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29 Brad Ziegler RP
Height/Weight: 6-4/212 | Birthdate: 10/10/1979 | Birthplace: Pratt, KS | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Arizona | College: Southwest Missouri State | MLB Experience: 7 | Salary: $3,150,000 | Owned/Started%: 12/9 | Average Draft Position: 301.18
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Brad Ziegler struggles in relief, picks up win Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Diamondbacks pitcher Brad Ziegler surrendered two earned runs on two hits and one walk in two innings of relief Wednesday but still struck out four batters and picked up a win in his team's 4-3, 10-inning victory over the Marlins.

Ziegler (4-1) surrendered a two-run double in the top of the 10th inning after working a clean ninth, putting him in line for the loss in extra innings before the offense came through with a walkoff win in the bottom half of the inning. Ziegler owns a 2.47 ERA and 42:17 K:BB ratio in 47 1/3 innings.


Who's next in line to close?


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/8/2014) The funny thing about the closer role is that while innumerable relievers are capable of filling it, only 30 can at any one time, giving those 30 disproportionate value in Fantasy. And while in shallower leagues, 30 is more than enough to go around, in standard 12-team formats, it's a shortage. As a result, anticipating the next to enter the role is well worth your while.

Among all middle relievers, I believe Jake McGee, Jeurys Familia, Sergio Romo, Joaquin Benoit, Neil Ramirez, Brad Ziegler, Jason Grilli and Rex Brothers have the best chance of stepping into the closer role by the end of the month. To read up on them and their chances, check out my latest post to the Fantasy Baseball Today blog.


Brad Ziegler strikes out three in win vs. Brewers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/19/2014) Diamondbacks pitcher Brad Ziegler earned a win after striking out three of the four batters he faced in his team's 4-3 victory over the Brewers Wednesday.

Ziegler (3-1) forced the other batter he faced to fly out in the win, pitching 1 1/3 scoreless innings before his offense delivered a walkoff RBI single in the bottom of the ninth. He owns a 2.58 ERA and 33:14 K:BB ratio in 38 1/3 innings.


Brad Ziegler collects first save of the season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2014) Diamondbacks pitcher Brad Ziegler picked up his first save of the season Sunday afternoon at home against the Braves.

Ziegler entered the game in the ninth and surrendered a solo home run to Ramiro Pena to cut the lead in half. He allowed one run on one hit and no walks while striking out one in one inning of work. He owns a 2.70 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP in 33 1/3 innings of relief.

Brad Ziegler earns win despite giving up two runs Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/5/2014) Diamondbacks pitcher Brad Ziegler was awarded a win Wednesday despite giving up two runs (one earned) on two hits and one walk in two-thirds of an inning in his team's 16-8 win over the Rockies.

Ziegler (2-1) was charged with his third blown save after the Rockies took an 8-5 lead in the seventh inning, but he ended up with the win when the Diamondbacks offense racked up 11 runs in the final two innings. He owns a 2.70 ERA and 25:11 K:BB ratio in 30 innings.


Brad Ziegler works final two innings for first relief win


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2014) Diamondbacks pitcher Brad Ziegler worked the final two innings and picked up his first relief win of the season Monday night at home against the Padres.

Ziegler struck out three and allowed only two hits in two scoreless innings of work. A.J. Pollock smacked a walkoff two-run home run in the ninth to give Arizona a 7-5 victory. He owns a 2.30 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP in 27 1/3 innings.

Brad Ziegler expected to see most of his work as setup man


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2014) Diamondbacks pitcher Brad Ziegler is expected to be used in the eighth setting up closer Addison Reed, MLB.com reports. Ziegler has allowed only two earned runs over 18 innings of relief this season.

Diamondbacks, Brad Ziegler agree to two-year extension


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/20/2013) The Diamondbacks and pitcher Brad Ziegler have agreed to a two-year, $10.5-million contract extension with a club option for 2016, MLB.com reports.

Ziegler is set to earn $4.5 million in 2014 and $5 million in 2015, which would have been his first year of free agency. The club has a $5.5-million option for 2016 that includes a $1 million buyout. Ziegler went 8-1 with a 2.22 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 44:22 K:BB ratio and 13 saves in 73 innings over 77 appearances last season.


