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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%: 92/84 | Average Draft Position: 109.59
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Orioles closer Zach Britton notches 12th save of the season


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(8:19 pm ET) Orioles closer Zach Britton worked a nearly perfect ninth inning on Wednesday in Baltimore's 5-4 win over the Astros, earning his 12th save of the season.

Britton got the first two outs of the inning without any issue, but allowed a double down the line to Jose Altuve. Then, Preston Tucker hit a shot to left field, but Travis Snider made a fantastic catch to finish the game. Britton lowered his ERA to 2.45 in 18 1/3 innings of work this season.


Orioles' Zach Britton earns 11th save Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2015) Orioles closer Zach Britton picked up his 11th save on Monday, tossing a 1-2-3 ninth inning in his team's 4-3 win over the Astros.

Britton struck out one while throwing just 10 pitches in the save. It's his fourth straight scoreless outing and his third without allowing a runner on base. He owns a 2.60 ERA and 23:3 K:BB ratio in 17 1/3 innings.


Orioles P Zach Britton picks up save against Mariners


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Orioles closer Zach Britton picked up his ninth save of the season during Thursday afternoon's 5-4 win over the Mariners. 

Britton entered the game in the top of the ninth inning and got two strikeouts and a groundout to seal the win for Baltimore. 

After a poor performance on May 16 against the Angels, Britton has fared well in his last two save opportunities. However, it's the first time since a May 3 game against the Rays that he's gone a full inning or more without allowing a hit. 


Orioles' Zach Britton picks up eighth save Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2015) Orioles closer Zach Britton gave up two hits on Sunday but was able to keep any runners from scoring to secure his eighth save in his team's 3-0 win over the Angels.

Britton had been off for several days when he took the mound in a nonsave situation Saturday and gave up three earned runs on four hits in one inning of work, and though he gave up a pair of two-out singles on Sunday, he fared much better in the save opportunity.

"If anything, I was just a little strong and that's kind of been an issue with me," Britton said of Saturday's outing, per MASNSports.com. "The more rest I get, the harder it is, especially right away. They were swinging the bats early, too. All the balls they hit well were balls that were up. It's just a matter of really making a conscious effort to throw the ball down.

"It's a frustrating outing because you know that you're getting your work in, but at the same time I don't want to give up hits and I don't want to give up runs. I want to keep the game close for our offense. It was a little frustrating that I couldn't get the ball down right away.

"Once we get on a roll, the opportunities will be there. Last year, I felt like I was in the game a lot. I haven't had that yet this year. Sometimes that helps, but if anything, I think you learn that you've got to stay focused. I know when I'm not getting a lot of chances, there are things I've got to focus on when I go out there. I can't just go out there and go through the motions. I've got to make a conscious effort to get the ball down. That's big."

Britton has recorded eight saves in nine chances and owns a 3.00 ERA and 20:3 K:BB ratio in 15 innings.


Orioles' Zach Britton allows two hits before slamming door for save


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/11/2015) Zach Britton (S, 7) came on in the ninth inning with a 5-2 lead for the Orioles and despite allowing two hits, Britton retired the side to earn the save against the Blue Jays.

Britton fanned the first two batters and then allowed consecutive singles before getting the third out.

Britton now has 18 strike outs in 13 innings this season.

Orioles' Zach Britton earns sixth save Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2015) Orioles closer Zach Britton recorded the final two outs of Saturday's 6-2 win over the Yankees to pick up his sixth save.

Britton was summoned to the mound with two runners on base and one out in the ninth, giving him a shot at a save, and he needed just six pitches to finish off the Yankees. Britton owns a 1.50 ERA and 16:3 K:BB ratio in 12 innings.


Orioles closer Zach Britton earns four-out save in win on Sunday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) Orioles closer Zach Britton worked a nearly perfect 1 1/3 innings in Baltimore's 4-2 win over the Rays on Sunday.

Britton came on with two outs in the eighth an a runner on first. He forced Jake Elmore into a groundout to end the threat. Then in the ninth, Britton allowed a lead off walk, but he would never reach home after Britton picked up two strikeouts before forcing Rene Rivera into a groundout to end the game.

Britton, who earned his fifth save of the year, lowered his ERA to 1.69 in 10 2/3 innings of work with 15 strikeouts and three walks.


Orioles closer Zach Britton thrives in non-save performance


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) Closers often don't perform well in non-save situations, but that could not be claimed about Orioles left-hander Zach Britton against the White Sox on Wednesday.

Britton entered in a blowout and promptly surrendered a single to Emilio Bonifacio. But he retired the next three batters, finishing with a flourish by fanning Adam LaRoche. He has 13 strikeouts in 9 1/3 innings this season.


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.