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Another Dodgers Pitching Prospect Rockets Through Minor Leagues, Earns Promotion

Several Dodgers pitching prospects have been on the fast track in 2018 to the big leagues. Before Dennis Santana, it was Walker Buehler. The latest in the group to earn a promotion is West Jefferson High School’s finest, Caleb Ferguson.

Ferguson has earned this promotion the hard way. He was a 38th round pick in the 2014 draft. During the 2017 playing for Rancho Cucamonga, he had a 2.87 ERA in 122.1 innings pitched. Ferguson began to jump onto radars at AA Tulsa early in 2018 by posting a 1.38 in eight games started.

Then, he was promoted to AAA Oklahoma City. Ferguson struck out twelve batters in eight innings over two starts. Indeed, this is how the 1,149th player chosen overall in 2014 carved a path to the big leagues.

I picked up personal interest in Ferguson while seeing some of his flashy minor league numbers on twitter. After doing a little homework, I realized he’s an Ohio fella just like myself. In a big city like Los Angeles, us Ohio guys have to stick together. Furthermore, you have to really root for a kid who came from such long odds to the big league ballparks like Ferguson has.

If you have never seen Ferguson and want to know what to expect – we have you covered.

Good luck Caleb and enjoy the ride. We are all excited to have you as a part of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ fraternity.

Analysis

Something always excites about a new player donning the greatest uniform in sports for the first time. Although this move was reactive to several injuries to the Dodgers planned starting rotation, it’s nice that a kid like Ferguson will get his feet wet. There are worse places to make your first big league appearance than PNC Park in Pittsburgh. Just ask Dennis Santana, who had to weather the waves at Coors Field over the weekend. We’re excited to see what Ferguson can do at the next level – and although expectations of something major should be tempered – we would not be shocked if he has surprising success. His immediate future on the roster will depend upon both his immediate performance, as well as the health of currently-injured veterans. Nevertheless, his long-term future at the highest level will be a story of his own to write.

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Written by Clint Evans

Clint lives in Ohio, and played collegiate baseball. He loves the Dodgers due to his first memories of Chavez Ravine when he was nine years old. The voice of Vin Scully has been a staple in his life since he was a kid. No amount of baseball talk is ever enough, and he wishes the regular season was year round. He has written about baseball online since 2007.

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  1. Looks like a fairly clean and repeatable delivery, but my eyes feel like they want to notice a small arm slot variation. Hopefully he cleaned it up a bit from ’17 to ’18.

    Welcome to LA, Caleb!

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