37-Year-Old Pitcher – Free Agent
2016 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Not considered a prototypical closer, Ziegler was still able to excel in the role last year. After replacing an ineffective Addison Reed, Ziegler converted 30 of 32 save opportunities and posted a 1.8...
Brad Ziegler Contract Information:
Agreed to a two-year, $9.5 million contract with the Diamondbacks in December of 2013 that includes a club option for a third year.
Ziegler closed out Friday night's 2-1 win, working his way around a leadoff double and an intentional walk to record his fourth save in a Boston uniform.
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|2011 (Multiple Teams)||31||MAJ||ARI/OAK||66||0||0||58.3||53||14||0||44||19||3||2||1||1||10||2.16||1.23|
|2016 (Multiple Teams)||36||MAJ||ARI/BOS||69||0||0||68.0||67||17||2||58||26||4||7||22||6||8||2.25||1.37|
|Preseason||Subscribe now to see our 2016 projections for Brad Ziegler||3-Year Averages||67||0||0||67.7||58||19||3||49||22||3||4||17||5||13||2.53||1.18|
|Career (View All)||604||0||0||596.7||526||162||23||403||207||34||28||85||–||–||2.44||1.23|
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Brad Ziegler Split Stats (View Full Split Stats)
|Year||Age||Lg||Tm||G||GS||IP||K/9||BB/9||K/BB||HR/9||GB/FB Ratio||Strand %||Fastball||ERA||FIP||BABIP|
|2011 (Multiple Teams)||31||MAJ||ARI/OAK||66||0||58.3||6.79||2.93||2.32||0.00||5.67||80.6%||85.4 MPH||2.16||2.70||.305|
|2016 (Multiple Teams)||36||MAJ||ARI/BOS||69||0||68.0||7.68||3.44||2.23||0.26||4.37||83.5%||83.9 MPH||2.25||3.06||.327|
|Preseason||Subscribe now to see our 2016 projections for Brad Ziegler||3-Year Averages||67||0||67.7||6.52||2.93||2.23||0.40||–||79.2%||–||2.53||3.30||.279|
2016 Stat Review for Brad Ziegler As compared to the top 100 relief pitchers in 2015 (min 55 in)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Ziegler showed himself to be capable of handling the closer role in 2013, saving 13-of-15 opportunities using his obscenely high groundball rate to induce tons and tons of weak contact. It wasn’t enough to convince the Diamondbacks that he could do it again over a full season, as they acquired Addison Reed for the role in 2014. Ziegler went back to eighth-inning duty and continued to find plenty of success. His groundball rate fell some, but his strikeout rate was a career-best 19.2% to offset the dip. Three outings of just a third of an inning, during which he allowed eight total runs, ballooned his ERA to a career-worst 3.49, but he had a 2.46 ERA in his other 65 appearances (totaling 66 IP). He will again be a setup man in the Arizona bullpen with a chance at saves if Reed falters. He doesn’t strike out enough batters to hold without those saves, though.
Ziegler, the side-arming groundball specialist in the Arizona bullpen, became the closer in Phoenix through injury and the poor performances of his peers. Closing is probably not the ideal role for a pitcher who has induced over 68 percent of his outs on the ground in each of the last three seasons, but he was solid in the role, blowing just two saves. With the D-Backs' addition of Addison Reed, Ziegler will rejoin the bridge to the ninth inning along with the likes of J.J. Putz and David Hernandez.
Ziegler continues to have success on the strength of his sinker, which generated an outstanding 75.5 percent groundball rate last season. As part of a deep Arizona bullpen, most of his contributions will come in middle relief when the D-Backs are looking to get a double play ball, and it's unlikely that he'll pick up more than the occasional vultured save with a trio of arms ahead of him in the pecking order to handle the ninth inning. As a result, the value he provides will be significantly greater in simulation leagues and other formats that make better use of relief arms of his ilk.
It should come as little surprise that the A's were willing to flip Ziegler to the D-Backs during his first season with arbitration eligibility in 2011. Ziegler's ability to induce grounders will likely enable him to remain a viable middle relief option even while pitching half of his games at Chase Field. Still, his flashes of fantasy value in the past came from short-term opportunities to serve as the closer in Oakland, and with David Hernandez entrenched as the No. 2 option for saves should anything happen to J.J. Putz, there's not much to get excited about here for most owners.
Ziegler's continued poor results against lefties (15.1 IP, 19 hits, 5:17 K:BB) make him a poor fit for an expanded role even when injuries open the door, as was the case in the A's bullpen in 2010. He remains effective against righties, but doesn't strike out enough batters to be an effective endgame option given his limitations.
Ziegler battled the flu early in the season, and found himself playing a less and less prominent role in the A's bullpen as the season progressed with the emergence of Andrew Bailey and the effectiveness of Michael Wuertz. Zielger's struggles against lefties (.336 average against, 18 walks and just 14 Ks in 27.1 innings) will prevent him from excelling as a late-inning reliever, particularly given the depth in the A's bullpen.
Ziegler, who set a major-league record for the most scoreless innings to begin a career, ended up with 11 saves and a 1.06 ERA in 47 appearances. Of some concern was his poor 22:30 BB:K rate, and his ability to pitch multiple innings likely places him second behind Joey Devine in a now Huston Street-less A's bullpen. Ziegler could still see the occasional save chance, but the smart money figures to back Devine in spring. Ziegler's lack of Ks takes away some value traditionally held by quality set-up men in deeper leagues.