The Guardians have signed reliever Tyler Zuber to a minor league contract with an invite to MLB Spring Coaching, the workforce announced. The righty joins the third group of his skilled profession.
Zuber’s main league time has come completely within the AL Central. He was a sixth-round decide of the Royals in 2017. He made Kansas Metropolis’s roster in the course of the shortened 2020 season, showing in 23 of their 60 video games as a rookie. He pitched 31 occasions the next yr, working 27 1/3 innings.
Between the 2 seasons, he pitched to a 5.29 ERA over 49 1/3 frames. Zuber fanned round 1 / 4 of opposing hitters however didn’t present the type of management essential to carry an MLB spot. He walked nearly 17% of batters confronted. Zuber additionally allowed dwelling runs at an elevated 1.82 per 9 clip.
Zuber has not pitched on the MLB degree since that time. He opened the 2022 season on the injured listing on account of an impingement in his throwing shoulder. He underwent surgical procedure that Could and missed the entire yr. Okay.C. waived him at season’s finish and he landed with the Diamondbacks once they positioned a declare. Arizona ran Zuber by way of outright waivers themselves a pair weeks later.
The Arkansas State product caught with the group into 2023. He pitched in 16 video games for Triple-A Reno, delivering a 5.23 ERA throughout 20 2/3 frames. His strikeout fee dipped to twenty% whereas he handed out free passes at an 11.1% clip. The Snakes launched him at first of July. He spent the remainder of the yr in free company however has pitched this winter within the Dominican Republic.
Whereas accidents and command points have sidetracked him lately, Zuber posted stable minor league numbers throughout his time within the Okay.C. system. He owns a formidable 3.20 ERA in components of 5 minor league seasons regardless of final yr’s middling manufacturing in Reno. Earlier than the surgical procedure, he labored primarily with a 94-95 MPH fastball and a mid-80s slider on the MLB degree.