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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: 4 | Owned/Started%: 87/78 | Average Draft Position: 103.10
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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.


Zach Britton saves his 27th game Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Orioles pitcher Zach Britton picked up his 27th save Wednesday against the White Sox.

Britton was called upon to close out a one-run game and didn't disappoint. He was able to induce two groundouts immediately. The White Sox brought in pinch-hitter Tyler Flowers with two outs in the inning, but Britton managed to strike him out for the victory. Britton threw 11 pitches during the outing, seven of which were strikes. 


Zach Britton finishes off 4-1 win for 26th save


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2014) Orioles closer Zach Britton worked a scoreless ninth inning to record his 26th save during a 4-1 win Sunday against the Indians.

Britton opened the bottom of the ninth by getting Michael Brantley to ground out. He walked Carlos Santana on four pitches, but finished off the win by getting Jason Kipnis to ground into a double play.

Britton has recorded five saves in August, but Sunday was his first scoreless appearance in his last three outings.


Zach Britton saves number 25


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2014) Orioles reliever Zach Britton saved his 25th game Wednesday.

Britton entered with a three-run lead, but managed to run into some trouble. After giving up a walk and double, Britton allowed a run to score on a groundout. With the tying run at the plate, he was able to induce a game-ending groundout. Britton lowered his ERA to 2.11 following the outing.


Zach Britton slams door shut on Toronto


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2014) Orioles closer Zach Britton needed 14 pitches to toss a perfect ninth inning for the save Thursday night against Toronto. He has converted 24 of 27 save chances, with a 1.56 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP over 57 2/3 innings of relief.

Zach Britton earns 23rd save Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) Orioles closer Zach Britton picked up his 23rd save Sunday, giving up no hits and one walk while striking out one in a scoreless ninth inning to finish off his team's 1-0 win over the Mariners.

Britton hadn't walked a batter in nine post-break appearances before issuing a free pass Sunday, but the runner didn't come back to haunt him. He's successfully converted eight straight save opportunities after blowing his first chance after the break. Britton owns a 1.59 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 49:15 K:BB ratio in 56 2/3 innings.


Zach Britton makes quick work of Mariners


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2014) Orioles closer Zach Britton made quick work of the Mariners Friday night for the save. He needed only eight pitches to retire the side in order to close out a 2-1 victory. The right-hander has converted 22 of 25 save attempts, with a 1.62 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP over 55 2/3 innings of relief.

Zach Britton delivers 21st save Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Orioles closer Zach Britton earned his 21st save Wednesday, giving up one hit and striking out one in a scoreless ninth inning to finish off his team's 4-3 win over the Angels.

Britton has seen a lot of action since the All-Star break, making eight appearances in the last 13 days. While he was rocked in his first post-break outing (three runs, no outs), he's been excellent since, giving up just two hits and no walks in 6 1/3 scoreless innings. Britton owns a 1.65 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and 48:14 K:BB ratio in 54 2/3 innings.


Zach Britton strikes out the side Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Orioles reliever Zach Britton struck out the side for his 20th save Sunday.

Britton entered the game with a one-run lead in the bottom of the 10th inning. He struck out Kyle Seager on four pitches, Corey Hart on five pitches and Logan Morrison on three. Britton lowered his ERA to 1.71 with the outing.