Red Sox claim Ralph Garza from Twins waivers, nominate Kyle Tyler for assignment

The Red Sox have claimed right-hander Ralph Garza off waivers from the Minnesota Twins, the club announced Thursday afternoon. In order to make room for Garza on the 40-man roster, fellow right-hander Kyle Tyler was picked up for an assignment.

Garza, who turns 28 next month, was slated for an assignment by the Twins on Tuesday so Minnesota could welcome the addition of star shortstop Carlos Correa.

The 27-year-old was originally selected by the Astros in the 26th round of the 2015 University of Houston Entry Draft and broke into Houston last year.

Only nine outings in his Astros career, however, Garza was slated for an assignment on August 1 and was then picked up by the Twins three days later.

After spending just over a week with Minnesota affiliate Triple-A, Garza was recalled by the big league club on August 14. He closed the year with the Twins posting a 3.26 ERA and 4.88 FIP to go along with 15 seven-step strikeouts in 18 relief appearances spanning 19 1/3 innings of work.

Listed at 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds, Garza — a Texas native — works a five-pitch mix that consists of a slider, sinker, four-seam fastball, cutter , a change, a curveball. His slider was his most used pitch last year (31.1%) and his opponents hit just .118, according to Baseball Savant.

Boston has already opted for Garza at Triple-A Worcester, so he should provide the Sox with additional bullpen depth that still has minor league options.

Tyler, on the other hand, loses spot on Boston’s 40-man roster just two days after being claimed Angels waivers earlier this week. The 25-year-old made his debut for Los Angeles last season and had a 2.92 ERA (5.20 FIP) in five appearances in the Halos bullpen.

The Red Sox will now have the next seven days to trade, release or waive Tyler. It’s certainly possible that baseball’s chief officer, Chaim Bloom and Co., is optimistic that he can sneak the Oklahoman through waivers and keep him in the organization as an uncompounded player. of 40 players.

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