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Brad Brach | Relief Pitcher | #35

Team: Baltimore Orioles
Age / DOB:  (32) / 4/12/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'6" / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Monmouth
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 42 (0) / SD
Contract: view contract details
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Brad Brach allowed a base hit in the ninth inning but kept the Blue Jays off the scoreboard to notch a save on Wednesday.
He was protecting a two-run lead and it was more than he needed. It was his third save of the season in four chances. He's amassed nine strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings but has issued five walks as well. He has a solid grip on the closer's role at least until Zach Britton returns to health. Apr 11 - 11:10 PM

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Brad Brach worked around two walks to pick up his second save of the season on Sunday against the Yankees.

Brach walked the first two hitters he faced and wasn't close to the strike zone, but he got Aaron Judge to ground into a double play, and he struck out Giancarlo Stanton to end the ball game. It's five straight scoreless appearances for Brach now, and he should continue to earn save opportunities until Zach Britton returns to the Orioles at some point this summer.
Apr 8 - 6:14 PM

Brad Brach tossed a 1-2-3 bottom of the 14th inning to finish off Friday’s victory over the Yankees.

The Orioles had a four-run lead after Pedro Alvarez’s grand slam, so it wasn’t a save situation. Brach needed just 11 pitches to get through the frame, but he’s now pitched three days in a row. Darren O’Day could be in line for a possible save chance if it develops on Saturday.
Apr 7 - 2:02 AM

Brad Brach struck out two Yankees in a scoreless ninth inning Thursday, earning his first save of the season.

Brach issued a one-out walk but struck out Brandon Drury and Brett Gardner to end it in style. After a blown save on Opening Day, he's now thrown three scoreless innings, striking out five while allowing just one hit and one walk. The 31-year-old has relatively quietly been one of the league's better relievers in recent years, and with Zach Britton sidelined until midseason he should hold down the Orioles' closer job until then, if not longer.
Apr 5 - 10:16 PM

Brad Brach gave up two runs and blew a save chance on Opening Day against the Twins on Thursday.

Brach didn’t give up much hard contact, but the Twins scratched and clawed to tie things up. The inning featured an infield single and two walks (including a 11-pitch walk from Max Kepler) before pinch-hitter Robbie Grossman plated two runs with a bloop single to center field. Brach should have better days filling in for Zach Britton (Achilles) in the closer role, though Orioles manager Buck Showalter has mentioned that Darren O'Day will also get chances.
Mar 29 - 7:13 PM

Orioles manager Buck Showalter told reporters on Friday that both Brad Brach and Darren O'Day will both get closing opportunities.

Showalter also mentioned that Mychal Givens is "in the mix" for a chance to pitch the final inning. It sounds like this could be a closer-by-committee approach until Zach Britton (Achilles) is ready to return around the All-Star break. Expect to see Brach get the first chance at pitching in the ninth inning, but if you're looking for "guaranteed" save opportunities, you should probably stay away from the Oriole relievers.
Mar 23 - 11:02 AM

Orioles manager Buck Showalter described Brad Brach only as a "potential closer" on Tuesday.

The assumption has been that Brach will be the fill-in closer with Zach Britton (Achilles) sidelined, but Showalter hedged a bit Tuesday while praising some alternatives like Darren O'Day, Mychal Givens, and even Richard Bleier. Brach filled in for Britton last season, so we're still expecting this is the way Showalter will ultimately go. He's the pitcher to draft in this bullpen in fantasy leagues.

Orioles and RHP Brad Brach avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $5.165 million contract.

Dan Connolly of BaltimoreBaseball.com says Brach can earn an additional $100,000 through incentives. He was eligible for arbitration for the third time and will begin 2018 as the Orioles' closer while Zach Britton (Achilles) is out.
Jan 12 - 4:06 PM

Brad Brach said he has introduced more long-distance running into his offseason workouts in hopes of being more effective late into the 2018 season.

