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Brett Cecil | Relief Pitcher | #27

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (31) / 7/2/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 235
Bats / Throws: Right / Left
College: Maryland
Drafted: 2007 / Supplemental (Rd. 1) / TOR
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Brett Cecil was charged with his sixth blown save after giving up a homer to Lucas Duda in the eighth inning Thursday against the Mets.
Cecil wasn't asked close today, but instead to pass along a one-run lead to Trevor Rosenthal. Since his bad outing took place in the eighth, not the ninth, and didn't include an obvious brainfart like Rosenthal's, this might give Cecil the edge for the next save chance. Jul 20 - 3:31 PM

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Brett Cecil earned his first save of the season Monday night against the Mets.

Kevin Siegrist actually started the ninth inning for the Cardinals, but he was lifted after issuing a leadoff walk to Curtis Granderson. Cecil then gave up a two-out single to Asdrubal Cabrera to bring up Yoenis Cespedes as the tying run, but Cespedes promptly grounded into a game-ending double play. It looks like Cecil is the guy to own right now in the St. Louis bullpen, though he did just blow a save Sunday in Pittsburgh. Trevor Rosenthal is also in the mix for saves, with Seung Hwan Oh working in a lower-leverage role for the time being.
Jul 17 - 10:55 PM

Brett Cecil surrendered two earned runs in the bottom of the ninth inning Sunday as the Cardinals fell to the Pirates.

It was the first true ninth-inning save opportunity of the season for Cecil and he couldn't get the job done. Francisco Cervelli hit a leadoff single, Jordy Mercer smacked a game-tying RBI double, and then with two outs Adam Frazier drove a walkoff RBI single into right-center field. Trevor Rosenthal will probably get the next save chance for St. Louis.
Jul 16 - 5:41 PM

Brett Cecil could see some save opportunities for the Cardinals.

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that manager Mike Matheny has eyed Cecil "as the team’s likely closer for the day" a few times in recent weeks and "that could be happening more often in the near future." The left-hander hasn't seen any save chances yet, but he's unscored upon over his last 15 appearances and has been scored upon only once over his last 23 games. Cecil and Trevor Rosenthal look like the best bets for saves at the moment for St. Louis, with the struggling Seung Hwan Oh moving into a lesser role.
Jul 16 - 9:24 AM

Brett Cecil gave up four runs without retiring a batter and took a loss Thursday in relief against the Cubs.

Cecil's outing started with what might go down as the most bizarre sight of the season; his strike three to Matt Szczur bounced up and stuck to Yadier Molina's chest protector. Molina couldn't find the ball, and Szczur reached first on what was termed a wild pitch. A walk, a homer, another walk and a single followed. One imagines things might have gone a lot differently had Cecil's initially strikeout turned into an out, but who knows for sure?
Apr 6 - 5:32 PM

Brett Cecil failed to retire a batter and was charged with six runs Sunday against the Mets.

The spring ERA isn't bouncing back from that. He allowed more runs today than he had in 17 2/3 innings over the course of the last four springs. Cecil is expected to be the Cardinals' primary setup man after signing a four-year, $30.5 million deal in November.
Mar 5 - 5:24 PM

Cardinals signed LHP Brett Cecil to a four-year, $30.5 million contract.

The Cardinals introduced Cecil at a press conference on Monday. The veteran southpaw fills a major void in the club's bullpen, as a left-hander that can be trusted in high-leverage situations late in the game. He'll help get the ball to Seung-Hwan Oh in the ninth inning.
Mon, Nov 21, 2016 02:33:00 PM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that Brett Cecil's four-year deal with the Cardinals will include a full no-trade clause.

The deal is still pending a physical. Cecil has been one of the most reliable late-inning relievers in all of baseball the last four seasons, registering a 2.90 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 11.5 K/9 in 205 innings.
Sat, Nov 19, 2016 02:20:00 PM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Cardinals have agreed to a four-year contract with Brett Cecil.

