Friday, August 21, 2015

Player Profile: Zach Britton

I have two cards of Zach Britton. This one is from 2012 Topps.

Playing career: Zach Britton came up with the Orioles in 2011 and struggled as a starter, struggling to keep his ERA below 5.00. Converted to the bullpen in 2014, he blossomed as the Orioles closer, going 3-2 with 37 saves and a 1.65 ERA.

Where he is now: He is having another excellent year, currently 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA, and made his first All-Star team. He last pitched on Wednesday, earning the win when he pitched a scoreless ninth and Henry Urrutia hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the inning to beat the Mets.

My memories: I remember him as a struggling starting pitching prospect. I hadn’t realized he was now the Orioles’ closer. I guess I don’t really pay attention to other team’s closers, at least until they prove themselves over several years.

Google Autocomplete results: He is third when you type Zach B, between Zac Brown Band, a country music band, and Zach Braziller, a sportswriter for the New York Post. There do not appear to be any other prominent Zach Brittons.

Coming up next: The next profile will be Tony Brizzolara.

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