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2015 Full Season Projections (seasonal age 26)
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Birth Date12-22-1987
Height6' 3"
Weight195 lbs
Age27 years, 8 months, 13 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
1.22011
0.42012
0.02013
-0.12014
0.12015
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA. (For previous card version with FAIR_RA, click here.)
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA WARP
2011 BAL MLB 28 28 154.3 162 62 97 12 .261 104 9.4 3.6 0.7 5.7 55% .304 .262 1.45 4.04 4.61 106 4.14 1.6
2012 BAL MLB 12 11 60.3 61 32 53 6 .261 106 9.1 4.8 0.9 7.9 61% .311 .272 1.54 4.27 5.07 107 4.82 0.2
2013 BAL MLB 8 7 40.0 52 17 18 4 .266 98 11.7 3.8 0.9 4.0 59% .338 .307 1.73 4.83 4.95 126 4.65 0.1
2014 BAL MLB 71 0 76.3 46 23 62 4 .262 100 5.4 2.7 0.5 7.3 76% .215 .180 0.90 0.00 1.65 92 2.31 2.0
2015 BAL MLB 52 0 54.0 45 12 64 2 .265 107 7.5 2.0 0.3 10.7 81% .321 .191 1.06 1.91 2.00 67 2.27 1.6
CareerMLB17146385.036614629428.2621038.63.40.76.963%.296.2451.333.683.761013.745.5

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA
2006 BLU Rk 11 11 34.0 35 20 21 4 .271 93 9.3 5.3 1.1 5.6 45% .237 .240 1.62 5.78 5.29
2007 ABE A- 15 15 63.7 64 22 45 1 .262 92 9.0 3.1 0.1 6.4 66% .307 .252 1.35 3.51 3.67
2008 DEL A 27 27 147.3 118 49 114 9 .259 98 7.2 3.0 0.5 7.0 66% .255 .246 1.13 3.93 3.12
2009 FRD A+ 25 24 140.0 123 55 131 6 .257 103 7.9 3.5 0.4 8.4 69% .294 .235 1.27 3.42 2.70
2010 BOW AA 15 14 87.0 76 28 68 4 .254 102 7.9 2.9 0.4 7.0 65% .278 .225 1.20 3.46 2.48
2010 NOR AAA 12 12 66.3 63 23 56 3 .260 98 8.6 3.1 0.4 7.6 64% .303 .233 1.30 3.28 2.99
2011 BAL MLB 28 28 154.3 162 62 97 12 .261 104 9.4 3.6 0.7 5.7 55% .304 .262 1.45 4.04 4.61
2011 BOW AA 3 3 11.7 14 2 15 3 .274 80 10.8 1.5 2.3 11.6 44% .355 .362 1.37 4.95 5.40
2011 NOR AAA 1 1 5.0 3 1 3 0 .253 91 5.4 1.8 0.0 5.4 50% .214 .155 0.80 2.64 1.80
2012 BAL MLB 12 11 60.3 61 32 53 6 .261 106 9.1 4.8 0.9 7.9 61% .311 .272 1.54 4.27 5.07
2012 BOW AA 2 2 12.0 8 3 11 0 .259 97 6.0 2.2 0.0 8.2 73% .242 .213 0.92 2.37 0.75
2012 NOR AAA 9 9 51.3 49 20 37 5 .251 95 8.6 3.5 0.9 6.5 56% .278 .241 1.34 4.15 4.91
2013 BAL MLB 8 7 40.0 52 17 18 4 .266 98 11.7 3.8 0.9 4.0 59% .338 .307 1.73 4.83 4.95
2013 NOR AAA 19 19 103.3 112 46 75 5 .256 99 9.8 4.0 0.4 6.5 63% .324 .273 1.53 3.86 4.27
2014 BAL MLB 71 0 76.3 46 23 62 4 .262 100 5.4 2.7 0.5 7.3 76% .215 .180 0.90 0.00 1.65
2015 BAL MLB 52 0 54.0 45 12 64 2 .265 107 7.5 2.0 0.3 10.7 81% .321 .191 1.06 1.91 2.00

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2011 2499 0.4582 0.4282 0.8355 0.6201 0.2659 0.9099 0.6889 0.1645
2012 1057 0.4314 0.4078 0.7657 0.5702 0.2845 0.8962 0.5673 0.2320
2013 662 0.4502 0.4245 0.8434 0.6074 0.2747 0.9448 0.6600 0.1566
2014 1050 0.4867 0.4676 0.7149 0.6164 0.3265 0.8762 0.4261 0.2831
2015 760 0.4355 0.4974 0.7063 0.6073 0.4126 0.8856 0.5028 0.2937
Career60280.45470.43980.78680.60770.29920.90240.59520.2124

