The Angels have designated right-hander Austin Brice to make room for catcher Jonathan Lucroy, whose signing is now official, Jeff Fletcher of the Southern California News Group reports.
The 26-year-old Brice didn’t last long on the Angels’ 40-man roster, as the club claimed him off waivers from the Reds on Nov. 2. A ninth-round pick of the Marlins in 2010, Brice has logged an underwhelming 5.68 ERA/5.25 FIP with 7.71 K/9 and 2.68 BB/9 in 84 major league innings, despite featuring 95 mph heat. Brice saw his most MLB action in 2018, when he threw 37 1/3 frames in Cincinnati and posted a 5.79 ERA/5.87 FIP with 7.71 K/9 and 3.13 BB/9.
While Brice has generated grounders at a solid 51.3 percent clip during his big league career, the fly balls he has allowed have been costly. Thus far, he’s the owner of a lofty 21.8 percent home run-to-fly ball rate at the game’s highest level. Brice has been far more effective in the minors, particularly in 53 1/3 innings in Triple-A, where he has pitched to a 2.87 ERA and recorded 9.3 K/9 against 2.9 BB/9.