The Oakland A’s quest to find anything useful in the bullpen has led to yet another candidate.
This time, the A’s have claimed reliever Tyler Cyr off waivers from the Phillies. He had been designated for assignment on Monday.
Oakland A’s latest stop in tumultuous week for Tyler Cyr
It has been a few days that Cyr likely will never forget. The 29 year old had been a tenth round selection for the Giants in the 2015 MLB Draft, toiling for eight years in the minors. He had seen action at Triple-A in each of the past three years but had yet to get that call to the major league level.
That call finally came through. Cyr joined the Phillies, making his debut on August 21. His outing did not go nearly as he would have hoped as Cyr allowed a run on two hits, including a solo homer, while recording just one out. He was designated for assignment the next day, leading to his being claimed by the A’s.
Cyr certainly deserves another chance. He has been solid during his time in Triple-A, having posted a 3.62 ERA and a 1.192 WHiP over his 74.2 innings, striking out 88 batters with 40 walks. Although his command has been shaky over his minor league career, he has struck out over ten batters an inning while allowing just ten homers over 276.2 minor league innings.
That type of performance will draw attention from a team in need of bullpen help. The A’s still need to find arms for the middle innings and Cyr could be a part of the solution. If nothing else, he will get a chance to improve upon his major league debut.
Tyler Cyr went from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows. His tumultuous week has continued as he is now part of the Oakland A’s.