Texas Rangers pitcher Joe Gatto has cleared waivers and been outrighted to AAA Round Rock, the team announced today. This move leaves the 40 man roster at 39.
Gatto, 25, is a righthanded relief pitcher who spent his entire career with the Angels prior to becoming a minor league free agent after the 2020 season. Gatto, who wasn’t selected to be part of the group at the Angels’ Alternative Training Site, went to Arizona and worked on re-inventing himself as a pitcher. The results at a throwing session were impressive enough that the Rangers gave him a major league deal to sign with them.
However, once spring training rolled around, Gatto had issues throwing strikes, and was one of the first players sent down, with Chris Woodward saying that he felt Gatto (and Tyler Phillips, who was also optioned then) were putting too much pressure on themselves.
It would appear that things haven’t improved for Gatto, and his issues this spring were significant enough no one else wanted to put a claim in on him. Since he had never been outrighted before, he will remain with the Rangers.