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57 Zach Putnam RP
Height/Weight: 6-2/225 | Birthdate: 7/3/1987 | Birthplace: Rochester, MI | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Chicago | College: Michigan | MLB Experience: 4 | Owned/Started%: 17/13 | Average Draft Position: 1413.00
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Your daily White Sox closer assessment


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/22/2014) You may recall White Sox manager Robin Ventura had this to say after Zach Putnam bailed out Jake Petricka with two outs in the ninth inning Saturday for his second save in as many days:

"Unfortunately, I don't have a guy that you're just going to leave out there, saying that's your closer," Ventura said.

But the second half of that quote may actually say more:

"I like Put's swing-and-miss ability with some lefties, and that's the reason."

"Put," of course, is Putnam, who struck out left-handed hitter Jason Castro with two runners on to secure the save Saturday. But looking back on it, the most interesting part of Putnam bailing out Petricka is that it happened immediately after the second out, not after the second runner reached base. If a right-handed hitter was due up instead of Castro, Ventura may have just let Petricka finish out the inning.

Which explains why Ventura went back to Petricka in the ninth inning Monday. Two right-handed hitters were due up.

After weeks of trying to discern what's happening at the back end of the White Sox bullpen, we may finally have an answer: It's a lefty-righty platoon. Considering they're not so great individually anyway, perhaps you should leave both Putnam and Petricka for the deepest of Rotisserie leagues.


Zach Putnam pulls ahead of Jake Petricka?


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/21/2014) White Sox reliever Zach Putnam recorded two saves this weekend, but only the first was conventional. He struck out two in a perfect ninth inning against the Astros Friday. 

Manager Robin Ventura handed the ball to Jake Petricka in the ninth inning of a one-run game Saturday, but after he put two on, Ventura turned to Putnam, who struck out Jason Castro to end the game.

Ventura wouldn't commit to a single closer after the game, but Saturday wasn't the first time Petricka faltered in a high-leverage situation this month. His poor outing July 9 contributed to a come-from-behind win for the Red Sox. Ventura did say he prefers Putnam against left-handed batters, which would support a platoon, but I get the sense Putnam is beginning to distinguish himself.

As I wrote in my latest post to the Fantasy Baseball Today blog breaking down the more questionable closer situations in baseball, he's the reliever to own for the White Sox right now.


ChiSox leaning on two relievers in save opportunities


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Sunday relievers Zach Putnam and Jake Petricka are the top candidates to be used in save situations, according to MLB.com. Putnam picked up saves Friday and Saturday against the Astros, and Petricka has three saves this season.

Zach Putnam records final out Saturday for fifth save


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2014) White Sox pitcher Zach Putnam struck out the only batter he faced Saturday to earn his fifth save in his team's 4-3 win over the Astros.

Putnam threw five pitches, all for strikes, to his lone opponent, giving him saves in back-to-back outings to open the second half. He owns a 2.41 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 32:13 K:BB ratio in 37 1/3 innings.


Zach Putnam saves third game


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/18/2014) White Sox reliever Zach Putnam picked up his third save Friday against the Astros.

Putnam entered the game with a one-run lead. He tossed a perfect ninth inning, striking out two hitters. Putnam lowered his ERA to 2.43 with the outing. 


Candidates emerging in White Sox bullpen


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/7/2014) After using him much like a team would use its closer in a tie game Wednesday, the White Sox brought in Zach Putnam to pitch the ninth inning of a one-run game Saturday against the Mariners only to watch him blow it. They'd go on to lose in the 14th inning.

So when they had another save opportunity Sunday against those same Mariners, they instead turned to Jake Petricka ... in the eighth inning, that is.

Because Putnam's blown save wasn't the most epic of meltdowns, especially when you consider one of those runs was charged to Eric Surkamp, and because Petricka wasn't used like a traditional closer Sunday, I'm not sure either is a clear front-runner right now. But I do believe one of the two will get the White Sox's next save.

My guess is Putnam so that the White Sox can keep Petricka available for multiple innings, but both deserve to be owned in leagues where saves are scarce.


