The Athletics have recalled James Kaprielian from Triple-A, the team announced. To make room, they designated relief pitcher Spencer Patton for assignment.
Patton, 35, pitched just 5 1/3 innings for Oakland this year, working to a 6.75 ERA and striking out just a single batter. He’s gone slightly better in Triple-A, where he owns a 4.32 ERA over 8 1/3 innings with 10 strikeouts.
A 24th round pick all the way back in 2011, Patton debuted in 2014 for the Rangers and showed a bit of promise, giving up just a single earned run in 9 1/3 relief innings. It wasn’t to last though, and over the next couple of seasons Patton would struggle to a 7.35 ERA with the Rangers and Cubs.
Patton went to Japan in 2017, and spent the next four years with Yokohama, working to a 3.68 ERA over 205 2/3 innings of relief in Nippon baseball. That was enough for the Rangers to bring him back to the US for another crack at the majors, and Patton delivered in his first year back, providing 42 1/3 innings of solid 3.83 ERA relief in 2021. Once again though, it didn’t last and Patton’s 2022 season would bring about a decline in velocity and a drop in strikeouts, and the Rangers released him in August 2022.
I guess when your name gets misspelled in the headline, you really are a nobody.
Fever Pitch Guy
Etex – How can anyone forget how to spell the name of Doug’s buddy in King of Queens?
deGrom Texas Ranger
*Patton, not Payton
Another day, another change in the Oakland bullpen. They might set the record for number of different relievers used in a season before the All Star break.
Meanwhile, my Rangers just keep running the same crappy bullpen out there every day.
Curly Was The Smart Stooge
@hiflew, true for most teams in BB this year. Even though the pitch clock makes the game go faster, if you don’t know who the hell is on the mound because of all the injuries, it’s starting not to matter to me. Losing interest.
The hitting side looks semi interesting although players like noda and rooker weren’t part of any of their major trades. And they are also on the older side, approaching their late 20s. Pitching looks terrible. Ruiz looks solid despite the lack of walks and power but still would’ve wanted more for murphy who had 3 years of control and plays a scarce position need for many teams
He can hit, but Ruiz is probably the worst defensive CF I’ve ever seen at the major league level
You should probably watch more Major League level games then. All of his numbers sit him pretty well in the average.
Ruiz/Noda/Rooker/Bleday is a good first 4. Langeliers is putting up similar numbers to what Murph did his first full year. Diaz is still only 22 and will continue improving. Sodes and Gelof are going to be brought up mid-season. If Allen/Smith don’t produce they’ve got Harris/Hernaiz right behind them. There is a lot of undervalued talent in AA/AAA right now. Just need to get through the rest of the season and let the kids play.
but what for, a moderate increase in Nevada casino demand for luxury box comps?
Not the best day to be named Spencer, is it?