William Zachary Braddock
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 2", Weight 235 lb.
- School Burlington County College
- High School Gloucester Catholic High School
Zach Braddock came to the major leagues in 2010.
Braddock had Tommy John surgery during his high school career. The Milwaukee Brewers took him as a draft-and-follow in the 18th round of the 2005 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Tony Blengino after a year of junior college, then sent to the Helena Brewers. He was 2-2 with a 5.49 ERA, walking 31 in 39 1/3 innings.
Zach was excellent in 10 games for the 2007 West Virginia Power, going 3-1 with a 1.15 ERA. He fanned 68 and allowed only a .168 average in 47 innings. Braddock split 2008 between West Virginia (13 K, 2 H, 1 UER in 6 IP) and the Brevard County Manatees (4-7, 5.51, 80 K, but 42 walks in 65 1/3 IP). Baseball America rated him as having the best slider in the Milwaukee minors.
In 2009, Braddock moved to the bullpen, pitching lights-out with the Manatees (1-1, 1.09, 40 K in 24 2/3 IP, .143 opponent average, only 4 walks) before going 2-1 with a 2.87 ERA and 22 whiffs in 15 2/3 innings for the Huntsville Stars. In the Arizona Fall League, Zach had three saves and a 5.25 ERA for the Peoria Javelinas. Baseball America named him Milwaukee's #7 prospect going into 2010.
Braddock began 2010 with the Nashville Sounds and struck out 28 in his first 16 innings; he had one save and a 4.50 ERA to that point. He was then promoted o the majors.
In his MLB debut, the left-hander relieved Manny Parra with a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the 6th in an interleague game with the Twins. Zach retired fellow rookie Drew Butera on a grounder, got Alexi Casilla on a liner gave up a double to Orlando Hudson, walked Justin Morneau, then retired Michael Cuddyer on a K to escape the jam. In the 7th, he went 1-2-3 against Jason Kubel, Delmon Young and Brendan Harris before being relieved by Trevor Hoffman.
- 2010 Brewers Media Guide
- 2006-2010 Baseball Almanacs