The Brewers have signed right-hander Robert Stock to a minor league contract, tweets Adam McCalvy of MLB.com. He’ll be in major league camp as a non-roster invitee to Spring Training.
Stock appeared at the MLB level each season from 2018-21. He first cracked the majors during his age-28 season with the Padres. The hard-throwing Stock broke in with a flourish, posting a 2.50 ERA in 39 2/3 relief innings as a rookie. He didn’t replicate that success the following season, struggling in 10 appearances and missing an extended stretch of action with a biceps strain. The next offseason, he bounced from San Diego to Philadelphia to Boston on waivers.
After struggling in 10 outings of relief for Boston, Stock landed with the Cubs on waivers. He made just one appearance for Chicago — his first MLB start — and then headed to the Mets. Stock started twice for New York and was outrighted off the roster at the end of the season. He signed with the Doosan Bears of the Korea Baseball Organization for the 2022 campaign.
The USC product worked out of the Bears’ rotation last year. He started 29 games and worked 165 innings, posting a solid 3.60 ERA. That came with a fairly modest 19.1% strikeout percentage and an elevated 11.5% walk rate. Stock will try to iron those numbers out in his return to affiliated ball.
He’ll be in MLB camp and offer some depth in both the starting staff or bullpen. Milwaukee’s rotation is already deep, with Corbin Burnes, Brandon Woodruff, Freddy Peralta, Wade Miley, Aaron Ashby, Eric Lauer and Adrian Houser offering seven options on the 40-man roster. The clearer path to MLB time for Stock would likely come in relief, though he seems likely to open the year at Triple-A Nashville given Milwaukee’s overall pitching depth.
Great guy. Great fastball. No clue where it is going.
I hope Stock sticks to stack the Brewers’ arms and doesn’t get stuck in AAA.. I’m stoked!
If only Mr Stock had other pitches in his toolbox! Easy guy to root for
Brewers had one of the softest tossing pens last year. Nice to see them add some big velocity arms to the mix. Hopefully a few of these guys pan out
Isn’t this the guy who hosted “America’s Most Wanted?”
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Get me Ted Striker!
Robert Stack hosted Unsolved Mysteries. So you’re wrong on the show and the name. One more strike and you’re out!
Rober Stack hosted Unsolved Mysteries..if ur gonna do a bad joke at least get the show right lol.
The Brewers are Stocking up on pitchers.
Sometimes this comment section feels like a bunch of failed auditions for a stand-up comedy gig. Nine jokes of varying quality and two comments pertaining to the actual transaction at present. I love this place!
What are you talking about? By the way:
Q. Got any Stock tips?
A. Yeah. DFA him.
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Only a minor league deal? His stock must be down.
Buy low sell high.
Youse guys forgot Jason Alexander in the Brewers’ starting pitching depth!
One could argue it’s been all downhill for him since Seinfeld…
Always nice to see a former Cubs end up on the Brewers.
I always worry that these signings mean they know one of the pitchers on the 40 is not going to be ready by the end of spring training. So we’ll just go with “depth-signing”. 18 days until pitchers and catchers report!!
The journeyman continues the journey, man. This guy is an awesome guy and he’s funny and throws baseballs. He made possibly the best fielding play by a pitcher I’ve seen, in a minor league game, and he’s worth a follow on Twitter just to see what he says. I’m glad his journey continues. He also reminds me of the kid in the back seat of the car near the start of the movie “Super Troopers”. I can’t see Stock without seeing that guy. And now, my morning ADHD gushing rant is over. Discuss amongst yourselves.
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I played with Robert very briefly in high school before he skipped his senior season to enroll early at USC. Even at that age he was a standup human being. Always rooting for him. Another Brewer I knew from that timeframe was Christian Yelich. Also another standup, down to earth human being. They’re actually from the same town in California but went to rival high schools.