Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto today announced that the Mariners have claimed right-handed pitcher A.J. Schugel off waivers from Arizona. To make room on the 40-man roster, left-handed pitcher Tyler Olson has been designated for assignment.
Schugel, 26, made his Major League debut with Arizona last year, posting a 5.00 ERA (5 ER, 9.0 IP) with 5 strikeouts in 5 relief appearances during two stints in Majors. In minors, he split the season between AA Mobile & AAA Reno, combining to go 9-9 with a 4.84 ERA (62 ER, 115.1 IP) with 79 strikeouts in 21 starts. In the minors he began the season with Reno, posting a 12.66 ERA (30 ER, 21.1 IP) in five games before moving to Mobile where he was 7-2 with a 2.21 ERA (19 ER, 77.1 IP). He was promoted to Reno and made four appearances before being recalled to Arizona on Aug. 30.
In six minor league seasons in the Angels and Diamondbacks organization, he is 32-34 with a 4.04 ERA (281 ER, 625.1 IP) with 497 strikeouts in 139 games including 109 starts. He was originally drafted by the Angels in the 25th round of the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of Central Arizona College (Coolidge, AZ).
Olson, 26, began last season in the Majors with Seattle, appearing in 11 games as a reliever and going 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA (8 ER, 13.1 IP) before being placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right knee contusion. With AAA Tacoma he was 3-5 with a 4.47 ERA (27 ER, 54.1 IP) in 25 games including 6 starts with the Rainiers. In three minor league seasons in the Mariners organization, he was 17-17 with a 3.86 ERA (110 ER, 256.2 IP) in 70 games including 41 starts. He was originally drafted by the Mariners in the 7th round of the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
After today’s transactions, the Mariners 40-man roster remains full