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Brandon Maurer | Relief Pitcher

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (24) / 7/3/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Padres acquired RHP Brandon Maurer from the Mariners in exchange for OF Seth Smith.
General manager A.J. Preller said Tuesday that he's not sure yet whether Maurer will be used as a starter or reliever. Maurer has a career 6.62 ERA as a starter and 3.75 ERA (and 8.7 K/9 ratio) as a reliever, so it certainly appears at this point that his future is in the bullpen. While that's likely where he ends up, Maurer is just 24, so it's not a surprise San Diego isn't completely closing the door on him starting. Tue, Dec 30, 2014 06:58:00 PM

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According to USA Today's Bob Nightengale, the Padres are interested in acquiring reliever Brandon Maurer from the Mariners in exchange for outfielder Seth Smith.

Maurer pitched 69-plus innings in 2014 and posted a 4.65 ERA and 1.335 WHIP. While those numbers aren't horribly impressive, it should be noted that Maurer was converted from starter to reliever mid-season and put up markedly better numbers coming out of the bullpen. In 37-plus relief innings, he had a 2.17 ERA and 0.964 WHIP, compared to a 7.52 ERA and 1.763 WHIP in 32-plus innings starting. Maurer averaged over 95 mph on his fastball and would probably be in the mix for a setup or closing role with the Padres, who currently have the aged Joaquin Benoit slotted in as their ninth-inning man.
Tue, Dec 30, 2014 01:43:00 PM

Brandon Maurer has tossed 15 scoreless relief innings since being recalled on June 25, allowing just six hits while posting a 17/2 K/BB ratio.

Maurer held a 7.52 ERA while allowing 43 hits and 14 walks in 32 1/3 innings as a starter, but it appears that he's found a home in the bullpen. "I’m having fun," he said. "Earlier in the season, I wasn’t having fun." The 24-year-old has worked his way into a late-inning role and looks to be a key piece of the Mariners' bullpen down the stretch. "He has less to think about as a reliever," manager Lloyd McClendon suggested. "He just goes after guys. His stuff is plenty good enough. His stuff has never been an issue."
Sun, Jul 27, 2014 11:30:00 AM

Mariners recalled RHP Brandon Maurer from Triple-A Tacoma.

Maurer was demoted to convert to a relief role, and he allowed five runs -- four earned -- in 11 innings since switching to the bullpen. He'll be used in a similar role in Seattle.
Wed, Jun 25, 2014 06:26:00 PM

Brandon Maurer will be used as a reliever at Triple-A Tacoma.

Many have felt that Maurer would ultimately be a better fit as a reliever, and the Mariners have decided to make the move with the right-hander. The 23-year-old holds a career 6.62 ERA across 122 1/3 innings but could wind up being a weapon out of the bullpen.
Tue, Jun 3, 2014 07:13:00 PM

Mariners optioned RHP Brandon Maurer to Triple-A Tacoma.

The struggling right-hander is heading for an MRI exam on his back and could be looking at a trip to the disabled list as well. No word yet as to who will replace him in the Mariners rotation, but Erasmo Ramirez is a strong candidate.
Fri, May 30, 2014 08:47:00 PM

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon confirmed Friday that Brandon Maurer was heading for an MRI exam on his ailing back.

The back has been a nagging issue for the young right-hander since early in spring training, and he has posted a troublesome 7.52 ERA and 1.62 WHIP in 32 1/3 innings on the season. He shouldn't be trusted in any fantasy format at this point.
Fri, May 30, 2014 07:08:00 PM

Brandon Maurer was roughed up to the tune of five runs in four innings in Thursday night's game against the Angels.

Eric Aybar's three-run homer in the fourth was the big blow. It's been a rough season for Maurer, whose ERA now sits at an unsightly 7.52. He's gone fewer than five innings in all but one of his starts, and in that 7.1 inning start against the Royals he gave up 14 hits and six runs.
Fri, May 30, 2014 01:34:00 AM

Brandon Maurer was tagged for six runs in 4 1/3 innings by the Astros on Saturday night.

Most of the tagging was done by George Springer, who hit both homers Maurer surrendered. Maurer has demonstrated good velocity, but with just two major league pitches at his disposal, it's still pretty iffy whether he'll last as a major league starter. We don't see why he was chosen over Erasmo Ramirez in the first place.
Sun, May 25, 2014 01:49:00 AM

Greg Johns of MLB.com reports that the Mariners plan to skip Brandon Maurer the next time through the rotation.

That would mean that Maurer's next start wouldn't come until Saturday where he'd do battle against the Astros at home. Chris Young is the clear loser in this situation from a fantasy perspective, as he'll now pitch against the Rangers in Texas on Wednesday instead of drawing the lowly Astros in Seattle.
Sat, May 17, 2014 01:41:00 PM

Brandon Maurer had another abbreviated start on Wednesday, allowing two runs while walking four over 3 2/3 innings in a loss to the Rays.

Maurer needed 84 pitches to get through his 3 2/3 innings. The Rays only managed two hits off Maurer, but he walked in a run and allowed another to score on a wild pitch. It's the third time in five starts that Maurer hasn't made it through five innings. His next start will come Wednesday at the Rangers.
Wed, May 14, 2014 08:08:00 PM

Brandon Maurer gave up 14 hits -- all of them singles -- and allowed six runs -- four earned -- in 7 1/3 innings Friday against the Royals.

It's a sign of how the Mariners felt about his performance that he was allowed to pitch 7 1/3 innings; maybe he wasn't quite "good" but nor was he all that bad. Unfortunately, the Mariners defense just isn't a strong suit, especially with Michael Saunders in center and Willie Bloomquist at third. Maurer isn't an option in AL-only leagues.
Sat, May 10, 2014 01:36:00 AM

Brandon Maurer allowed four runs on six hits over five innings in a win over the Astros on Sunday.

Making his third start of the season, Maurer turned in his best performance, a relative term when your ERA is 6.92. The right-hander walked two and struck out three to go with his six hits allowed. Maurer will remain in the Mariners' rotation due to lack of better options, but he's not to be trusted for fantasy purposes. His next start will come against the Royals next weekend.
Sun, May 4, 2014 06:54:00 PM

Brandon Maurer allowed five runs on seven hits over 3 2/3 innings in a no-decision against the Rangers on Sunday.

Maurer's offense saved him from taking his first loss of the season, but he was ineffective for much of the short outing. He surrendered three doubles among his seven hits allowed, and he struck out just three. he's likely the first man out of the rotation once Hisashi Iwakuma returns. If he's still around, Maurer will draw an easier assignment against the Astros next Saturday.
Sun, Apr 27, 2014 08:58:00 PM

Brandon Maurer held the Marlins to one run over 4 1/3 innings on Sunday.

Maurer was making his first start of the season after pitching in relief at Triple-A, so he wasn't able to give the Mariners much length. What he lacked in quantity he made up for in quality, though, as he gave up just two hits and issued two walks while striking out four over his 4 1/3 innings. Maurer should be able to go a little longer Saturday against the Rangers.
Sun, Apr 20, 2014 04:12:00 PM

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SS1Alexi Amarista
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LF1Justin Upton
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CF1Wil Myers
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PosRoleName
S1James Shields
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Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Joaquin Benoit
2Kevin Quackenbush
3Shawn Kelley
4Dale Thayer
5Brandon Maurer
6Nick Vincent
7Alex Torres
8Scott Elbert
9Jose Valverde
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