Joe Thatcher
RP HOU
1 day ago

Free-agent pitcher Joe Thatcher signed a minor-league deal with the Indians, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports.

EDGE Analysis

Thatcher, who was released by the Indians in late March, will rejoin his former team in the minors. The left-hander last pitched for the Dodgers organization in 2016 (Triple-A Oklahoma City), compiling a a 3.60 ERA with 21 strikeouts in just 15 innings. The Dodgers released Thatcher in early June. This move makes sense for the Indians as Kyle Crockett is the only left-hander in the current major league bullpen. Thatcher will most likely join the Triple-A Columbus roster.

Joe Thatcher
RP HOU
4 months ago

Thatcher was granted his release from the Indians on Sunday, MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports.

EDGE Analysis

Rather than sticking with the Indians as organizational depth at Triple-A Columbus after failing to win a roster spot with the big club, Thatcher decided he was better served pursuing an opportunity with another team. The left-hander made 43 appearances for the Astros in 2015, logging a 3.18 ERA, 1.54 WHIP, and 26:12 K:BB ratio over 22.2 innings.

Joe Thatcher
RP HOU
4 months ago

Thatcher was informed by the Indians that he will not make the Opening Day roster, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

EDGE Analysis

Thatcher pitched will this spring with a 1.35 ERA and no walks and eight strikeouts over 6.2 innings but he was facing an uphill battle from the start. He'll report to Triple-A Columbus to start the season if he decides to stick with the Cleveland organization.

Joe Thatcher
RP HOU
7 months ago

Thatcher agreed to a deal with the Indians on Thursday, Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports.

EDGE Analysis

Thatcher spent his 2015 campaign in Houston, where he struck out 26 batters over 22.2 innings in the majors. If he cracks the final roster in Cleveland, the left-hander is likely to serve in middle relief.

Joe Thatcher
RP HOU
11 months ago

The Astros called up Thatcher from Triple-A Fresno on Tuesday.

EDGE Analysis

Thatcher appeared in 36 games for the Astros earlier this season and will join the club for the September stretch run. He will provide the club another left-hander to deploy out of the bullpen.

Joe Thatcher
RP HOU
1 year ago

Thatcher took the loss in relief Monday after allowing a run on one hit and two walks in just a third of an inning against the A's.

Thatcher (0-1) entered the game with two outs in the top of the fourth inning and struck out Josh Reddick, however, he failed to retire a batter when he came back out for the fifth, as he allowed an infield single and two walks to load the bases before exiting the game in favor of Will Harris. The 33-year-old southpaw was charged with the loss when one of Harris' inherited runners scored on an RBI single. With a 3.38 ERA and 1.50 WHIP, Thatcher has been the most unreliable member of Houston's bullpen to date. If his performance does not improve, the Astros may turn to Kevin Chapman or Darin Downs in the minors to take over the lefty specialist role out of the bullpen.

Joe Thatcher
RP HOU
1 year ago

Thatcher pitched a scoreless frame and struck out two during the Astros' 7-1 loss to the Rangers on Tuesday.

Through 10 relief appearances for the Astros this season, Thatcher has a 2.84 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 8:1 K:BB over 6.1 innings. Despite solid numbers thus far, he hasn't pitched many high-leverage situations this season, as the Astros have leaned on fellow southpaw Tony Sipp for those occurrences.

Joe Thatcher
RP HOU
1 year ago

Thatcher has been added to Houston's Opening Day Roster, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports.

Thatcher will provide another left handed relief presence in Houston's bullpen. He had been competing with Darin Downs and Kevin Chapman for a spot in the bullpen this spring.

Joe Thatcher
RP HOU
1 year ago

Thatcher will compete with Darin Downs and Kevin Chapman this spring as the Astros' second left-hander out of the bullpen behind Tony Sipp.

Thatcher, who signed a minor league deal with the Astros this winter, is the favorite of the three candidates to break camp with the team. Chapman is already on Houston's 40-man roster with minor league options remaining and Downs (not on the 40-man) is less likely to be snatched up by another team if he doesn't make the Opening Day roster. Spring performance will ultimately determine who wins this competition, but Thatcher has an apparent leg up and is further boosted by a strong track record (career 3.40 ERA) as an eight-year veteran in the league.

Joe Thatcher
RP HOU
1 year ago

Thatcher has signed a minor league deal with the Astros, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports.Thatcher has more than a million dollars laid out in incentives and an opt-out five days before Opening Day, Cotillo also reports. The Astros have been making an effort to reinforce their bullpen now that they're trying to contend, so Thatcher could have a shot.