Phils claim righty reliever Achter off waivers

Phils claim righty reliever Achter off waivers

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies on Friday added another arm for their bullpen competition in Spring Training, claiming right-hander A.J. Achter off waivers from the Twins.

Achter, 27, went 4-2 with a 2.63 ERA and 14 saves in 43 games this season with Triple-A Rochester. The 6-foot-5 pitcher held opponents to a .167 batting average and averaged 8.81 strikeouts per nine innings. He posted a 6.75 ERA in 13 1/3 innings with the Twins after posting a 3.27 ERA in 11 innings with Minnesota in 2014.

The Twins originally selected Achter in the 46th round of the 2010 MLB Draft.

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