After a 2014 major league debut that didn't go very well, Michael Mariot bounced back in 2015 to put up impressive Triple-A numbers and pitched well in two games with the Royals. The 27-year old now has 19 major league games under his belt with the Royals and a 1-0 record with a 6.48 ERA to show for them. Last season, he pitched in two games for the World Champions, giving up one earned run in three innings of work.
In the minors, Mariot has pitched in six seasons and has a career 4.09 ERA over 148 relief appearances and 31 starts. He hasn't started a game since 2013 when he made one start at Triple-A Omaha. This past season with Omaha, Mariot pitched in 42 games recording a 4-2 record, eight saves and a 2.32 ERA. In the minors, the righty has allowed 2.5 walks per nine innings, while striking out 8.4 batters every nine innings.
The Royals drafted Mariot in the eighth round of the 2010 Draft out of Nebraska, where he was a teammate of Cody Asche. Asche was drafted a year later in the fourth round of the draft by the Phillies.
So far this offseason, GM Matt Klentak has claimed two other right-handers, Dan Otero (Athletics) and A.J. Achter (Twins) from the waiver wire. Lefty James Russell also signed with the Phillies on a minor league deal and Klentak traded minor league pitcher Sam McWilliams to the Diamondbacks for veteran starter Jeremy Hellickson.
Mariot was added to the Phillies 40-man roster, which now stands at 38 players.