Ryan Webb
Ryan Webb
33-Year-Old PitcherRP
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
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$Released by the Cubs in August of 2018.
Inks minor-league deal with Giants
PSan Francisco Giants  
April 5, 2017
Webb has signed a minor-league deal with the Giants and will report to Triple-A Sacramento, Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors reports.
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The 31-year-old was released by the Brewers last week after making just three appearances in spring training. Webb spent most of last season in the Rays' organization, where he posted a 5.19 ERA and a 1.73 WHIP over 18 relief appearances. He'll likely be limited to serving as organizational depth before having another shot at the majors.
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Ryan Webb
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April 29, 2015
Ernesto Frieri picked up his second save of the season on Wednesday night, as the game went 13 innings.
Tuesday Lineup Card: You Canha Do It
April 13, 2015
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Webb didn't do much to get himself noticed in a relief role for the Indians, which is hard to when you stand 6-foot-6 tall, posting a 1.15 WHIP and a 5.5 K/9 rate in 50.2 innings across 40 appearances. Webb's never been a high strikeout guy (6.2 K/9 in 376 major league innings) despite his imposing frame on the mound and there's little reason to think he'll suddenly gain that skill. He doesn't have any glaring platoon concerns but doesn't carve up either side (.658 OPS against right-handers, .750 OPS against left-handers in his career) but continues to get looks in various bullpens across the league primarily due to how he looks in a uniform. It's tough not to make some sort of impression when you're 6-foot-6. He'll look to land elsewhere after opting for free agency in the offseason.
Webb was a target of owners who were fading Tommy Hunter as the Orioles' closer to begin last season, but that endeavor failed to yield fruit. Fading Hunter was a good idea, but Zach Britton emerged to take over the ninth inning for Baltimore. For Webb, the surface numbers didn't reflect the peripherals, as he cut down his walk rate (career low 5.8%) while missing bats at a slightly greater clip (17.9%), but pitched to the highest full-season ERA of his career (3.83). There's still room for improvement against lefties, as Webb walked them at a 13.0% rate last season. Mixing a fastball, slider and changeup, Webb's value comes mostly from his ability to induce grounders (48.7%). The Orioles will slot him into their stable of middle relievers again in 2015, where he could be considered for ninth-inning duty if Britton is unable to sustain his breakout.
Webb continued to lean on his sinker during the 2013 campaign and recorded his fifth straight professional season with a groundball rate north of 50%. In fact, he put together the finest campaign of his career at age 27, posting career-bests in innings (80.1), strikeouts (54) and WHIP (1.21). Webb recorded a 2.91 ERA in 66 appearances while locking up five holds and a couple of wins for the Marlins. His pitch-to-contact approach and ability to go multiple innings should add value in a middle-relief role, although his skillset and peripherals are not completely unlike those of former Orioles closer Jim Johnson. Most likely, Webb won't be more than a fallback option to save games in 2014, but he could yield a surprising amount of success in the role if he's ever given the opportunity.
Webb spent a bit of time moving between the majors and the minors early in 2012, but he rallied after the All-Star break to put up a surprisingly effective season out the Marlins' bullpen. Following the midsummer classic, Webb posted a sparkling 1.78 ERA albeit with a poor 1.74 WHIP over his final 25.1 innings. Ultimately, his 4.03 ERA was smoke and mirrors, as he posted a mediocre 44:20 K:BB for the season. Webb’s power sinker has helped him to a career 57.9 percent groundball rate, which should continue to provide him with chances to work in middle relief.
Webb's hard sinker seems like an impressive weapon, but as yet the results in the big leagues have been decidedly average. He pitched less than an inning per appearance as he was mainly relied on when the Marlins needed a double play or to keep the ball in the infield, and that will likely be his role again in 2012. He's pure fungible middle-relief filler.
Webb spent the majority of 2010 with the Padres (he was also at Triple-A Portland) pitching out of the bullpen. He doesn't have dominant stuff and his control is marginal, but he knows how to induce groundballs at a high rate (62.3 percent). If he can work on his control, he could round into a nice reliever who's able to get most righties and the occasional lefty out. In the offseason he was traded to Florida. It's doubtful he ends up with a late-inning role there, but stranger things have happened.
Webb had never succeeded for any length of time at any level of the minors when the Padres traded Scott Hairston for him and shoved him into their bullpen. This could work out, but Webb is behind a half-dozen guys with comparable skills and stronger resumes.
The A's thought enough of him to add him to the 40-man roster following the season, no doubt influenced by Webb's 6-foot-6 frame. His numbers in the minors continue to be pretty pedestrian (130 innings, 165 hits, 44 walks, 94 Ks) but he has size and youth (he's 23) on his side.
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Released by Milwaukee
PFree Agent  
March 22, 2017
Webb was released Wednesday by the Brewers.
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Signs minor league pact with Brewers
PMilwaukee Brewers  
December 13, 2016
Webb signed a minor league deal with the Brewers on Tuesday that includes an invitation to spring training.
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Signs minor-league contract with White Sox
PChicago White Sox  
July 8, 2016
Webb was signed by the White Sox on Friday, and assigned to Triple-A Charlotte, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports.
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Released by Rays
PFree Agent  
July 6, 2016
Webb cleared waivers and was released by the Rays on Wednesday, the Tampa Bay Times' Marc Topkin reports.
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PTampa Bay Rays  
June 27, 2016
Webb was designated for assignment Monday.
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