Height: 6'2" Weight: 195
Bats/Throws: Right / Right
Born: 03/11/1993 in Staten Island, New York
Acquired: Drafted 2016 (7th round)
MLB Debut: 07/14/2018
Free Agent after: 2024 season
Drafted in 2016, Festa found himself rocketed to the Majors in just two years' time, debuting last July for the M's on the road at, of all places, Coors Field. He faced four batters and two got hits, but otherwise made it through OK. He went back the the minors, but was back in August and made seven more appearances through the end of the season, ending up with a brief 81⁄3-inning Major League season. He picked right up where he left off when he made his 2019 debut in Tokyo, throwing two scoreless innings in a tie game against the A's with good movement on his slider and fastball.
Given the state of the Mariners' bullpen this year, Festa will be given plenty of chances, and if he continues to pitch the way he did in Japan he's in for a good rookie year.