Brad Brach
Brad Brach
33-Year-Old PitcherRP
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Brach had showcased closer-worthy skills while setting up Zach Britton, but once he got the job, he did not look as good as he did as a setup guy. His strikeout rate has fallen five percentage points each of the past three seasons while his walk rate has crept up into the risky territory for high-leverage relievers. Bad defense behind him last year led to a terrible run of batted-ball fortune as his WHIP skyrocketed, and yet he was still able to post a decent ERA thanks a low home-run rate. Ideally, Brach would become a righty specialist as his delivery and stuff are still tough on righties. Some team may still give him one more crack at the closer role, but if that were to happen, remember skills eventually win out and Brach's skills have declined in recent years. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Mets in August of 2019.
Links up with Mets
PNew York Mets  
August 8, 2019
Brach signed a contract with the Mets on Thursday.
ANALYSIS
Brach quickly found a new job after being released by the Cubs earlier in the week. While the veteran reliever posted an unsightly 6.13 ERA and 1.76 WHIP across 39.2 innings with Chicago, he struck out more than a batter per inning (10.2 K/9) and registered a more respectable 4.11 FIP. Donnie Hart was optioned to the minors while Brandon Nimmo (neck) was transferred to the 60-day injured list to clear room on the roster for Brach.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
17
Last 10 Games
15
Last 5 Games
13
How many pitches does Brad Brach generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Brad Brach generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-27%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-48%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-26%
BAA vs RHP
2017
 
 
-3%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .301 339 58 39 89 17 3 4
Since 2017vs Right .221 467 132 46 91 17 1 12
2019vs Left .403 86 8 13 29 5 3 2
2019vs Right .211 156 52 18 28 3 0 2
2018vs Left .330 124 20 16 35 6 0 1
2018vs Right .243 165 40 12 37 9 1 4
2017vs Left .212 129 30 10 25 6 0 1
2017vs Right .205 146 40 16 26 5 0 6
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-30%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-18%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-13%
ERA at Home
2017
 
 
-50%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 3.34 1.33 99.2 7 7 16 9.2 3.4 0.5
Since 2017Away 4.75 1.55 85.1 4 6 14 9.3 5.0 1.1
2019Home 4.94 1.57 27.1 2 2 0 11.2 4.3 0.3
2019Away 6.00 1.67 27.0 3 2 0 8.7 6.0 1.0
2018Home 3.34 1.48 32.1 2 2 4 8.1 2.5 0.6
2018Away 3.86 1.71 30.1 0 2 8 9.2 5.6 0.9
2017Home 2.25 1.05 40.0 3 3 12 8.8 3.6 0.7
2017Away 4.50 1.25 28.0 1 2 6 10.0 3.2 1.3
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Stat Review
How does Brad Brach compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
1.94
 
