ContributorsPublishersAdvertisers

Zack Littell

CBS Sports

Giants' Zack Littell: Suffers loss in return

Littell (0-1) was tagged with the loss against St. Louis on Thursday, pitching two innings and allowing one run on two hits while striking out three. Littell missed over a week while on the COVID-19 injured list, but he was activated Thursday and immediately thrust into action in a bullpen game for the Giants. The right-hander was the second pitcher to appear for San Francisco, and he was the only hurler on the team to complete two full innings. Littell looked good by throwing 26 of 36 pitches for strikes and fanning three, but a Yadier Molina solo homer in the third inning was enough to have him tagged with the loss. The run was the first allowed by Littell in seven appearances this season.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA
CBS Sports

Giants' Zack Littell: Reinstated from COVID-19 list

Littell (illness) was reinstated from the COVID-19 injured list Thursday, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports. Littell landed on the injured list April 26 and reportedly experienced mild symptoms. Prior to being sidelined, he had not allowed an earned run across six innings while striking out five and walking none in a relief role.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA
RELATED CHANNELS
CBS Sports

Giants' Zack Littell: Lands on injured list

Littell (undisclosed) was placed on the injured list Tuesday. The move didn't come with an injury designation, so Littell may have been placed on the COVID-19 IL. Kervin Castro was recalled from Triple-A Sacramento in a corresponding move.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA
CBS Sports

Giants' Zack Littell: Tests positive for COVID-19

Littell was placed on the COVID-19 injured list Tuesday after testing positive for the virus, Evan Webeck of The San Jose Mercury News reports. Littell officially landed on the shelf without an injury designation prior to Tuesday's win over the A's, but manager Gabe Kapler clarified the right-hander's outlook after the contest. The 26-year-old is experiencing mild symptoms and will remain away from the team until he clears MLB's testing protocols.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA
CBS Sports

Giants' Zack Littell: Not giving up much

Littell has allowed just three hits and no walks while striking out two over five innings in 2022. The right-hander pitched well in spring training, and he's carried over that success into the regular season. Littell has often entered in the middle innings, though his solid work thus far could help his case for high-leverage work. He's yet to record a decision, but he has picked up a hold in five outings.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA
RELATED PEOPLE
CBS Sports

Giants' Zack Littell: Solid in spring

Littell has allowed one run on three hits with one strikeout in three innings across three Cactus League games. Littell was very effective in 2021, working in everything from an opener role to a fill-in at closer occasionally. He posted a 2.92 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 63:24 K:BB with a 4-0 record, two saves and five holds in 61.2 innings. Entering 2022, Giants manager Gabe Kapler still hesitates to give strictly defined roles to his relievers. Jake McGee, Camilo Doval and Tyler Rogers are expected to be in the closer committee, while Littell's versatility will see him often work in the middle innings. Given his 3.86 FIP from last season, he'll likely face a little regression in 2022.
MLB

Zack Littell, another bearded middle reliever

Next up on our alphabetical countdown of San Francisco Giants player reviews is right-handed pitcher Zack Littell. 63 games, 61.2 innings, 2.92 ERA, 3.87 FIP, 1.135 WHIP, 63 strikeouts, 24 walks, 1.0 rWAR, 0.3 fWAR. Zack Littell was a bearded reliever for the Giants. I understand if you think he...
MLB
giants365.com

Giants reliever Zack Littell revels in his (unlikely) first career hit

Littell, a relief pitcher, doesn't even take batting practice, and he was surprised to learn he has his own batting helmet. It had my name on it, and I was like, 'Oh cool,' " he said. There were batting gloves in there as well, which I didn't even know I had.
MLB
CBS Sports

Giants' Zack Littell: Picks up win

Littell (2-0) got the win in Sunday's 6-4 victory over the Dodgers, striking out two in one inning of work. In another bullpen game for San Francisco, Littell was brought in with two on and none out in the second inning and was able to escape the jam unscathed. The giants went on to score two runs in the bottom of the inning to make Littell the winner. The 25-year-old has pitched well dating back to the start of August, recording a 1.11 ERA in 16.2 innings across 12 appearances in the stretch.
MLB
CBS Sports

Giants' Zack Littell: Delivers in clutch

Littell got the save in Friday's 5-4 win over the Rockies, recording the final out of the ninth inning via strikeout. San Francisco entered the ninth with a 5-2 lead but closer Jake McGee served up a two-run home run and two more baserunners before Littell was called upon by manager Gabe Kapler. The 25-year-old needed just four pitches to dismiss C.J. Cron for his second save in three appearances, with a win sandwiched between them. Since being recalled Aug. 7, Littell is 1-0 with two saves and four strikeouts in 3.2 innings.
MLB
CBS Sports