Zach Putnam blows save Saturday vs. Mariners


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/5/2014) White Sox pitcher Zach Putnam was charged with a blown save Saturday after giving up one earned run on three hits in one inning of action in his team's 3-2, 14-inning loss to the Mariners.

Putnam wasn't brought in to start the ninth inning with his team up 2-0, but he was quickly summoned after the leadoff batter drew a walk. After giving up a hit to the first batter he faced, he was able to record the first out of the inning but saw the inherited runner score when the next batter delivered a sacrifice fly. The Mariners managed consecutive two-out singles to tie the game before Putnam escaped the inning. After taking his first blown save, Putnam owns a 2.41 ERA and 27:12 K:BB ratio in 33 2/3 innings.


Zach Putnam used like a closer would be


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/3/2014) The White Sox didn't have a save situation Wednesday and still haven't had one since Zach Putnam recorded a save Saturday at Toronto. But of course, a save situation isn't the only situation in which a team uses its closer, and manager Robin Ventura may have tipped his hand for his preferred choice for the role with the way he used Putnam Wednesday.

Because the home team always bats last, its only chance for a save is the ninth inning, so it often uses its closer in the ninth inning of a tie game just to ensure the game stays tied.

Putnam pitched the ninth inning of Wednesday's game against the Angels, which is how he ended up with the win.

Of course, he technically entered with two outs in the eighth, which isn't normally how a team uses its closer, so if we're going to read into which way Ventura is leaning based on how he uses his relievers in non-save situations, we can't just ignore that.

But considering Putnam got the last save, I'm willing to bet he gets the next one, too. He may not profile as a closer in terms of pure stuff, but with a 2.20 ERA and 1.07 WHIP, he's the best the White Sox have.


Zach Putnam picks up a save Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2014) White Sox reliever Zach Putnam picked up a save Saturday against the Blue Jays.

The White Sox said prior to the game that they would go with a committee approach at closer, and Putnam got the first chance to succeed. He entered the game to get an out in the eighth inning, and remained in the game for the ninth. 

Putnam did run into some trouble during the outing. He allowed a leadoff double to begin the ninth, and followed it up with an RBI single to cut the team's lead to just one run. Putnam was then able to retire the last three hitters without an issue. He tossed 1 1/3 innings, allowing three hits and one run.


Zach Putnam on a roll


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2014) White Sox reliever Zach Putnam has a 0.86 ERA over his last 17 outings, including 15 scoreless appearances, notes ESPN.com. Putnam has 19 strikeouts in 25 1/3 innings and boasts a 1.03 WHIP.

He's 2-1 with a 1.42 ERA overall, but has not gotten a save opportunity.


Where else do the White Sox turn for saves?


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/29/2014) We've said it before, but with Ronald Belisario blowing two of his five save opportunities -- and nearly two more -- in his first week and a half on the job, the White Sox have to turn to Daniel Webb pretty soon here, right?

Not that trying out Belisario in the role (which is still technically his, by the way) was a bad call. He's been an effective late-inning reliever before and has been one of the more consistent strike-throwers out of the White Sox bullpen this year. But clearly, he isn't getting a job done.

While he certainly wouldn't pass as a strike-thrower, issuing 18 walks in 26 1/3 innings, Webb has been one of the White Sox's more reliable relievers this season. His ERA isn't as low as Zach Putnam's or Jake Petricka's, but he throws hard, which is what most teams want in a closer, and has a 1.35 ERA in his last 11 appearances.

If Robin Ventura doesn't turn to Webb next, opting for Putnam, Petricka or -- who knows? -- Javy Guerra instead, he's clearly making a deliberate effort to avoid the young right-hander, perhaps because he doesn't trust him to throw strikes.

And perhaps he shouldn't. Truth be told, whoever claims the closer role for the White Sox is about the last closer I'd want in Fantasy, even behind Chad Qualls.


Zach Putnam earns win Monday with two scoreless innings


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2014) White Sox pitcher Zach Putnam picked up a win Monday after pitching two scoreless innings in his team's 7-6 victory over the Royals.

