After a stellar rookie campaign, Kyle Crockett has bounced between the minors and the big league over the past few seasons, struggling to regain his first-year form. After being called up to the Indians in late April, Crockett was relied on as one of the only southpaws in the Cleveland bullpen. The lefty struggled at first, appearing in 17 games and posting a 7.04 ERA in 7.2 innings through July. However, after the Indians acquisition of lefty Andrew Miller at the end of July, Crockett was used in lower leverage situations and his numbers rebounded. He finished the rest of the year with a 3.24 ERA over 8.1 innings. Crockett is currently behind too many powerful bullpen arms to make noise, however, he could see opportunities as a lefty-specialist down the road. For the time being, Crockett remains as a left-handed option in low-leverage situations.
Crockett was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Tuesday. After entering camp with little hope of making the Opening Day roster, Crockett put on a decent show during spring training and nearly made the cut. The left-hander appeared in a team-high 10 games this spring, managing a 2.70 ERA and 0.90 WHIP over 10 innings. Unfortunately for Crockett, the Indians don't need another southpaw in the bullpen, so his services won't be needed unless an injury or suspension occurs.
Crockett tossed a scoreless inning, allowing two hits and no walks while failing to record a strikeout in Sunday's matchup with the Padres. Crockett entered camp as a big underdog to win a bullpen gig, but he hasn't done himself any favors this month. Over his last five Cactus League outings, the 25-year-old lefty has given up three runs on eight hits over five innings, while being charged with a blown save in Thursday's contest against the Angels. Barring an unforeseen circumstance, Crockett is unlikely to don an Indians jersey during the regular season.
Crockett's chances of making the Opening Day roster were lessened by the recent signing of Logan Boone, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reports. Crockett's rookie season didn't go well after he posted a 5.06 ERA and 1.44 WHIP over 29 appearances for the Tribe last season. The signing of Boone now gives the team three viable southpaws in the bullpen behind Andrew Miller. Crockett, 25, will likely find himself at Triple-A Columbus to begin the 2017 campaign.
The Indians recalled Crockett from Triple-A Columbus on Monday, MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports. Crockett will rejoin the Indians after spending the last couple weeks in the minors. He has not had much success with the Indians this season, giving up nine earned runs in 14.1 innings (5.65 ERA) over 24 appearances, but he will provide the big club another left-handed option out of bullpen down the stretch.
Crockett was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Friday. The lefty only needed 10 pitches to retire the side Thursday but it was his second appearance in as many days and third in the last four, so he was going to be unavailable for a few days. Cleveland swapped Crockett out for a fresh arm in Shawn Armstrong but Crockett should be back in September, primarily eating low-leverage innings in mop up duty.
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