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William Zachary Braddock

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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.

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