Tony Sipp was designated for assignment by the D’backs. Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
The Arizona Diamondbacks announced roster moves on three different players. Left-handed pitcher Tony Sipp was designated for assignment while outfielder Ender Inciarte and pitcher Bo Schultz were added to the 40 man roster. The move regarding the latter two players means they are protected from the upcoming Rule 5 Draft.
The 30 year old Sipp came over from the Cleveland Indians in the deal that sent Trevor Bauer to the Tribe. He never became the lefty specialist the team envisioned the acquisition was made. In 56 games covering 37 2/3 innings, Sipp went 3-2 with a 4.78 ERA. In fact, it was righties who struggled against him as they batted a combined .208 as opposed to the .270 average sported by lefties. His struggles resulted in a demotion to the Minors at the beginning of August. We wish him much success in the future.
Inciarte was signed as a non-drafted free agent out of Venezuela in May of 2008. He was selected by the Phillies in the 2012 Rule 5 Draft but was returned to the D’backs in April 2013 without having appeared in a game. The 23 year old Inciarte spent the season at Double A Mobile and had a nice season with five home runs and 25 RBI’s with a line of .281/.327/.362. He had 17 doubles, 3 triples and 43 stolen bases.
Schultz signed with the A’s as a non-drafted free agent in July 2008 before finding his way into the D’backs’ system before the 2012 season. Most of his Minor League career was spent in the bullpen before he started 16 games for Mobile in 2013. When promoted to Triple A Reno, Schultz went back to the bullpen where had had a 5.49 ERA in 17 games. However, the 28 year old righty pitched very well in the Arizona Fall League going 3-0 with a 3.09 ERA in seven starts. He led the AFL in innings pitched with 32 and tied for second in strikeouts with 28.