June 14: The A’s have released Klobosits, per their transactions log at MLB.com.
June 8: The Athletics announced Wednesday that they’ve designated right-hander Gabe Klobosits for assignment and optioned righty Domingo Tapia to Triple-A Las Vegas. That pair of moves creates space for lefty Jared Koenig, whose contract has been formally selected. A’s skipper Mark Kotsay announced earlier this week that Koenig would be selected from Triple-A to start today’s game.
Acquired on a waiver claim from the Nationals back on April 11, Klobosits has spent the entire season with Las Vegas, where he’s posted an unsightly 7.59 ERA in 10 2/3 frames. The towering 6’8″ righty fanned nearly a quarter of his opponents but also issued a walk to 11.8% of the batters he faced.
Klobosits made his MLB debut with the Nats in 2021, pitching to a 5.56 ERA in a small sample of 11 1/3 innings. He averaged 94.8 mph on his heater during that time and induced chases on pitches outside the strike zone at a gaudy 35.6% clip. The former 36th-round pick also posted a 1.64 ERA with a 28.9% strikeout rate against a respectable 8.8% walk rate in a combined 38 1/3 innings between Double-A and Triple-A last year, so despite his struggles in a brief stint with the A’s, he’s had some success in the upper minors.
Notably, Klobosits does not appear on the minor league injured list but also hasn’t pitched in a game for the Aviators since mid-May. The reason for that layoff isn’t clear. Regardless, the A’s will have a week to trade Klobosits, attempt to pass him through outright waivers (assuming he is in good health; injured players cannot be outrighted) or release him.
Nothing good could come for having a Klobosits on your team
Thank you Buster Olney.
Generally those extremely tall pitchers take longer than their conventionally heighted contemporaries to harness the consistency of their delivery. Many never do.
Comes from a family of dermatologists.
Sounds like a name from MAD Magazine.
Is there a vaccine for klobosits?
Yeah it’s called the DFA one dose
Curly Was The Smart Stooge
Make fun all you like, but this guy has the wingspan of a condor & gives great group hugs.
Sit, ubu, sit.
Nice. Family ties reference
Name like a mouthful of kalamata olives
Looks like it’s off to the Mexican leagues to try and reestablish some value. The life of a 36th round draft pick in the minors has to be really tough. I feel for the guy; he probably makes less than minimum wage when you factor in how many hours he works per week. At least they provided housing to them this year.