Brock Stewart Reportedly to be Added to Dodgers Opening Day Roster

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - FEBRUARY 25: Pitcher Brock Stewart #48 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws a pitch during the MLB spring training game against the Chicago Cubs at Camelback Ranch on February 25, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has been vocal about the club’s desire to carry an extra pitcher in the bullpen that can provide “length.” Length, of course means multiple innings

On Tuesday, Doc had all but narrowed the candidates down to two: Dennis Santana or Brock Stewart.

Late Tuesday evening, Alanna Rizzo provided us with a bit of interesting information.

If indeed “Brock Star” has made the club as the 25th man, you can’t help but feel that his additional option year played a role in the decision. Between Santana and Stewart, the club may view Santana as a better rotation option to keep ready if any more injuries happen to hit the Dodgers staff. With that, Santana should be maintaining his pitch count as a member of the OKC rotation.

Stewart, 27, was serviceable during Cactus League play having posted a 2.84 ERA in 6.1 innings pitched. A point of concern would be the 5 walks he allowed against only 4 strikeouts.

One positive note on Stewart as he’s added to the bullpen for Opening Day is that has performed much better in a relief role during his career — albeit a #smallsamplesize.

Courtesy of Baseball-Reference.

In relief, Brock-Brock’s ERA is a full 2.5 runs better per 9 innings at the major league level.

Perhaps this is the opportunity he needs to establish himself as a viable MLB option.

It’s Opening Week and the roster is set.

Written by Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor of Dodgers Nation, and a host and analyst on Dodgers Nation's own Blue Heaven podcast live stream.

He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future.

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