Susan Slusser announced Monday that the Oakland A’s had released right handed pitcher Daniel Gossett and added Ben Bracewell to the player pool in San Diego to take his place
Gossett, 27, last pitched in 2018, throwing just 24.1 innings before being put on the IL to get Tommy John surgery. He struck out just 11.8% of batters while issuing a free pass 7.8% of the time with a 5.96 FIP. In 2017 when he threw 91.1 innings, he struck out 17.4% of batters and walked 7.5% of batters with a 5.59 FIP.
Ben Bracewell is a 28 year right handed reliever who spent most of 2019 in AAA. In his 72 innings in the PCL, he struck out 21.8% of batters and walked 11.8% of those who stepped in the box against him. What’s most interesting about Bracewell is his ability to limit the long ball. Only four against him all season and just 4.9% of his fly balls went over the fence. He excelled at keeping the ball on the ground, with a career GB% above 40%. His walk and K percentages will keep him from being elite, but his ground ball rate and ability to limit home runs makes him very interesting and someone to keep an eye on