Phillies: 24 Departed Players from 2019 Major League Roster
RHP Jerad Eickhoff (Padres, Non-Roster Invitee)
- Philadelphia Phillies (2015-19)
- San Diego Padres (2020 – Present)
Right-hander Jerad Eickhoff was one of the few remaining returns from the Texas Rangers in the July 2015 trade that dealt southpaws Cole Hamels and Jake Diekman to the American League West.
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Eickhoff simply battled too many injuries that hindered his ability to succeed in red pinstripes, given he made just three appearances in 2018 and 12 in 2019, after combining for 57 starts the two seasons prior (2016 and 2017). Among those injuries included right biceps tendinitis and carpal tunnel syndrome.
In 2016 among National League pitchers, Eickhoff allowed the seventh-most hits (187) and the fourth-worst bases on balls per nine innings pitched percentage (1.916), all the while throwing the eighth-most innings pitched (197 1/3). Also, he allowed the third-most home runs (30), and suffered the third-most losses (14).
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On January 15, the San Diego Padres inked Eickhoff to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training. Expect him to start the season at Triple-A.