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Brad Ziegler
Birthdate: 10/10/1979 (37 y, 5 m, 16 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 6-4/195     Position: P
Drafted: 2003 June Amateur Draft - Round: 20, Pick: 18, Overall: 595, Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Contract: $16M / 2 Years (2017 - 2018)
RotoWire News: Ziegler has yet to make a Grapefruit League appearance this spring as the Marlins attempt to keep NL East hitters from getting a good look at his submarine delivery, The Miami Herald reports. "It's only deceptive to someone that doesn't see it all the time," Ziegler said Thursday. "I'm coming to a new division, and I'm going to be facing new teams more than I ever have in the past, and I'm trying to keep that deception there as long as possible." (3/10/2017)
Profiles:  2010  2012  2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: The 37-year old Ziegler has never averaged 88 mph on any of pitches over the course of a season and yet he’s maintained a career earned run average of 2.44 in nearly 600 innings at the big league level. That’s impressive, as is his ability to consistently induce worm-burning ground balls (career 66%) and suppress home runs (just 0.26 HR/9 last year), which are both skills that, combined with his 52 saves over the past two seasons, make Ziegler an intriguing lower tier relief pitcher that might get a shot to close some games for the Marlins in 2017. More impressive yet is that Ziegler continues to reinvent himself, striking out a higher percentage of batters last season (20%) than at any point in his career thanks to another career high improvement: inducing batters to swing and miss inside the strike zone 12% of the time. There’s still a long way to go (and very little clock left) before Ziegler ever reinvents himself as a true strikeout artist, but those extra punchouts don’t hurt, and neither do the larger dimensions of his new home ballpark in Miami (second only to AT&T at suppressing the home run in 2016). Don’t make Ziegler a centerpiece of your bullpen this season, but don’t overlook him simply due to age or “stuff”, either. (Trey Baughn)

The Quick Opinion: Brad Ziegler is a ground ball machine, and now that he’ll have a prominent role in one of the most home run suppressing ballparks in baseball, he’s a good bet to succeed yet again, despite pedestrian “stuff”. Draft Ziegler with confidence as a cheap late round reliever with relevance and keep your fingers crossed that he finds himself in the mix for a few saves, too.

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