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Brad Brach (/brɑːk/ brahk;[1] born April 12, 1986) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the New York Mets of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the San Diego Padres, Baltimore Orioles, Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs. Brach was an All-Star in 2016.

Brad Brach
Brad Brach on August 28, 2014.jpg
Brach with the Baltimore Orioles in 2014
New York Mets – No. 29
Pitcher
Born: (1986-04-12) April 12, 1986 (age 33)
Freehold Township, New Jersey
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 31, 2011, for the San Diego Padres
MLB statistics
(through August 21, 2019)
Win–loss record35–26
Earned run average3.35
Strikeouts532
Teams
Career highlights and awards

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Amateur careerEdit

Brach grew up in Freehold Township, New Jersey, where he attended Freehold Township High School.[2] He enrolled at Monmouth University and played college baseball as a starting pitcher for the Monmouth Hawks through his senior year. He holds the school record for career wins and strikeouts.[3]

Professional careerEdit

San Diego PadresEdit

The San Diego Padres selected Brach in the 42nd round of the 2008 Major League Baseball draft; he was signed by the Padres' Northeast Scouting Director, Jim Bretz.[3] Brach spent 2009 with the Class-A Fort Wayne TinCaps and 2010 with the Class-A Advanced Lake Elsinore Storm pitching in relief. He was named the California League's Pitcher of the Year for 2010 after posting a 2.47 ERA and saving a league record 41 games in 62 appearances.[4] Brach began 2011 with the Double-A San Antonio Missions and was promoted to the Triple-A Tucson Padres in July. Between the two clubs he posted a 2.89 ERA and 94 strike-outs in 71​23 innings.

 
Brach pitching for the San Diego Padres in 2012

Brach was called up to the Major Leagues for the first time on August 31, 2011,[4] working 1​13 innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He stayed with the Padres through September, appearing in eight more games and finishing with a 5.14 ERA and 11 strike-outs.

Brach made the Padres' 2012 Opening Day roster, replacing an injured Tim Stauffer.[5] He was optioned to Triple-A Tucson on April 16 after five relief appearances, but was recalled on May 4.[6] He was optioned to Tucson again on June 28 to make room on the roster when Andrew Cashner returned as a starter, but was recalled on July 4 when Cashner was placed on the disabled list.[7] Brach remained with the Padres through the rest of 2012, posting a 3.78 ERA in 67 total appearances and striking out 75 against 33 walks in 66​23 innings.

Brach was designated for assignment by the Padres on November 20, 2013.

Baltimore OriolesEdit

Brach was traded to the Baltimore Orioles on November 25, 2013 in exchange for minor league RHP Devin Jones.[8]

Brach had a solid year in his first season with the Orioles, as he appeared in 46 regular season games with a 3.18 ERA. He struck out 54 batters, having a 7.8 K/9 ratio. Brach recorded his first ever win in the MLB Playoffs on October 3, 2014 against the Detroit Tigers.[9] In 2015, Brach appeared in 62 games out of the bullpen, throwing 79​13 innings, pitching to a 2.72 ERA and a 5-3 record. He held opponents to a .203 average and had 10.1 K/9.

In 2016, Brach was named to his first career All-Star game, along with fellow Orioles pitcher, Zach Britton. (Manny Machado, Matt Wieters, and Mark Trumbo were also selected from the Orioles).[10] Through the first half of the 2016 campaign, Brach posted a 6-1 record, 0.91 ERA and a 0.83 WHIP to accompany 58 strikeouts and 15 walks in 49​13 innings.[9] He led all Major League relievers in WAR at the break. Despite struggling in the second half, Brach finished the season making 71 appearances, throwing 79 innings, striking out a career-high 92 batters while picking up a career-high ten wins, 24 Holds, two saves and pitched to a 2.05 ERA. He tossed 1​13 innings and struck out two batters in the Orioles Wild Card game loss.

