The San Diego Padres made a minor roster move to fill a spot on the 40-man roster after Dinelson Lamet was reported to be undergoing Tommy John surgery by claiming left-handed reliever Tyler Webb from the Milwaukee Brewers, as reported by A.J. Cassavell.
The left-handed Webb was designated for assignment by the Brewers last week and will be reporting to Triple-A El Paso.
He has only eight Major League innings to his name, throwing six for the New York Yankees and two for the Brewers.
He was originally drafted by the Yankees in the 10th round of the 2013 draft and would later be selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2016 Rule 5 draft. After being returned to the Yankees, Webb would be traded to the Brewers during the 2017 July trade deadline for Garret Cooper.
The Brewers designated him for assignment after selecting the contract of J.J. Hoover, exposing him to the waiver wires, where he was picked up by the Padres. While he only has five starts to his name in the minors, Webb has worked as a reliever for 264.2 minor league innings. His numbers are very impressive, working a 3.64 ERA to go along with a 11.29 K/9 and a 4.45 BB/9 ratio.
He throws a four-seam fastball, a changeup, and a slider, with Brooksbaseball describing his fastball as a “worm killer that generates an extreme amount of ground balls” and his changeup having “surprising cut action…and has an extreme amount of backspin”.
The Padres may have dug up another diamond in the rough with this signing and, after a few bullpen sessions with pitching coach Darren Balsley, may have another solid reliever to add to their bullpen.
The Padres have claimed lefty Tyler Webb from Milwaukee, as Lamet hits the 60-day DL to clear room.
â AJ Cassavell (@AJCassavell) April 14, 2018
He will take a spot on the 40-man roster after the Padres moved Lamet to the 60-day DL. A devastating blow to the Padres rotation, Lamet would have served as the Padres’ second or third starter and now will miss the entire season.
The Padres have another spot in the rotation open, at least temporarily, with Luis Perdomo being suspended for five games, meaning he will miss a start. Expect someone like Robbie Erlin to make spot start for him, but the Padres could still make a move for someone on the Triple-A roster to come up and make their Major League debut, with Walker Lockett being the most reasonable option.