Pink Sox Signal Alex Claudio

The Pink Sox have signed left-hander Alex Claudio to a minor league deal and assigned him to Triple-A Worcester, relays Invoice Koch of the Windfall Journal (Twitter link). The veteran southpaw was launched by the Angels final month.

Claudio signed with Los Angeles on a one-year contract over the offseason on the heels of a pair of respectable however unspectacular years with the Brewers. The 29-year-old was a frequently-utilized possibility for Angels supervisor Joe Maddon, who turned to him 41 instances over the membership’s first 98 video games. Claudio pitched to a career-worst 5.51 ERA over 32 2/3 frames, partially as a result of highest stroll fee (10.1%) of his profession.

That mentioned, Claudio did strike out batters at a 20.3% clip, the best fee of his profession (excluding his 12 1/3 inning debut season in 2014). That’s properly under league common for a reliever, however the soft-tossing Claudio has lengthy been referred to as a groundball specialist. He’s not inducing grounders on over 60% of balls in play — as he did at his 2016-18 peak with the Rangers — however the southpaw’s 52% grounder fee this season stays above-average.

In different Pink Sox information, Koch notes that Worcester launched reliever Marcus Walden over the weekend. The 32-year-old pitched 106 innings of 4.50 ERA ball for the Pink Sox between 2018-20 however was outrighted off the 40-man roster in Spring Coaching. Walden labored 42 2/3 innings with Worcester this 12 months, posting a 4.01 ERA with a 20.8% strikeout fee.

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