In November the Milwaukee Brewers elected to non-tender reliever Jandel Gustave. The 30 year old right-handed pitcher spent more than two months on the open market as a free agent. He now has signed a MiLB deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Robert Murray was the first to report the news. Gustaves’ contract covers the 2023 season and includes an invite to spring training.
Source: Reliever Jandel Gustave is in agreement on a minor-league contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Gustave, who posted a 3.86 ERA in 27 appearances with the Brewers last season, gets an invite to spring training.
— Robert Murray (@ByRobertMurray) January 31, 2023
What is Jandel Gustave’s recent track record?
Gustave has spent the past two seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers. In 2021 he appeared in 14 games, threw 18.1 innings, and had a 3.44 ERA. Last season he pitched in 27 games, threw 28 innings, and had a 3.86 ERA. He throws a high velocity and high spin fastball on the mound as well as a slider.
Despite the high velocity and spin on his fastball, Gustave does not strike a ton of batters out. In 2022 he punched out 22.5% of batters courtesy of the strikeout. Most of his outs came on the ground as he had a 47.5% ground ball rate. In general he is pretty good at keeping the ball in the park and has a career 0.89 HR/9 ratio.
As a member of the Brewers, Gustave never worked his way up to being a trusted high leverage arm. With the Diamondbacks, he will be looking to earn a spot in the bullpen. He is not an immediate addition to the 40-man roster, but should he be added at any point he does have one minor league option remaining.
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