Orioles sign RHP Ryan Webb
On Tuesday, Steve Adams reported on MLB Trade Rumors that right-handed reliever Ryan Webb signed with Baltimore. Terms of the deal are two years, $4.5 million.
On Baseball-Reference.com, it notes that Webb has five years MLB experience. He originally reached the majors with San Diego (2009-10) before going to Florida/Miami (2011-13). He and Edward Mujica were traded from San Diego to Florida in exchange for outfielder Cameron Maybin, on 13 November 2010.
In his five years, he’s pitched 276 innings, surrendering 281 hits, 101 earned runs, 13 home runs, 97 walks, 24 intentional walks, and hit 10 batters. He holds an ERA+ of 118, and a WHIP of 1.37. He’s also given up 9.2 hits per 9 innings pitched, as well as 3.2 bases on balls per 9.
According to Fangraphs.com, his average fastball last year was 91 MPH, while his average sinker was 93.3 MPH. His average slider was thrown at 81.7 MPH and average change-up reached 84.2 MPH. Webb threw his sinker 59% of the time, and used his slider 34% of the time. Looking at his WHIP splits, he was best at home against right-handed hitters, and he struggled the most against left-handed hitters on the road.
No, he’s probably not going to be the Orioles’ closer in 2014. But, he can be a late-inning guy to induce a double-play grounder off the bat of a right-handed hitter. He’s a big, durable reliever that can help in late-inning, high-leverage situations.
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