Padres Claim Former Top Prospect Starter Off Waivers From Rangers

The San Diego Padres have added right-handed pitcher Glenn Otto to their roster through waivers from the Texas Rangers.

Originally drafted in the fifth round by the New York Yankees in 2017 and later involved in the trade that sent Joey Gallo to the Yankees in 2021, Otto arrives in San Diego with a mix of promise and Major League struggles.

While his recent stint with the Rangers saw him post a challenging 10.13 ERA and a 1.88 WHIP over 10.2 innings, Otto has showcased potential in the minor leagues. Despite a portion of the 2023 season being marred by injury, his Triple-A performance highlights his impressive strikeout and walk rates.

The Padres seem to view Otto as a controllable depth option and a candidate for potential bullpen or spot starting duties in the future.

Over his three-year career, the 27-year-old holds a 5.62 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, with 146 strikeouts across 169.2 innings and 39 appearances.

By acquiring him, they are investing in his development, betting on the potential he's displayed in the minor leagues and hoping to help him transition successfully to the Major League level.

It remains to be seen how Otto's career will evolve in San Diego, but the Padres' decision reflects their belief in his long-term potential and their commitment to building a strong pitching staff. Photo Credit: Raymond Carlin III-USA TODAY Sports