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Brad Boxberger | Relief Pitcher | #31

Team: Arizona Diamondbacks
Age / DOB:  (30) / 5/27/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: USC
Drafted: 2009 / Supplemental (Rd. 1) / CIN
Contract: view contract details

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Brad Boxberger pitched a clean ninth inning on Tuesday against the Brewers to earn his 12th save of the season.
Boxberger struck out two, which gives him 24 in his 18 innings worked for the Diamondbacks. The Arizona stopper was efficient once again, and the scoreless ninth lowers his season ERA to a tidy 2.00 on the season. He may not be the best reliever on the Diamondbacks -- that's still Archie Bradley -- but Boxberger is proving to be a more than capable closer so far in 2018. May 16 - 12:28 AM

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Brad Boxberger allowed a hit and a walk but struck out three in a scoreless inning Sunday, earning his 11th save in a win over the Astros.

Boxberger walked Brian McCann to lead off the inning and allowed a one-out hit to Yuli Gurriel to bring the winning run to the plate, but he fanned Max Stassi and George Springer to end the contest. He's now got 20 strikeouts and eight walks in 15 innings of work this year. The right-hander is second in the NL with his 11 saves, and Boxberger owns a shiny 1.80 ERA and passable 1.33 WHIP on the year.
May 6 - 7:43 PM

Brad Boxberger worked a scoreless ninth inning with one walk and one strikeout Tuesday against the Dodgers to nail down his 10th save of the season.

Boxberger threw just nine of his 19 pitches for strikes, but he managed to avoid trouble and still get the job done despite not having his best stuff. He is the third closer in the majors to reach double digits in saves, joining Colorado's Wade Davis (11) and Seattle's Edwin Diaz (12). It might not always be pretty for Boxberger, who sports a 1.38 WHIP, but he manages to get the job done.
May 2 - 2:28 AM

Brad Boxberger pitched a scoreless ninth to pick up his ninth save on Monday against the Dodgers.

Boxberger didn't allow a hit, and he struck out one. Outside of two clunkers in the middle of the month, he's been excellent in the closer role for the Diamondbacks, and the scoreless inning lowers his ERA on the season to 2.25. Archie Bradley is the best reliever on the Arizona roster, but Boxberger isn't giving up the stopper role anytime soon.
May 1 - 1:20 AM

Brad Boxberger worked into and then out of a jam in the 10th inning of Saturday's game against the Nationals, avoiding trouble to earn his eighth save.

Boxberger got two quick outs before a Ryan Zimmerman double brought the winning run to the plate in the form of Bryce Harper. Instead of facing Harper, the D'backs intentionally walked him, a move that almost blew up in their face after Boxberger then walked Howie Kendrick unintentionally to bring up Michael Taylor with the bases loaded. Fortunately for Boxberger, Taylor swung at the first pitch he saw, likely another ball, and bounced out to end the threat. The 29-year-old has been largely good in the closer role for the D'backs this year, posting a 2.45 ERA, 1.55 WHIP and 14/6 K/BB ratio to go with his eight saves.
Apr 28 - 7:59 PM

Brad Boxberger worked a perfect ninth inning against the Nationals on Friday, preserving a one-run lead to earn his seventh save of the season.

While he has struggled in non-save opportunities, Boxberger has successfully converted each of his first seven save chances on the season. He boasts a 2.70 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 13/4 K/BB ratio through 10 innings of work and continues to build up job security at the back end of the Diamondbacks' bullpen.
Apr 27 - 10:58 PM

Brad Boxberger was tagged for three runs - two earned - and three hits while failing to record any outs Friday against the Padres.

It was the first time Boxberger has worked in three straight days since 2015, and based on this ugly outing it probably will not happen again anytime soon. He is 0-2 with a 5.00 ERA, but his two ugly outings have come in non-save situations. When he is working as the closer he is a perfect 6-of-6. Fantasy owners shouldn't panic despite the ugly outing on Friday.
Apr 21 - 1:09 AM

Brad Boxberger pitched the 10th inning of a tie game and allowed two runs to take a loss against the Giants on Wednesday.

