Boston Red Sox claim RHP Kyle Tyler from Angels waivers
One thing that has been openly clear in this post-lockdown period to prepare for a short build-up before opening day is that the Red Sox prioritize throwing depth, and in particular depth that can give several innings. A lot of that came in the form of minor league signings with the likes of Tyler Danish, Derek Holland and others, but on Tuesday they added a launcher like this out of waivers in Kyle Tyler. The right-handed pitcher had been with the Angels and was slated for assignment over the weekend. To make room on their own 40-man roster, Boston nominated Hudson Potts for assignment.
Tyler is a former Angels 20th-round draft pick, selected out of the University of Oklahoma. The right-handed pitcher, who will be 25 all season, has quickly worked his way through the Angels system, serving as both a starter and a reliever. He made his major league debut in 2021, making five appearances for a total of 12 1⁄3 innings, pitching to a 2.92 ERA with six strikeouts and six walks. In the minors, his control was great with average stuff. Named prospect number 35 in the Angels system by FanGraphsthey note he added speed last season, now sitting 92-95, and feel he’s a long-term starter and/or long-term reliever.
This, as mentioned above, is what the Red Sox are looking for. Pitchers heading into this season will have less time to prepare and be ready for a regular workload, which means more pitchers who can hit multiple innings will be needed. Tyler also has the advantage of three minor league options remaining, which will be especially helpful if the rosters aren’t expanded to start the season, as some have speculated.
On the other side of this transaction, Hudson Potts is designated for assignment and exposed to waivers. It wasn’t hard to see coming and it was more of a moment than an if. Potts has intriguing power and was certainly worth a shot as part of Mitch Moreland’s return in the summer of 2021, but injuries and contact issues have hit his stock hard for the past two years. Given this and a lack of defensive value, his spot on the 40-man was better used for someone else in a winning organization. Maybe a rebuilding club will still love the power enough to claim it, but I guess clear the waivers and stay in the organization.