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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 notched his 15th save of the season Monday against the Phillies.
Ziegler gave up an inning-opening single to Odubel Herrera and then Andres Blanco reached on a Nick Ahmed fielding error, but Tommy Joseph hit into a double play and Cameron Rupp struck out to end the game. Ziegler has a 2.64 ERA in 30 2/3 innings this season and he's 15-for-15 in save chances. Jun 20 - 3:53 PM

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Brad Ziegler earned his 14th save of the season on Saturday afternoon against the Phillies.

Ziegler gave up a one-out single to Andres Blanco, but promptly erased that threat by inducing a game-ending double play from Ryan Howard. There's talk of Ziegler being moved at the trade deadline, which could kill his fantasy value, but Diamondbacks GM Dave Stewart told FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal on Wednesday that he's also considering a contract extension for the veteran reliever.
Jun 18 - 5:49 PM

Diamondbacks GM Dave Stewart told FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal on Wednesday that he's been getting calls on relievers Ben Ziegler and Daniel Hudson.

Stewart said he'll consider contract extensions for both ahead of this year's August 1 trade deadline, but that could be a negotiating ploy. Ziegler is 36 years old and due to become a free agent this winter. It'd make much more sense for the Diamondbacks, currently 29-38 on the season, to try to trade him for some youth. Hudson can also become a free agent this winter, but he's only 29 years old and has been terrific since converting from a starter to a reliever.
Jun 15 - 12:51 PM

Brad Ziegler gave up a couple of hits and struck out one batter while working the ninth inning for his 12th save in Arizona on Saturday.

Ziegler allowed singles to the first two batters of the inning but then coaxed a double play ball from Christian Yelich, then struck out Marcell Ozuna to end the game. Ziegler is not the prototypical dominant closer. His 5.19 K/9 strikeout rate is one of the lowest in the majors. He survives by generating a very high ground ball percentage and very rarely allowing a home run. Ziegler has a 2.50 career ERA in 554 innings so we can't argue against his approach.
Jun 12 - 1:24 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

C1Welington Castillo
2Chris Herrmann
1B1Paul Goldschmidt
2B1Jean Segura
2Phil Gosselin
SS1Nick Ahmed
3B1Jake Lamb
LF1Peter O'Brien
2Rickie Weeks
CF1Chris Owings
2Michael Bourn
3Socrates Brito
4A.J. Pollock
RF1David Peralta
2Yasmany Tomas
3Brandon Drury
Starting Pitcher
S1Zack Greinke
2Shelby Miller
3Patrick Corbin
4Rubby De La Rosa
5Robbie Ray
6Archie Bradley
Relief Pitcher
R1Brad Ziegler
2Tyler Clippard
3Daniel Hudson
4Randall Delgado
5Josh Collmenter
6Jake Barrett
7Andrew Chafin
8Silvino Bracho