According to a team announcement, the Diamondbacks have claimed Giants’ left-hander Caleb Baragar off waivers. Also, Arizona has verified the signing of Oliver Perez to a minor league contract, which was previously reported.
It’s no surprise that Baragar is still in the National League West, given he’s played his entire career with the San Francisco Giants.
When it comes to major league experience, he’s spent time in the big leagues in each of the last two seasons, pitching 45 1/3 innings in 49 games.
When it comes to run prevention, the former ninth-round pick’s 2.78 ERA is excellent, but his underlying metrics don’t back it up.
Baragar has a strikeout rate of 18.8 percent, which is around five percentage points lower than the league average. He had a 5.7 percent walk rate in his rookie season, but that number rose to 12.2 percent last year.
A key issue for Baragar in Triple-A was his inability to limit his at-bats to singles and doubles.
While pitching for the Giants’ top minor league affiliate in Sacramento, he gave up seven home runs in 22 1/3 innings while committing an unconscionable free pass rate of 17.6 percent.
Last Monday, San Francisco designated him for assignment because of an 8.46 ERA in the minor leagues.
The Arizona Diamondbacks will take a chance on the 27-year-old regaining his best form. In the minors, Baragar had a decent record before the end of last season.
He has two more option years left, so Arizona can retain him with their top affiliate in Reno as long as they need him. The Arizona Diamondbacks now have four left-handed relievers on their 40-man roster
What Jersey Number Does Caleb Baragar Wear?
The number 38 Jersey is assigned to Caleb Baragar