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Dodgers Acquire Jesus Liranzo, Koehler to the DL



The Dodgers made a small trade on Monday, acquiring left-handed pitcher Jesus Liranzo from Baltimore for Luis Ysla.

Liranzo has spent time as both a starter and a reliever in his brief professional career. The 23-year old spent the majority of 2016, and all of 2017 in Double-A. He’s had some success, but has been inconsistent at times and owns a 4.52 ERA in 83.2 innings at Double-A. He will begin the 2018 season for the Dodgers with Double-A Tulsa.

Liranzo is a 3-pitch pitcher, using primarily a 4-seam fastball, a slider, and a splitter. Liranzo’s fastball sits consistently between 93-95, but he does have some significant control issues with the pitch. His slider has potential to be a plus pitch, but will still need to develop a bit. His splitter is not viewed as a plus pitch, but could become serviceable enough to induce plenty of ground balls. In short, Liranzo is a project, but a project with a lot of upside.

Corresponding Moves

In order to create room on the roster for Liranzo, the Dodgers transferred Tom Koehler to the 60-day disabled list retroactive to March 26th. This means Koehler will not be able to be activated until May 28th. Koehler is on the DL with a strained throwing shoulder, the timeline for his return was “weeks or months” and it appears to be the latter. While it’s a bit of a downer to hear Koehler won’t be back until at least late May, it will give him plenty of time to get back to 100% and ready to contribute. After all, Koehler was expected to contribute in a big way for 2018. Management had hoped he would evolve into a Brandon Morrow type project, but now he will require time.

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Written by Hunter Thompson

Born in Pennsylvania but comes from a long line of Dodger fans from their Brooklyn days. Extremely passionate about the Dodgers and baseball in general. News writer and Twittercaster for Dodger games. Follow me on Twitter @Officialism27 for more Dodgers talk!

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