Rays acquire RHRP Matt Wisler for prospect LHP Michael Plassmeyer
The Rays have traded from their pitching depth in the minors to see what they can unlock in the bullpen, sending Double-A LHP Michael Plassmeyer to the Giants for RHP Matt Wisler.
Wisler is notable for one thing — literally. All he throws is a slider (90%+), and against either handed hitter it’s not an easy pitch to pick up, particularly when he’s flirting with the lower portion of the zone.
Here he is striking out Luis Robert (2020):
That pitch plays in that location, but the question is whether it can play anywhere else.
Again, Wisler throws his slider an astonishing 90% of the time, and it’s a slow breaking ball too at 81 MPH. He can mix in a fastball, but if he doesn’t keep that elevated it seems likely to get walloped. Unlike other relievers on the Rays that need to bring pitches into the zone to truly do his damage, Wisler can likely thrive at the extremes.
As for locating in the zone, it is possible. Here is Wisler striking out a left handed hitter Nomar …
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