The White Sox have signed right-hander Juan Then to a minor league deal, in keeping with his transactions tracker at MLB.com. He’s been assigned to Triple-A Charlotte for now however may maybe obtain an invitation to main league Spring Coaching.
Then (pronounced “Ten”) shall be turning 24 on Wednesday, so it’s a little bit of an early birthday current for him. The righty made his main league debut with the Mariners final yr, stepping into 9 video games and logging 11 innings, permitting six earned runs. He solely struck out 5 opponents but additionally solely gave out two walks, whereas 63.4% of the balls in play he allowed have been on the bottom. He was outrighted by the Mariners in August and was in a position to elect free company at season’s finish.
Initially a global signing of the Mariners, he was traded to the Yankees in 2017 for Nick Rumbelow however then got here again to the M’s through the 2019 Edwin Encarnación commerce. Primarily a starter in his earlier years, the Mariners added him to their 40-man roster in November of 2020 to maintain him out of the Rule 5 draft. He then struggled in 2021 and was principally injured in 2022. He was heading into his closing possibility season final yr, so the Mariners moved him to the bullpen.
Along with the aforementioned main league work, he tossed 36 1/3 innings within the minors with an ERA of 8.92. That’s clearly an disagreeable quantity to have a look at, but it surely seems worse than it’s. His .411 batting common on balls in play and 54.3% strand fee have been each on the unlucky aspect, which is why his FIP was greater than three runs decrease than his ERA at 5.87.
That FIP nonetheless isn’t terribly thrilling, however Then remains to be fairly younger and he was thought-about the Mariners’ #17 prospect as lately as two years in the past. FanGraphs nonetheless thought-about him that membership’s #28 prospect as of July of 2023. Many of the outcomes have been poor final yr however he had a floor ball fee larger than 50% at Double-A, Triple-A and the majors. For the White Sox, there’s no hurt in bringing him into the group in a non-roster capability. Given his age and 27 days of MLB service time, there’s long-term upside if issues break proper, as he may theoretically be cheaply retained past this marketing campaign.
The Sox’ bullpen has seen loads of turnover up to now yr, with Kendall Graveman, Reynaldo López, Aaron Bummer, Keynan Middleton and Joe Kelly all traded since final summer time. Liam Hendriks had his 2024 possibility declined as he’s recovering from Tommy John surgical procedure. The membership can be planning to stretch out Garrett Crochet as a starter to see how that goes. The Sox have added Tim Hill and John Brebbia through free company, whereas Rule 5 decide Shane Drohan is within the combine, however there could possibly be a path for a non-roster participant like Then to carve out a job. Nonetheless, he’s now out of choices and can face a problem in holding a roster spot even when he will get one.