The Mariners have designated catcher Jacob Nottingham for assignment, the team announced. Right-hander Wyatt Mills was called up from the alternate training site in a corresponding move.
It’s the second DFA in a little over a week for Nottingham, who was only just claimed by Seattle off the Brewers’ roster on April 28. Nottingham might now be moving on without ever officially appearing in a Mariners uniform if another team makes a claim. (Given how Milwaukee just lost starting catcher Omar Narvaez to the injured list, one wonders if the Brewers could reunite with their former backstop.) Nottingham is out of minor league options, which is why neither the Mariners or Brewers could simply stash him in the minors.
The 26-year-old Nottingham has a .203/.306/.432 slash line over 85 career plate appearances in the majors, appearing in 30 games total with Milwaukee from 2018-20. A sixth-round pick for the Astros in the 2013 draft, Nottingham played in the minors with the Astros and Athletics before going to the Brewers as part of the Khris Davis trade in February 2016.
Mills was a third-round pick for Seattle in the 2017 draft, and is a local product who hails from Spokane and attended Gonzaga. MLB Pipeline ranks him as the 22nd-best prospect in the Mariners’ farm system, with Mills showing some extra intrigue after displaying a velocity bump (up to 97mph) in Arizona Fall League play. Mills has “primarily relied on a fastball-slider combination to miss bats and generate a ton of groundouts,” according to Pipeline, with “high spin rates” on both pitches. Mills has a 3.57 ERA over 126 minor league innings, all as a relief pitcher.
this isnt exactly uncommon…
I mean I know, it’s just that they just claimed him and is better than torrens. I figured he’d be the one to go.
Now that’s efficiency
Probably right back to the Brewers with Narvaez and Pina on the IL.
I hope so
Or the Cubs for Contreras.
Milwaukee called up top catching prospect Feliciano. Plus pineapple is ready to return but need to wait out 10-day dl.
why not Torrens or Bishop?
They both have minor league options
Torrens is out of options.
He also has a higher ceiling and is more likely to stick around to pair with Raleigh.
Tom Murphy gets two hits and they’re ready to move on
That was exactly my first thought when I saw this. I do believe Tom will get it going though
Tom Murphy had 2 hits including a HR. All is well again. Lol
“Hello Jacob. Welcome to the Mariners. Now please leave.”
Back to England he goes.
At least there he was Sheriff…
This is how a journeyman catcher makes his way…Mark Parent comes to mind. Stephen Vogt is another. Guys can make a career out of bouncing around. It only takes one team to give the a chance (when they have no choice). Sink or swim at that point.