The Giants have traded righty Matt Wisler to the Rays in alternate for minor league left-hander Michael Plassmeyer, per a pair of group bulletins. Tampa Bay has designated catcher Deivy Grullon for project with the intention to open a spot on the 40-man roster for Wisler. The Giants designated Wisler for project earlier within the week.
Wisler, 28, was lengthy one of many recreation’s greatest pitching prospects, each with the Padres and the Braves. He by no means discovered his footing with both membership, however he loved one thing of a breakout marketing campaign within the Twins’ bullpen throughout final summer time’s shortened season, when he pitched to a 1.07 ERA with a 32.7 p.c strikeout charge in 25 1/3 innings. Wisler walked far too many hitters final 12 months (13.1 p.c), however it was nonetheless fairly stunning to see Minnesota non-tender him regardless of a really modest arbitration value. Wisler landed in San Francisco on a one-year, $1.15MM contract over the winter.
Issues haven’t gone as hoped together with his new membership. Wisler has been tagged for a 6.05 earned run common in 19 1/3 innings with the Giants, however he’s really maintained his big uptick in strikeouts whereas additionally refining his management (7.3 p.c stroll charge). A substantial amount of Wisler’s success in Minnesota stemmed from a outstanding use of his slider, which he threw at an nearly comical 83.5 p.c clip in 2020. Wisler has extremely thrown the slider with even better frequency up to now in 2021, utilizing his slider at a 90.3 p.c charge.
Wisler give the Rays an intriguing and pretty low value arm who will be managed via the 2022 season if he rights the ship in his new environs. He’s the kind of low-cost acquisition who appears to thrive with nice frequency within the Tampa Bay ’pen. Accidents to the Rays’ reduction workers have pushed them to the commerce market a number of occasions already in 2021. Additionally they acquired righties J.P. Feyereisen and Drew Rasmussen from the Brewers in a commerce that despatched shortstop Willy Adames to Milwaukee.
The Giants will web a nicer return than one would anticipate from a participant who’d been designated for project. Plassmeyer, 24, was a fourth-rounder in 2018 who went from Seattle to Tampa Bay within the Mike Zunino commerce. He ranked thirtieth in a perennially stacked Rays farm system at Baseball America final 12 months, and FanGraphs’ Eric Longenhagen has him thirty first within the Tampa Bay system in 2021.
Plassmeyer isn’t an overwhelming arm, however he’s walked simply 4.6 p.c of the hitters he’s confronted in professional ball and has ascended to the Double-A degree in 2021, making him a comparatively near-term prospect. Plassmeyer’s 2019 season noticed the lefty put up a 1.91 ERA with a 21.2 p.c strikeout charge, a 4.5 p.c stroll charge and a forty five.2 p.c ground-ball charge in 132 frames throughout three ranges. He’s pitched to a 3.64 ERA up to now in 29 2/3 frames of Double-A ball, having fun with a pleasant uptick in strikeouts (26.1 p.c) whereas sustaining his usually stellar management.