The Brewers have announced the acquisition of right-handed pitcher Rob Scahill from the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Scahill was claimed on waivers and added to the 40 man roster, leaving no vacancies on that list. The 29 year old has pitched 104 innings in relief over five seasons, three with Colorado and two with the Pirates. He owns a career 3.89 ERA and 4.70 FIP. He's struck out 72 batters against 43 walks and allowed a WHIP of 1.52. He boasts a career 52.7% ground ball rate, though he has allowed 12 homers over his 104 innings.
This season with Pittsburgh, Scahill appeared in 15 games and posted a 4.41 ERA and 3.85 FIP over 16.1 innings to go along with a 13:6 K/BB ratio and 58% ground ball rate. In 18.0 innings with Pittsburgh's AAA affiliate, he's worked to a 4.00 ERA and 2.47 FIP with a 18:4 K/BB ratio.
Scahill was an 8th round selection by the Rockies in 2009, and played his college ball at Bradley. He's from Winfield, Illinois. He throws both a four and two seam fastball that average around 93-94 MPH along with a hard slider that has averaged 88.4 MPH in a limited sample this season.
As stated in the Brewers' announcement, he has been optioned to the Sky Sox. He had been designated for assignment on Sunday, July 3rd.
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Statistics courtesy of Fangraphs