The Milwaukee Brewers have signed 33 year old RHP Robert Stock to a MiLB deal that includes an invite to spring training. Stock pitched in the Korean Baseball Organization in 2022. Before that he pitched in the Major Leagues with Padres, Red Sox, Cubs, and Mets from 2018-2021.
How has Robert Stock performed in the past?
Stock made his MLB debut at age 28 with the Padres. He pitched 39.2 innings as a rookie and had a 2.50 ERA. Following that 2018 season, he was unable to replicate that same level of success against Major League hitters. He ended up bouncing around between teams, alternating between starter and reliever roles, and eventually signed with the Doosan Bears in the KBO for the 2022 season.
With the Bears, Stock started 29 games and covered 165 innings. His season ERA ended at 3.60, he struck out batters at a 19.1% clip, and had an 11.5% walk rate, It’s unclear if the Brewers will use him as a starting pitcher or reliever.
On the mound, Stock can throw heat. According to baseball savant, his average fastball velocity in 2021 was 96 MPH. That year he also threw a cutter, change up, curve ball, and slider. At that time, his fastball was his most used pitch at 61%.
Right now there is no clear path to Major League playing time for Stock as a member of the Brewers. However, last year Jason Alexander and Peter Strzelecki began the year off the 40-man roster and carved out roles with the Brew Crew. Stock will be one person to monitor as Spring Training begins.
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