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August 3, 2021 07:44 PM
Pirates' Anthony Banda: Activation coming Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Manager Derek Shelton said that Banda is expected to be activated Wednesday, Mike Persak of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Banda was claimed off waivers from the Mets on Monday, and with the southpaw out of minor-league options, he must be added to the big-league roster if Pittsburgh intends to keep him under control. Banda will join the Pirates' bullpen having posted a 7.36 ERA and 2.05 WHIP across 7.1 major-league innings this season.

August 2, 2021 06:32 PM
Pirates' Anthony Banda: Joins Bucs
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Pirates claimed Banda off waivers from the Mets on Monday.

Banda doesn't have any minor-league options remaining, so Pittsburgh will need to clear a spot for him on the 26-man active roster ahead of Monday's series opener in Milwaukee. The 27-year-old lefty has made five career big-league starts, but he's worked in long relief over his five appearances with the Mets in 2021, giving up six runs on 14 hits and a walk over 7.1 innings. Pittsburgh will likely plug Banda into the bullpen initially, but he could emerge as a rotation option if the Pirates' starting depth is tested over the final two months of the season.

July 31, 2021 06:36 PM
Mets' Anthony Banda: DFA'd by Mets
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Banda was designated for assignment by the Mets on Saturday, Deesha Thosar of the New York Daily News reports.

Banda was promoted to the majors in mid-July after being acquired from the Giants at the start of the month, and he lost his spot on the 40-man roster after surrendering eight runs (six earned) on 14 hits with a 7:1 K:BB across 7.1 innings. The left-hander could report to Triple-A Syracuse if he goes unclaimed on waivers.

July 20, 2021 01:48 PM
Mets' Anthony Banda: Credited with first win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Banda (1-0) gave up two unearned runs on four hits over 1.1 innings of relief Monday, blowing the save but recording the win in a 15-11 extra-innings victory over the Reds.

Added to the roster Monday, Banda was called into action immediately after Edwin Diaz blew the save in the ninth inning, but the southpaw allowed Cincy's phantom runner to score in both the 10th and 11th. Given his career 5.81 ERA in the majors, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Banda shuffled back to Triple-A to make room for a fresh bullpen arm, but if he does stick around, he'll likely remain in a long-relief role.

July 19, 2021 07:00 PM
Mets' Anthony Banda: Joins big-league bullpen
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Banda was called up by the Mets on Monday, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.

Banda joined the Mets in a trade from the Giants in early July. He owns a 5.96 ERA in 51.1 career major-league innings, none of which have come this season. In 49.2 Triple-A innings split between the two organizations this season, he's struggled to a 6.52 ERA.

July 2, 2021 05:32 PM
Mets' Anthony Banda: Traded to Mets
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Banda was traded from the Giants to the Mets in exchange for minor-league third baseman Will Toffey on Friday, Deesha Thosar of the New York Daily News reports.

Banda joined the Giants last November on a minor-league contract. The southpaw has not pitched particularly well during 10 appearances (five starts) at Triple-A Sacramento, posting a 6.86 ERA and 1.70 WHIP across 39.1 innings. Banda appeared in 18 major-league games (five starts) with the Diamondbacks and Rays between 2017 and 2020, most recently struggling to a 10.29 ERA across four relief outings with Tampa Bay in 2020. Per Justin Toscano of The Bergen Record, Banda has been assigned to Triple-A Syracuse.

November 1, 2020 05:12 PM
Giants' Anthony Banda: Inks minors deal with Giants
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Banda was outrighted to Triple-A Sacramento and signed to a minor-league contract for the 2021 season Sunday, Maria I. Guardado of reports.

He gave up eight earned runs in seven innings over four appearances this season. Banda was once a somewhat prominent pitching prospect, but injuries and poor performance have led to his stock fading. He has logged fewer than 15 innings in the majors in each of the last three seasons.

August 31, 2020 07:44 PM
Giants' Anthony Banda: Acquired by Giants
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Banda was acquired by the Giants on Monday, freelance baseball writer Robert Murray reports.

