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Pitcher Brad Brach reached the majors in 2011 and has played in the big leagues with the San Diego Padres and the Baltimore Orioles.

Brach played college ball at Monmouth University, where he won 29 games and struck out 277, both school records. He was selected by the Padres in the 42nd round of the 2008 amateur draft and was signed by scout Jim Bretz. He made his pro debut that summer with the AZL Padres, going 1-1 with a 2.01 ERA and 33 strikeouts in 18 appearances out of the pen. He spent the next year with the Fort Wayne TinCaps, going 3-3 with a 1.27 ERA while leading the Midwest League with 33 saves. With the Lake Elsinore Storm, he posted a 2.47 ERA and led the California League with league-record 41 saves.

Brach began 2011 with the San Antonio Missions and recorded 23 saves for them, best in the Texas League. In early July, he was promoted to the AAA Tucson Padres, for whom he saved 11 games. Called up to the Padres in late August, he made his major league debut on August 31st, pitching 1 1/3 inning in relief against the Los Angeles Dodgers; he gave up 2 hits but no runs and struck out 3 batters. Overall, in 9 games for San Diego, he went 0-2 with a 5.14 ERA.

Brach made the Padres Opening Day roster in 2012 and spent most of the season in the majors, appearing in 67 games for San Diego. He earned his first big league win on August 10th against the Pittsburgh Pirates, and overall posted a 2-4 record, a 3.78 ERA, and 75 strikeouts. He split the next summer between the majors and AAA Tucson, making 33 appearances for each club.

Following the 2013 season, Brach was traded to the Orioles for Devin Jones. He spent most of the 2014 campaign at the big league level and went 7-1 with a 3.18 ERA in 46 outings for the O's. He was with Baltimore for the entire next campaign and recorded his first save in the majors on May 2nd against the Tampa Bay Rays. Overall, he went 5-2 with a 2.72 ERA and 89 strikeouts in 62 outings.

Brach is the brother of Brett Brach, who was a college teammate of his at Monmouth.

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