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Zach Miner

Detroit Tigers — No. 31
Relief pitcher
Born: March 12, 1982 (1982-03-12) (age 27)
St. Louis, Missouri
Bats: Right Throws: Right 
MLB debut
June 4, 2006 for the Detroit Tigers
Career statistics
(through 2009 season)
Win–Loss     25-20
Earned run average     4.24
Strikeouts     217

Zachary Charles Miner (born March 12, 1982 in St. Louis, Missouri) is a Major League Baseball pitcher for the Detroit Tigers. He bats and throws right-handed.




Atlanta Braves

Standing at 6 foot 3 inches and 205 pounds, Miner had no previous college experience before playing minor and major league baseball. He did, however, play high school baseball for Palm Beach Gardens Community High School. Miner was a fourth round pick by the Atlanta Braves, and in 2000, he received the second-team All-American pitcher award, and had been offered a full ride to Miami University.[1]

Miner spent 20012004 in the Braves minor league system, pitching for the class-A Jamestown Jammers (2001), class-A Macon Braves (2002), class-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans (2003), and class-AA Greenville Braves (2004). 2005 found him with the class-AA Mississippi Braves, but after four games he was promoted to the class-AAA Richmond Braves. Miner started 17 games for the Braves, going 2–7 with a 4.23 ERA. On July 31, 2005, the Braves traded Miner along with relief pitcher Román Colón to the Detroit Tigers for setup man/closer Kyle Farnsworth.[2]

Detroit Tigers

Miner did not make the 25-man roster at the end of the 2006 spring training, but he was called up to the Tigers in May 2006 to replace the injured Mike Maroth. He was a reliable 5th starter but was moved to the bullpen near the end of the season. He was on the Tigers playoff roster as a reliever. He pitched once in the 2006 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals.

In 2007 Zach started the season in Triple A Toledo, but was called up on May 17, and made a spot start against the Boston Red Sox in place of the sick Mike Maroth. After a brief return to Toledo, Miner was called up to help in the bullpen. He finished the season 3–4 while pitching in 34 games. Zach allowed 2 runs, 18 earned, through 53.2 innings.

Miner started the 2008 season with the Tigers, but was sent to Toledo July 2 after walking four batters in two innings in a loss to the Minnesota Twins.[3] On July 21, Miner returned to the Tigers as a starter against the Kansas City Royals. Miner pitched six shutout innings in the Tigers 19–4 victory. As of the July 21 game, Miner currently has a 3.73 ERA.

In April 2009, Miner came off a strong start in his first outing of the season to being roughed up in his second outing against the White Sox. In this game, he allowed back to back home runs to Jermaine Dye and Paul Konerko - the 300th of each man's career.[4].


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