for his first-half struggles. Of course, if he does pitch well he'll be a good bet to be traded somewhere to be a setup man for a contender.
Source: MLB.com
Jan 17 - 4:20 PM

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that Brad Ziegler "interests" the Cardinals.

The Cardinals also, of course, have been heavily connected to Giancarlo Stanton, so perhaps Ziegler could be included in a potential trade involving the slugger. Ziegler held a 4.79 ERA in his first season in Miami, turned 38 a month ago and is owed $9 million in 2018, so he doesn't look like a very attractive commodity right now. However, most of his poor performance in 2017 was early on, as he posted a 3.20 ERA from June on, so perhaps he has something left in the tank.
Sun, Nov 12, 2017 10:41:00 AM

Brad Ziegler notched a two-out save in Friday’s victory over the Braves.

Jarlin Garcia began the ninth inning, but he loaded the bases before Don Mattingly brought the hook. It ended up being an easy assignment for Ziegler, who induced a double-play grounder on his first pitch to finish off the victory. The veteran reliever has been banged up of late and blew each of his last three save chances coming into Friday’s action, so this was his first save since way back on August 25.
Sat, Sep 30, 2017 12:06:00 AM

Brad Ziegler (illness) threw two-thirds of a scoreless inning in his return to action Saturday.

Ziegler was unavailable for over two weeks due to a back injury and then an illness. It's possible he could see some save chances down the stretch, but the Miami bullpen is looking like a situation to avoid at this point.
Sun, Sep 24, 2017 08:17:00 AM

Brad Ziegler (back) remains unavailable due to an illness.

Ziegler is recovered from his back injury, but he'll need another couple days off to get past this apparent flu bug. Primary setup man Kyle Barraclough has struggled lately, so Marlins manager Don Mattingly will probably play the matchups if a save opportunity arises Tuesday night against the Mets.
Tue, Sep 19, 2017 05:10:00 PM

Brad Ziegler (back) is available out of the Marlins' bullpen Monday.

Ziegler hasn't made an appearance since September 7 due to a back injury, but he's evidently feeling well enough now to give it a go. It's possible he could return to his closer role for the final weeks, but it's not a given since Ziegler was scuffling a bit prior to the injury. Kyle Barraclough has also been knocked around lately.
Mon, Sep 18, 2017 08:15:00 PM

Brad Ziegler is unavailable for Saturday's game against the Braves due to a back injury.

If there's a save opportunity, Kyle Barraclough will likely get the call. Ziegler blew a save in his last appearance Thursday against the Braves, yielding two runs on three hits and a walk in a crushing loss for the Marlins. Barraclough could run away with the closer job down the stretch if given the chance.
Sat, Sep 9, 2017 05:38:00 PM

Brad Ziegler struggled again Thursday against the Braves, allowing three hits and two runs in a blown-save loss.

Called on to protect a one-run lead, the 37-year-old "closer" instead served up a leadoff double and a one-out RBI double that tied the game. After intentionally walking Freddie Freeman and getting a second out, Kurt Suzuki delivered the walk-off winner and saddled Ziegler with his second blown-save loss in his last three outings. The veteran reliever now has a 5.04 ERA and 1.59 WHIP in 44 2/3 innings and surely will be replaced in the ninth inning by a more reliable option. Our bet would be on Kyle Barraclough, for the save-needy.
Thu, Sep 7, 2017 11:44:00 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Brad Ziegler has cleared revocable waivers, but a trade "seems all but out of the question" with the Marlins climbing back into the playoff hunt.

The Marlins find themselves 4.5 games out of the National League's second Wild Card spot after winning 13 of their last 16 games. Ziegler has been a big part of it, too, going 9-for-9 in save chances in August without allowing a run. He's owed $9 million next season.
Mon, Aug 28, 2017 04:51:00 PM

Brad Ziegler delivered a 1-2-3 ninth inning against the Padres for his ninth save of the season.

Ziegler needed just nine pitches to get through the frame. The veteran reliever was having a disappointing year prior to hitting the disabled list in June, but he’s been great since taking over the closer role following the A.J. Ramos trade.
Fri, Aug 25, 2017 10:32:00 PM

Brad Ziegler recorded his seventh save with a scoreless ninth Tuesday against the Philies.

Ziegler has still yet to allow a run in nine innings since becoming the Marlins' closer. He's 7-for-7 in save chances during the stretch.
Tue, Aug 22, 2017 11:55:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1J.T. Realmuto
2Tomas Telis
3Bryan Holaday
1B1Justin Bour
2Garrett Cooper
2B1Starlin Castro
SS1J.T. Riddle
2Miguel Rojas
3Yadiel Rivera
3B1Martin Prado
2Brian Anderson
LF1Derek Dietrich
CF1Lewis Brinson
RF1Cameron Maybin
2J.B. Shuck
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Dan Straily
2Wei-Yin Chen
3Jose Urena
4Jarlin Garcia
5Caleb Smith
6Dillon Peters
7Trevor Richards
8Elieser Hernandez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Brad Ziegler
2Kyle Barraclough
3Junichi Tazawa
4Drew Steckenrider
5Tayron Guerrero
6Odrisamer Despaigne
7Chris O'Grady
8Tyler Cloyd
9Merandy Gonzalez
10Brett Graves
11Nick Wittgren