Ezekiel Stephen Spruill...Is a 2008 graduate of Kell High School in Marietta, Ga...Signed by Brian Bridges.
Began his 2nd season in the ARI organization...Appeared in 6 games for the Diamondbacks, making 1 start, over his 3 stints with the club...Entered the season rated the D-backs' No. 4 prospect according to MLB.com...Began the year with Triple-A Reno working out of the bullpen...Posted a 3.71 ERA (11 ER/26.1 IP) in his 17 relief appearances in the minors and a 7.22 ERA (42 ER/52.1 IP) in 11 starts...Recalled by ARI as the 26th man for a DH on 5/25 at NYM...Started the 2nd game of the DH (L, 5.1 IP, 3 ER) and returned to Reno after...Recalled for the 2nd time on 6/25...Threw 4.0 innings of relief that day vs. CLE and was optioned back to Reno postgame...Was on the disabled list from 7/1-8/7 with a strained right elbow...Stint included 3-games with the Rookie-level Arizona League D-backs...Recalled by ARI a 3rd time on 9/9 and spent the rest of the season in the majors...Earned his 1st ML win on 9/14 at SD by throwing 3.0 scoreless innings of relief...Also got his 1st ML hit, a single off Odrisamer Despaigne...Acquired by the Red Sox in exchange for RHP Myles Smith on 12/12, the same day that the 2 clubs swapped LHP Wade Miley in exchange for RHP's Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster and INF Raymel Flores
Appeared in 6 games (2 starts) with the D-backs, going 0-2 with a 5.56 ERA (7 ER in 11.1 IP)... Was 0-2 with a 7.71 ERA (6 ER in 7.0 IP) as a starter and posted a 2.08 ERA (1 ER in 4.1 IP) as a reliever... Made his Major League debut on June 21 vs. Reds (0 ER in 1.0 IP)... Combined to go 6-8 with a 3.49 ERA (48 ER in 123.2 IP) in 21 starts with Double-A Mobile and Triple-A Reno... Was 0-3 with a 1.42 ERA (5 ER in 31.2 IP) in 5 starts with the BayBears and 6-5 with a 4.21 ERA (43 ER in 92.0 IP) in 16 starts with the Aces... Did not allow an earned run over 5 starts from June 9-July 27 (32.0 IP)... On disabled list from July 2-22 with right shoulder tendinitis... Entered the season ranked by MLB.com as the D-backs' No. 10 Prospect.
Was 9-11 with a 3.67 ERA (66 ER in 161.2 IP) in 27 starts
with Double-A Mississippi...Named to the Southern League midseason All-Star Team...Ranked among the SL leaders in innings pitched (1st),
starts (T-1st), wins (T-4th) and ERA (9th)...Played with Phoenix in the Arizona Fall League and went
2-2 with a 3.63 ERA (9 ER in 22.1 IP) in 7 starts...Was a non-roster invitee to Spring Training with the
Braves...Entered the season rated by Baseball America as the No. 9
Prospect in Atlanta's organization.
Entered 2012 rated as the ninth-best prospect in the Braves organization according to Baseball America...Ranked third among Lynchburg (A) pitchers with seven wins and his 20 games stared ranked second...Named the organizational Pitcher of the Year for High-A Lynchburg...Named the organizational Pitcher of the Month for Lynchburg in April (1-1, 1.71 ERA, 4 BB, 19 K)...Made 20 starts for Lynchburg (High-A) and was promoted to Mississippi (AA) to make seven starts at the end of the season...Went a combined 10-11 with a 3.19 ERA (62 ER, 174.2 IP) with 108 strikeouts, 40 walks and six complete games between the two stops...Led the Carolina League in complete games (5) and WHIP (1.01). He ranked second in opponents batting average (.227) and fifth in ERA (3.19).
Battled injuries early in the season, causing him to miss approximately 2.5 months of action...Had a
strong July, going 1-1 with a 2.60 ERA (5 ER/17.1 IP) in 5 games (4 starts) for Myrtle Beach (High-A)...Struck out 12 and walked only 2 batters during that stretch...Tossed a 7.0 inning complete game on 8/7 vs. POT in which he allowed just one earned run on 5 hits while striking out 5 to earn the victory.
Entered the 2010 season as Baseball America's eighth-ranked prospect in the Atlanta farm system...Pitched in 24 games (23 GS), going 9-6-1 with a 3.25 ERA (135.2 IP/49 ER)...Tied for second among Braves minor league pitchers with nine wins, ranked fourth in strikeouts (118), was fifth in starter's ERA, seventh in WHIP (1.28) and his 135.2 IP were ninth-most...Collected a save in his only relief appearance (4/9 at CSC)...Had his best month in April (3-0-1, 1.71 ERA), earning organizational Rome Pitcher of the Month honors...Named to the South Atlantic League All-Star team.
Honored as the Gulf Coast League Braves Pitcher of the Year by the Braves organization after going
a perfect 7-0 in 10 games (three starts) in his first professional season...Led the GCL and ranked tied for 10th among Braves minor league pitchers in wins...Went 2-0 with a 1.84 ERA in three starts and 5-0, 3.55 in seven relief appearances...First career win came 6/30 at YAN (5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 4 K)...Named by the organization as the GCL July Pitcher of the Month...Following the season was rated the 15th-best prospect in the Braves farm system by Baseball America.