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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
Contract: view contract details

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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

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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

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.
Wed, Sep 16, 2015 01:25:00 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.
Thu, Sep 10, 2015 12:50:00 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.
Tue, Sep 1, 2015 12:18:00 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.
Sat, Aug 22, 2015 12:35:00 AM

Depth Charts

C1Welington Castillo
2Chris Herrmann
1B1Paul Goldschmidt
2B1Jean Segura
2Phil Gosselin
SS1Nick Ahmed
3B1Jake Lamb
2Brandon Drury
LF1Yasmany Tomas
2Rickie Weeks
CF1Chris Owings
2A.J. Pollock
RF1David Peralta
Starting Pitcher
S1Zack Greinke
2Shelby Miller
3Patrick Corbin
4Rubby De La Rosa
5Robbie Ray
Relief Pitcher
R1Brad Ziegler
2Tyler Clippard
3Daniel Hudson
4Randall Delgado
5Andrew Chafin
6Josh Collmenter
7Enrique Burgos
8Keith Hessler
9Jake Barrett