A’s Claim Josh Stinson From Brewers
The A’s claimed right-handed reliever Josh Stinson from the Milwaukee Brewers today. It is unclear what corresponding 40-man roster move will be made but could this be the move that results in Jesse Chavez‘ DFA?
Stinson has moved between the pen and the rotation throughout his MiLB and MLB career. Stinson was originally a 37th round draftee of the New York Mets in 2006. The Brewers selected him off of waivers this time last year (April 4th) from the Mets after he made his MLB debut during the 2011 season in Flushing. Last season he saw some time with the Brewers and pitched nine and a third innings across six games and one start (how one manages that few innings in that many outings including a start is bizarre but the product of his start lasting just four innings) pitching to a 0.96 ERA with a 5.45 FIP for -0.1 WAR. Remember just nine and a third innings but 2.9 K/9, 4.8 BB/9 and 1.0 HR/9 with a .207 BABIP and 100.0% strand rate. The rest of the season Stinson spent with the Double-A Huntsville Stars where he threw 145 1/3 innings across 29 games (24 of them starts) posting a 3.16 ERA and messier 4.27 FIP with just 5.6 K/9, 4.4 BB/9 and 0.4 HR/9 with a .329 BABIP and 74.8% strand rate.
Stinson basically seems set for a Triple-A filler role. His low K/9 rates – in his entire 707 1/3 inning MiLB career it is just 5.9 K/9 – and high walk rates – 3.6 BB/9 in his career – do not make me expect excellence from him at the MLB level.