In where did this come from news, the Dodgers and Royals have officially completed a July 29 trade for left-handed pitcher Danny Duffy. Right-handed pitcher Zach Willeman was sent to the Royals on Wednesday. Kansas City made the announcement.
The Dodgers say the player to be named later in the trade for Danny Duffy is right-hander Zach Willeman.
— Jorge Castillo (@jorgecastillo) October 20, 2021
Duffy, in case you don’t recall, was acquired from the Royals in a deadline deal for a player to be named later. The player KC was able to select from LA was based on Duffy’s time on the active roster. At the time of the deal, he was recovering from a forearm injury. The Dodgers made the deal with an eye on a potential September into October bullpen addition but, unfortunately, the pitcher suffered another injury while ramping up for a potential return that likely will require Tommy John surgery.
Zach Willeman was a 19th round pick of the Dodgers back in 2017. He made his pro debut in 2018 where he pitched in rookie ball and low-A ball with Great Lakes. He appeared in 33 games at the double-A level this year, posting a 3-2 record with a 3.78 ERA.
Altogether, the 25-year-old has a 10-9 record with a 4.35 ERA over 147 innings on the Dodger farm system.
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