You know what they say. You can never have too many arms.
According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Dodgers have claimed right-handed pitcher Evan Phillips off waivers from the Rays.
Dodgers claim RHP Evan Phillips off waivers, source tells @TheAthletic. The Rays designated Phillips for assignment on Saturday, one day after he recorded a three-inning save in his only appearance for the club.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) August 16, 2021
The 26-year-old has appeared in only one game for the Rays this season. He recorded a three-inning save, allowing one run on three hits with two strikeouts.
Over his big-league career, Phillips has appeared in 67 games between the Rays, Orioles and Braves. He owns a 7.26 career ERA, 5.37 FIP and 1.79 WHIP. If you want so somehow find a silver lining in that, it’s that he’s had a lot of strikeouts recently. Over his last three years in the big leagues, Phillips has 62 strikeouts in 45 1⁄3 innings (12.3 SO/9).
At the moment, the Dodgers’ 40-man roster is full and Phillips is out of options.
I haven’t been able to find much else on Phillips, but from what I’ve read on Twitter, he has a very good looking slider. If he can work on his command, the potential is definitely there.
Here’s a highlight I put together featuring his slider from over the years.