The Orioles announced Monday that right-hander Cody Carroll has cleared waivers and been outrighted off the 40-man roster. He’s still with the club at its alternate training site.
Carroll, 27, was acquired from the Yankees alongside Dillon Tate and Josh Rogers in 2018’s Zack Britton trade. He made a brief debut with the O’s that same season but was tagged for 17 runs in 17 innings of work. Carroll’s 2020 results were even more alarming, as he pitched just two innings with the O’s but was hammered for a dozen runs on nine hits and five walks with three strikeouts. Overall, he’s sitting on a 13.74 career ERA.
Though he’s never been considered a premium prospect, struggles of this magnitude are still surprising for Carroll, given his strong minor league track record. Carroll hasn’t simply held his own in the minors but has pitched quite well. In parts of five minor league campaigns, he’s worked to a 2.71 ERA with 10.4 K/9, 4.1 BB/9, 0.31 HR/9 and a 47.3 percent ground-ball rate. He’s given up nearly as many home runs (six) in 19 Major League innings as he has in 232 2/3 minor league frames (eight).
Carroll underwent back surgery in 2018 — a procedure that kept him out for nearly all of the 2019 season. He pitched just one inning in Rookie ball last year but did toss 8 2/3 innings in the Arizona Fall League, yielding only a pair of runs on seven hits and seven walks with 11 punchouts. The lack of a minor league season surely didn’t do Carroll any favors in returning to MLB readiness, and he’ll now look for an opportunity in the future to pitch his way back onto the 40-man roster.
Baltimore’s 40-man roster is down to 37 players, and the club has 59 players in its 60-player pool.