The Kansas City Royals announced on Friday they will not offer contracts to pitchers Jake Brentz and Nate Webb for the 2023 season.
Brentz, a hard-throwing left-hander, debuted in 2021 and immediately made an impact in the Kansas City bullpen. In 64 innings, he recorded a 3.66 ERA and a 5-2 record. His sophomore campaign was a disappointment. The 28-year-old struggled in just 5.1 innings with the Royals in 2022, allowing 14 earned runs, 11 hits, 10 walks and a 23.63 ERA. His season ended in April as he elected to undergo Tommy John surgery.
Webb was drafted by the Royals in 2016 but never reached the big leagues. In 268 minor league innings, most of them pitched in relief, the 25-year-old owns a 6.11 ERA and a 15-17 record.
Both Brentz and Webb are Missouri natives and were drafted out of high school. Brentz was drafted out of St. Louis area high school Parkway South, while Webb was closer to home at Lee's Summit North.
The relievers had been designated for assignment on Tuesday.