Uceta first signed with the Dodgers out of the Dominican Republic again in 2016, and after climbing the organizational ladder ultimately made his huge league debut in 2021. Throughout 20 1/3 innings of labor, Uceta struck out a formidable 27.2% of batters confronted however struggled along with his management, strolling 13%. These management points mixed with an unusually low 48.5% strand fee left Uceta with a 6.64 ERA regardless of a good 4.40 FIP. That led the Dodgers to designate Uceta for project the next offseason, at which level he was picked up by the Diamondbacks.
Uceta’s time in Arizona was largely extra of the identical. Whereas he bought is management points considerably underneath management and noticed his stroll fee drop to 9.6%, Uceta struck out simply 17.8% of batters confronted throughout his 17 innings within the desert, pitching to a 5.82 ERA and 4.52 FIP whereas posting a equally low 52.1% strand fee. The Diamondbacks ultimately designated him for project themselves in early 2023 to make room for Evan Longoria on the 40-man roster. That set Uceta off on an organizational carousel. All through 2023, the right-hander was claimed by the Tigers, Pirates, Mets and Cubs earlier than lastly passing by way of outright waivers efficiently in August.
Amongst these 4 organizations, he solely appeared with the Mets within the main leagues, placing out three whereas strolling two and hitting a batter throughout three scoreless innings. Most not too long ago, Uceta has impressed throughout six begins within the Dominican Winter League, pitching to a 2.55 ERA throughout 24 2/3 innings of labor. Looking forward to the 2024 marketing campaign, Uceta will be part of a corporation identified for its pitching improvement successes. With Tampa Bay, Uceta figures to get the possibility to pitch his approach into a giant league bullpen function and set up himself as a significant league common for the primary time in his profession. In the meantime, the Rays have the chance to work with a participant on the periphery of the large leagues who comes with 5 years of workforce management, although he figures to be out of choices getting into the 2024 season, which means he’ll want to stay on the membership’s 40-man roster if added.