Braves turn to former Rockies reliever to add to stockpile of pitching depth

The Atlanta Braves added more pitching depth with a recent minor league transaction.

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According to the club's transactions log, the Atlanta Braves have made a notable free agent signing by inking veteran relief pitcher Matt Carasiti to a minor league deal on June 14.

Carasiti, a 32-year-old right-handed pitcher, was recently DFA'd by the Colorado Rockies earlier this month and elected free agency back on June 10.

Atlanta Braves sign right-handed pitcher Matt Carasiti to minor league deal

A former sixth-round pick from the 2012 MLB Draft, Carasiti joins the Braves organization as a player with a notable amount of major league experience.

Since making his MLB debut in 2016, Carasiti has seen action in four different seasons (2016, 2019, 2023, 2024), and has appeared in 53 career games in the major leagues, five of which came as a starter in 2019 with the Seattle Mariners. Across those overall 58.1 innings pitched at the major league level, Carasiti has struggled at times, owning a career 2-2 record with a 7.41 ERA and 50:30 K/BB ratio.

As for this season, Carasiti has split time between the major leagues and Triple-A in the Colorado Rockies organization, making seven appearances with the big league club. Across those seven appearances, Carasiti wasn't very good with a 0-1 record including a 10.38 ERA, and a 7:3 K/BB ratio across 8.2 innings.

In the minor leagues, Carasiti made 20 relief appearances with the Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes, owning a 2-1 record with a 5.91 ERA and 26:11 K/BB ratio across 21.1 innings.

Looking ahead, Carasiti was assigned to Triple-A Gwinnett on June 14 and has since made his organizational debut by pitching in two innings for the Stripers. One was a scoreless outing with two walks and two strikeouts. His second outing was one inning with one hit, one earned run allowed, and one strikeout.

A player with past major league experience, could Carasiti potentially see time in Atlanta this season should he see continued success with Gwinnett? With how things have gone injury-wise for the Braves in 2024, there's a high chance he will.

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