The Orioles announced that right-hander Mickey Jannis has cleared waivers and been sent outright to Triple-A Norfolk. He’d been designated for assignment earlier in the week.
Jannis will remain in the organization as high minors depth. The 33-year-old has had a strong season with the Tides, working to a 2.92 ERA across 24 2/3 innings. His strikeout and walk rates (13% and 10%, respectively) are uninspiring, but that’s generally to be expected for a knuckleballer.
That quality Triple-A work earned Jannis the briefest of looks at the big league level earlier this week. He was selected to the roster and made his MLB debut on Wednesday. Jannis was called on for a few innings of mop-up work against the Astros, the league’s top lineup. He didn’t fare well, as Houston tagged him for seven runs on eight hits (including three homers) and four walks. At the very least, Jannis did record his first major league strikeout, punching out Yordan Álvarez.
Wait for it…
Glad they are keeping him around. He definitely did not get a fair shake, and the excuse that they needed a fresh arm in the bullpen is crap since knuckleballers can pretty much pitch five days a week, especially as a reliever.
Found it funny that he was checked for foreign substances in his debut. I doubt there is any, but is there any sort of substance that could decrease a pitcher’s spin rate while also letting them still be effective/have control?
Lee Mazzilli for HOF
He got to play in the majors. If he never makes another appearance he can say he made it.
With a 18.00 era lol
And an MLB pension
A player needs 43 days of service time to be eligible for a pension.