The fighters have acted right Matt Wisler to the rays in exchange for minor league left-handed Michael Plassmeyer, pr. a few team messages. Tampa Bay has designated catch Deivy Grullon to task to open a place on the 40-man list for Wisler. The fighters nominated Wisler for the task earlier this week.
Wisler, 28, was long one of the game’s best pitching prospects, with both the Padres and Braves. He never found a foothold with any of the clubs, but he enjoyed something of a breakout campaign in the Twins’ bullpen during last summer’s shortened season as he threw himself into a 1.07 ERA with a 32.7 percent strike rate in 25 1
Things have not gone as hoped with his new club. Wisler has been labeled a 6.05 earned moving average in 19 1/3 innings with the Giants, but he has actually maintained his huge uptick in strikes while refining his control (7.3 percent gang rate). Much of Wisler’s success in Minnesota stemmed from a remarkable use of his slider, which he threw on an almost comical 83.5 percent clip in 2020. Wisler has incredibly thrown the slider with even greater frequency so far in 2021 using his slider at a 90.3 percent rate.
Wisler gives the beams an exciting and fairly inexpensive cost arm that can be steered through the 2022 season if he grants rights to the ship in its new surroundings. He’s the type of cheap acquisition that seems to thrive with high frequency in the Tampa Bay pen. Injuries to Rays’ aid workers have pushed them into the trading market several times as early as 2021. They also acquired rights JP Feyereisen and Drew Rasmussen from the breweries in a trade that sent shortstops Willy adames to Milwaukee.
The fighters get a nicer return than one would expect from a player who was appointed to the task. Plassmeyer, 24, was a fourth-round pick in 2018 that went from Seattle to Tampa Bay in the Mike Zunino trade. He ranked 30th in a stable Rays farm system in Baseball America last year, and FanGraphs’ Eric Longenhagen has him 31st in the Tampa Bay system in 2021.
Plassmeyer is not an overwhelming arm, but he went only 4.6 percent of the hitters he faces in pro-ball and has risen to the Double-A level in 2021, making him a relatively short-lived prospect. Plassmeyer’s 2019 season saw leftists post a 1.91 ERA with a 21.2 percent tee speed, a 4.5 percent gait speed and a 45.2 percent ball speed in 132 frames across three levels. He has so far set up a 3.64 ERA in 29 2/3 frames of Double-A ball, where he enjoys a nice optics in strikes (26.1 percent), while maintaining his typical star control.