D-Backs Sign Ryan Meisinger To Minor League Deal

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The Diamondbacks have signed reliever Ryan Meisinger to a minor league contract, according to Chris Hilburn-Trenkle of Baseball America. The 27-year-old will add to Arizona’s organizational bullpen depth.

Meisinger has pitched in the big leagues in three of the past four seasons. He worked 21 innings over 18 appearances with the Orioles as a rookie in 2018, posting a 6.43 ERA. Meisinger pitched briefly with the Cardinals in 2020 and saw action in seven games with the Cubs last year. The Dodgers claimed the Radford University product off waivers in August, then outrighted him off their 40-man roster about a week later. Meisinger never pitched with L.A. and elected minor league free agency at the end of the season.

Over his time in the majors, Meisinger has worked 31 frames with a 7.26 ERA. His 21.7% strikeout rate, 13.8% walk percentage and 37.6% ground-ball rate are all a bit worse than the respective big league averages. Meisinger has an impressive minor league track record, though, owning a sub-3.50 ERA at every level below MLB. He has a 2.97 mark in 103 career Triple-A innings, including a 3.35 ERA in 40 1/3 innings between the Cubs and Dodgers top affiliates last year. Meisinger punched out a very strong 34.6% of batters faced at the minors’ top level last season.

Arizona had one of the weaker bullpens in the majors in 2021. The D-Backs ranked 28th in bullpen ERA at 5.08, prompting the front office to add Mark Melancon and Ian Kennedy to the late innings. There still figure to be opportunities in the middle innings for some younger or less heralded arms to earn a spot. Meisinger figures to open the year with Triple-A Reno but could get a big league look if he performs well with the Aces.

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