It is to no great surprise that Tyler Greene was added to the forty man roster. While he does have his deficiencies in terms of making contact, he’s hit well enough in the Arizona Fall League to be taken in the Rule 5 draft if he was left unprotected. A .905 OPS from a middle infielder is impressive, even if it includes 28 strikeouts in 83 at bats.
Scherer comes a bit as a surprise. He’s 25, was a 16th rounder from a small school who went on to put up some monster numbers a couple of seasons ago. He struck out 106 in 80.1 innings in Palm Beach but was old for his league and never closed. Last year for Springfield he pitched OK in middle relief, striking out around a batter per inning. This year, his strikeout rate was way down (13.91%, and only 8.2% swinging strikes) and he had a really low ground ball rate of 34.4%. From the accounts I have read, he throws an 86-89 MPH fastball, a slurvy breaking ball and a nice splitter. You just typically don’t see middle relievers protected like this, unless they are a specialist of some sort, and Scherer is not. Maybe I’m undervaluing him, the club obviously sees something I don’t.
Mark McCormick and Luis Perdomo were the notable names left off, I’m surprised Perdomo was not protected given he has higher upside than Scherer and is all that remains of Flat Hat. McCormick has never been able to stay healthy or throw strikes, but some club may want to gamble on his upside with hopes of making him a reliever.