Originally selected by San Diego in the 42nd round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft out of Monmouth (NJ) University…Wife, Jenae Cherry, is a country music singer/songwriter…The couple welcomed a daughter, Brilee Kay, in December of 2017...Signed by Padres scout Jim Bretz…Finished his collegiate career at Monmouth University as the school's all-time leader in career wins (29) and strikeouts (277)…Was the only Monmouth pitcher to ever work more than 300 innings…Teammate of his brother, Brett, in both high school and college…Inducted into the Monmouth University Athletics Hall of Fame in December 2016...Lettered in basketball in high school, sinking 86 career three-point shots…Named the New Jersey Sports Writers Association's 2012 Relief Pitcher of the Year...Participates in the annual Orioles Health & Fitness Challenge, which encourages physical fitness, healthy eating, and tobacco-free living among middle school-aged children in Sarasota.
Went 4-5 with 18 saves and a 3.18 ERA (24 ER/68.0 IP) in 67 appearances…Worked at least 1.0 inning in 58 of 67 games...Is tied for fourth in the AL in appearances (138) since the start of 2016...His 18 saves led Orioles pitchers, and his 67 appearances were second-most on the team...Went 18-for-24 in save opportunities...Pitched 1.0 scoreless inning without allowing a baserunner in each save opportunity to record a "perfect save" on 4/19 at CIN, 4/20 at CIN, and 4/21 vs. BOS… Became the fifth pitcher in O's history to toss a "perfect save" on three-straight days (4/19-21) joining Jorge Julio (2003), Jim Johnson (2011), Darren O'Day (2015), and Zach Britton (2016)...Recorded his first save of the season on 4/19 at CIN, his first save since 6/8/16 vs. KC...Held divisional opponents to a .188 average (34-for-128) in 33 games against the AL East...Posted a 2.58 ERA (11 ER/38.1 IP) and limited hitters to a .167 average (22-for-132) in 38 first-half appearances...In 11 September appearances, Brach posted a 0.73 ERA (1 ER/12.1 IP) and held opponents scoreless in nine of those outings...Since the start of 2014, leads all Major League relievers with 26 wins.
Selected to the 2016 All-Star Game, his frst career All-Star selection...Chosen by the manager (Ned Yost) in conjunction with Major League Baseball...Did not pitch in the game...Since the start of 2014, leads all Major League relievers with 22 wins... Led the club with 71 appearances and 24 holds...Ranked sixth among AL relievers in strikeouts (92) and third among AL relievers with 79.0 IP...The Orioles went 54-17 in games in which he pitched...Struck out at least one batter in 55 of his 71 appearances...Tied for theMajor League lead with 10 wins in relief...Was the frst O's reliever with 10 ormore wins in a season sinceArthur Rhodes (1997)...With Mychal Givens, became part of the second set of O's relievers (all games in relief) to post eight or more wins in a season (Dick Hall, 11 and Stu Miller, 14 in 1965) • Pitched in the AL Wild Card Game at Toronto (1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 IBB, 2 K)
Led Orioles relievers and ranked fifth among American League relievers with 89 strikeouts...Tossed the second-most IP among AL relievers (79.1 IP) and ranked 20th with 10.10 K/9.0 IP Finished third among Orioles relievers with 62 appearances. Earned his first career Major League save, May 2 at TB (1.1 IP, 1 K)...[Struck out career-high-tying four batters three times, most recently 6/6 at Cleveland. Over his last 42 games (since June 11), he posted a 1.92 ERA (11 ER/51.2 IP)...Of the six AL relievers to toss at least 50.0 IP in that span, he led the group in ERA Went 2-1 with a 2.27 ERA (9 ER/35.2 IP) following the All-Star break, posting 23 scoreless appearances...Went 3-2 with a 3.09 ERA (15 ER/43.2 IP) pre-All-Star break. Struck out 21 in August, tied for second among AL relievers and ranked eighth with 16.0 IP...Tied for fourth among AL relievers in innings pitched during the month of June (14.2 IP) Posted a career-high-tying 12-game scoreless streak (16.1 IP), June 23-Aug. 5 (also, July 31-Aug. 28/14)
Had three stints with the O's: May 2-6, May 16-June 9, and June 21-end of the season. Made O's debut, May 3 @MIN (1.1IP, 3ER). Tossed career-high 4.0 scoreless innings, May 21 @PIT. Struck out career-high tying 4 twice (June 27 vs. TB and July 6 @BOS). Earned his 1st O's win, June 23 vs. CWS, beginning a stretch of 25 games (through September 2) during which he would pitchto a 1.07 ERA (33.2IP, 4ER, 16H, 10BB, 30K). Set a career-high with 12 consecutive scoreless outings, July 31-August 28 (14.1IP). Led AL relievers with a .875 winning percentage…Tied for 4th among AL relievers in wins (seven). Became the rst reliever this season to earn a victory in three consecutive outings (July 2-6). Struck out 43 batters in 23.1IP in 17 games with Triple-A Norfolk (3-1, one save, 3.47 ERA, 26H, 6BB). Earned the win in Game 2 of the ALDS, tossing 0.2 scoreless inning. Appeared in Game 2 of the ALCS, allowing one hit over 1.2 scoreless frame.