Brandon Belt burned him for a two-run homer. This one stings but it won't cost Boxberger his role as closer considering these were the first runs he has allowed this season. He has a 2.25 ERA with 11 strikeouts and four walks in eight innings. He has five saves in five chances.
Apr 19 - 1:48 AM

Brad Boxberger pitched a scoreless ninth for his fifth save Friday against the Dodgers.

Archie Bradley gave up two runs in a setup role, though that was something of a fluke; Chase Utley hit what appeared to be an inning-ending double-play ball in the eighth, only to have the grounder bounce off the bag at second and turn into a two-run single. Boxberger has yet to give up a run in seven innings this season, even though he's walked four batters. He has 10 strikeouts.
Apr 14 - 1:52 AM

Brad Boxberger allowed a hit but nothing more Sunday, earning his fourth save of the season against the Cardinals.

Boxberger allowed a one-out single to Marcell Ozuna but induced a game-ending double play from Jose Martinez to close out the series win. The right-hander has a clean sheet through five appearances, earning four saves while striking out seven over five innings. A dart throw in drafts, faithful drafters have been repaid handsomely in the early going.
Apr 8 - 6:45 PM

Brad Boxberger pitched a perfect ninth inning Thursday against the Cardinals to earn his third save of the season.

Boxberger continues to impress in the closer role, now having locked down all three of his chances on the year. He's appeared in four games overall, striking out six over four scoreless innings. The D'backs have options if Boxberger stumbles in the role, but he'll hold onto it as long as he's pitching well.
Apr 5 - 11:00 PM

Brad Boxberger notched his second save by pitching a scoreless ninth inning Wednesday in the Diamondbacks’ win over the Dodgers.

It was an eventful inning for Boxberger, who walked two batters while also registering a pair of strikeouts. It was a surprise when manager Torey Lovullo named Boxberger closer ahead of Archie Bradley, but the right-hander has done his job so far by allowing one hit over three scoreless innings to begin the year.
Apr 4 - 7:26 PM

Brad Boxberger tossed a scoreless ninth inning against the Rockies on Friday for his first save of the season.

Boxberger managed to work around a leadoff walk to finish off the victory for Arizona. Many fantasy owners invested in Archie Bradley in hopes that he would secure the closer job during spring training, but Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo recently picked Boxberger. The idea is to keep Bradley in a role where he thrived last season. Boxberger has dealt with injury issues in recent years, but he saved an AL-best 41 games for the Rays back in 2016. If healthy, he could be a solid option at closer for Arizona.
Mar 31 - 2:01 AM

Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo has selected Brad Boxberger as his closer.

Archie Bradley was the popular choice in fantasy drafts, but Lovullo wants to keep him in the same flexible set-up role he thrived in last year. Yoshihisa Hirano is also poised to pitch in a set-up capacity. Boxberger has struggled with injuries in recent years, but he brings plenty of closer experience. Time to pick him up where he's still available in fantasy leagues.
Mar 27 - 1:33 PM

Brad Boxberger (arm) returned to game action Thursday against the Brewers.

He tossed a scoreless inning as the D'Backs rolled to an 11-6 victory. Thursday marked Boxberger's first Cactus League appearance since February 23. Boxberger had been sidelined due to arm soreness but didn't show any lingering effects Thursday, sitting between 91-93 mph on his fastball. He's slated for a setup role ahead of closer Archie Bradley.
Mar 8 - 10:59 PM

Depth Charts

C1Alex Avila
2Jeff Mathis
3John Ryan Murphy
1B1Paul Goldschmidt
2B1Ketel Marte
2Chris Owings
SS1Nick Ahmed
2Deven Marrero
3B1Jake Lamb
2Daniel Descalso
LF1Steven Souza
2Jarrod Dyson
CF1A.J. Pollock
2Socrates Brito
RF1David Peralta
Starting Pitcher
S1Zack Greinke
2Robbie Ray
3Taijuan Walker
4Patrick Corbin
5Zack Godley
6Shelby Miller
7Matt Koch
Relief Pitcher
R1Brad Boxberger
2Archie Bradley
3Yoshihisa Hirano
4Andrew Chafin
5Jorge De La Rosa
6Fernando Salas
7T.J. McFarland
8Silvino Bracho
9Randall Delgado