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Michael Blazek | Relief Pitcher

Team: Milwaukee Brewers
Age / DOB:  (26) / 3/16/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 206
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Michael Blazek has made the Brewers' bullpen.
Blazek struck out 18 batters in 17 1/3 innings this spring to earn one of the final spots on Milwaukee's Opening Day roster. The 26-year-old right-hander will pitch in middle-to-long relief. He owns a 5.71 ERA in 18 career appearances at the major league level. Apr 2 - 12:43 PM

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Michael Blazek will be stretched out as a starter this spring and is a candidate to serve as the Brewers sixth starter.

The 25-year-old hurler spent the entire 2014 season at Triple-A Nashville where he posted a 4.15 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 87/40 K/BB ratio over 102 innings. Should the Brewers experience any injuries to their rotation this season, their lack of depth beyond their top five starters is concerning.
Feb 21 - 11:27 AM

Brewers optioned RHP Michael Blazek to Triple-A Nashville.

Manager Ron Roenicke indicated earlier this spring that Blazek could be considered for a setup role, but the reliever pitched his way off the roster with a 10.80 ERA and eight walks over five Cactus League frames. He'll be back up with the big club at some point this season.
Sun, Mar 16, 2014 12:02:00 PM

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke indicated Sunday that Michael Blazek could be used in a setup capacity at some point during the 2014 season.

Roenicke explained, "Whether it's this year or later on, somewhere along the line he's going to be an eighth-inning guy. He's going to be late in games." The hard-throwing hurler should be able to secure a spot in the Opening Day rotation, and appears destined to work himself into the seventh or eighth-inning role as long as he pitches well.
Sun, Feb 23, 2014 07:49:00 PM

Brewers acquired RHP Michael Blazek from the Cardinals to complete the John Axford trade.

Blazek is a nice get for the Brewers, as he's thrived in a full-time move to the bullpen this season, posting a 1.97 ERA with 52 strikeouts over 45 2/3 innings between Double- and Triple-A. He's been up-and-down in his brief time at the major league level but has a chance to be a nice setup man.
Sun, Sep 1, 2013 01:38:00 PM

Cardinals optioned RHP Michael Blazek to Triple-A Memphis.

Blazek was only up for one day, throwing 1 2/3 shutout frames in Wednesday's game. He'll be back next week.
Thu, Aug 29, 2013 06:44:00 PM

Cardinals recalled RHP Michael Blazek from Triple-A Memphis.

Blazek has an 8.31 ERA and 10/9 K/BB ratio over 8 2/3 innings with the big club this season. He'll pitch in middle relief.
Wed, Aug 28, 2013 01:00:00 PM

Cardinals optioned RHP Michael Blazek to Triple-A Memphis.

Blazek allowed five runs on eight hits and six walks over 5 2/3 innings during his most recent stint with the team. He should be back when rosters expand in September.
Tue, Aug 13, 2013 12:01:00 PM

Cardinals recalled RHP Michael Blazek from Triple-A Memphis.

Blazek has allowed three earned runs over three innings in two stints with the big club this season. He'll provide some bullpen depth in Tuesday's doubleheader.
Tue, Jul 30, 2013 12:44:00 PM

Cardinals optioned RHP Michael Blazek to Triple-A Memphis.

Blazek allowed three earned runs in less than an inning of work Wednesday night against the Astros. The right-hander could get another shot later this summer.
Thu, Jul 11, 2013 10:47:00 AM

Cardinals recalled RHP Michael Blazek from Triple-A Memphis.

Blazek, 24, will provide the Cardinals with bullpen depth. He has a 2.81 ERA over eight appearances at the Triple-A level.
Sat, Jun 22, 2013 01:27:00 PM

Cardinals optioned RHP Michael Blazek to Triple-A Memphis.

Blazek was up in the majors for only four days and did not make an appearance. The 24-year-old has a cool 0.92 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 19 2/3 innings this season in the minor leagues. He'll get a look eventually.
Thu, May 30, 2013 03:48:00 PM

Cardinals recalled RHP Michael Blazek from Double-A Springfield.

The bullpen had to eat up a lot of innings following John Gast's injury Saturday, so the Cards need a fresh arm. Blazek has put up a 0.92 ERA while striking out 25 over 19 2/3 innings at Springfield this season. He'll be making his major league debut when he gets in a game.
Sun, May 26, 2013 12:26:00 PM

Cardinals optioned RHP Michael Blazek to Triple-A Memphis.

Blazek, 24, wasn't expected to make the club this spring due to the team's bullpen depth anyway, so he'll return to Triple-A Memphis, where he made two appearances last season. Overall, Blazek had a 4.43 ERA between Double-A and Triple-A in 2012.
Sat, Mar 16, 2013 04:40:00 PM

Cardinals purchased the contract of RHP Michael Blazek from Triple-A Memphis.

Blazek, 23, had a 4.43 ERA and 84/36 K/BB ratio over 83 1/3 innings between Double- and Triple-A this year. He's likely nothing more than a bullpen arm, but the Cardinals didn't want to leave him exposed for the Rule 5 Draft.
Tue, Nov 20, 2012 03:45:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Jonathan Lucroy
2Martin Maldonado
3Juan Centeno
1B1Adam Lind
2Jason Rogers
2B1Hector Gomez
2Elian Herrera
SS1Jean Segura
2Luis Sardinas
3B1Aramis Ramirez
LF1Khris Davis
2Gerardo Parra
CF1Carlos Gomez
RF1Ryan Braun
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Kyle Lohse
2Matt Garza
3Wily Peralta
4Mike Fiers
5Jimmy Nelson
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Francisco Rodriguez
2Jonathan Broxton
3Will Smith
4Jeremy Jeffress
5Neal Cotts
6Michael Blazek
7Brandon Kintzler
8Corey Knebel
9David Goforth