Cuban pitcher Cionel Pérez was claimed from the waivers of the Reds for the Orioles organization, which thus completed their 40-man roster.
The 25-year-old left-hander had signed an ill-fated campaign in 2021 with the Cincinnati flannel, boiled down to a 6.38 ERA after 24 innings of duty in five relief starts. While his strikeout percentage left an exhilarating sensation (9.4 per game), a BB / 9 of 7.5 definitely spoiled his stat.
So the Reds put him on waivers, and thankfully the Orioles just gave him a shot at salvation, prompted perhaps by the proven quality of his fastball.
In their day, both the Astros (the team he debuted with in the majors) and the Reds placed high hopes on the 5-foot-11-inch Matanzas’ left-handed arm, but his control problems have become a permanent burden.
In four seasons at the highest level, the man from Matanzas has two wins and three setbacks, has a PCL of 6.04 in 50.2 innings, has struck out 52 opponents and given away 35 walks.
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