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Zach Putnam
Birthdate: 7/3/1987 (29 y, 8 m, 23 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 6-2/225     Position: P
Drafted: 2008 June Amateur Draft - Round: 5, Pick: 29, Overall: 171, Team: Cleveland Indians
Contract: $1.1M / 1 Years (2017)
RotoWire News: Putnam (elbow) fired 1.1 scoreless innings in his spring debut Tuesday. (2/28/2017)
Profiles:  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: Putnam was one of the best things going in the White Sox bullpen before needing season-ending surgery on his elbow in early August. Ultimately, Putnam threw just 27.1 innings but fanned more than a batter per inning and kept his walks relatively in check, as he finally synced up his previous two seasons in which he'd had one great strikeout rate and one good walk rate, but neither in the same campaign. If healthy, Putnam will be interesting in the back of a bullpen that may not have David Robertson if the team completes the teardown over the offseason. He could still stand to add some grounders back to his profile — he induced a career-low 40.3% rate in 2016 — but ultimately he has the look of a solid back-end reliever if everything comes together for him. What he lacks in velocity (90.6 mph average fastball) he makes up for by relying heavily on a split-finger which induced a 23.1% whiff rate and an OPS against of just .553. He may be behind Nate Jones in the bullpen hierarchy on the South Side, but he's a really, really interesting arm. (@Brandon_Warne)

The Quick Opinion: There's deep closer sleeper potential here and potential utility in holds leagues. Unfortunately, neither of those are that appealing if the White Sox aren't going to be good - which appears to be the case.

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2012-06-26COLWSN0-2.5  -3.6  -1.6      
2012-04-25COL@PIT0-1.9-7.4 -5.6  4.7