Only a few months after signing with the SF Giants, a minor league pitcher is on the move after being traded to the Philadelphia Phillies.
SF Giants ship minor league pitcher to the Philadelphia Phillies
Right-handed hurler Corey Oswalt has been shipped to the Phillies but the other side of the transaction has not yet been announced. The 28-year-old pitcher originally signed a minor league pact with the Giants in January of this year.
Oswalt was selected in the seventh round of the 2012 draft by the New York Mets out of Madison High School in San Diego, California. As a high school draftee, the righty moved deliberately up the minor league ladder, reaching as high as Triple-A by 2018.
In 10 minor league seasons, Oswalt has registered a 3.57 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 8.0 K/9, and a strong 3.70 SO/W ratio while working primarily as a starter. Despite struggling to the tune of a 6.02 ERA across 52.1 frames in Triple-A in 2018, he was promoted to the Mets' roster midway through the season.
As a rookie, the righty registered a 5.85 ERA, 5.70 FIP, 1.37 WHIP, 6.3 K/9, and a 2.25 SO/W ratio in 17 appearances, including 12 starts. This proved to be his longest look in a Mets uniform as he accumulated just 30 total innings in the ensuing three seasons.
In total, Oswalt pitched to the tune of a 5.89 ERA in a Mets uniform. He was outrighted off of the 40-man roster following the 2021 season, thereby becoming a free agent for the first time in his career. While baseball was in the midst of a lockout, teams could still hand out minor league deals.
The Giants were one of the more aggressive teams on this front as they inked Oswalt along with Sam Delaplane, Joe Palumbo, and Luis González all within the same week in January. In the case of the last three players, they were returning to the Giants after being non-tendered a couple of months prior.
Oswalt was the only one of the four who was new to the organization. The righty yielded three earned runs in 1.2 frames during the Cactus League before being reassigned to Triple-A.
With the Sacramento River Cats, Oswalt allowed ten earned runs on 15 hits with 17 strikeouts against five walks in 12.2 innings. These are rough numbers, but pitching in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League is a difficult challenge for many pitchers.
Given that the Phillies' bullpen has posted a 4.30 ERA so far in 2022, there could be a chance for Oswalt to potentially carve out a role as a reliever. For the timing being, he will continue pitching in Triple-A.