Brad Boxberger
Brad Boxberger
31-Year-Old PitcherRP
Miami Marlins
2020 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Brad Boxberger in 2020. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Marlins in February of 2020. Contract is worth $1 million at the major-league level.
Likely to make club
PMiami Marlins  NRI
March 11, 2020
Boxberger is expected to break camp with the Marlins, Craig Mish of SportsGrid reports.
ANALYSIS
The veteran is in camp as a non-roster invitee, but he's shown increased velocity and owns a strong 6:0 K:BB in 5.1 innings this spring while allowing just a single hit and a single run. With 77 career saves to his name, he has a shot to earn high-leverage work in Miami this season, though Brandon Kintzler is expected to open the year as the closer.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
17
Last 10 Games
13
Last 5 Games
16
How many pitches does Brad Boxberger generally throw?
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
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11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
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121+
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-4%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-16%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-1%
BAA vs RHP
2017
 
 
-1%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .220 222 58 29 42 5 2 8
Since 2017vs Right .229 256 80 31 50 10 1 8
2019vs Left .222 64 15 9 12 2 0 1
2019vs Right .265 58 12 8 13 3 1 2
2018vs Left .222 97 26 16 18 2 1 6
2018vs Right .220 138 45 16 26 5 0 3
2017vs Left .214 61 17 4 12 1 1 1
2017vs Right .216 60 23 7 11 2 0 3
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-16%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-35%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-7%
ERA on Road
2017
Even Split
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 4.70 1.45 59.1 6 9 16 9.9 4.7 1.4
Since 2017Away 3.96 1.32 50.0 2 5 17 13.1 5.2 1.3
2019Home 6.32 1.66 15.2 1 2 1 8.0 5.2 1.1
2019Away 4.09 1.45 11.0 0 1 0 10.6 6.5 0.8
2018Home 4.55 1.55 27.2 3 5 15 10.1 5.2 1.3
2018Away 4.21 1.29 25.2 0 2 17 14.0 5.6 1.8
2017Home 3.38 1.06 16.0 2 2 0 11.3 3.4 1.7
2017Away 3.38 1.28 13.1 2 2 0 13.5 3.4 0.7
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Stat Review
How does Brad Boxberger compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
1.59
 
