Over the weekend, the San Diego Padres claimed LHP Tyler Webb off waivers from the Milwaukee Brewers.
Filling the void left by Dinelson Lamet’s season-ending injury, the San Diego Padres have added LHP Tyler Webb to their 40-man roster. Webb was claimed off waivers after the Milwaukee Brewers designated him for assignment early last week.
It’s a minor transaction that won’t have any major impact, however, Webb’s services may be needed over the next few days. Brad Hand, Kyle McGrath, Robbie Erlin, Buddy Baumann, and Brad Wieck are the only left-handed bullpen options available to Andy Green.
With the recent suspension to Luis Perdomo for last week’s bench-clearing brawl with the Colorado Rockies, Perdomo will miss his next start. Robbie Erlin could find himself getting the spot-start, requiring the need for another left-handed bullpen arm.
Listed at 6’5″ 230 pounds, some evaluators believe that he has the potential to stick as a long-reliever in the major leagues. John Sickels, of MinorLeagueBall.com, had this to say about the then-Yankees pitcher last season,
“He changes speeds well enough to hold his own against right-handed hitters as well and has maintained strong whiff rates at all levels.”
Also according to Sickels, Webb possesses a fastball that sits around 90 mph which plays up with his ability to mix in a changeup and pinpoint his slider. He has just enough deception in his delivery to keep hitters slightly off-balance as they get used to him.
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Originally a 10th-round pick of the New York Yankees in 2013, Webb joins his third team in the last year. The Pittsburgh Pirates selected him in the 2016 Rule-5 draft, but Webb soon returned to New York before being traded to the Milwaukee Brewers.
Across five minor league seasons, Webb has worked 264.2 innings, the vast majority of them coming in relief. He owns a 329/74 K/BB ratio and has given up 0.9 hits/nine innings.
Webb, 27, made his major league debut last season, tossing six innings in New York and two in Milwaukee. He gave up five runs and nine hits to go along with eight walks in his brief stint in the bigs.
Webb is currently with the AAA El Paso Chihuahuas but could be used early next week to help get the pitching staff through Luis Perdomo’s suspension.