Kansas City Royals reliever Joel Payamps could also help the Colorado Rockies bullpen
Joel Payamps is a guy that you probably have not heard of before but he finished the 2021 season with the Kansas City Royals and the Colorado Rockies could use him in their bullpen.
Payamps, 27, has spent parts of three years in the majors but 2021 was the first season in which he made more than two appearances. He split the season between Toronto and Kansas City. He had more results for Toronto, as he had an ERA of 2.70 in 22 games but for Kansas City, despite having an ERA that was 4.43, his FIP was lower with Kansas City (3.96 with KC and 4.20 with Toronto).
In 2021, he had a groundball rate of about league average (45 percent) but he has shown that it can be higher in the minor leagues.
Additionally, the Rockies know Payamps well. All the way back in 2010, the Rockies signed Payamps as an amateur free agent. He pitched well in Rookie-ball in the Dominican but when he was elevated to Rookie-level Grand Junction and Short-Season A Tri-City, he struggled mightily so the Rockies released him after the 2014 season.
He didn’t pitch professionally in 2015 but in 2016, Payamps signed with the Diamondbacks, where he worked his way up to the majors.
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