Speier cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Omaha on Wednesday. Speier was designated for assignment by the Royals on Friday, and he'll remain in the organization after going unclaimed on waivers. The southpaw has made 17 relief appearances over the last two seasons, posting a 7.62 ERA and 1.85 WHIP over 13 innings.
Speier was optioned to the alternate training site after Wednesday's doubleheader against the Reds, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports. The 25-year-old cracked the club's Opening Day roster, and he posted a 7.94 ERA over 5.2 innings. Speier struggled in a similar sample size for the Royals last year in his first taste of big-league action.
Speier was added to the Royals' 30-man roster Thursday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. Speier was originally expected to open the season in the minors before a spot opened up for him in Kansas City's bullpen thanks to expanded rosters. The lefty spent most of the 2019 season with Triple-A Omaha, posting a 5.63 ERA and 1.45 WHIP across 40 innings. He also made nine big-league appearances, allowing six runs while posting a 10:6 K:BB in 7.1 innings.
Speier was optioned to Triple-A Omaha on Thursday. Speier threw just 7.1 big-league innings last season, allowing six runs, so he was always a long shot to break camp with the team. He wasn't great at the Triple-A level, either, posting a5.63 ERA in 40 frames.
Speier's contract was purchased by the Royals on Tuesday. The 24-year-old lefty is primed to make his big-league debut out of the Royals' bullpen. He recorded a strong 2.42 ERA in 22.1 relief innings for Double-A Northwest Arkansas this season, but that figure jumped to 5.63 in 40.0 innings for Triple-A Omaha.
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