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2013-04-01 2013-04-07 Minors 6 0 Left Thumb Blister - -
2012-03-26 2012-06-06 60-DL 72 55 Left Shoulder Recovery From Impingement Received PRP Injections - -
2012-02-28 2012-03-26 Camp 27 0 Left Shoulder Impingement Received PRP Injections - -
2011-08-05 2011-08-22 15-DL 17 16 Left Shoulder Strain Began on 6 Weeks Ago - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2016 BAL $
2015 BAL $3,200,000
2014 BAL $521,500
2013 BAL $
2012 BAL $486,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
2 yrPrevious$1,007,500
2011Current$3,200,000
3 yrPvs + Cur$4,207,500
3 yrTotal$4,207,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
2 y 158 dScott Boras1 year/$3.2M (2015)

Details
  • 1 year/$3.2M (2015). Re-signed by Baltimore 2/4/15 (avoided arbitration, $4.2M-$2.2M). Performance bonuses: $50,000 each 40, 45, 55 games finished. $75,000 each for 50, 60 GF.
  • 1 year/$0.5215M (2014). Re-signed by Baltimore 3/11/14.
  • 1 year (2013). Re-signed by Baltimore 3/8/13.
  • 1 year/$0.486M (2012). Re-signed by Baltimore 3/10/12.
  • 1 year (2011). Contract purchased by Baltimore 11/19/10. Re-signed by Baltimore 2/11.
  • Drafted by Baltimore 2006 (3-85) (Weatherford HS, Texas). $0.435M signing bonus.

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .215 .275 .271 .203
11 vs R (Multi) .234 .312 .354 .238
18 Split (Multi) -.019 -.037 -.083 -.034
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.024 -.027 -.064 -.028
30 vs L (2014) .170 .215 .170 .139
31 vs R (2014) .182 .265 .294 .200
38 Split (2014) -.012 -.049 -.124 -.061
39 LgAvg (2014) -.020 -.022 -.062 -.025

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2015-02-13 19:00:00 (link to chat)Which side- my Dellin Betances for Hector Rondon and Zach Britton. It's a H2H league, and while Betances could be great, I should be picking up more saves, which I need more than the few extra K's/week Betances might get me. I also expect Betances to get less IP this year assuming he closes, and if he struggles at all I don't think the Yanks hesitate to go with Andrew Miller.
(Shawn from Cubicle)
I love Betances, but I think you have to take the two closers in that format, particularly if closers are going to be taken/frozen in your draft/auction. I do think Betances is the man and he'll be fine, though, and every closer has risk of losing his job if he struggles. (Mike Gianella)
2014-08-19 14:00:00 (link to chat)Does Baltimore have an issue with developing good starting pitching? Brian Matusz, Zach Britton, and Tommy Hunter are all now in the bullpen. Jake Arrieta is excelling in Chicago. Should Kevin Gausman be hoping for a trade?
(Shawn from Cubicle)
Kevin Gausman will be just fine. I don't think their player development is the greatest but that also has to do with the players' makeup and willing to make adjustments and work. (CJ Wittmann)
2014-04-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Chances Zach Britton finishes the year as an Oriole starter?
(John from CT)
I'm pulling for him, but I'm not sure he has the command for it. (Paul Sporer)
2014-03-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Zach Britton finally figures it out this year?
(John from CT)
Sheesh. I hope so. I bought in on him a few years back and it just hasn't happened. (R.J. Anderson)
2014-01-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Zach Britton fixable or is he no longer a viable pitching option in Baltimore?
(John from CT)
He wonít be the quality starter we had once hoped, but heís probably still fixable. Not by the Orioles, though, who havenít developed a pitching prospect of their own in years. Could turn into a reliever like they did with Matusz. (Jeff Moore)
2013-07-29 11:00:00 (link to chat)Many talk about the Mariners lack of ability to develop their hitting prospects but couldn't you say the same about the Orioles on the pitching side? Jake Arrieta, Brian Matusz, Zach Britton along with the struggles of Kevin Gausman (SSS I know) and the injury to Dylan Bundy. Should the O's be mentioned in the same breath in regards to their lack of development skills on the mound?
(Roger Dorn from San Mateo)
I don't know if I'm ready to say that the O's do not know how to develop pitching just yet. However, I will admit a lot of their pitching prospects have had different prospect paths than I would have predicted. . (Zach Mortimer)
2013-07-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)What's your opinion as to why Zach Britton hasn't yet figured it out at the major league level? He still has the same skill set he had when he was highly touted. Does it take lefties longer to "get it"?
(John from CT)
with his stuff he's got to master sequencing and command, that's a longer journey. (Harry Pavlidis)
2013-06-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)What's the story with Zach Britton. He was never considered to be an overwhelming talent but it seemed he would be a solid ground ball pitcher who could win at the major league level.
(John from CT)
I actually REALLY like him, but he's taking a while to put it together (as lefties are wont to do). I love him most in dynasty leagues where you can afford to stash & wait. Or just any league that has a reserve roster deep enough where you can wait without it costing you the chance at more helpful options for right now. (Paul Sporer)
2013-04-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)The Orioles need to bring up a starter to replace Jake Arieta. Isnt Zach Britton the logical choice? Has his value slipped that much? Question probably only an O's fan would ask.
(John from CT)
Yes, I think he's the logical choice especially since he seems to be pitching well in Triple-A this year. His stock has definitely slipped, but I'm not sure it's slipped to a point below "fill-in call-up guy." (Zachary Levine)
2013-03-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Zach Britton: temporary setback, or permanent bummer? Also, will the O's trade some of that pitching depth?
(Pluto from (WI))
I assume we're talking about the one bad start, so I'd certainly say temporary setback. But I'm not convinced there was all that much there to begin with, so it's not like it's a setback from All-Star.

