Kroenke Clears Waivers, Optioned To Triple-A

Lefty reliever Zach Kroenke has cleared waivers and been optioned to Triple-A Reno by the Diamondbacks, according to's Steve Gilbert. Arizona selected Kroenke from the Yankees with the sixth overall pick in December's Rule 5 Draft.

Since this was Kroenke's second time through the process (the Marlins selected him in last year's Rule 5 Draft), he had the right to declare free agency if someone claimed him. As Jack Magruder of explains, New York was told that Kroenke would elect to become a free agent if they wanted to take him back, so they never bothered to put a claim in. ESPN's Keith Law confirmed with Kroenke's agent that the Diamondbacks' chose to keep him on the 40-man roster even though he cleared waivers.

The 26-year-old Kroenke was the Yankees' fifth round pick in the 2005 draft, and posted a 1.99 ERA with a 6.8 K/9 and a 3.7 BB/9 in 72.1 Triple-A innings last year. He has held lefties to a .256 batting average during his minor league career. 

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4 Comments on "Kroenke Clears Waivers, Optioned To Triple-A"

5 years 4 months ago

why the mets didnt claim him????????

5 years 4 months ago

Because he’s just not all that good?

5 years 4 months ago

So another name to cross the Rule 5 list.

5 years 4 months ago

At first I misread this as Zack Greinke instead of Zach Kroenke.