Banda was designated for assignment by the Rays on Sunday, but he'll find a new home just one day later. The lefty hasn't been particularly effective out of the major-league bullpen this season as he carries a 10.29 ERA and 4:5 K:BB over seven innings.

August 31, 2020 07:40 PM
Rays' Anthony Banda: Cast off 40-man roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Banda was designated for assignment by the Rays on Sunday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Banda imploded in his relief appearance Sunday as he allowed five runs on five hits and three walks while striking out one over one inning. The Rays were still able to pick up the win behind a strong offensive showing, but Banda will lose his spot on the 40-man roster. The southpaw recorded a 10.29 ERA and 4:5 K:BB over seven innings this season.

August 23, 2020 01:24 PM
Rays' Anthony Banda: Grabs win in relief
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Banda (1-0) picked up the win Saturday in a 2-1 extra-inning victory over the Blue Jays, walking one batter in a scoreless 10th inning.

The southpaw was the seventh pitcher of the night for the Rays, and while Banda made things interesting by walking Cavan Biggio to lead off the 10th, he eventually cleaned up the mess by coaxing an inning-ending double play out of Travis Shaw. Banda has appeared in two games since being added to the roster and has collected a win and a three-inning save, but he doesn't seem a likely candidate for consistent high-leverage usage.

August 14, 2020 02:12 PM
Rays' Anthony Banda: Garners first big-league save
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Banda was credited with the save in a win over the Red Sox on Thursday, allowing three earned runs on four hits, a walk and a hit batsman over three innings. He struck out two.

The southpaw came on in a low-leverage scenario after the Rays already had a 16-5 lead through six innings, but because he logged three full innings, he still was credited with his first big-league save. Banda wasn't exactly sharp -- he threw only 35 of 58 pitches for strikes and plunked Kevin Pillar -- but his ability to throw multiple innings came in handy on a night when the potential was there for the Rays to dig deep into the bullpen. Banda was promoted from the taxi squad earlier in the day Thursday, and he could remain on the active roster until at least one of Yonny Chirinos (triceps) or Charlie Morton (shoulder) comes off the injured list.

August 13, 2020 12:44 PM
Rays' Anthony Banda: Called up from taxi squad
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Rays recalled Banda from their taxi squad Thursday, Juan Toribio of reports.

Banda will tentatively slot into the bullpen as a replacement for Aaron Slegers, who was optioned to the taxi squad in a corresponding move. However, with both Yonny Chirinos (triceps) and Charlie Morton (shoulder) on the injured list, the Rays will have two vacancies in the rotation Friday and Saturday against the Blue Jays, so Banda could be a candidate to fill either opening if he isn't needed in Thursday's series finale with the Red Sox. Banda missed most of the 2019 campaign while completing his rehab from Tommy John surgery, but he made three appearances for the Rays in September, giving up three earned runs over four innings.

August 10, 2020 03:04 PM
Rays' Anthony Banda: Chance for activation?
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Banda, who is on the taxi squad for the Rays' 10-game road trip that begins Monday at Fenway Park, has a chance to be activated at some point during that span in the wake of the Rays being down two starters, Juan Toribio of reports.

Manager Kevin Cash is now missing both Yonny Chirinos (triceps) and Charlie Morton (shoulder) from his rotation following the latter's placement on the 10-day injured list Monday, so Toribio speculates several arms capable of pitching multiple innings may be asked to step up. Banda qualifies as such, considering he started eight games at the minor-league level last season alone and has logged five major-league starts with the Diamondbacks and Rays as well. The left-hander wouldn't necessarily be called on to operate as a conventional starter, but a scenario where he piggybacks off another pitcher such as Jalen Beeks and Trevor Richards is conceivable.

July 29, 2020 11:08 AM
Rays' Anthony Banda: Traveling on taxi squad
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Banda is traveling with the Rays on their current road trip to Atlanta and Baltimore as part of the two-man taxi squad, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The left-hander has been working out at the alternate training site in Port Charlotte, and he's thought to have a chance of being summoned to the active roster at some point this season. For the moment, he'll serve as emergency depth as the Rays take on the Braves and Orioles over the next five days.

