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53 Zach Britton RP
Height/Weight: 6-3/195 | Birthdate: 12/22/1987 | Birthplace: Panorama, CA | Bats/Throws: L/L | Team: Baltimore | College: None | MLB Experience: 5 | Owned/Started%: 95/89 | Average Draft Position: 109.42
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Orioles closer Zach Britton blows one-run lead in ninth


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/25/2015) Orioles closer Zach Britton failed to hold a one-run lead in the top of the ninth inning to the Red Sox Saturday and blew his first save of the season.

Britton walked Dustin Pedroia to leadoff of the top of the ninth inning and then allowed two infield singles before third baseman Manny Machado's throwing error allowed the tying run to score.

Orioles closer Zach Britton throws perfect ninth to collect fourth save


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/18/2015) Orioles closer Zach Britton pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning, striking out two, Saturday against the Red Sox to pick up his fourth save of the season.

Orioles' Zach Britton strikes out two in save Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) Orioles closer Zach Britton allowed one hit and one walk Wednesday but pitched a scoreless inning and struck out two to earn his third save in his team's 7-5 win over the Yankees.

Britton was able to strike out the leadoff batter Wednesday before giving up a one-out double. After another strikeout, a two-out walk brought the potential go-ahead run to the plate, but Britton was able to retire the batter to end the game. It was his second appearance in as many nights after recording a four-out save Tuesday.

"He's fine. He only threw 12 pitches yesterday," manager Buck Showalter said after the game, per masnsports.com. "I thought he was pretty sharp again tonight. He was using his breaking ball more, which gives him another weapon.

Britton has posted a 1.69 ERA and 8:1 K:BB ratio in 5 1/3 innings.


Zach Britton gets four-out save for Orioles


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Orioles closer Zach Britton earned his second save of the season in Tuesday's win over the Yankees. 

Britton entered with the tying run on second base in the eighth inning and escaped the jam. He then retired the side in order in the ninth for a four-out save. He retired Alex Rodriguez for the final out. 

"I knew that was probably going to be the situation," he said, per MASN Sports. "Just focus on making good pitches."

Britton lowered his ERA to 2.08 on the season. 


Orioles' Zach Britton allows run in non-save situation


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) Orioles closer Zach Britton pitched the ninth inning of a 7-1 win over Toronto. Britton gave up a run in the non-save situation, allowing a leadoff double and a two-out RBI single. He struck out one and threw 11 of 15 pitches for strikes. 

The outing brought Britton's ERA to 3.00 for the year. 


Orioles' Zach Britton strikes out three for first save of the year


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2015) Orioles closer Zach Britton tossed one perfect inning Tuesday, striking out all three batters he faced to earn his first save of the season in Baltimore's 5-4 win over the Rays.

"The amount of movement he gets on a fastball, it's like a cartoon. It's like a video game. It's crazy," Kevin Gausman said of Britton after the game, per MASN Sports.

Britton labored through the at-bats a bit, needing 23 pitches to dispatch of Tim Beckham, Kevin Kiermaier and Brandon Guyer in the ninth. He was 2-2 with a 2.55 ERA and five saves against the Rays in his career coming into the game.

He begins the year with a perfect 0.00 ERA.


Zach Britton pitches ninth in non-save situation for Orioles


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) Zach Britton finished the Orioles' 6-2 Opening Day win over the Rays, even though it wasn't a save situation. 

Britton started the ninth with a four-run lead. He struck out two in a scoreless ninth. The only baserunner he allowed reached when Britton threw a wild pitch on strike three. 

Britton threw 19 pitches, 12 for strikes. 


Orioles' Britton more focused on fastball command than throwing slurve


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2015) Orioles closer Zach Britton didn't need to rely much on a breaking ball last season, as his two-seam fastball was effective in helping him close out 37 games.

However, Britton said he worked on adding a slurve -- hybrid curveball and slider -- to his repertoire this spring in case he needs another pitch to stay ahead of hitters.

"I've gotten really good results with it over the course of my career, but last year I didn't get to throw it very much," he said, per MASNsports.com. "New role and I didn't want to get beat with my second-best pitch. Even in spring training, we preach fastball command, so I really got away from my breaking ball. I've worked to incorporate the breaking ball more this year at spring training...