Made 33 appearances each for Triple-A Tucson (4-3, 2.84 ERA, 8.9 K/9, 2.8 BB/9) and San Diego (1-0, 3.19, 9.0 K/9, 5.5 BB/9)... Made SD's Opening Day roster, posting a 4.76 ERA (17.0IP, 9ER, 17K) in his first 19 games before being optioned on May 18... Had four additional stints with the club after being optioned, June 23-26, July 8-14, August 24-26 and September 3-end of season... Allowed season-high 4ER in 0.2IP in his first outing of the season, April 1 @NYM... Pitched to a 2.08 ERA (30.1IP, 7ER) for SD the rest of the season, including a 0.95 mark (19.0IP, 2ER) in his final 18 games, beginning May 4... Tossed season-high 2.0 scoreless innings twice, May 16 vs. WAS and August 25 vs. CHC... Recorded season-high 3 strikeouts twice, July 8 vs. COL and September 4 vs. SF... Was 2nd on Tucson in ERA and 6th in appearances and K/9 rate (min. 30IP)
Made his first career Opening Day roster, spending the majority of the season in the Majors with San Diego.Made a career-high 67 relief appearances, second-most on theclub behind Luke Gregerson (77).Led all National League rookies with 67 games pitched (3rd inMLB) and finished with the second-most strikeouts (75) amongall NL rookie relievers (5th in MLB).Allowed just five of his 46 inherited runners to score for SD, or10.9% of inherited runners, the second-best percentage amongall qualifying Major League relievers in 2012.Struck out 75 batters in 66.2 IP for a 10.1 strikeouts per 9.0 IPratio...his 75 strikeouts led all Padre relievers in 2012.Held right-handed hitters to a .188 (28-for-149) average whilelefties hit .239 (22-for-92) off him for San Diego.Allowed 11 home runs on the season, tied for third-most amongNL relievers.Recalled from Triple-A Tucson on 4/5, prior to the start of the season, and went 0-1 with a 5.06 ERA(3 ER/5.1 IP)in five outings before being optioned back to Tucson on 4/16.Recalled for his second stint on 5/4, posting a 4.03 ERA (10 ER/22.1 IP) with 28 strikeouts against 15 walks and16 hits allowed before being optioned back to Tucson on 6/27.Recalled for a third and final time on 7/4, going 2-3 with a 3.46ERA (15ER/39.0 IP), 44 strikeouts against 11 walksand a .196 (28-for-143) opponents average over his final 40 outings from 7/4 through the end of the season.Earned his first career win on 8/10 at PIT, working 2.0 innings in the Padres come-from-behind win that day.In 10 outings total for Tucson, went 2-1 with a 2.79 ERA(3 ER/9.2 IP) and five strikeouts against just one walk.
2011: Split the majority of the season between Double-A San Antonio and Triple-A Tucson, also seeing his first Big League action over the last month of the season ... Selected from Tucson on 8/31 and made his Major League debut that day at Dodger Stadium, working 1.1 scoreless frames with three strikeouts ... Named a Texas League Mid-Season and Post-Season All-Star ... Recorded the 100th save of his professional career on 7/1 for the Missions at Northwest Arkansas ... Led the Texas League in saves and games finished (40) despite being promoted to Triple-A on 7/6 ... His 34 saves overall ranked fourth-most among all minor league pitchers ... Named PCL Pitcher of the Week 8/22-28.
The California League's pitcher of the year posted aleague-record 41 saves and a 2.47 ERA (18 ER/65.2 IP) forthe Single-A Lake Elsinore Storm. ... Honored as the Padres' organizational pitcher of the year afterimproving professional career numbers to 9-6 with a 1.90 ERA (32ER/151.2 IP), 78 saves, 189 strikeouts and 17 walks ... fanned morethan a batter per inning while holding opponents to a .196 battingaverage in his pro career. ... Fanned 74 while walking only 11 over 62 appearances en route to a 5-2 record in 2010. ... Named both a postseason and midseason Cal League All-Star. ... Notched a 2.84 ERA (4 ER/12.2 IP) with a 1-1 record in 11 Arizona Fall League games for the Peoria Saguaros selectedto play for the West Division in the AFL Rising Stars game.
Honored as the MLB.com Class-A Relief Pitcher of the Year, pitching the entire season at Single-AFort Wayne. ... Tallied a Midwest League-leading 33 saves in 60 appearances for Single-A Fort Wayne, notching a 1.27 ERA (9 ER, 63.2 IP). ... Honored as Midwest League midseason and postseason all-star. ... Was 3-3 with 82 strikeouts and 11 walks.
In his first pro season for Rookie-Level Arizona, fanned 33 with only five walks while logging a1-1 record and 2.01 ERA (5 ER/22.1 IP) in 18 appearances.