The Mariners introduced Thursday that they’ve chosen the contract of right-hander Robert Dugger to the 40-man roster and known as him up from their taxi squad because the twenty seventh man for his or her doubleheader in opposition to the Orioles.
Dugger, 25, will now have the possibility to pitch for the membership that initially drafted him within the 18th spherical again in 2016. That appeared unlikely not way back, as Seattle traded him to the Marlins alongside righty Nick Neidert and infielder Christopher Torres within the commerce that introduced Dee Strange-Gordon to the Mariners.
Issues didn’t pan out for Dugger in Miami. He posted sturdy numbers via Class-A and Double-A earlier than struggling immensely at Triple-A in 2019 (albeit within the juiced-ball season of an already hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League). The Fish known as Dugger to the massive leagues for a glance each in 2019 and 2020, however he was tattooed for a 7.40 ERA in a complete of 45 innings. Miami tried to cross him via waivers to open a 40-man spot again in December, however the Mariners scooped him again up — solely to later DFA him after signing Ken Giles. Seattle then succeeded in passing Dugger via waiver themselves.
Whereas Dugger hasn’t had success above the Double-A degree, final 12 months’s small pattern of labor included a virtually two-mile-per-hour leap in fastball velocity (90.3 mph common to 92.1 mph) in addition to some notable spin-rate will increase on that four-seamer (2191 rpm in 2019; 2321 rpm in 2020) and on his slider (2311 rpm to 2443 rpm).
Dugger might be obtainable out of the ’pen behind Marco Gonzales in Recreation 1 and Justin Dunn in Recreation 2 at this time. He nonetheless has a minor league choice remaining, so the Mariners can shuttle him between their alternate web site/Triple-A and the Majors for the rest of the season with out exposing him to waivers if the change of surroundings brings about some enchancment in his total outcomes.