Brad Boxberger, Relief Pitcher, Tampa Bay Rays, #26
Date of Birth: 5/27/1988
Birthplace: Fullerton, California
College: University of Southern California
Current Salary: $1,600,000
Brad Boxberger, relief pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays, was first drafted by the Kansas City Royals in 2006 but he opted instead for college. Three years later, he was drafted by and signed with the Cincinnati Reds. He pitched in the Reds' minor league system in 2010 and 2011.
Boxberger was traded to the San Diego Padres in December, 2011. He split his time in 2012 and 2013 between the minor leagues and the Padres, joining the team for 24 games in 2012 and 18 games in 2013.
The Padres traded Boxberger to the Rays on January 22, 2014. He had his first full season in the major leagues in 2014, pitching in 63 games with the Rays. He finished the season with a 5-2 record, 2 saves, 104 strikeouts to 20 walks, and a 2.37 ERA in 64.2 innings.
In 2015, his first season as a closer, Boxberger had 41 saves. He finished the season with 74 strikeouts to 32 walks and a 3.71 ERA in 63.0 innings in 69 games.
Boxberger finished the 2016 season with a 4.81 ERA in 27 games as a reliever. He had 4 wins to 3 losses and 22 strikeouts to 19 walks in 24.1 innings.
Career pitching statistics for Boxberger through 2016 include:
- 201 games played
- 201.2 innings pitched
- 13-16 win-loss record
- 44 saves
- 257 strikeouts to 102 walks
- 3.17 ERA
Boxberger and his wife Anna had their first child, a daughter, in September, 2014.