Giants, Gabe Kapler cut former Phillies righty reliever
By Matt Rappa
Former Phillies reliever Nick Vincent has been let go by Gabe Kapler’s Giants
With the transaction freeze being lifted at noon on Friday, the Philadelphia Phillies are allowed to make changes to their roster ahead of Sunday’s deadline to submit a list of 60 players who will be eligible to compete in the upcoming season.
While the Phillies have yet to make a reported transaction, their former manager Gabe Kapler of the San Francisco Giants and already has. Among them, releasing former Phillies right-handed reliever Nick Vincent, according to NBC Sports Bay Area.
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Vincent was invited to the Giants’ first spring training as a non-roster invitee; he struggled, allowing eight runs (seven earned), nine hits, and three home runs across just five appearances and four innings. Although, he did strike out five of his 22 batters faced and walked none, his 15.75 ERA and 2.250 WHIP ratio likely did not make the decision hard for the Giants to part ways with the eight-year veteran.
Vincent joined the Phillies in mid-August, after the Giants released him the first time a week prior, and had an effective showing in red pinstripes. In 14 appearances and as many innings, Vincent posted a 1.93 ERA, 17-4 strikeout-to-walk ratio, and 1.071 WHIP.
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There were some bad outings, however, and the ERA could be deceiving, as Vincent blew games by allowing a game-winning, inherited runner to score. For example, in a September 6 road game against the New York Mets, Vincent entered with runners on the corners and two outs.
Vincent hit Jeff McNeil by a pitch, and then walked Pete Alonso on six pitches en route to the Mets’ “shrimp” walk-off.
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This was a contrast from him posting a 5.58 ERA across 18 relief appearances earlier in the 2019 season with the Giants.
Prior, Vincent pitched for the San Diego Padres (2012-15) and Seattle Mariners (2016-18).