TODAY: Tillo is now officially a free agent after clearing waivers, the Royals announced.
APRIL 13: The Royals announced this morning they’ve requested unconditional release waivers on left-hander Daniel Tillo. Kansas City had designated the 6’5″ southpaw for assignment last week when setting the Opening Day roster.
Tillo has never appeared in a major league game, although he did accrue 99 days of MLB service last season while on the injured list. Kansas City selected the Iowa native onto the 40-man roster over the 2020-21 offseason. He was still rehabbing from a Tommy John surgery he’d undergone the prior season, and he spent much of last year recovering.
Upon being reinstated from the IL in August, Tillo was optioned to Double-A Northwest Arkansas. He pitched 23 1/3 innings there, working to a 4.63 ERA with a 21.6% strikeout percentage and an elevated 14.7% walk rate. Assuming he clears release waivers, Tillo will be a free agent and could look for a minor league deal with any of the league’s 30 teams.