Roster Moves, An Injury, And A New Lefty

We have the first round of spring training roster trimming today, as the Mariners have made some moves.

A reminder on the wording: players who are on the 40-man roster are “optioned to” a specific minor league team, and we can be fairly certain that is the team they will open the season with. Players in major league camp who are not on the 40-man roster are “reassigned to minor league camp” and will open the season with an affiliate which will be determined later.

In the first round of moves there were no options – just reassignments.

Reassigned to Minor League Camp (9):

  • Right-Handed Pitchers (4): Jack Anderson, Darren McCaughan, Wyatt Mills, Penn MurfeeMatt Festa
  • Infielders (2): Jordan Cowan, Connor Hoover
  • Outfielders (2): Eric Filia, Luis Liberato

These moves leave 62 players in Mariners big league camp.

The first major injury of spring training involving a Tacoma Rainiers player has occurred, with Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto announcing this morning that reliever Matt Festa requires Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. He’ll be out for the year.

We had Festa projected unto the Rainiers bullpen and possibly the closer at the start of the season. We wish him a full recovery and hope to see him on the mound in 2021.

Baseball America’s latest installment of Minor League Transactions informs us that the M’s have signed left-handed pitcher Dietrich Enns to a minor league contract.

Enns pitched for El Paso last year, making 25 starts among his 28 appearances with an 11-11 record and a 6.70 ERA.

El Paso, of course, plays its home games in an absolute launching pad. It is surprising to check the stats and see that Enns’ ERA was a full two runs lower in home games (5.56) than in away games (7.77). He led the PCL with 37 home runs allowed last year – and oddly, only 14 of those came at home.

Enns, like all pitchers (and many fans, and this broadcaster) in the PCL, are hoping the ball isn’t as juiced this year as it was last year.

Enns pitched in two major league games for the Minnesota Twins in 2017, logging four innings. While he did not get his first major league win, he did get his first major league hit by going 1-for-2 in an interleague game against the Brewers. He’s a lifetime .500 hitter in the big leagues. Hopefully he reminds people of that all the time.

Some recent former Rainiers who have new teams:

  • Gordon Beckham – San Diego/El Paso
  • Ryan Court – Oakland/Las Vegas
  • Shirtless Rob Brantly – San Francisco/Sacramento
  • Erasmo Ramirez – New York Mets/Syracuse
  • Rob Whalen – New York Mets/Syracuse
  • Tuffy Gosewisch – Milwaukee Brewers/San Antonio
  • Jose Lobaton – Los Angeles Dodgers/Oklahoma City

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