Brad Ziegler notches 13th save


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(9/30/2013) Diamondbacks reliever Brad Ziegler recorded his 13th save of the season in the club's finale against Washington.

Ziegler was excellent as he rose to the closer's role following the failures of J.J. Putz, David Hernandez and Heath Bell. Zeigler struck out two in his final appearance and lowered his ERA to 2.22.


Brad Zielger records 12th save


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2013) Diamondbacks reliever Brad Ziegler picked up his 12th save in Tuesday's extra-inning win over San Diego. 

Ziegler fired off a clean inning with a pair of strikeouts to lock down the 2-1 win. He owns a 2.28 ERA on the season.


Brad Ziegler cleans up own mess


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2013) Diamondbacks closer Brad Ziegler entered Monday's game at home in the ninth inning with a 2-1 lead over the Dodgers. After putting the first two runners on base with singles, Ziegler tightened up to record the save.

Ziegler struck out Matt Kemp to end the threat with runners on second and third. The two hits were all he'd allow for his 11th save. He needed 14 pitches to record three outs and his ERA is now at 2.26.

The closer has recorded saves in four straight appearances and hasn't allowed a run in seven straight games. He's 11 for 13 in save situations overall.

Brad Ziegler tallies 10th save


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2013) Diamondbacks closer Brad Ziegler induced three ground ball outs in a perfect inning Wednesday, earning his 10th save in his team's 4-1 win over the Dodgers.

Ziegler hasn't surrendered a base runner in any of his last five appearances, and he's retired the last 16 batters he's faced. The closer owns a 2.30 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 37:21 K:BB ratio in 66 2/3 innings.


Brad Ziegler records ninth save


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/8/2013) Diamondbacks closer Brad Ziegler picked up his ninth save in his team's 2-1 win over the Giants Saturday, pitching a 1-2-3 ninth inning while striking out no batters.

Ziegler has just one strikeout over his last four appearances but hasn't allowed any hits or walks in four innings over that stretch. He owns an 8-1 record, 2.33 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 37:21 K:BB ratio in 65 2/3 innings.


Brad Ziegler secures eighth save


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2013) Diamondbacks closer Brad Ziegler needed just eight pitches to complete a 1-2-3 ninth inning Thursday and pick up his eighth save in his team's 4-2 win over the Giants.

Ziegler hasn't given up any hits or walks in each of his last four outings while striking out two over four innings during that span. He owns a 2.37 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 37:21 K:BB ratio in 64 2/3 innings.


Brad Ziegler blows second save


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2013) Diamondbacks closer Brad Ziegler blew his second save chance in a row, though this one came two weeks after the first, as he could not seal the deal Tuesday against the Padres.

Ziegler allowed three hits and a walk without recording an out in the ninth inning, blowing a two-run lead and sending the game into extra innings. He was charged with two runs on three hits in one inning of owkr, without recording a strikeout. The Diamondbacks would go on to win the game, 10-9, in 10 innings. 

Ziegler has not had many opportunities for saves recently, having not closed out a game successfully since Aug. 7. He has allowed five runs in 9 1/3 innings since, with two blown saves and three wins. He is 7-1 with a 2.52 ERA on the season. 


Brad Ziegler blows save, collects win


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2013) Diamondbacks closer Brad Ziegler blew a save opportunity for the first time this season Monday but moved to 6-1 by collecting the win in his team's 7-6 walkoff victory over the Orioles.

Ziegler gave up one earned run on two hits and a walk while picking up a win in his second consecutive appearance. He owns a 2.19 ERA and 1.11 WHIP along with a 30:15 K:BB ratio in 53 1/3 innings.


Brad Ziegler picks up seventh save


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2013) Diamondbacks closer Brad Ziegler picked up his seventh save by pitching a scoreless ninth inning in Wednesday's 9-8 win over the Rays. He allowed one hit and one walk and did not record a strikeout.

Ziegler has allowed just one unearned run in his last 12 appearances while giving up 11 hits, walking three and striking out only six in 12 innings.


Brad Ziegler has 'pretty good' handle on closer's role


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2013) Diamondbacks reliever Brad Ziegler has thrived since stepping into the closer's role for Arizona. He's 6 for 6 in save opportunities since July 4 and has allowed only an unearned run in that 10-inning span.

