Zach Putnam, Relief Pitcher, Chicago White Sox, #57


Date of Birth: 7/3/1987
Birthplace: Rochester, Michigan
College: University of Michigan
Current Salary: $1,175,000

Zach Putnam, relief pitcher for the Chicago White Sox, was first drafted by the Detroit Tigers in 2005 but he didn't sign with them. Three years later, he was drafted by and signed with the Cleveland Indians. He pitched in the Indians' minor league system from 2008 through most of 2011, joining the Indians for just 8 games in 2011.

The Indians traded Putnam to the Colorado Rockies on January 20, 2012. He spent most of the 2012 season in the minors, pitching in just 2 games with the Rockies.

The Chicago Cubs claimed Putnam off waivers on November 2, 2012. He spent most of the 2013 season on the DL with right elbow soreness. He pitched in 5 games with the Cubs and 17 games in the minors.

Putnam became a free agent on November 5, 2013. He signed a minor league contract with the White Sox at the end of the month. He spent part of the 2014 season on the DL with right shoulder inflammation. He finished the season with 5 wins and 3 losses, 6 saves, 46 strikeouts to 20 walks, and a 1.98 ERA in 54.2 innings in 49 games.

Putnam spent time on the DL in 2015 with a groin strain and in 2016 with a right elbow injury. He had a 4.07 ERA in 49 games in 2015 and a 2.30 ERA in 25 games in 2016.

Career pitching statistics for Putnam through 2016 include:

  • 138 games played
  • 143.1 innings pitched
  • 10-7 win-loss record
  • 6 saves
  • 153 strikeouts to 56 walks
  • 3.33 ERA

Sources for Information
Wikipedia - Zach Putnam
ESPN - Zach Putnam