The Milwaukee Brewers continue to add to their stable off bullpen arms via the waiver wire. The team recently acquired Hunter Strickland after he had been designated for assignment by the Angels, and yesterday the club announced that they had been awarded the waiver claim on right-hander Ryan Weber. The 30 year old had been DFA’d by the Red Sox just a couple days before.
RHP Ryan Weber claimed off waivers from Boston and assigned to Triple-A Nashville. RHP Chad Sobotka outrighted to Triple-A Nashville. pic.twitter.com/PGAXRtacdz
— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) June 16, 2021
A 22nd round pick by the Braves back in 2009, Weber has spent parts of seven seasons at the big league level with Atlanta, Seattle, Tampa Bay, and Boston. He’s functioned as a swingman in The Show, starting 16 games among 60 appearances while logging 163.0 innings pitched. Overall, he owns a 5.30 ERA with marks of 5.9 K/9 and 2.0 BB/9, along with a 4.91 FIP.
Weber made just one appearance with Boston this year, giving up 11 runs in 5.2 innings of long relief against the Blue Jays on June 13th. Weber hasn’t fared much better in Triple-A, posting a 4.63 ERA with 33 strikeouts and 10 walks across 35.0 innings (seven appearances, six starts). Weber does have a very strong track record in Triple-A, however, working to a 3.01 ERA in 395.1 frames at the highest level of the affiliated minor leagues. He’ll start his tenure with the organization at that level in Nashville, and this is his final option year.
Weber’s primary pitch is a sinker that he’s thrown more than 50% of the time in his career, and which has averaged between 88-89 MPH the last two seasons. He also throws a changeup, slider, cutter, and curveball. Weber doesn’t miss many bats and relies on throwing strikes and inducing ground balls, which he’s done at a 52.6% clip during his time in the big leagues.
To make room on the roster for the addition of Weber, Chad Sobotka was passed through waivers and outrighted to Triple-A Nashville. The 27 year old was part of the return for Orlando Arcia back in April, but hasn’t pitched in the big leagues yet this season and only recently was activated at Triple-A due to a lengthy battle with a sinus infection. In five games for the Sounds, Sobotka has yielded two earned runs in 3.2 innings.
Statistics courtesy of Fangraphs and Baseball-Reference