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Brandon Maurer | Relief Pitcher | #37

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (27) / 7/3/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 23 (0) / SEA
Contract: view contract details

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ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that, in addition to Brad Hand, the Padres are also open to trading Brandon Maurer and Trevor Cahill.
Cahill has experienced a resurgence in the Padres' rotation this season after signing a one-year, $1.75 million deal over the winter. He'd make some sense for a team looking for rotation help. Maurer holds a 5.60 ERA on the year but boasts a 35/7 K/BB ratio over 35 1/3 innings. He's under team control through 2019, so the Pads don't need to deal him if they don't receive an offer they like. Jul 9 - 4:00 PM

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Brandon Maurer allowed a base hit but no runs in the ninth inning to lock down a save versus the Phillies on Saturday.

A single by Tommy Joseph with two outs was the only threat the Phillies could muster against him. It was Maurer's 19th save of the season. He has blown only two saves but has four losses and a 5.60 ERA. It seems like Maurer has been on the verge of losing his closing role all season long but he is actually a pretty good bet to perform well moving forward. He has 35 strikeouts and seven walks in 35 1/3 innings and has allowed just three home runs in 37 games.
Jul 8 - 7:33 PM

Brandon Maurer struck out all three Phillies batters he faced Friday to earn his 18th save.

Nick Williams, Brock Stassi and Freddy Galvis isn't exactly the '98 Yankees, but big league hitters are big league hitters, and Maurer mowed them down just the same. He's now converted 18 of 20 save chances and has allowed just one baserunner in his past four appearances. The 27-year-old owns a 5.77 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 35/7 K/BB ratio over 34 1/3 innings.
Jul 8 - 1:26 AM

Brandon Maurer had a 1-2-3 inning to record his 17th save of the season in Tuesday's win over the Indians.

Tasked with protecting a one-run lead, Maurer needed 11 pitches to retire the side in order, punching out Carlos Santana on a generous strike three call to end it. Maurer has converted 17-of-19 save opportunities on the season.
Jul 4 - 10:24 PM

Brandon Maurer worked around a single allowed in an 11-pitch scoreless ninth inning Sunday against the Dodgers, nailing down his 16th save of the season.

It can be an adventure for Maurer at times, especially in non-save situations. However, he has successfully converted each of his past 11 save opportunities and is a new pitcher when working in a high-leverage situation. In his past 11 save chances he has not allowed a run over 10 innings. Over his past three non-save appearances, he has an ERA of 27.00 across just 2 1/3 frames.
Jul 2 - 8:49 PM

Brandon Maurer pitched a perfect ninth in a 1-0 game for his 14th save Friday against the Tigers.

Maurer is still sporting that ugly 6.14 ERA, but he is 9-for-9 in save chances over the last month.
Jun 24 - 1:05 AM

Brandon Maurer retired both batters he faced in a one-run game to earn his 13th save Wednesday against the Cubs.

Maurer has had two bad outings this month in which he gave up a total of six runs, but the Padres have stuck with him as a closer and it's worked out fine. He's converted each of his eight save chances over the last month, and while he did make things a bit more challenging when he gave up a two-run homer on Saturday, he hasn't been responsible for a loss since May 17.
Jun 21 - 6:34 PM

Brandon Maurer gave up a two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning against the Brewers on Saturday.

He pitched a perfect ninth inning to protect a tie game and was then sent back out for the 10th frame. He drilled the first batter with a pitch before serving up a bomb to Keon Broxton. Maurer got one more out before being relieved. His team would win the game in the 11th. Since the game was tied when he entered he was not charged with a blown save. His hold on the closer role gets weaker by the day. Maurer owns a 6.51 ERA with 12 saves, two blown saves and 28 strikeouts in 27 2/3 innings.
Jun 17 - 9:17 PM

Brandon Maurer tallied his 12th save of the season Wednesday in the Padres' defeat of the Reds.