K/9
9.9
 
BB/9
5.1
 
HR/9
0.7
 
Fastball
93.9 mph
 
ERA
5.47
 
WHIP
1.62
 
BABIP
.362
 
GB/FB
1.20
 
Left On Base
66.7%
 
Exit Velocity
88.7 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
3.4%
 
Spin Rate
2147 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
37.2%
 
Swinging Strike
12.3%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2012
Brach emerged to take on the ninth-inning vacancy in Baltimore while Zach Britton was on the shelf with a forearm injury. Throughout his previous three seasons with the Orioles, Brach was a steady late-inning reliever seemingly in the running to step in for save chances if they ever came available. Brach once again maintained a strikeout rate around 25 percent, but did see a 4.1 percent drop in that mark from 2016. His walk rate went in the wrong direction as well, but he managed to keep the ball in the yard often enough to avoid frequent blow-ups. All in all, he finished 18-for-24 in save chances while posting acceptable ratios for a closer. Like Britton, Brach is under control with the Orioles for one more season. With Britton expected to miss the first few months with an Achilles injury, Brach appears likely to step back into the closer role to begin 2018.
Brach's ascent towards bullpen stardom took another major leap forward in 2016. Coming off a stellar 2015 season in which he posted a 2.72 ERA, the veteran reliever went on to significantly lower his ERA, WHIP and walk rate, while increasing his already impressive strikeout rate in 2016. He finished the season with a 2.05 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 8.0 percent walk rate and 29.6 percent strikeout rate. With the team's primary setup man, Darren O'Day, missing a number of games due to injury, Brach was able to record a career-high 24 holds. His superb season earned him his first All-Star Game appearance, which is fairly rare for a reliever who does not operate in the closer role. For the 2017 season, he will again be utilized in high-leverage situations and may be a Zach Britton injury away from seeing save chances.
Brach is a big reason the Orioles have been regarded as having one of the best bullpens in MLB over the last couple of seasons. With Zach Britton and Darren O'Day gathering all the headlines as the closer and setup man, Brach has been an additional luxury, tallying 12 wins over the last two seasons. That shows the Orioles like the ball to be in his hands in tight games. Brach dialed his fastball velocity up to 94 mph and increased his K/9 from 7.8 in 2014 to 10.1 in 2015. He also had an 82.2 percent strand rate, which is part of the reason why his ERA has been a half a run less than his FIP each of the last two seasons. The Orioles re-signed Darren O'Day in the offseason, meaning Brach's path to fantasy-relevant counting stats remains blocked, but he's one injury away from being next in line. Brach is probably flying under most radars, so it would be a good idea to check in on Baltimore's bullpen situation during spring training.
Brach was the victim of a deep Baltimore bullpen, which led him to make 17 appearances at Triple-A Norfolk in addition to the 46 games he appeared in for the Orioles last season. Walks have been his biggest flaw as a big leaguer, but Brach made strides in that department and posted a career-best 3.6 BB/9 (9.8% BB%) in 2014. In addition to getting better results with his slider, Brach's fastball velocity jumped from 92.0 mph to 93.4, while the improvement with those offerings led to a 12.3% swinging-strike rate. Typical of a right-handed reliever, Brach's splits are better against right-handed hitters, but he's rarely used in games close and late. The Orioles seem to value his versatility, as Brach was used for multiple innings in 26 of his 46 appearances for Baltimore last season. Look for him to spend another season in middle relief in 2015.
Brach's second MLB season was spent shuttling between San Diego and Triple-A Tucson, resulting in an equal number of outings (33) at the two locales. Although he shored up his control concerns -- he allowed 1.49 HR/9 in 2012, versus 0.87 last year -- he was still designated for assignment in the offseason in order to protect younger bodies on the 40-man roster. If he lands a spot in Baltimore's bullpen, following his trade to the Orioles in late November, expect Brach's initial appearances to be in low-leverage situations.
Brach battled issues with his control in 2012 and while those issues did not get the better of him, they did put a damper on what could have been a more successful rookie season in the majors. On the bright side, he managed to strike out nearly 27 percent of the batters he faced, flexing a fastball/slider combination that made him very successful while he was in the minors. Still, he had trouble keeping the ball in the yard, which complicated things further. Brach never battled issues with either his control or the long ball in the minors, so there's good reason to believe he can turn things around in 2013 and become a productive member of their bullpen, perhaps just not yet in the high-leverage situations that some had hoped for when he first came up.
With the departure of Heath Bell, the door has opened for relievers in the San Diego bullpen and with a strong spring, Brach could make himself a part of the team's late-inning plans. With an 11.04 K/9IP and an outstanding 7.25 K/BB over three years and 223 innings in the minors, Brach is certainly in line for a bigger test than just the September callup he received last year. He regularly hits 93 mph on the gun with his fastball and uses a nasty 84 mph slider to keep hitters fishing outside the strike zone. He should prove to be a valuable setup man in 2012 and could even be a dark horse for some save work this season should anything happen to Huston Street.
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Cut loose
PFree Agent  
August 5, 2019
Brach was released by the Cubs on Monday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
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Designated for assigment
PChicago Cubs  
August 3, 2019
Brach was designated for assignment Saturday, Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports.
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Lit up by Pirates
PChicago Cubs  
July 2, 2019
Brach was charged with three runs on four hits and a walk while striking out two in 1.1 innings of relief Monday in the Cubs' 18-5 loss to the Pirates.
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Hits rough patch
PChicago Cubs  
June 14, 2019
Brach has allowed 10 runs in 2.2 innings over his last four appearances.
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Blows first save
PChicago Cubs  
May 20, 2019
Brach allowed a run on two hits and a walk to blow the save in Monday's 5-4, 10-inning loss to the Phillies.
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