"Hitters will make adjustments, but it's not this big thing where you have to change everything you do. At the end of the day, if I locate a fastball, they can know it's coming -- and toward the end of last year they did -- but if I locate it, I will get outs."


O's closer Zach Britton will not let 2014 success change his approach


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/5/2015) Orioles reliever Zach Britton said his success as a full-time closer in 2014 will not change the way he prepares for the 2015 season, according to The Baltimore Sun. After taking over the closer's role in May, Britton went on to finish the season with 37 saves in 41 chances.

“I try not to treat it like that,” he said. “I feel like you’ve got to go in with the same mindset I had last year. I think it worked out pretty good, so I’ve got to just take that same mindset, not feel like I’m entitled or have anything in the bag or anything. That’s when you maybe get off to a slow start during the season. I don’t want that to happen, I want to be ready to go in the spring, have a good spring. I think that’s just being competitive. I want to have a good spring, I don’t want to have to ease my way in. that’s kind of the mindset I’ve had going into this year.”

Britton added he is particularly motivated after he struggled in the postseason. While he did record two saves in the ALDS, he allowed two runs on five hits and five walks in 4 2/3 postseason innings.

“We wanted to go farther than we did, and personally I wanted to be a little better than I was a couple of those last outings in the postseason, but looking back, there’s some positives from each of those outings,” Britton said. “They didn’t end as great as I wanted to, not as good as the regular season, but I learned a lot…as my first year out of the bullpen, not just being the closer but being [in] the bullpen, what I need to do. I’ve talked to (pitching coach) Dave (Wallace) and (bullpen coach) Dom (Chiti) a lot about having a better routine this year and continuing to grow in that role.”


Orioles, Zach Britton avoid arbitration


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/4/2015) The Orioles and pitcher Zach Britton have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.2-million deal for 2015, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports.

Britton also has $300,000 worth of performance bonuses based on games finished, beginning with 45 finished games. The pitcher submitted for $4.2 million in January while the team offered $2.2 million, so Britton's base salary falls right at the midway point between the two sides.

Britton spent his first year exclusively in the bullpen in 2014 and racked up 37 saves in 71 appearances while posting a 1.65 ERA and 62:23 K:BB ratio in 76 1/3 innings.


Report: Orioles heading for arbitration with three players


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) The Orioles appear to be heading for arbitration with Zach Britton, Miguel Gonzalez and Ryan Flaherty, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Britton submitted for $4.2 million while the team offer $2.2 million for the 27-year-old. He pitched 76 1/3 innings in 2014, with 37 saves and a 1.65 ERA.

Gonzalez filed for $3.95 million while Baltimore offered $2.5 million. Gonzalez made $529K in 2014, when he posted a 10-9 record with a 3.23 ERA and 111 strikeouts.

Flaherty filed for $1.5 million and the Orioles offered $900K. The 28-year-old made $522K in 2014, when he hit .221 with a .356 slugging percentage.


Report: Orioles won't consider moving Britton into rotation


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/31/2014) The Orioles are not considering moving closer Zach Britton into the starting rotation, according to MASNSports.com, which is citing the team's six candidates for five spots and his brilliance out of the bullpen in 2014.

Britton, who was a starter until last season, posted a 3-2 record with 37 saves in 41 chances after assuming his role in mid-May. He was among three American League closers with 30 saves or more and a save percentage of 90 percent or better.

He was reaching nearly 100 miles an hour on his fastball, which has some calling for his return to the rotation next year.


O's tender contracts to all 11 arbitration-eligible players


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) As expected, the Orioles announced Tuesday they have tendered contracts to all 11 arbitration-eligible players. Those players include: Catcher Matt Wieters, infielders Chris Davis, Ryan Flaherty and Steve Pearce, outfielder Alejandro De Aza, right-handers Miguel Gonzalez, Tommy Hunter, Bud Norris and Chris Tillman and left-handers Zach Britton and Brian Matusz.

Orioles' Zach Britton leaves team for birth of child


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/6/2014) Orioles pitcher Zach Britton has left the team to attend the birth of his child, according to MLB.com. Britton is expected to be back with the team by the start of the ALCS against the Royals.

