Tim Federowicz joined the Los Angeles Dodgers organization in 2011 and saw sporadic time at the Major-League level in 2011 and 2012. Federowicz’s role expanded in 2013 with the oblique injury to A.J. Ellis and he capitalized.
In 25 games played after the All-Star break, Federowicz hit .276 with four doubles and four RBIs. The catcher’s landscape heading into 2014 came with some uncertainty for Federowicz as he was competing against Drew Butera and Spring Training non-roster invitee Miguel Olivo.
While it may have been due to Butera being out of options, Federowicz began the year in Triple-A. His opportunity with the Dodgers again came at the expense of Ellis, who was placed on the disabled list in early April.
Due to his struggles at the plate, Federowicz was optioned back to the Minors when the Dodgers added Olivo to the roster. The 27-year-old then returned May 26 when Ellis landed on the DL for a second time. When Ellis returned, it was back to Triple-A for Federowicz without much fanfare.
Federowicz’s season ended with the Dodgers as he was one of multiple callups when rosters expanded in September. He finished with a .113 batting average in 23 games, which was his lowest average in the four seasons he’s spent any time in the Majors; the 23 games are second only to the 56 Federowicz appeared in last season.
Although Federowicz struggled at the plate with the Dodgers, it was a different story in the Minors. Perhaps benefitting from the friendly confines in Albuquerque, the catcher hit .328 with 14 home runs and 48 RBIs.
Given that he was unable to find his footing at the plate with the Dodgers, Federowicz’s highlight came during his time with the Isotopes. During a four-game stretch in July, he hit .353 (6-for-17) with three home runs, nine RBIs and scored four runs.
As the end of the Minor League season approached, Federowicz strung together another impressive stretch, this time of three games. In that span, he hit .615, one home run, three doubles, four RBIs and scored eight runs.
Federowicz is pre-arbitration eligible and next season could hold much of the same if he and Drew Butera are retained. Of the two, Federowicz wouldn’t need to clear waivers if optioned to the Minors.
Though it would be an extreme case, Federowicz technically could be the Dodgers’ starter behind the plate as A.J. Ellis’ one-year contract expired and he is once again eligible for arbitration.
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