The Mariners announced that they have traded left-hander Anthony Misiewicz to the Royals for cash considerations. The lefty had been designated for assignment yesterday.
Misiewicz, 27, seemed to have a nice breakout during the 2020 season, throwing 20 innings out of Seattle’s bullpen during that shortened campaign with a 4.05 ERA, with a 28% ground ball rate, solid 7.2% walk rate and excellent 30.1% strikeout rate . Unfortunately, he couldn’t quite carry that over into the following seasons, as his ERA shot up to 4.61 in both 2021 and here in 2022. His strikeout rate fell to 22.5% last year and dropped even further to 14% here in 2022. He got optioned to Triple-A in June and has fared better in a small sample of 12 1/3 innings, logging a 3.65 ERA, 23.6% strikeout rate, 10.9% walk rate and 51.5% ground ball rate.
For the Royals, they will add a controllable reliever to their lefty bullpen depth chart. Misiewicz came into the season with exactly two years of MLB service time and won’t be able to cross the three-year mark this year due to his having already spent about six weeks in the minors. They can keep him in the minors and see if he can get into a good groove. Amir Garrett is currently the only southpaw in the big league club’s bullpen, meaning there’s a path for Misiewicz to earn his way back onto the roster.