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Brad Boxberger | Relief Pitcher

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (26) / 5/27/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right

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Rays manager Kevin Cash admitted Sunday that Brad Boxberger is expected to be the Rays primary fill-in at closer while Jake McGee is sidelined.
Cash elaborated, "With some other guys, but for what Box did last year and the confidence we have in him, I would definitely anticipate him pitching in those leverage situations." While it's unclear if he has any chance of holding the job once McGee is up and running, Boxberger should have plenty of mixed league value for the first month-plus of the season. Mar 29 - 9:08 PM

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Brad Boxberger got the start for the Rays against the Red Sox on Sunday and retired Mookie Betts, Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz in the order.

Boxberger was originally scheduled to work later in the game in what was a bullpen day for the Rays, but he requested the chance to face the top of the lineup. Boxberger has allowed two runs in 7 1/3 innings this spring. He'd seem to be the favorite for saves in the Tampa Bay pen while Jake McGee is out. However, it doesn't sound like the Rays will name a closer.
Mar 29 - 5:40 PM

Brad Boxberger earned his second save of the season Sunday as the Rays topped the Blue Jays 2-1.

Rays closer Jake McGee was called on in the eighth inning and tossed two perfect frames before Boxberger came on in the bottom of the 10th to wrap up the victory. Boxberger owns an outstanding 2.09 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, and 88/17 K/BB ratio in 56 innings this season.
Sun, Aug 24, 2014 04:56:00 PM

Brad Boxberger fanned all three batters he faced Monday against the Brewers for his 12th hold.

Manager Joe Maddon has finally found his go-to combo late in games: Boxberger in the eighth and Jake McGee in the ninth. Boxberger has pitched 12 1/3 scoreless innings this month, striking out 20 batters in the process.
Mon, Jul 28, 2014 10:05:00 PM

Brad Boxberger earned his first save of the season Wednesday in the Rays' 6-3 win over the Yankees.

Boxberger struck out two of the three batters he faced in a perfect ninth inning. The 26-year-old right-hander owns an impressive 2.87 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, and 48/12 K/BB ratio in 31 1/3 innings this season and is clearly now part of Tampa Bay's committee at closer. He's worth grabbing in deeper mixed fantasy leagues and all AL-only formats on the off chance that he runs away with the job. Jake McGee still seems like the best bet. The Rays have won five in a row.
Wed, Jul 2, 2014 04:47:00 PM

Brad Boxberger struck out the side in his inning of work for the Rays on Monday, his eighth straight appearances without allowing a run.

In those eight appearances, he's fanned 14 and walked just one in 8 2/3 innings. Hopefully, his recent success takes him off the Durham shuttle. He has the stuff to thrive in a setup role for the Rays.
Mon, Jun 2, 2014 10:05:00 PM

Rays recalled RHP Brad Boxberger from Triple-A Durham.

Boxberger has seven strikeouts and five walks over six scoreless innings with the Rays this season. He deserves an extended chance at the major league level.
Tue, May 6, 2014 03:35:00 PM

Rays optioned RHP Brad Boxberger to Triple-A Durham.

Boxberger was the 26th man in Thursday's doubleheader, tossing two scoreless relief frames in the second contest. He'll get another shot later this season.
Thu, May 1, 2014 11:20:00 PM

Rays recalled RHP Brad Boxberger from Triple-A Durham.

He'll be the 26th man for Thursday's doubleheader. Boxberger tossed four scoreless innings during his first stint with the big club earlier this year.
Thu, May 1, 2014 04:57:00 PM

Rays optioned RHP Brad Boxberger to Triple-A Durham.

Boxberger did a very nice job in his three appearances with the Rays, compiling a 2.57 ERA, 0.75 WHIP and 4/2 K/BB ratio in four innings of work. He'll make his way back to the Rays at some point during the season.
Sat, Apr 19, 2014 08:40:00 AM

Rays recalled RHP Brad Boxberger from Triple-A Durham.

Boxberger owns a cool 2.72 ERA with 57 strikeouts in 49 2/3 career innings at the major league level. Control has always been issue for the 25-year-old right-hander, but he should do fine in middle relief.
Mon, Apr 14, 2014 12:01:00 PM

Rays optioned RHP Brad Boxberger to Triple-A Durham; reassigned C Ali Solis, SS Cole Figueroa, OFs Jerry Sands and Justin Christian, RHPs Juan Sandoval and Steve Geltz, and LHP Justin Liberatore to minor league camp.

Boxberger, 25, was acquired from the Padres in the Logan Forsythe trade in January. He owns a 2.72 ERA and 57/31 K/BB ratio over his first 49 2/3 innings in the majors. Sands, a former highly-touted prospect, slashed a meager .207/.311/.329 with seven homers and 34 RBI in 106 games at Triple-A Indianapolis last year. Geltz, 25, posted a 2.82 ERA over 59 innings at Triple-A Durham last year. He's solid injury insurance.
Thu, Mar 20, 2014 10:36:00 PM

Brad Boxberger struck out all three Blue Jays he faced for a save on Saturday.

Boxberger has allowed one run and struck out nine in five innings this spring, though he has walked four in the process. If he doesn't make the Rays, it'll largely be because Josh Lueke and Cesar Ramos are out of options.
Sat, Mar 15, 2014 03:51:00 PM

Rays acquired RHP Brad Boxberger from the Padres in the Logan Forsythe trade.

Boxberger, 25, owns a 2.72 ERA and 57/31 K/BB ratio over his first 49 2/3 innings in the majors. His control is obviously a weakness, but it wasn't too long ago that he was mentioned as a future closer. Keep an eye out for him in Tampa Bay.
Wed, Jan 22, 2014 02:00:00 PM

Padres recalled RHP Brad Boxberger from Triple-A Tucson.

Boxberger has posted a 3.07 ERA in 14 2/3 innings this season with the Padres. He'll pitch in long relief.
Tue, Sep 3, 2013 04:29:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Rene Rivera
2Curt Casali
3Justin O'Conner
4Bobby Wilson
1B1James Loney
2B1Nick Franklin
2Logan Forsythe
3Ryan Brett
4Eugenio Velez
SS1Asdrubal Cabrera
2Jake Elmore
3B1Evan Longoria
2Juan Francisco
LF1Desmond Jennings
2Corey Brown
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
RF1Steven Souza
2Brandon Guyer
3Joey Butler
DH1John Jaso
2David DeJesus
Starting Pitcher
S1Alex Cobb
2Matt Moore
3Chris Archer
4Jake Odorizzi
5Drew Smyly
6Alex Colome
7Nate Karns
8Erasmo Ramirez
9Matt Andriese
Relief Pitcher
R1Jake McGee
2Brad Boxberger
3Grant Balfour
4Ernesto Frieri
5Kevin Jepsen
6Jeff Beliveau
7Kirby Yates
8C.J. Riefenhauser
9Steve Geltz
10Jhan Marinez
11Everett Teaford
12Jim Miller
13Jordan Norberto