Phillies fans are surely aching after this deal.
The 28-year-old Zagurski pitched in four games for the Phillies this year, going 0-0 with a 5.40 ERA. In 3.1 innings, he allowed four hits and three walks, while striking out four batters.
He spent most of the year in the minor leagues, going 4-0 with 11 saves and a 2.65 ERA in 46 games. He averaged 10.4 strikeouts per nine innings.
In this deal, the Phillies are losing a pitcher who “has the ability to close out games at the minor-league level [and who] also displays plenty of strikeout ability,” according to The Sports Network. However, the source also says his stamina is suspect and he walks too many batters.
He made his major league debut with the Phillies in 2007, making 25 relief appearances and going 1-0 with a 5.91 mark. He missed 2008 and spent 2009 in the minor leagues, returning to the Phils in 2010 for an eight-game jaunt in which his ERA was 10.29.
The 6’0” pitcher began his professional career in 2005 and became a full-time relief pitcher the following season. In six years on the farm, he is 16-15 with 365 strikeouts and a 3.22 ERA in 296.1 innings.
How a player with such an illustrious career cleared waivers is beyond me.
*Just a fun trivia note: He has the second-highest career ERA (6.82) among pitchers with a perfect 1.000 winning percentage (and a minimum of 35 appearances). Darwin Cubillan is just ahead of him, with a 6.85 mark.
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