July 24, 2020 02:40 AM
Rays' Anthony Banda: Sent to alternate camp site
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Banda was optioned to the Rays' alternate training site in Port Charlotte on Thursday, Juan Toribio of reports.

The young left-hander was competing for an Opening Day roster spot and was believed to have a chance due to his ability to pitch multiple innings. However, manager Kevin Cash opted for Jalen Beeks over Banda for the time being. Nevertheless, given the ongoing health uncertainties accompanying the 2020 campaign, it wouldn't be surprising to see Banda get one of the first promotions whenever a bullpen arm is needed.

July 11, 2020 11:52 AM
Rays' Anthony Banda: Could move into rotation
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Banda, who recorded two strikeouts over two scoreless innings in Friday's simulated game, is a candidate to potentially see some spot starts if the current absences of multiple Rays pitchers extend into the regular season, Juan Toribio of reports.

The trio of Tyler Glasnow, Yonny Chirinos and Brendan McKay are all currently missing from summer camp workouts for undisclosed reasons, leaving open the possibility at least some of them may have produced a positive COVID-19 test. Any such scenario would make the potential return date of the affected player difficult to pin down, and Toribio reports Banda could be one of the options manager Kevin Cash turns to if there are spot starts for the taking early in the season. Banda is now more than a year removed from Tommy John surgery, and he's reportedly looked better with respect to velocity and his breaking pitches as compared to his September big-league stint last season. Additionally, Banda has now added a cutter to his arsenal, and manager Kevin Cash has praised the young left-hander for pitching "fearlessly."

July 8, 2020 01:44 AM
Rays' Anthony Banda: Gets live BP in Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Banda was one of four pitchers to throw live batting practice during Monday's summer camp workout, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Banda was able to throw regularly while spring training was suspended, so his arm is presumably in good condition overall in the early stages of the official ramp-up to the regular season. Juan Toribio of reports Banda was able to strike out Hunter Renfroe and Brandon Lowe in Tuesday's session after walking the first batter he faced, Mike Zunino. The left-hander was slated to begin the campaign in Triple-A Durham at one point, but the expanded rosters in place for the first four weeks of the regular season and Banda's ability to work multiple innings up his chances of being on the team come Opening Day.

June 8, 2020 02:28 AM
Rays' Anthony Banda: Throwing bullpen sessions
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Banda has been able to throw bullpen sessions regularly where he lives while spring training has remained shut down, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The news comes via pitching coach Kyle Snyder, who supervised multiple bullpen sessions off a mound at Tropicana Field on Friday. Banda was not one of those participating, but the fact he's apparently had access to a mound where he has been quarantining means he's likely kept his arm in working shape during the extended layoff. The 26-year-old southpaw had been optioned to Triple-A Durham back on March 26, but with a potential 2020 season expected to include expanded rosters, Banda may still have a chance to see some big-league action this year.

March 26, 2020 12:36 PM
Rays' Anthony Banda: Banished to minors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Rays optioned Banda to Triple-A Durham on Thursday, Juan Toribio of reports.

Tampa Bay sent all of Banda, Trevor Richards and Brendan McKay to their minor-league camp, seemingly leaving Jalen Beeks in good shape to make the Opening Day roster as a long reliever. Banda should occupy a spot in the Triple-A rotation to begin the campagin.

March 25, 2020 12:44 PM
Rays' Anthony Banda: Likely to start season in minors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Banda isn't one of the relievers projected to nab an Opening Day roster spot according to a list compiled by Juan Toribio of

Toribio breaks down the job battles that were still ongoing when spring training was suspended, and Banda's name is not among the relievers he considers locks for an Opening Day roster spot. As per Toribio, the Rays are likely to leverage the new expanded 26-man roster to carry an additional pitcher, but he projects Peter Fairbanks, Jalen Beeks or Trevor Richards as the likeliest candidates for that opening. Banda did put together a strong spring, however, as he posted a 3.38 ERA across eight innings over six Grapefruit League relief appearances. The 26-year-old southpaw is likely to open the 2020 campaign in what will be his third tour of duty with Triple-A Durham, but after having logged six big-league appearances over the last two seasons, he likely has a strong chance of being one of the first pitchers promoted in the regular season if he carries over his momentum from spring training.

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