The Giants have signed reliever Cody Carroll to a minor league contract, according to the team’s transactions log at MLB.com. The right-hander elected minor league free agency at the end of last season after an August minors deal with the Marlins didn’t result in a big league look.
Carroll didn’t pitch in the majors last season. He did log some action at the game’s highest level in both 2018 and 2020, though, combining for 19 innings of relief across 18 appearances with the Orioles. He’s yet to find MLB success, posting a 13.24 ERA while opposing hitters have put up a .353/.467/.624 line against him.
Yet Carroll has performed well on his way up the ladder, with a 3.71 ERA over parts of two Triple-A seasons his highest mark at any minor league level. The Southern Mississippi product has also punched out an impressive 29.2% of batters faced across 70 1/3 Triple-A innings, albeit with an elevated 11.4% walk rate.
The Giants will take a no-risk flier on Carroll, who’d been regarded as a fairly promising relief prospect during his time in the Yankees farm system. His fastball has sat in the 95-96 MPH range during his brief big league time, and Baseball America credited him with a plus slider entering the 2018 season. Baltimore was intrigued enough by his arsenal and strong minor league numbers to include him in that year’s Zack Britton trade, but his stock dipped quickly due to his poor big league production and a back surgery that wiped out almost all of his 2019 season.