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Top Zac Gallen News

  • Diamondbacks' Zac Gallen: Makes final tuneup

    Gallen allowed five runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out three over 5.2 innings in Friday's spring start against the Reds.

    This was Gallen's final Cactus League outing before he takes the ball Opening Day against the Dodgers. He gave up two home runs to round out a spring with ugly results: 15 earned runs in 16.1 innings with 10 walks. The right-hander didn't sound concerned when he told Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic that he did "zero" work on game planning for his spring opponents, which isn't unusual. Of note, his fastball was down a couple ticks, from 94.2 mph last season to 92.5 mph Thursday, and it's been down all camp according to Piecoro. Nevertheless, Gallen threw 82 pitches and worked into the sixth inning, so he'll be fully stretched out to begin the regular season.

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  • Diamondbacks' Zac Gallen: Tapped for Opening Day start

    Gallen will start Opening Day versus the Dodgers on Thursday, Evan Woodbery of reports.

    Gallen will toe the rubber at Chase Field as the Diamondbacks launch their season next week. The right-hander has evolved into Arizona's ace, producing a 2.54 ERA and microscopic 0.91 WHIP with 192 strikeouts over 184 innings in 31 starts with the team in 2022. If Gallen can take another step up in 2023, he'll elevate himself into the Cy Young conversation in the National League.

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  • Diamondbacks' Zac Gallen: Works 4.2 innings

    Gallen allowed four runs on six hits and two walks while striking out five over 4.2 innings in Saturday's spring start against the Guardians.

    The first four innings were comfortable for Gallen, but the right-hander was tagged for three runs in the fifth frame, which included two steals and a balk. Gallen accentuated the positive to Steve Gilbert of, noting most of his pitches felt good, and he was able to incorporate a between-starts tweak to his mechanics, a response to him flying open with his front shoulder. At this stage of the spring, he's working on fine-tuning each of his pitches, including the cutter that gave him trouble Saturday.

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  • Diamondbacks' Zac Gallen: Up to 70 pitches

    Gallen threw 70 pitches during his second spring start Monday against the Rangers, Steve Stockmar of reports.

    In what has been a normal pattern for Arizona starters this spring, Gallen was removed during an inning before re-entering an inning later. He initially worked 3.2 innings then faced one batter in the fifth. "Just get my body used to sitting down and getting up again for a fifth time," Gallen said. "I would say maybe that's just as important if not more important than getting the pitch count." Gallen is lined up to start Opening Day, March 30, against the Dodgers.

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  • Diamondbacks' Zac Gallen: Pitches portions of four innings

    Gallen allowed four runs on three hits and four walks while striking out one over two innings in Tuesday's spring start against Oakland.

    Gallen pitched all of the first inning then portions of the second, third and fourth innings. A common thread in his first Cactus League start was base runners. Gallen's fastball velocity lived between 88 and 93 mph, per Michael McDermott of, and his typical control was not there, but the good news is that he got up and down four times and threw 62 pitches. The 27-year-old right-hander said the ball felt good out of his hand. Arizona's No. 1 starter should be on track to start Opening Day.

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  • Diamondbacks' Zac Gallen: Spring debut coming

    Gallen is on track to make his spring debut Tuesday against the Athletics, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.

    Gallen, the Diamondbacks' projected No. 1 starter, has already thrown three innings in a simulated game and could throw up to four when he eventually pitches in a Cactus League contest.

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  • Diamondbacks' Zac Gallen: Throws sim game

    Gallen threw a three-inning, 45-pitch simulated game Thursday, Michael Reynolds of reports.

    Gallen, the Diamondbacks' projected No. 1 starter, is expected to make his Cactus League debut next week. Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said the right-hander could throw up to four innings when he makes his spring debut.

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  • Diamondbacks' Zac Gallen: Avoids arbitration

    Gallen signed a one-year, $5.6 million contract with Arizona on Friday to avoid arbitration, Mark Feinsand of reports.

    After recording a sub-3.00 ERA in three of his four seasons in the majors, Gallen was due for a healthy raise this offseason in his first year of arbitration eligibility. The 27-year-old righty posted career bests with a 2.54 ERA and 0.91 WHIP through 184 innings in 2022.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-1, 196 lbs
Birthplace: Gibbsboro, NJ
Age: 27
School: North Carolina
Experience: 3
Bats/Throws: R, R