The deal, which is pending a physical, could exceed $30 million. He's expected to work as the primary left-handed setup option in front of closer Seung-Hwan Oh. The 30-year-old southpaw registered a 3.93 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 45/8 K/BB ratio over 36 2/3 innings with the Blue Jays in 2016.
Sat, Nov 19, 2016 01:22:00 PM

Sportsnet's Jamie Campbell is hearing the Blue Jays have offered Brett Cecil a three-year contract.

Cecil posted a relatively underwhelming 3.93 ERA in 54 appearances this year while battling lat and triceps injuries, but he's a pretty good bounceback candidate for 2017 and the Jays clearly recognize that. So will other teams. Cecil, 30, had a 2.67 ERA and 216 strikeouts in 168 1/3 innings between 2013-2015.
Mon, Nov 14, 2016 10:32:00 AM

The Mariners have expressed interest in free agent reliever Brett Cecil, reports Jon Morosi of MLB Network.

Morosi notes that the Mariners are determined to add a left-handed reliever this offseason, so they likely have a list of players they are reaching out to. Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times notes that Boone Logan is also in that mix. Cecil, 30, compiled a 3.93 ERA and 45/8 K/BB ratio over 36 2/3 innings this season with Toronto.
Thu, Nov 10, 2016 05:27:00 PM

Brett Cecil blew a 2-1 lead in the eighth inning of Sunday's loss to the Indians.

Cecil was tasked with taking over for a lights-out Marcus Stroman with one out in the eighth inning. It didn't go so well. After inducing a lineout from Jason Kipnis, the 30-year-old reliever allowed an infield single to Francisco Lindor. In and of itself, that wasn't a killer, but Jose Ramirez promptly followed with a two-run home run to boost the Indians to a 3-2 advantage. They would hold onto that lead in the final frame. Cecil fell to 1-7 after taking the loss and holds a dismal 5.13 ERA and 1.44 WHIP for the season as a whole.
Sun, Aug 21, 2016 04:22:00 PM

Blue Jays activated LHP Brett Cecil from the 15-day disabled list.

Cecil missed six weeks of action with a lat strain. He'll eventually return to a setup role for the Jays, although they could ease him back into high-leverage situations.
Thu, Jun 30, 2016 02:50:00 PM

Brett Cecil (lat) will continue his minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Buffalo.

Cecil, who is making his way back from a torn lat muscle, allowed one run in two innings with four strikeouts over two appearances with High-A Dunedin. The southpaw will likely make another couple of appearances before rejoining the Blue Jays.
Fri, Jun 24, 2016 07:12:00 PM

Brett Cecil (lat) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Tuesday with High-A Dunedin.

Cecil has been out for the last month because of a lat strain and will probably need 3-4 minor league rehab appearances. He had a 5.23 ERA and 1.94 WHIP in 10 1/3 innings with the Jays before suffering the injury.
Tue, Jun 21, 2016 04:44:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2Carson Kelly
3Alberto Rosario
1B1Jose Martinez
2Luke Voit
2B1Kolten Wong
2Greg Garcia
3Breyvic Valera
SS1Paul DeJong
2Alex Mejia
3Aledmys Diaz
3B1Matt Carpenter
2Jedd Gyorko
LF1Tommy Pham
CF1Dexter Fowler
2Harrison Bader
3Magneuris Sierra
RF1Stephen Piscotty
2Randal Grichuk
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Carlos Martinez
2Adam Wainwright
3Lance Lynn
4Michael Wacha
5Luke Weaver
6John Gant
7Alex Reyes
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Juan Nicasio
2Tyler Lyons
3Seung Hwan Oh
4Matt Bowman
5Brett Cecil
6John Brebbia
7Zach Duke
8Sam Tuivailala
9Ryan Sherriff
10Jack Flaherty
11Sandy Alcantara
12Joshua Lucas
13Trevor Rosenthal