Also, it's going to be tough to trade the pitching depth because so rarely have they all be at relative peaks at the same time. Maybe when Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy arrive then you start making trades by necessity because you start having guys out of options, but it's hard to trade a Tillman when he's peaking when you don't trust a lot of the other guys yet. (Zachary Levine)
2012-11-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Zach Britton: what's his upside, and how soon can he reach it? Am I wrong in thinking that he could be a top-30 starter by 2014?
(Father Pete from San Francisco)
I agree with you on Britton breaking out in the near future, Father Pete, but I see him as more of a number-two/three starter than a possible ace. For the Orioles, who have Dylan Bundy surging through the pipeline, that's perfectly adequate. (Daniel Rathman)
2012-09-05 14:00:00 (link to chat)I watch the Orioles every night, waiting for it to all come crushing down. Are there some statistical upsides to grasp on to, or are we relying on luck and a Pythagorean anomaly the rest of the way?
(Jim from Baltimore, MD)
There's no question that it's going to take some luck for the Orioles to stay atop the standings, either in the East or the wild card, for the next month, but there are some encouraging signs. Zach Britton's recent success is one of them, as is Manny Machado holding his own and providing some offense from a position that was previously a black hole. And as I wrote in today's WYNTK, the O's run differential over their past two games is +16; those were wins against the gutted Blue Jays, but run differentials can change quickly.

If you haven't already, read Adam Sobsey's piece on how continuous roster turnover has helped the Orioles to date: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=18227 (Daniel Rathman)
2012-09-05 14:00:00 (link to chat)In your eyes, which teams took the best strides towards future success in 2012? Can any make a surprise run at a division or wild card spot in 2013?
(Steve from New York, NY)
The Orioles are the obvious answer in the AL, and even if they don't make it this year, they should hang around in 2013, with Manny Machado benefitting from the experience and Dylan Bundy topping the rotation. Zach Britton's health and effectiveness will be a big factor.

In the NL, I'm probably a year too soon with this, but don't sleep on the Padres. They've shown flashes over the past few weeks, and there's a lot of talent both on the major-league team and coming up through the pipeline, not to mention Cory Luebke and Tim Stauffer, who should help the rotation. It's an increasingly competitive division, but a couple of breakout seasons could pave the way for a second-place finish and a shot at one of the wild-card spots. (Daniel Rathman)
2011-09-02 14:00:00 (link to chat)Better future - Henderson Alvarez or Zach Britton?
(dharris from ny)
Britton. (Kevin Goldstein)
2011-04-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks Ben. Same question, another pitcher, what's the outlook for Zach Britton?
(Tavis Bregel from Covington, KY)
Much better than Harrison's. Britton is the real deal. There will be some struggles--he's walked too many batters not to get burned at some point--but he should be fun to watch, and it's hard to imagine that he'll be sent back to Norfolk. If only I could stop calling him "Chris." Old habits die hard. (Ben Lindbergh)
2011-04-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)How much of a problem is it for the Orioles to lose Matusz and Hardy to the disabled list?
(TGisriel from Baltimore)
Given that Matusz's injury gave the Orioles an excuse to call up Zach Britton, not a huge one. Hardy's was a tough loss, plunging the O's back into the dark days of "Cesar Izturis, starting shortstop," but he'll be back in six weeks or so. (Ben Lindbergh)


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Zach Britton has thrown 6,151 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2010 and 2015, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season and the MLB Postseason. In 2015, he has relied primarily on his Sinker (97mph), also mixing in a Curve (84mph). He also rarely throws a Fourseam Fastball (97mph).