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Diamondbacks | Brad Ziegler says fingers are fine

Mon, 16 May 2016 15:00:11 -0700

Arizona Diamondbacks RP Brad Ziegler (fingers) said his fingers are fine Monday, May 16, after being hit by a ball in the ninth inning of the game Sunday, May 15.

Fantasy Tip: Expect Ziegler to take the hill if a save situation presents itself Monday. He has 37 saves over the past two seasons, and while his strikeouts (5.5 K/9) and WHIP (1.65) leave a lot to be desired and limit him to being a low-end reliever, Ziegler hasn't blown a save since May 27, 2015. He appears relatively secure in his closer gig, too.

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Diamondbacks | Brad Ziegler with save streak

Mon, 09 May 2016 18:06:50 -0700

Arizona Diamondbacks RP Brad Ziegler has converted 35 consecutive saves, which is the longest active streak in the majors.

Fantasy Tip: When you think of shut-down closers, you're likely going to name 25 pitchers before giving Ziegler a thought. He doesn't strike out many batters, and his 1.60 WHIP implies that he has been pretty lucky this season. He still gets the job done. However, you might mention this streak to your league mates to see if you can sell high because his WHIP is so high and his dangerous home park for pitchers.

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Diamondbacks | Brad Ziegler collects first save

Tue, 12 Apr 2016 16:35:07 -0700

Arizona Diamondbacks RP Brad Ziegler converted on his first save opportunity of the season Tuesday, April 12, versus the Los Angeles Dodgers. He gave up one run on one hit in the ninth hitting, recording one strikeout as well.

Fantasy Tip: Although it's only his first, Ziegler should get plenty more on a very competitive Diamondbacks ballclub. Despite a poor strikeout rate throughout his career, the 36-year-old submariner is still capable of posting fine numbers at closer.

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Diamondbacks | Brad Ziegler an oddity among closers

Wed, 10 Feb 2016 14:56:41 -0800

Arizona Diamondbacks RP Brad Ziegler averages 84.6 mph on his fastball and has finished in the bottom 30 of 268 pitchers with a minimum of 60 innings thrown in both strikeouts per nine innings (4.76) and strikeout percentage (13.7%). The sidearmer thrives on the downward movement of his pitches, and he's had the highest downward movement in baseball each year since 2011. Ziegler became one of just five pitchers with 30 saves and a strikeout percentage below 14% in 2015 since 2000. Ziegler also ranked first in ground-ball-to-fly-ball ratio (9.87).

Fantasy Tip: Ziegler surely earned the closer role after 30 saves last year. But his inability to miss many bats could catch up to him in 2016, and the D-backs have plenty of options behind him in Tyler Clippard, Daniel Hudson or even Silvino Bracho. Ziegler is a low-end closing option. Almost half of his career saves came last season.

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Diamondbacks | Brad Ziegler still the closer

Mon, 08 Feb 2016 16:17:10 -0800

Arizona Diamondbacks RP Brad Ziegler remains the team's closer after Arizona signed RP Tyler Clippard, according to general manager Dave Stewart.

Fantasy Tip: Ziegler earned the role of closer after shutting down 30 games in 2015. However, he doesn't have typical closer stuff (4.8 strikeouts per nine), and any early season falter could throw Clippard or Daniel Hudson into the job. Clippard is the better speculative pick in deep mixed or NL-only leagues, as he has 53 career saves himself.

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Diamondbacks | Brad Ziegler has option picked up

Tue, 03 Nov 2015 10:29:59 -0800

Arizona Diamondbacks RP Brad Ziegler had his 2016 option exercised by the team Tuesday, Nov. 3.

Fantasy Tip: Ziegler handled the majority of the Diamondbacks save chances in 2015 and was pretty successful, closing out 30 games with a 1.85 ERA and 0.96 WHIP. However, he struck out just 4.8 hitters per nine innings, so he's not your typical hard-throwing fireman. He'll likely enter the year as Arizona's ninth-inning guy again, but he probably won't have a long leash if he struggles, making him more of a low-end closer option.

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Diamondbacks | ARI will pick up Brad Ziegler option

Sun, 11 Oct 2015 13:43:59 -0700

Arizona Diamondbacks RP Brad Ziegler will have his $5.5 million option picked up for the 2016 season, according to sources.

Fantasy Tip: Ziegler will have fantasy value in most leagues as long as he remains closer. However, the Diamondbacks may be in play for a higher-tier closer like Aroldis Chapman, so you may want to pay attention to this situation.

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Diamondbacks | Brad Ziegler to return Friday

Thu, 01 Oct 2015 15:12:46 -0700

Arizona Diamondbacks RP Brad Ziegler is expected to return to the team Friday, Oct. 2, after the birth of his daughter. He will be available for the series to close out the year against the Houston Astros.

Fantasy Tip: Continue running Ziegler out there through the weekend. He's been very successful since taking over the role of Arizona's ninth-inning closer. Expect Daniel Hudson to pitch the ninth if a save situation arises Thursday night.

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Diamondbacks | Brad Ziegler away from team

Tue, 29 Sep 2015 15:40:11 -0700

Arizona Diamondbacks RP Brad Ziegler is away from the team Tuesday, Sept. 29, following the birth of his baby daughter.

Fantasy Tip: With Ziegler away tonight, Daniel Hudson is the most likely candidate to step in in the ninth inning if a save situation arises for the D-backs.

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Diamondbacks | Brad Ziegler records five-out save

Mon, 20 Jul 2015 23:30:01 -0700

Arizona Diamondbacks RP Brad Ziegler recorded a five-out save Monday, July 20.

Fantasy Tip: Ziegler threw 40 pitches in the game, so it's highly unlikely he'll be able to throw Tuesday, and maybe Wednesday. Dan Hudson could figure into a save chance. If you're in daily waivers leagues and you're desperate, look for him. Ziegler has been amazing with a 1.08 ERA and 15 saves in 17 chances. He's a solid second reliever to own.

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