Giants' Zack Littell: Logs first career save

Littell allowed just one walk and struck out one over two scoreless innings to earn the save in Sunday's 5-4 win over Milwaukee. After getting called up Saturday, Littell was able to spare a San Francisco bullpen that had been leaned on heavily throughout the series versus Milwaukee. The right-hander protected a one-run lead for two innings to notch his first major-league save and just his third save at any level of professional baseball. Littell has a 3.16 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 27:17 K:BB and five holds through 37 innings this season. He's not likely to see many additional save chances going forward.
MLB
CBS Sports

Giants' Zack Littell: Sent to Triple-A

Littell was optioned to Triple-A Sacramento on Tuesday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Littell has been a decent bullpen option this season with a 3.44 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 25:16 K:BB over 34 innings, but he'll head to the minors Tuesday. The right-hander could rejoin the Giants later in the year when additional bullpen depth is needed.
MLB
CBS Sports

Giants' Zack Littell: Posts clean inning

Littell pitched a perfect inning in Tuesday's 3-1 loss to the Dodgers. Since an ugly turn as an opener June 15 versus Arizona, Littell has bounced back relatively well. He's allowed two runs on three hits and three walks in six innings across his last seven outings. The right-hander has been reasonably effective in a low-leverage role with a 3.33 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 17:11 K:BB across 24.1 innings. However, Littell may not be able to sustain those ratios -- a .235 BABIP has helped limit the damage against him so far this year.
MLB
zonecoverage.com

Why the Twins May Have Given Up on Zack Littell Too Early

The Minnesota Twins’ bullpen has caused great frustration this season, and it’s hard not to wonder if Zack Littell* would have helped round out their relief corps. Littell, who arrived in 2017 as part of the Jaime Garcia trade with the New York Yankees, was granted free agency last offseason and signed with the San Francisco Giants. He was an integral part of Minnesota’s bullpen two years ago, owning a 2.68 ERA and striking out almost 22% of the hitters he faced.
MLB
CBS Sports

Giants' Zack Littell: Lit up as opener

Littell allowed four runs on four hits and two walks without recording an out Tuesday against Arizona. He did not factor in the decision. The Diamondbacks couldn't have asked for a better offensive start in the contest, collecting four singles and a pair of walks while scoring four times before Littell was lifted without recording an out. The right-hander was working as an opener and wasn't expected to pitch very long, but his inability to retire any batters still qualifies as a disaster despite the fact that the Giants eventually came back to win. It remains to be seen how Littell will be deployed going forward, though it wouldn't be surprising if he's no longer asked to open games given the outcome Tuesday.
MLB
CBS Sports

Giants' Zack Littell: Working as opener again

The Giants announced that Littell will serve as their opening pitcher for Tuesday's game against the Diamondbacks, Mark W. Sanchez of KNBR 680 San Francisco reports. Though the team didn't say so officially, Sam Long will almost certainly serve as the primary pitcher behind Littell after the two were effective while working in succession June 9 in Texas. After Littell tossed a scoreless first inning, Long followed with four innings of one-run ball. The Giants likely won't ask Littell to record more than three to six outs Tuesday before he gives way to Long.
MLB
McCovey Chronicles

Wednesday BP: Zack Littell to start today, Sammy Long likely to pitch out of the bullpen

Hello and happy Wednesday. Sometime last week, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic reported that the San Francisco Giants might call up left-handed pitcher Sammy Long sooner rather than later. The same Long who was out of baseball in 2018 and 2020. The same long whom the Giants signed to a Minor League contract for this year. The same Long who, prior to the start of the Minor League season last month, had never even appeared in a single game above A ball.
MLB
CBS Sports

Giants' Zack Littell: Scoreless inning as opener

Littell allowed a walk and struck out one in one inning as the opener in Wednesday's 4-3 extra-innings loss to Texas. He did not factor in the decision. Littell got the game going in a positive manner with a fairly strong inning. Wednesday was his first major-league start since 2018. He's been an effective option out of the bullpen with a 1.56 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 15:6 K:BB across 17.1 innings this season. The 25-year-old has also picked up four holds, but he remains behind at least Tyler Rogers and Jake McGee when it comes to closing duties.
MLB
northwestgeorgianews.com

Zack Littell gets start for Giants at Texas, Dickerson to IL

Jun. 9—ARLINGTON, Texas — Reliever Zack Littell is getting the start for the Giants at Texas in the finale of the two-game series, making it a bullpen game for San Francisco. Manager Gabe Kapler indicated that Littell, a right-hander, is getting the start for matchup reasons while declining to get...
MLB