The Nationals are signing reliever Connor Sadzeck to a minor league contract, stories Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Put up (on Twitter). The appropriate-hander elected free company after being outrighted off the Brewers roster final week.
Sadzeck bought into simply two video games with the Brew Crew, permitting three runs in as many innings. That marked his first main league motion in three years, as he’d final suited up on the MLB stage with the Mariners in 2019. Sadzeck, who additionally pitched for the Rangers the season earlier than touchdown in Seattle, has a 2.75 ERA by way of 36 huge league innings. That hasn’t been supported by his peripherals, by way of, as he’s struck out a below-average 21.8% of batters confronted towards an enormous 16.4% stroll charge.
Regardless of the shortage of latest huge league expertise, Sadzeck has been flat out dominant in Triple-A this yr. The 30-year-old signed a minor league take care of Milwaukee over the winter and made 24 appearances at Triple-A Nashville. He threw 28 innings of 0.96 ERA ball, fanning 30.7% of opponents with a extra palatable (although barely elevated) 10.5% stroll proportion.
Throughout his temporary huge league stint in Milwaukee, Sadzeck averaged 95.1 MPH on his fastball. That’s a bit beneath the 96-97 MPH vary during which he labored throughout his earlier main league motion, however he nonetheless brings a loads stay arm. Washington’s bullpen has a 4.23 ERA and a 12.6 level strikeout/stroll charge differential on the yr, every of that are backside ten figures leaguewide. There needs to be a possibility for Sadzeck to earn a spot for the stretch run if he continues to pitch properly with their highest affiliate in Rochester.