The Nationals have agreed to a minor league take care of right-hander Tyler Eppler, MLB Commerce Rumors’ Steve Adams stories (Twitter link). Eppler is returning to North American baseball after pitching for NPB’s Orix Buffaloes final season.
The journey to Japan noticed Eppler pitch for each Orix’s minor league affiliate and with the Buffaloes themselves, together with a 4.02 ERA, 7.2 Okay/9, and a pair of.78 Okay/BB charge over 31 1/Three reduction innings with the massive membership. Eppler labored nearly solely as a beginning pitcher over his earlier 592 innings within the Pirates’ farm system from 2014-18, beginning 100 of his 111 profession video games.
Initially a sixth-round decide for the Pirates within the 2014 draft, Eppler had some respectable however unspectacular numbers in his minor league profession. He had a 3.82 ERA and three.14 Okay/BB, although didn’t generate many grounders or miss many bats (6.Four Okay/9), which might be why Pittsburgh didn’t shield Eppler from the Rule 5 Draft in both 2017 or 2018. Nonetheless, the bottom-line outcomes are fairly strong, and there’s little threat for the Nationals in bringing the 27-year-old Eppler to Spring Coaching to see that he might contribute to the membership’s shaky bullpen.