The Mariners have announced that left-hander Nick Margevicius has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Tacoma. The club designated him for assignment last week. He will remain with the organization but will no longer occupy a spot on the team’s 40-man roster.
Margevicius was a seventh-round selection of the Padres in the 2017 draft. He didn’t waste much time in making his way to the majors, debuting in 2019. He threw 57 innings for the Friars that year over ten starts and seven relief appearances. Unfortunately, his 6.79 ERA and 16% strikeout rate were a bit lackluster, leading the club to designate him for assignment in the offseason.
The southpaw was claimed by the Mariners in January of 2020 and has been with the organization since then. In the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, he showed flashes of potential, throwing 41 1/3 innings with a 4.57 ERA. His strikeout rate jumped to 21.2% and he kept his walk rate below league average at 8.2%.
Unfortunately, he was only able to throw 12 innings in 2021 before some shoulder inflammation cropped up. This was later diagnosed as thoracic outlet syndrome, an injury that usually requires a major surgery with a lengthy rehab process. The rest of his 2021 was wiped out, with his last appearance coming on April 25.
He has been able to get back on the hill this year, making four starts in Triple-A. However, the return to action hasn’t been smooth, with his ERA sitting at 12.75 over a small sample of 12 innings. Still just 25 years old, Margevicius will continue trying to get back on track with the Tacoma Rainiers and work his way back into the big leagues.