The Diamondbacks de Arizona They’re signing the young right-hander Heath Fillmyer with a Minor League contract, details the renowned journalist Jeff Passan, from ESPN (Twitter link). The right-hander spent last season at the Kansas City Royals’ alternate training site.
Selected by the Oakland Athletics in the fifth round of the 2014 draft, Fillmyer was traded to Kansas City in January 2018 as part of the deal that sent left-hander Ryan Buchter to Oakland.
He made his MLB debut that summer and had 17 appearances (13 as a starter) down the stretch. He posted a 4.26 ERA, but struck out 16.6% below the average of opposing hitters.
Fillmyer took a heavy hit in 22.1 innings in 2019 and ended up losing his spot on the Royals’ 40-man roster after that season. While he was part of Kansas City’s 60-man group last year, the 26-year-old did not return to the majors.
Fillmyer has posted a 5.07 / 5.10 SIERA ERA in 104.2 MLB innings. He has struggled to miss swings (strikeout rate 15.9% of his career), but has inducted ground balls at a decent pace (45.3%) and avoided walks at a near-average pace (9, 7%). Fillmyer posted quality numbers up to Double-A and gives D-Backs a depth option capable of starting or working multiple innings in relief.