Zac Lowther of the Orioles, Gosuke Katoh of the Mets Clear Waivers
We’ll be keeping track of some recent players who have authorized waivers following previous DFAs in this article…
- The Orioles announced that the left-hander Zac Lowther was unclaimed on outright waivers and was later assigned to Triple-A Norfolk. He was slated for assignment a week ago when Baltimore claimed the infielder Jonathan Arauz excluding Red Sox waivers. Lowther, 26, was a second-round pick by the Orioles in 2017 and for a few years was considered one of the most promising weapons in their system. It was easy to see why, as he raced through the low minors, hitting Double-A at age 23 in 2019 and throwing 148 ERA 2.55 ball frames with a 26% strikeout rate (albeit against a high walking of 10.6% assess). Since moving up to the Triple-A level, however, the former Xavier University standout has been beaten for 61 earned runs in 65 1/3 frames. He endured similar struggles in his limited Major League action, pitching to a gruesome 6.94 ERA with 15 walks, five batters and six homers allowed in just 35 innings.
- Infielder Gosuke Kato gone through outright waivers and was assigned to the Dishes‘ Triple-A affiliate at Syracuse, according to the team’s transaction log on MLB.com. Katoh was claimed from Blue Jays waivers in early May, and although he was recalled for a series later that month, he did not play a game before being sent back to Syracuse three days later. . Mets needed 40-man berth last week when selecting veteran reliever Tommy Hunter, and Katoh turned out to be the victim of the list. The longtime Yankees farmhand made his MLB debut with the Blue Jays earlier this year after signing a minor league contract and went 1 for 7 with three walks in a brief cup of coffee. Katoh entered the season with a solid record in 197 Triple-A games between the Yankees and Padres, but only went 4 of 46 in 55 plate appearances between Triple-A clubs for the Jays and Mets. This year. He will remain available as a depth option at Syracuse and hopes to start trending toward the .306/.388/.474 form he showed in Triple-A a year ago.