Zach Britton, Relief Pitcher/Closer, Baltimore Orioles, #53
Date of Birth: 12/22/1987
Birthplace: Panorama City, California
Current Salary: $11,400,000
Zach Britton, relief pitcher/closer for the Baltimore Orioles, was drafted by the Orioles in 2006. He signed with them, giving up an athletic scholarship to Texas A&M University. He pitched in the Orioles' minor league system from 2006 through 2011.
Britton joined the Orioles' starting rotation in 2011. He finished the season with a 4.61 ERA and an 11-11 record in 154.1 innings in 28 games. The following season he had a shoulder injury that limited his playing time to 12 games. He spent most of 2013 back in the minors, pitching just 40.0 innings in 8 games with the Orioles.
Britton became the Orioles' closer in May, 2014. He finished the 2014 season with 37 saves and a 1.65 ERA in 76.1 innings in 71 games.
On February 4, 2015, Britton signed a one-year, $3.2 million contract with the Orioles. As the Orioles' closer in 2015, he had 36 saves, 79 strikeouts to 14 walks, and a 1.92 ERA in 65.2 innings in 64 games.
Britton had his best season so far in 2016, finishing with a career low ERA of 0.54. He had a career high 47 saves and 74 strikeouts to 18 walks in 67.0 innings in 69 games. For his achievements, he won the Mariano Rivera award as the AL reliever of the year.
Career pitching statistics for Britton through 2016 include:
- 252 games played
- 463.2 innings pitched
- 27-21 win-loss record
- 120 saves
- 383 strikeouts to 166 walks
- 3.24 ERA
Britton's brother Buck was drafted by the Orioles in 2008. He has played in the minor leagues since 2008. Defensively, he has been primarily an infielder, usually playing either at second base or at third base.
Britton's wife Courtney Leggett is a law student. They have one child who was born on October 7, 2014.