Rice signs three pitchers for minor league deals

The Rays announced that they have signed three rights holders in minor league deals, as has been relayed by Team announcer Neil Solunds. Sean ArmstrongAnd Kevin Herget And Joe Wieland They’re all now in the organization, and they’re all headed to Triple-A Durham Bulls. (Wieland will be building in extended spring training before joining the Bulls.)

Armstrong is the most experienced of the group and probably the most well known to Tampa fans, having spent time with the club last year. After acquiring Medicinesn from the Orioles for cash considerations, Armstrong was eventually selected to the list and scored 16 rounds of 4.50 Era rays. The team may have found a way to unlock new gear for him, as his hit rate increased by 33.8%, well above his career rate of 23.4%, albeit with a distinctly small sample size.

He was fired at the end of the year and elected free agency. He signed with the Marlins to a minor league deal and made the opening day roster. However, he wasn’t able to carry his 2021 performance across the state, as his 6 and 2/3 runs with Miami this year yielded a 10.80 ERA and only five strokes. The 31-year-old will head to Durham to see if the Reese can work their magic again and take him back to where he was last year.

Welland, 32, had a scattered MLB action from 2012 to 2016. He appeared in the Padres, Dodgers and Mariners, scoring 52 2/3 innings over ten starts and two relief appearances with a 6.32 ERA. He then spent two seasons in Japan, followed by two seasons in Korea. He spent the 2017-18 campaigns promoting Yokohama Bay Stars of NPB, working at 3.80 ERA. With the Kia Tigers at KBO in 2019, things didn’t go so well, with their ERA jumping to 4.75. In 2020, Welland signed a minor league contract with the Cubs. Of course, the epidemic ended with the elimination of the palace, and he was not able to break the list of big leagues. It doesn’t look like he’s gone anywhere in 2021. Despite making an episodic appearance, the bulk of his work has come as a rookie, meaning he could take a slot in the Bulls turn and try to work his way into the major leagues for the first time since 2016.

Harjit, 31, has yet to make it to the show. Drafted by the Cardinals in the 39th round in 2013. Made his way to Triple-A by 2016 but never received a call to join the big league team. After he eventually landed free agency, Cleveland signed him and he spent the past year with the Triple-A Columbus Clippers. He appeared in 28 games, seven of which started, throwing 80 1/3 innings with a 4.48 ERA rate, 24.6% strike rate, 6.7% walking rate and 41.9% ball rate.

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