The fact that it occurred at Coors Field complicates things a bit, but Brewers rookie Mike Fiers finally came back down to earth last night after an incredible start to his career.
Fiers came into last night with a 1.80 ERA and 80/16 K/BB ratio in 80 innings … and then failed to make it out of the third inning while coughing up eight runs and recording just one strikeout. To put that in some context, he allowed a grand total of eight runs in his previous 62 innings.
Of course, it should be noted–again, even–that Coors Field does crazy things to a whole lot of pitchers and bad outing included Fiers still has a 2.63 ERA and 81/16 K/BB ratio. However, when trying to determine how “for real” a 27-year-old rookie with an incredible ERA through a dozen starts is … well, every rough outing gets attention, altitude or not.
Fiers will try to get back on track this weekend against the Phillies, in Milwaukee.
The Reds picked up outfielders Mason Williams and Rosell Herrera on minor league deals, MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reports. Both Williams and Herrera will receive invites to spring training and could compete for backup outfield roles behind Adam Duvall, Billy Hamilton and Scott Schebler.
Williams, 26, completed a three-year track with the Yankees in 2017. He has yet to see a full season of playing time, however, and went 4-for-17 with two stolen bases during a five-game span with the club in 2017. While not a power hitter, his speed and steady contact rate produced a .263/.309/.318 batting line over 437 plate appearances in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, including two home runs, three triples and 19 stolen bases.
Herrera, 25, has yet to make his big league debut. After seven years in the Rockies’ system, he finally reached Triple-A Albuquerque in 2017 and slashed .278/.351/.394 with three home runs and 20 stolen bases in 363 PA. He looks most comfortable in the left field corner, but has some experience at shortstop and third base and should give the Reds a nice utility option come spring.