Brach opened the 2017 as the Orioles eighth inning, setup man. He assumed the role of closer early on in the season after teammate Zach Britton was placed on the DL. On April 19, 20 & 21, Brach earned saves in consecutive games. He became the fourth pitcher in Orioles history to record perfect saves in three consecutive days. On the season, Brach ended with a 3.18 ERA in 67 games while recording 18 saves. The following season, he assumed the closer role while Britton recovered from an offseason injury. Brach struggled through the first half, posting an ERA of 4.85 in 42 games with 11 saves.

Atlanta BravesEdit

On July 29, 2018, Brach was traded to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for international signing bonus slot money.[11] Down the stretch, Brach owned an ERA of 1.52 in 27 appearances for the Braves.

Chicago CubsEdit

On February 11, 2019, Brach signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the Chicago Cubs. The deal includes a mutual option for 2020. He struggled through inconsistency and control through 42 games, posting a career worst 6.13 ERA while walking batters at a 6.4 rate which was a career high. On August 3, 2019, the Cubs designated him for assignment.[12] On August 6, 2019, the Cubs officially released Brach.

New York MetsEdit

Brach signed with the New York Mets on August 9, 2019.[13]

Pitching styleEdit

Brach throws mostly two pitches: a four-seam fastball at 90-94 mph and a slider at 80-85. Occasionally, he adds a splitter to lefties.[14][15]

Personal lifeEdit

Brach lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife, singer-songwriter Jenae Cherry, who was born in Wonder Lake, Illinois.[16] Brach's younger brother, Brett also pitched for Monmouth and was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 2009 Major League Baseball draft.[citation needed] He played minor league baseball until 2014.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Karpovich, Todd. "Folkemer, Paul. "Orioles Option Evan Meek, Recall Brad Brach for Bullpen Help," ''PressBox Baltimore'', Friday, May 2, 2014". Pressboxonline.com. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  2. ^ Staff. "Brach's no-hitter paces Hawks' win" Archived July 3, 2013, at the Wayback Machine, Atlanticville, April 19, 2007. Accessed April 4, 2013.
  3. ^ a b Brock, Corey (September 15, 2011). "Brach Beat Long Odds to Reach Padres Bullpen: Rookie Righthander Was Selected in 42nd Round of 2008 Draft". MLB.com. Archived from the original on October 23, 2013. Retrieved June 21, 2014.
  4. ^ a b Center, Bill (August 31, 2011). "Pregame Preview: Plunging Padres end trip in L.A." The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved March 10, 2013.
  5. ^ "Padres place Tim Stauffer on DL". ESPN.com. Associated Press. April 5, 2012. Archived from the original on June 10, 2015.
  6. ^ "Padres recall RHP Brad Brach from Triple-A Tucson". Padres Press Release. MLB.com. May 4, 2012. Retrieved March 10, 2013.
  7. ^ "Padres place RHP Andrew Cashner on 15-day DL, recall RHP Brad Brach from Triple-A Tucson". Padres Press Release. MLB.com. July 4, 2012. Retrieved March 10, 2013.
  8. ^ Adams, Steve (November 25, 2013). "Orioles Acquire Brad Brach From Padres". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved November 25, 2013.
  9. ^ a b Feb 233:05 PM ET (August 31, 2011). "Brad Brach Stats, News, Pictures, Bio, Videos - Chicago Cubs - ESPN". Espn.go.com. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  10. ^ Castrovince, Anthony (May 24, 2018). "2016 MLB All-Star Game rosters announced | MLB.com". M.mlb.com. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  11. ^ Park, Do-Hyoung (July 29, 2018). "Braves land righty reliever Brach from O's". MLB.com. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  12. ^ Bastian, Jordan (February 11, 2019). "Cubs, reliever Brach complete deal". MLB.com. MLB. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  13. ^ https://www.mlb.com/news/brad-brach-signs-with-mets
  14. ^ "PITCHf/x Player Card: Brad Brach". BrooksBaseball.net. Retrieved May 5, 2012.
  15. ^ Hayes, Reggie (September 8, 2009). "Brach relishes role as cleanup guy". News-Sentinel (Fort Wayne, IN). Archived from the original on September 4, 2012. Retrieved May 5, 2012.
  16. ^ "Cherry and Brach". Planit Northwest. Retrieved February 4, 2019.

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