Brach looked dominant in the first half in both 2016 and 2017 but fell off after the All-Star break in each of those campaigns. "This year, I’m hoping to pitch into late October," he said Monday. "I don’t do as much long-distance running and I’ve been implementing that." The 31-year-old right-hander is expected to fill in as the Orioles' closer while Zach Britton recovers from December surgery for a ruptured Achilles tendon. Britton might not be ready until mid-to-late July.
Source: MASN
Jan 9 - 7:26 PM

Brad Brach pitched a scoreless ninth inning Thursday against the Rays to earn his 18th save of the season.

Brach issued a two-out walk and encountered some trouble when a J.J. Hardy error put runners on first and third with the winning run at the plate, but the right-hander got Kevin Kiermaier to fly out to end it. It was a good rebound for Brach, who took the loss after allowing a run over two innings of work his last time out. With Zach Britton sidelined for a few days following a PRP injection in his knee, Brach could see more save chances down the stretch. The 31-year-old owns a 2.57 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 67/24 K/BB ratio over 66 2/3 innings this year.
Thu, Sep 21, 2017 11:32:00 PM

Brad Brach tallied his 17th save of the season on Sunday afternoon against the Red Sox.

Brach got the final five outs of the game, retiring all five batters he faced. He's suddenly an appealing fantasy commodity again with Zach Britton battling a knee injury, though Britton has not been placed on the disabled list yet. Brach, 31, holds a 2.82 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, and 57/18 K/BB ratio in 54 1/3 total innings this season.
Sun, Aug 27, 2017 05:15:00 PM

Brad Brach worked a scoreless eighth inning Monday in the Orioles' win over the Rays.

Brach allowed a two-out single to Evan Longoria and then walked Logan Morrison, but he struck out Jesus Sucre to erase that threat. The 31-year-old right-hander has been a little less dominant lately, but he still holds a strong 2.70 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, and 46/13 K/BB ratio 43 1/3 total innings this season. There's talk of the Orioles trading Brach (and Zach Britton) ahead of the July 31 deadline.
Mon, Jul 24, 2017 10:32:00 PM

Brad Brach was used in a non-save situation on Saturday and allowed two runs -- one earned -- on three hits.

He was brought in to pitch the ninth inning with his team trailing by two runs. He surrendered three singles and a sacrifice fly. One of the runs was unearned thanks to an error by third baseman Manny Machado. Brach has served as the team's closer for most of the season while Zach Britton recovered from an injury. Brach has 16 saves, a 2.76 ERA and 45 strikeouts in 43 1/3 innings.
Sun, Jul 23, 2017 12:37:00 AM

Brad Brach earned his 16th save of the season Monday in the Orioles' defeat of the Rangers.

Zach Britton was not used at all in this one after pitching a scoreless eighth inning Sunday afternoon against the Cubs, though he is expected to reclaim the closer role in Baltimore sometime soon. Brach worked around a one-out single and a two-out walk to seal Monday night's 3-1 victory over Texas. He boasts a 2.68 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, and 43/12 K/BB ratio in 40 1/3 innings this year.
Mon, Jul 17, 2017 10:08:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Orioles are willing to trade Brad Brach and Darren O'Day in addition to Zach Britton.

Rosenthal also lists impending free agents Seth Smith and Welington Castillo as pieces the O's could shop. However, he says they're not considering moving Manny Machado, Adam Jones or Mychal Givens in a deal. Britton and Brach are under team control through 2018, while O'Day is under contract through 2019.
Sun, Jul 16, 2017 01:57:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Caleb Joseph
2Chance Sisco
1B1Chris Davis
2B1Jonathan Schoop
2Luis Sardinas
SS1Tim Beckham
3B1Manny Machado
2Danny Valencia
LF1Trey Mancini
2Craig Gentry
3Jace Peterson
CF1Adam Jones
RF1Colby Rasmus
2Anthony Santander
DH1Mark Trumbo
2Pedro Alvarez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Kevin Gausman
2Dylan Bundy
3Alex Cobb
4Andrew Cashner
5Chris Tillman
6Gabriel Ynoa
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Brad Brach
2Zach Britton
3Darren O'Day
4Mychal Givens
5Richard Bleier
6Pedro Araujo
7Yefry Ramirez
8Miguel Castro
9Mike Wright
10Tanner Scott