Right-hander Robert Coello has opted out of his minor league contract with the Giants, MLBTR has learned. Coello’s deal had a June 1 out clause, and he’ll now be able to sign with a new organization as a free agent.
The 30-year-old Coello has spent most of his career as a reliever, but the Giants used him in the rotation at Triple-A Sacramento this season with good success. In 11 starts that spanned 64 1/3 innings, Coello has worked to a 3.50 ERA with 6.9 K/9 and 3.9 BB/9.
Coello, a client of Octagon/Jay Alou, last appeared in the Majors with the 2013 Angels, pitching to a 3.71 ERA with 23 strikeouts against eight walks in 17 innings. He has a history of missing bats in both the Majors and the minors, as evidenced by a 12.1 K/9 rate in the bigs and a mark of 9.8 in the minors. His strikeout rate is notably higher when working out of the bullpen, which isn’t surprising — pitchers will typically work at a greater velocity in the bullpen. Coello does have occasional trouble throwing strikes, as he’s walked just over four hitters per nine in his minor league career and has walked 17 hitters in 29 big league innings.
Coello is the second pitcher to exercise an opt-out clause from San Francisco’s Triple-A affiliate in as many days, as Kevin Correia also elected free agency yesterday. It’s possible that we’ll see a third pitcher test the open market, too; right-hander Juan Gutierrez also has a June 1 opt-out, as MLBTR previously reported.