After claiming right-hander Brett de Geus off waivers from the Rangers yesterday, the Diamondbacks added him to their active roster today, the team announced. Because he was a Rule 5 pick, de Geus will need to remain on the active roster for the remainder of the season to stay in the Dbacks’ organization.
Arizona was 21-56 coming into today, owners of the worst record in baseball, and while that was hardly the plan for the Snakes, it does allow them to take a chance on a young player like de Geus. As a waiver claim, he’s a no-risk addition to the bullpen, which will also allow them to give more development time to other prospects.
Corbin Martin is one such arm. Martin was optioned to Triple-A to make room on the roster for De Geus. The 25-year-old Martin came to the desert from the Astros as part of the Zack Greinke deal.
Martin has appeared overmatched in five outings (three starts). The former second-round pick started yesterday’s game against the Padres, but he faced just seven hitters, recording one out while giving up four earned runs on three hits (two home runs), a pair of walks, and a hit batsman. He’s been tagged for 19 earned runs in 16 innings for a 10.69 ERA.
de Geus’ numbers with the Rangers don’t suggest he’s a huge upgrade — 8.44 ERA in 19 appearances — but an organization change always brings the possibility of a change in approach or mechanics that could spark something for de Geus, who’s still just 23 years old.
Dodger draft pick with only 2 minor league seasons under his belt and only 23. He is getting screwed because of his contract without getting the proper minor league seasoning to develop.. but hey on the flip side those benefits will be nice when he’s done playing.
Theres zero doubt that De Gues was rushed through the minors, but I feel like it’s just going to be like a Luis Torrens sort of thing.
You keep him on your roster because the team isn’t that good, you can take a flier on him. Next year he’ll be 24, and his rule 5 status will be gone, so you just option him to get some triple AAA experience. He had a good season in High A in 2019, but it’s kind of obvious de Gues is overmatched right now. I hardly think the diamondbacks care though.