K/9
9.1
 
BB/9
5.7
 
HR/9
1.0
 
Fastball
90.2 mph
 
ERA
5.40
 
WHIP
1.58
 
BABIP
.313
 
GB/FB
1.00
 
Left On Base
68.8%
 
Exit Velocity
85.9 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
7.9%
 
Spin Rate
1898 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
34.2%
 
Swinging Strike
12.1%
 
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Boxberger ran with the Diamondbacks' closer job for a long while after joining Arizona via trade from Tampa Bay. The righty made the road tough on himself, posting his highest BB/9 in a season with 50-plus innings (5.4) and his worst HR/9 overall (1.52). He also turned in his worst hard-hit rate (38.2%) and average exit velocity (89 mph), per Statcast. Left-handed batters owned him (.349 wOBA), and his fastball velocity dipped nearly one mph from 2017. It wasn't until after his seventh blown save of the season Sept. 9 that the Diamondbacks had finally seen enough. Yoshihisa Hirano wasn't great after stepping in, but the team was never going to make a lateral move back to Boxberger and they simply declined to tender him a contract. Boxberger landed in Kansas City, which is the spot in which he could get another chance to close, but manager Ned Yost has suggested he might mix and match rather than go with one set endgamer.
Boxberger led the American League with 41 saves for the Rays in 2015, but he missed 115 days due to groin surgery and later an oblique injury in 2016. A strained lat muscle then cost him about three months to start 2017. He returned to post his best ERA (3.38) since 2014. It came with rebounds in strikeouts, with his 12.3 K/9 up from 8.1 in 2016, and walks, to a 3.4 per nine, respectable for a K-happy reliever. The right-hander posted his best percentage of pitches in the strike zone (51.2 percent) since 2014, which shows he gained confidence working around the plate. Home runs still bug him -- he's allowed at least 1.11 per nine in the last five years -- and Chase Field may make matters worse in that regard. However, his arrival with the Diamondbacks rejuvenates hope for a return to closing duties. Archie Bradley and Jimmie Sherfy represent significant his biggest road blocks to the ninth inning.
Boxberger's season got off on the wrong foot with a spring training abdominal injury. His absence at the beginning of the season allowed Alex Colome to take over and subsequently thrive in the closer's role, leaving Boxberger to help with setup duty upon his return in late May. An oblique injury then sent him back to the DL after just one appearance, but the right-hander was finally able to settle in for an uninterrupted stretch of action from July 31 onward. He finished with four victories and seven holds, but also three blown saves. Boxberger saw notable regression in his strikeout and walk rates, with his 8.1 K/9 and 7.0 BB/9 representing career-worst marks by a significant margin. Colome's emergence, coupled with Boxberger's uneven performance, could render the latter an afterthought in 2017 drafts.
People wanted Boxberger to get the closer role in 2014, and he got it in 2015 when Jake McGee needed offseason surgery and Kevin Cash let Boxy keep the job. Cash used him quite a bit in save situations and close games to the point where Boxberger whined a bit to the media about his non-traditional usage being a reason why his performance suffered in 2015. Boxberger’s strikeout rate fell from an absurd 14.5 K/9 to a solid 10.6, but his walk rate spiked and he continued to allow the long ball. Boxberger never lost the job, mainly because the team was never seriously in contention in the second half of the season. With McGee now gone following an offseason trade, it looks like Boxberger will have the closer job pretty much all to himself once again. But it would be good if the Rays found some way to reduce Boxberger's workload, because his command then improves so he stops hanging pitches.
The Rays liked Boxberger when they got him from San Diego, but nobody saw him breaking out in the manner he did in 2014. He held opposing batters to a .155 average and struck out 104 of the 247 batters he faced (42.1%). Over the second half of the season, he struck out 51 of the 108 batters he faced and held the opposition to a .144 average. The only flaw in Boxberger’s game is that he can give up the occasional home run, and did so nine times in 2014, four of which came off his secondary pitches. More often than not, he’s going to get the swing and miss the team needs and he will resume his high leverage work in 2015 to help get the ball to whoever closes for the team in 2015. Boxberger has the skills to fill that role himself, and he may get that chance to begin the year thanks to Jake McGee's expected absence on Opening Day following elbow surgery.
Boxberger shuttled between Triple-A Tucson and San Diego multiple times last season, ultimately making 18 appearances with the big club. His 24:13 K:BB ratio wasn't particularly distinguished, but with a 9.8 K/9, he displayed a consistent ability to punch out batters, in spite of 1.2 HR/9. If the right-hander can hone in his control, as he did in 42 games with Tucson (89:19 K:BB ratio in 57.1 innings), he could factor into the late innings for the Rays after being acquired as part of a seven-player trade with the Padres in January.
Boxberger spent the first half of the 2012 season at Triple-A Tucson, before making his MLB debut in mid-June. What came afterwards was a 2.60 ERA that was the largely the work of smoke and mirrors. Yes, he struck out nearly 28 percent of the batters he faced, but he also walked 15 percent of them as well. Pitching like this can be a recipe for disaster as his 4.52 xFIP shows. If he can refine his control, Boxberger will likely find success in 2013, but that would go against history for him as he routinely walked more than 10 percent of the batters he faced through out the minors. If he can harness his control, Boxberger could eventually become an option for high-leverage situations as part of the bridge to closer Huston Street.
Taken in the supplemental first round of the 2009 draft, Boxberger has since converted to the bullpen and could be on the verge of making the team out of spring training. Since moving to the bullpen, Boxberger has junked his curveball and added some velocity as a max-effort short reliever. The results are promising so far - he struck out 93 batters in 62 minor league innings in 2011 before holding his own in the Arizona Fall League. Boxberger needs to tighten his control, and while Huston Street is going to open the year as the Padres closer, the job could belong to the former Reds farmhand in 2013; or sooner if Street is traded this season.
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Velocity may be back
PMiami Marlins  NRI
March 3, 2020
Boxberger has looked good to begin spring training and is sitting 93-94 mph with his fastball, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
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Finds work with Miami
PMiami Marlins  NRI
February 13, 2020
Boxberger agreed Thursday with the Marlins on a minor-league contract that includes an invitation to major-league spring training, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
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Cut loose by Cincinnati
PFree Agent  NRI
August 23, 2019
Boxberger was released by the Reds on Friday, Andersen Pickard of MLBDailyDish.com reports.
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Joins Reds on MiLB deal
PCincinnati Reds  NRI
August 6, 2019
Boxberger agreed to a minor-league contract with Cincinnati on Tuesday, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.
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Cut loose by Washington
PFree Agent  NRI
August 4, 2019
The Nationals released Boxberger from his minor-league contract Sunday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
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