Putnam (2-0) struck out one and walked one while not giving up any hits in the fifth and six innings, and it was enough to earn him a win after starter Scott Carroll exited with just four innings in the bank. Putnam owns a 1.45 ERA and 12:7 K:BB ratio in 18 2/3 innings.


Zach Putnam gets the call Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2014) The White Sox have called up reliever Zach Putnam from Triple-A Thursday.

Putnam will replace Donnie Veal on the 25-man roster, and should provide a fresh arm after the White Sox used all their relievers Wednesday night. Putnam has appeared briefly with three teams, posting a career 8.53 ERA in 12 2/3 innings.


White Sox send six to minor-league camp


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2014) The White Sox reassigned six players to minor-league camp Friday, including catcher Hector Gimenez, infielders Micah Johnson and Alex Liddi, outfielder Blake Tekotte and pitchers Zach Putnam and David Purcey.

White Sox hand out 21 invites to spring training


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2014) The White Sox announced Tuesday they handed out 21 non-roster invites to spring training. The list was headlined by prospects Micah Johnson and Chris Beck, who are considered among the White Sox's top 10 prospects by Baseball America.

The 11 pitchers invited to spring training were Beck, Dylan Axelrod, Chris Bassitt, Parker Frazier, Brian Omogrosso, Omar Poveda, David Purcey, Zach Putnam, Mauricio Robles and Scott Snodgress.

The remaining spring invites included three catchers -- Hector Gimenez, Miguel Gonzalez, Kevan Smith -- four infielders -- Johnson, Alex Liddi, Mike McDade, Andy Wilkins -- and three outfielders -- Denis Phipps, Blake Tekotte, Keenyn Walker.


Cubs outright six players off 40-man roster


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(10/9/2013) The Cubs outrighted six players off their 40-man roster, MLB.com reports Wednesday.

Outfielder Darnell McDonald, catcher J.C. Boscan and pitcher Trey McNutt all cleared waivers and were outrighted. Additionally, pitchers Rafael Dolis and Zach Putnam and outfielder Thomas Neal were activated from the 60-day disabled list, cleared waivers and were outrighted.


Zach Putnam undergoes elbow surgery


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2013) Cubs pitcher Zach Putnam underwent a procedure Friday to remove bone spurs in his right elbow, and it remains unclear if he will pitch again this season. He has been out since June with an injury, and is currently on the 60-day disabled list.

Zach Putnam transferred to 60-day disabled list


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/28/2013) The Cubs transferred pitcher Zach Putnam to the 60-day disabled list Friday. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list on June 12 with a bone spur in his elbow.

Zach Putnam has bone spur in elbow


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(6/13/2013) Cubs reliever Zach Putnam has a bone spur in his elbow, according to ESPNChicago.com.

The injury was confirmed by manager Dale Sveum. The team knew Putnam had a bone spur but had him undergo an MRI to make sure there was no other damage to the arm. Putnam has not spoken to the doctor regarding the MRI results.

In 3 1/3 innings, Putnam has an 18.90 ERA. 


Cubs place Zach Putnam on disabled list


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(6/12/2013) The Cubs have placed reliever Zach Putnam on the 15-day disabled list with elbow soreness, the Chicago Tribune reports. He has allowed seven runs on nine hits over 3 1/3 innings.

Zach Putnam exits with elbow injury


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/12/2013) Cubs pitcher Zach Putnam was forced out of Tuesday's game against the Reds with an elbow injury.

Putnam was pulled after allowing three consecutive hits to start the eighth inning. He was charged with three runs on three hits without recording an out. Putnam, who has battled bone spurs in the past, will have an MRI on his elbow, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Zach Putnam gets the call


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/30/2013) The Cubs purchased the contract of pitcher Zach Putnam from Triple-A Iowa Thursday and brought him to the bullpen. Putnam fills the roster spot cleared by the option of Alex Burnett to Iowa.

Putnam last appeared in the majors with the Rockies, tossing two scoreless innings in 2012. He had a 3.26 ERA in 19 1/3 innings at Triple-A. 


Putnam back at Triple-A


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2012) The Rockies optioned reliever Zach Putnam to Triple-A Colorado Springs Wednesday.