"He's been good and he's handled the pressure pretty good," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said, per MLB.com. "He's kept the ball on the ground. That's kind of what we were thinking."

Part of Ziegler's success in 2013 has been his improvement against left-handed hitters. Coming into the season, lefties hit .300 against the right-hander reliever, so Ziegler spent the offseason working on his changeup. This season, lefties are hitting .260 with a .356 slugging percentage against Ziegler.

"The changeup, even the last few years, has always had good movement to it, but it was the command that was the problem," Ziegler said. "One of the issues I had with it last year is it was always falling out into the right-handed batter's box. So to a left-handed hitter, it was never in the zone, it was never over the plate. It was always starting out outside and moving further out. So it wasn't even a pitch they had to honor. It was just kind of a show pitch, but I wanted to make it more of a pitch that they had to respect, that they had to occasionally swing at, and hopefully not do a whole lot with it when they hit it."


Brad Ziegler wiggles out of jam for save


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2013) Diamondbacks closer Brad Ziegler played with fire but was able to get out of a jam in a 7-6 win over the Red Sox.

Ziegler allowed a pair of singles in the inning, putting the tying run on second base with just one out. He was able to induce a pair of easy outs from that point on, however, to escape trouble.

Ziegler now has six saves since assuming the closer's role in July. He has a 2.19 ERA and 1.07 WHIP on the season. 


Brad Ziegler earns save no. 5


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2013) Diamondbacks closer Brad Ziegler picked up his fifth save in his team's 3-1 win over the Cubs Thursday, giving up one hit and striking out one in a scoreless ninth inning. Since July 2, Ziegler has converted five save opportunites while pitching eight innings without allowing an earned run.

Arizona names Brad Ziegler closer


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2013) The Diamondbacks officially announced that they'll use reliever Brad Ziegler as their closer, FOX Sports reports Monday. 

The 33-year-old Ziegler has appeared in 51 games this season and has a 2.38 ERA with four saves and a 4-1 record. 


Brad Ziegler escapes with fourth save


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/21/2013) Diamondbacks reliever Brad Ziegler endured a shaky outing but escaped with his fourth save  Sunday afternoon against the Giants.

Ziegler allowed an unearned run on a Kensuke Tanaka fielder's choice. The right-hander permitted two hits in an inning of the 3-1 win. He has a 2.38 ERA and 1.06 WHIP in 51 relief appearances.

Brad Ziegler earns third save


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/14/2013) Diamondbacks reliever Brad Ziegler entered Saturday's contest against the Brewers in the ninth inning with a slim, one-run advantage.

The right-hander needed just 11 pitches as he retired the side in order to preserve a 5-4 win and his third save of the season. He has not yielded a run over his last five innings pitched. He owns a 2.44 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP through his first 44 1/3 innings pitched.

Brad Ziegler just a short-term fix


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5:51 pm ET) Seeing as he was the choice to close out a narrow victory for the Diamondbacks Thursday, Brad Ziegler appears to be the frontrunner for saves in Arizona now.

But he doesn't exactly have closer stuff and didn't last in the role for the Athletics earlier in his career. Plus, moving him out of his role only creates another hole.

Clearly, the Diamondbacks have no confidence in Heath Bell right now, and they seem to have lost faith in J.J. Putz as well. But weighing all the factors here, I'm thinking Ziegler is just a fill-in until they find someone better on the trade market.

If you need saves now, yeah, he's worth a flier, but he doesn't really solve the problem.


Brad Ziegler getting some chances


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(1:17 am ET) The Diamondbacks are going to be looking for other options at the end of games, as their two established veteran closers have been unable to get the job done. The early beneficiary of that decision appears to be Brad Ziegler, who earned his second save in a week Thursday against the Brewers.

Ziegler tossed a scoreless ninth for the save, as he preserved a 5-3 win. He allowed one hit and hit a batter, but was able to get out of the inning unscathed. He struck out one batter in the outing.

Ziegler now has a 2.49 ERA on the season, with two saves and 11 holds. He could see a few more save chances before the Diamondbacks' closer situation settles itself.