The Pirates are designating reliever Tyler Bashlor for assignment, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette was among those to relay. The move opens 40-man roster space for infielder Wilmer Difo, whose previously-reported selection has been made official.
Bashlor, 27, has pitched 62.1 MLB innings with the Mets and Pirates over the past three seasons. He has only a 5.78 ERA with poor strikeout and walk rates (18.5% and 12%, respectively) in that time. Bashlor has been much better in the minors, with a 1.63 ERA in 38.2 Double-A innings and a 3.41 mark in 37 frames at Triple-A.
The Pirates have a week to trade Bashlor or place him on outright waivers. The hard-throwing righty still has a minor-league option remaining, so he can be shuttled back and forth between the majors and the alternate training site/Triple-A for the rest of the year if another team acquires him.
Baltimore? Maybe Colorado?
Hard throwers always draw attention.
Nobody should be looking for him. There are probably ten players in each system that are just as good as this minor leaguer.
yeah he seems like the epitome of “40th man on the 40-man”
Coming from a Mets fan you don’t want this guy pitching for your team. Other than Paul sewald this guy is right up there with the worst pen arm they’ve had in the past 5 years
At least Sewald had flashes of being decent sometimes. I’d say Bashlor is even worse. Drew Gagnon might even be even worse than either
Bashlor throws hard but its right down the middle, needs to improve on his secondary pitches and learn to throw a fastball on the corners
Seems like everyone wants to bash on Bashlor… and with good reason.
Maybe the Reds so Derek Johnson can work with him to fix his strikeouts to walks ratio