The Twins have traded right-hander Trevor Megill to Milwaukee, according to a team announcement by the Brewers, who will be sending a player to be named later and cash to Minnesota in exchange for Megill’s services. Megill has been assigned to Triple-A by Milwaukee, and that the club transferred outfielder Garrett Mitchell to the 60-day injured list to make room for Megill on the 40-man roster.
A third round pick by the Cardinals in the 2014 draft, Megill made his MLB debut in 2021 as a member of the Cubs. He struggled badly in 23 2/3 innings, however, posting an 8.37 ERA and 5.61 FIP before being designated for assignment by Chicago at the end of the season. He was claimed off waivers by the Twins and has remained in the organization ever since. In 2022, he posted much better numbers than he had on the north side. His 4.80 ERA in 45 innings of work was still below average by measure of ERA+ (81), but he struck out 25% of batters faced while walking 8.7%, leading to a solid 3.29 FIP.
Megill figures to be bullpen depth for a Brewers club that has gone without Aaron Ashby this season and recently put right-handers Matt Bush and Gus Varland on the 15-day IL. Even in spite of those injuries, however, the Brewers’ bullpen is top 5 in the majors by measure of ERA so far this season, meaning Megill may need to wait until an injury makes a spot available for his first opportunity in Milwaukee.
Megill was drafted by the Cardinals in 2014 but not signed. Drafted and signed in 2015 by the Padres.
Now the Megill boys can face each other if Trevor can get to the bigs – speaking of “big” they are both around 6’7” or 6’8” and 240 pounds.
His ERA being 4.80 in “reality” means much more than any “coulda, woulda, shoulda” fantasy FIP. It can be said of all pitchers that they would have been better if they didn’t actually give up all those runs. Unfortunately, they did.
Yeah i like it when guys who don’t know anything about baseball bring up FIP. I’m not entirely sold on ERA either as that can also be misleading. You can tell how good these players are just by watching them with your own eyes. For example, Lindor got over 100 Rbis last year but I couldn’t even recall a time where he got an RBI when the game was tied. Always got hits with runners in scoring position when the game was a blowout already. Shows that maybe bringing up random stats won’t necessarily prove a players worth
Analytics allows people that do not watch much baseball, to lecture the ones that do.
Retrospectively yes. If Luis Areaz hits .400 with a sky high babip we recognize he had a hell of a season and saw the ball well. Like Ted Williams would say, he’d rather be lucky than good. But a GM can’t anchor future decisions on a what happened if he doesn’t think it’s sustainable.
But you could argue FIP means more when teams are trying to gauge future performance.
What actually happened is “reality” and what “could have” happened is a projection, aka fantasy. In life AND in baseball, Reality ALWAYS takes precedence over fantasy.
That just isn’t true. Otherwise you wouldn’t see guys who put up respectable ERA’s but low strikeout totals passing through waivers all the time. Teams want to value on what will happen, not past performance with zero context. There’s a reason pitching factories like Tampa and LA can target pitchers who put up awful numbers for other teams and work them into very good major league pitchers.
@jdgoat pitchers like Julio Tehran always had high fips but his ERA was always, for the most part, low. Ground ball pitchers for example get heavily peanilzed by fip
I always thought of fip as a stat that told alot of the team behind the pitcher, fielding independent pitching right? So doesnt it speak to the dfense more then the pitcher.
Wish he’d gone to the Marlins. Want to hear ’em say Megill’s hurtin’ when he goes down.