Brad Brach

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Brad Brach
Brad Brach.jpg
Tenure with the San Diego Padres
Baltimore Orioles – No. 35
Pitcher
Born: (1986-04-12) April 12, 1986 (age 28)
Freehold Township, New Jersey
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 31, 2011 for the San Diego Padres
Career statistics
(through July 1, 2014)
Win–loss record 4–6
Earned run average 3.76
Strikeouts 138
Teams

Brad Brach (/brɑːk/ brahk;[1] born April 12, 1986) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles of Major League Baseball. He pitched for the San Diego Padres from 2011 through 2013.

Amateur career[edit]

Brach grew up in Freehold Township, New Jersey, where he attended Freehold Township High School.[2] He was a starting pitcher for Monmouth University through his senior year and he holds the school record for career victories and strike-outs.[3]

Professional career[edit]

San Diego Padres[edit]

Brach was drafted by the San Diego Padres 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 7123 innings.

Brach was called up to the Major Leagues for the first time on August 31, 2011,[4] working 113 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 6623 innings.

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

Baltimore Orioles[edit]

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

Pitching style[edit]

Brach throws mostly just two pitches: a four-seam fastball at 90-94 mph and a slider at 80-85. Occasionally, he adds a splitter to lefties.[9][10]

Personal[edit]

Brach lives in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife, singer-songwriter Jenae Cherry.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Folkemer, Paul. "Orioles Option Evan Meek, Recall Brad Brach for Bullpen Help," PressBox Baltimore, Friday, May 2, 2014.
  2. ^ Staff. "Brach's no-hitter paces Hawks' win ", Atlanticville, April 19, 2007. Accessed April 4, 2013. "Brad Brach did something no Monmouth University pitcher has done in 17 years, pitch a no-hitter.... The Hawks' ace, a junior from Freehold Township, was two outs from a perfect game when he issued a walk to the Blackbirds' Dan Etkin with one out in the ninth on a 3-2 pitch.... At Freehold Township, Brach was the ace on the Patriot team that won the A North Division title and advanced to the Central Jersey Group IV final."
  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 June 21, 2014. 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 10 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "Padres place Tim Stauffer on DL". ESPN.com. Associated Press. April 5, 2012. Archived from the original on April 5, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Padres recall RHP Brad Brach from Triple-A Tucson". Padres Press Release. MLB.com. May 4, 2012. Retrieved 10 March 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 10 March 2013. 
  8. ^ Adams, Steve (November 25, 2013). "Orioles Acquire Brad Brach From Padres". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved November 25, 2013. 
  9. ^ "PITCHf/x Player Card: Brad Brach". BrooksBaseball.net. Retrieved 5 May 2012. 
  10. ^ Hayes, Reggie (8 September 2009). "Brach relishes role as cleanup guy". News-Sentinel (Fort Wayne, IN). Retrieved 5 May 2012. 
  11. ^ http://www.planitnorthwest.com/articles/2013/09/03/9f7e8e38b1d64915b5e94bed09e041f7/index.xml#.UqKY_KwUaSo

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