Zach Britton picks up Game 2 save vs. Tigers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/3/2014) Orioles pitcher Zach Britton earned a save Friday, striking out one in a 1-2-3 ninth inning to close out his team's 7-6 win over the Tigers in Game 2 of the American League Division Series.

Britton was in line to pick up a save in Game 1, recording the final out in the top of the eighth inning to preserve a 4-3 lead, but the Orioles exploded for eight runs in the bottom of the eighth and the closer was removed rather than pitch after a long wait. He's retired all four batters he's faced over the first two games of the series, and he should be available if needed in Game 3 Sunday in Detroit.


Zach Britton strikes out two in 36th save


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/23/2014) Orioles closer Zach Britton earned his 36th save Tuesday, giving up one hit and striking out two in a scoreless ninth inning to finish off his team's 5-4 win over the Yankees.

Britton had managed just two strikeouts over his last eight appearances combined before posting a pair of Ks Tuesday. More importantly, he hasn't surrendered a run in 14 2/3 innings over his last 15 appearances. Britton owns a 1.70 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and 61:22 K:BB ratio in 74 1/3 innings.


Zach Britton closes out Blue Jays


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/15/2014) Orioles closer Zach Britton worked his way around a hit and a walk in a scoreless ninth inning to close out a 5-2 victory over Toronto. He has converted 35 of 39 save chances, with a 1.74 ERA and a 0.91 WHIP over 72 1/3 innings of work.

Zach Britton earns 34th save Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2014) Orioles closer Zach Britton picked up his 34th save Tuesday, giving up a hit and a walk but pitching a scoreless ninth inning in his team's 4-1 win over the Red Sox.

Britton needed 23 pitches to get through the outing, but he was able to rebound with a successful conversion after suffering a blown save on an unearned run in his previous outing. Britton owns a 1.79 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and 57:20 K:BB ratio in 70 1/3 innings.


Zach Britton blows save on unearned run Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2014) Orioles closer Zach Britton took a blown save Sunday, allowing an unearned run on one hit and one walk in his team's 7-5, 11-inning win over the Rays.

Britton watched the first runner of the ninth inning reach base on a throwing error by the shortstop, and that runner would eventually come around to score the game-tying run. He hasn't given up an earned run since Aug. 13. Britton owns a 1.82 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 57:19 K:BB ratio in 69 1/3 innings.


Zach Britton closes out Reds


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2014) Orioles pitcher Zach Britton allowed one hit and needed 14 pitches to toss a scoreless frame for the save Thursday night against Cincinnati. He has converted 33 of 36 save chances, with a 1.84 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP over 68 1/3 innings of work.

Zach Britton saves No. 32 Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2014) Orioles pitcher Zach Britton picked up his 32nd save Tuesday against the Reds.

Britton entered with a one-run lead, and managed to make things interesting. After picking up a ground out to start the inning, Britton put men on first and third after giving up a double and a single. With the tying run 90 feet away, Britton managed to pick up a game-ending double-play. The play was reviewed, and the call was upheld, ending the game. 


Zach Britton retires final two batters for the save Sunday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2014) Orioles closer Zach Britton needed four pitches to retire the final two batters of the game to secure a 12-8 win and the save Sunday at home against the Twins. Britton has converted 31 of 34 save chances, with a 1.90 ERA and a 0.84 WHIP over 66 1/3 innings of relief.

Zach Britton strikes out two in perfect frame for the save


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/30/2014) Orioles closer Zach Britton struck out two and needed 13 pitches to secure a 1-2-3 inning for the save Saturday night against the Twins. He has converted 30 of 33 save chances, with a 1.92 ERA and a 0.85 WHIP over 65 2/3 innings of relief.

Zach Britton picks up another save


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Orioles closer Zach Britton picked up his 29th save Thursday against the Rays.

Britton entered with a one-run lead, and didn't disappoint. He tossed a perfect inning, forcing three groundouts. Britton threw eight pitches, five of which were strikes. 


Zach Britton saves No. 28


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2014) Orioles pitcher Zach Britton notched his 28th save Tuesday against the Rays.

Britton entered the game with a two-run lead and didn't disappoint. He tossed a perfect inning, inducing two groundballs and one strikeout. Britton threw 10 pitches, including seven strikes. He lowered his ERA to 1.98.