Zach Putnam

Zach Putnam

36-Year-Old PitcherP
 Free Agent  
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$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the White Sox in March of 2020.
Cut loose by White Sox
PFree Agent  
June 26, 2020
Putnam was released by the White Sox on Friday, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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Putnam underwent Tommy John surgery prior to the 2018 season before missing the 2019 campaign with a hamstring injury, but he returned to the White Sox on a minor-league deal in March. While the right-hander wasn't expected to make the major-league roster to begin the season, he'll now be a free agent.
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Mound Musings: AL Bullpen Check
April 27, 2017
This week Brad Johnson studies closer situations in the American League to identify possible shake-ups as well as potential trade material including White Sox David Robertson.
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March 9, 2017
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Team Previews: AL Central
March 3, 2016
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Putnam was pitching well in his limited chances to begin 2017 before a torn UCL in his elbow resulted in Tommy John surgery, which ended his season in June. Over the last three seasons with the White Sox, he's struck out more than a batter per inning on an annual basis. The workload was simply too small to consider it bankable skills growth, but Putnam cut back on the free passes (1.0 BB/9) before the arm injury derailed him. Rather than pay him $1 million or more while he progresses through rehab, the White Sox elected to non-tender Putnam in December, making him a free agent. He may end up signing after he finishes working his way back from surgery, but it's no guarantee that he'll be ready to pitch again before the end of the 2018 season, and either way, his role is unlikely to be a high-leverage one, regardless of where he ends up resuming his career post-surgery.
Putnam was projected to be one of the more prominent arms in the White Sox bullpen, and he looked the part during the first part of the season. By late June, the right-hander held a 2.30 ERA thanks to posting scoreless outings in 11 of his last 12 appearances, while also striking out batters at a solid rate of 9.9 batters per nine innings. Things went south after that, however, as he missed time with ulnar neuritis and ultimately had surgery to remove a bone fragment in his elbow. Thankfully, no ligament damage was found, so he should be ready to go for spring training. Putnam doesn't light up the radar gun, but his split-finger fastball has allowed him to carve out a steady, important role in Chicago's bullpen. As long as he doesn't feel any ill effects from his elbow injury, the 29-year-old will likely be one of the more trusted arms in the White Sox arsenal, although he is at least a couple injuries/trades away from vying for saves.
Putnam had been a revelation in the White Sox’s bullpen in 2014, but he took a step back in 2015. He relied increasingly on his above-average splitter, but his other pitches, while maintaining much of the same velocity, were somewhat below-average. He struck out a career-best 30 percent of batters faced, but he also walked 11 percent and allowed too many line drives in front of a poor defense. He should rebound a bit if he can get his HR/FB to regress a bit from its lofty 17.5 percent in 2015, and he should remain one of the team’s most-used relievers in 2016.
Putnam was a workhorse in the White Sox's bullpen. Like many modern short relievers, he closed the year with a sub-2.00 ERA, but he did so without the typical high-90s velocity. In fact, he did it without mid-90s velocity. Instead, he relies upon a big split fastball that averages just 85 mph and results in many groundballs. He should serve as one of the club's top right-handed setup man to begin 2014 and could be an option for the closer role should anything happen to David Robertson.
Putnam had a serviceable year at Triple-A Columbus (1.217 WHIP, 3.65 ERA, 8.87 K/9IP in 44 relief appearances) and figures to get a crack at landing a spot in the Tribe bullpen this spring. The 6-foot-2 right-hander features a fastball and nasty splitter as well as a developing slider. He'd be better served getting consistent work out of the bullpen at Triple-A, but should see some time with the Indians this year even if he doesn't head north with the club in April.
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Joins White Sox on minors deal
PChicago White Sox  
March 3, 2020
Putnam joined the White Sox on a minor-league deal Tuesday, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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Sent to minors camp
PBoston Red Sox  
Hamstring
March 18, 2019
The Red Sox reassigned Putnam (hamstring) to their minor-league camp Monday, Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports.
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Not close to returning
PBoston Red Sox  
Hamstring
March 11, 2019
Putnam continues to nurse a hamstring injury and isn't close to pitching in a game, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.
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Injures hammy
PBoston Red Sox  
Hamstring
March 2, 2019
Putnam slipped during a drill Thursday and is dealing with hamstring soreness, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.
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Signs with Red Sox
PBoston Red Sox  
Elbow
December 18, 2018
Putnam (elbow) signed a minor-league contract with the Red Sox on Tuesday, Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports.
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