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Brad Boxberger | Relief Pitcher

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (27) / 5/27/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Brad Boxberger collected his 32nd save with a 1-2-3 ninth inning in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Royals.
Boxberger got Mike Moustakas to ground out, Paulo Orlando to foul out, and Omar Infante to line out in a 14-pitch ninth inning. The right-hander has had a really tough August, allowing six runs in 11 appearances with two blown saves. Still, on the season, he's 32-for-36 in save opportunities with a 3.18 ERA and a 63/26 K/BB ratio in 51 innings. Aug 30 - 4:36 PM

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Brad Boxberger struck out the side in the ninth for his 31st save Thursday against the Twins.

Boxberger had given up a run in three straight appearances dating back to Aug. 18. He was perfect on this one, though, using 14 pitches to fan three batters.
Aug 27 - 11:13 PM

Brad Boxberger escaped with a save after giving up a run and three hits in the ninth Friday against the Rays.

Fortunately, the Rays upped their lead from one run to two in the top of the ninth. It's the third straight outing in which Boxberger has allowed a run, and while his 3.31 ERA is still decent enough, his WHIP stands at 1.45. He's probably safe as the closer anyway, especially with Jake McGee out for at least a few weeks.
Aug 22 - 1:16 AM

Brad Boxberger took his fourth blown save after giving up a run in the ninth Wednesday against the Astros.

Boxberger has taken a blown save or a loss in four of his last six appearances, though he's not really getting lit up; his ERA has merely climbed from 2.89 to 3.19 during the stretch. Especially now that Jake McGee is banged up, it doesn't appear likely that Boxberger will lose save chances.
Aug 20 - 12:27 AM

Brad Boxberger notched his 28th save of the season Saturday in the Rays' 5-4 win over the Mets.

Boxberger pitched a perfect ninth inning, inducing two groundouts and a foul out to end it. The 27-year-old right-hander had been handed losses in his previous two appearances, so Saturday's outing comes as a breath of fresh air. Boxberger owns a 2.96 ERA in 45 2/3 innings this season as Tampa Bay's primary closer.
Aug 8 - 9:25 PM

Brad Boxberger worked out of trouble to earn his 27th save as the Rays beat the White Sox 5-4 on Monday.

Boxberger allowed a leadoff single to Alexei Ramirez, who promptly stole second base. Adam LaRoche then hit a single to center field, but Ramirez was thrown out. Avisail Garcia then struck out, and Carlos Sanchez lined out to end the game. Boxberger moves to 27-for-29 in save chances with a 56/21 K/BB ratio in 43 2/3 innings on the season.
Aug 4 - 12:12 AM

Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that it would take a "deadline type premium" for the Rays to trade Brad Boxberger or Jake McGee.

Boxberger isn't eligible for arbitration until after next season, so he always seemed unlikely to be dealt. It appears McGee will also probably stay put even though he's starting to get expensive in arbitration. Kevin Jepsen seems like the Rays reliever most likely to be on the move.
Jul 28 - 9:03 PM

Brad Boxberger picked up his 25th save with a scoreless ninth inning in Monday's 5-2 victory over the Tigers.

Boxberger struck out J.D. Martinez and Nick Castellanos, issued a walk to Alex Avila, then got Jose Iglesias to ground out to end the game. The right-hander is now 25-for-27 in save chances on the year with a 3.10 ERA and a 51/20 K/BB ratio over 40 2/3 innings.
Jul 27 - 10:56 PM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays are expected to listen to trade offers for their top relievers.

Topkin thinks it's more likely that the club trades away a reliever than it is they add some much-needed offense. He lists Brad Boxberger, Jake McGee and Kevin Jepsen as possibilities to be dealt, with Jepsen "the most likely to go" and Boxberger "likely to be the most sought after." Boxberger isn't eligible for arbitration until after next season, while McGee and Jepsen could both see their salaries go past $5 million via arbitration in 2016.
Jul 24 - 8:41 AM

Brad Boxberger retired the Phillies in order in the ninth inning to earn his 24th save as the Rays won on Tuesday.

Boxberger struck out Ryan Howard, got Cody Asche to foul out down the right field line, then induced a game-ending ground out from Domonic Brown. The right-hander is now 24-for-26 in save chances with a 3.08 ERA and a 49/19 K/BB ratio in 38 innings.
Jul 21 - 10:02 PM

Brad Boxberger worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning to earn his 23rd save of the season, completing Sunday's 4-3 victory against the Astros.

Boxberger struck out Jason Castro, got Jose Altuve to ground out, and Marwin Gonzalez to fly out in an easy, 11-pitch frame. The right-hander improves to 23-for-25 in save chances with a 3.25 ERA and a 48/18 K/BB ratio in 36 innings.
Jul 12 - 4:03 PM

Brad Boxberger tossed a 1-2-3 ninth inning Friday against the Astros for his 21st save of the season.

Boxberger struck out a pair in the frame. It was his first save since June 27. This isn't an indication of the bullpen hierarchy as much as the Rays simply haven't provided many save chances recently.
Jul 10 - 9:45 PM

Brad Boxberger allowed a home run but earned the save against the Blue Jays on Tuesday.

Boxberger gave up a solo homer to Edwin Encarnacion that cut the Rays' lead to one, but he recovered to earn his 19th save. The right-hander struck out two in the inning of work. Boxberger, who appears to remain the closer of choice despite Jake McGee's presence, has a 2.93 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 38/13 K/BB ratio over 27 2/3 innings this year.
Jun 23 - 9:28 PM

Brad Boxberger worked around trouble Friday against the Indians to convert his 17th save of the season.

Asked to hold a three-run lead, Boxberger walked two in the inning, but managed to finish off the save by striking out Michael Bourn looking. The 27-year-old has now notched saves on back-to-back days, with Jake McGee pitching the eighth inning in each of them. Still, this dynamic could change without warning.
Jun 19 - 10:52 PM

Brad Boxberger earned his first save since May 31 with a scoreless ninth Thursday against the Nationals.

Boxberger dealt with triceps tightness earlier this month, opening the door for the Rays to use a closer-by-committee. Boxberger should remain an option for saves going forward, but he might have to split chances with Jake McGee. McGee pitched a scoreless eighth to set him up tonight.
Jun 18 - 11:06 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Rene Rivera
2Curt Casali
3J.P. Arencibia
1B1James Loney
2B1Logan Forsythe
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Tim Beckham
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1Desmond Jennings
2Daniel Nava
3Joey Butler
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
RF1Steven Souza
2Brandon Guyer
3Grady Sizemore
DH1John Jaso
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Archer
2Jake Odorizzi
3Drew Smyly
4Nate Karns
5Erasmo Ramirez
6Alex Cobb
7Burch Smith
8Grayson Garvin
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Brad Boxberger
2Jake McGee
3Alex Colome
4Jeff Beliveau
5Steve Geltz
6Brandon Gomes
7Xavier Cedeno
8Matt Andriese
9Enny Romero