Maurer worked a 1-2-3 inning on just seven total pitches. He has an ugly 6.15 ERA on the season, but the Friars seem committed to keeping him at closer and Brad Hand in a setup role. Maybe that changes as the trade deadline approaches.
Jun 14 - 6:13 PM

Brandon Maurer was summoned by manager Andy Green to record the final out of Tuesday's game against the Reds, posting his 11th save.

Clayton Richard recorded the first 26 outs of the game, but ran out of gas. Phil Maton came on and allowed a hit against the only hitter he faced, creating a bit of a fire for Maurer to put out. The closer did his job, converting his sixth straight save chance since taking a backseat to Brad Hand for a couple of days in May.
Jun 14 - 3:23 AM

After giving up four runs in a mop-up situation Thursday, Brandon Maurer pitched a scoreless ninth Friday against the Royals for his 10th save.

Maurer's ugly stint in a game in that the Padres were already losing 11-3 made his poor ERA even uglier, but it didn't get him another break from the closer's role. He's converted five straight chances since taking a backseat to Brad Hand for a couple of days last month. Overall, he's 10-for-12 converting saves.
Jun 10 - 2:36 AM

Brandon Maurer allowed a walk while posting a strikeout in a scoreless and hitless ninth inning Friday against the Rockies for his ninth save.

Maurer has converted four straight save chances since his last blown opportunity on May 14, and he hasn't allowed a hit or a run over his past four appearances, lowering his ERA from 6.63 to 5.48 just since May 25. He still has plenty of work to do before he is trusted outside of NL-only fantasy leagues, but he is trending in the right direction after a brutal middle of May.
Jun 3 - 2:17 AM

Brandon Maurer picked up his seventh save Monday in the Padres' defeat of the Cubs.

Maurer struck out Kyle Schwarber and induced pop-outs from Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo to seal the victory for San Diego. It was the second save in as many days for Maurer, though he still holds an unsightly 6.00 ERA.
May 29 - 8:15 PM

Brandon Maurer took his third loss after giving up two runs in a tie game Wednesday against the Brewers.

Maurer was BABIP'd to death in this one, and one of the hits -- actually the hardest hit of them -- should have been an error on shortstop Erick Aybar. Maurer has a 20/2 K/BB ratio in 16 innings this season, but because of the BABIP approaching .400, his ERA stands at 6.75. If the Padres want to pull him from the closer's role, then they'd most likely go to Brad Hand in the place. Really, though, Maurer is just as good of a bet as Hand going forward and it's not like the Padres have any real urgency to make switches in a rebuilding year. Maurer hasn't been as bad as his job as, say, Aybar or Jered Weaver.
May 18 - 1:42 AM

Brandon Maurer converted his fifth save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning Friday versus the White Sox.

Maurer worked around a leadoff single to finish off the victory. He struck out one batter in the frame. It was an encouraging rebound performance after his meltdown on Thursday against the Rangers. The 26-year-old owns a 4.30 ERA through 15 appearances this season, though he has a stingy 20/1 K/BB ratio.
May 13 - 12:53 AM

Depth Charts

C1Austin Hedges
2Hector Sanchez
3Luis Torrens
1B1Wil Myers
2B1Yangervis Solarte
2Carlos Asuaje
SS1Erick Aybar
2Allen Cordoba
3B1Cory Spangenberg
LF1Jose Pirela
2Travis Jankowski
3Matt Szczur
4Alex Dickerson
CF1Manuel Margot
2Franchy Cordero
RF1Hunter Renfroe
2Jabari Blash
Starting Pitcher
S1Trevor Cahill
2Jhoulys Chacin
3Miguel Diaz
4Luis Perdomo
5Clayton Richard
6Dinelson Lamet
7Jered Weaver
8Colin Rea
9Robbie Erlin
Relief Pitcher
R1Brandon Maurer
2Brad Hand
3Ryan Buchter
4Craig Stammen
5Jarred Cosart
6Jose Torres
7Kirby Yates
8Phil Maton
9Buddy Baumann
10Kevin Quackenbush