The Dodgers completed the final big trade of the 2018 calendar year when Yasiel Puig, Matt Kemp, and Alex Wood were sent to the Cincinnati Reds. Now, the team has completed a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays to consummate 2019 properly.
The deal was announced on twitter by the team’s official twitter account.
The Dodgers today acquired RHP Jaime Schultz from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for minor league RHP Caleb Sampen.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) January 8, 2019
Los Angeles sent right-handed pitcher Caleb Sampen to Tampa Bay in exchange for right-handed pitcher Jaime Schultz. Moreover, we have an interesting note on the player acquired by the Dodgers. Let’s take a look at his MLB.com profile, shall we?
A quick glance at the stats alone displays a pitcher with a 5.64 ERA in 22 games for Tampa Bay in 2018. However, Schultz had 35 strikeouts in 30.1 innings pitched. Equally important is his spin rate on his fastball – an average of 2,403 on his typical four-seamer. This is greater than the league average of 2,263 by a good margin.
By comparison, it appears similar to that of Walker Buehler; who had 2,415 in his spin rate on his typical fastball. Furthermore, the Dodgers may have just acquired a very good right-handed pitcher that you will be seeing make an impact at some point in 2019.
Often, it is the trade that seems a mere quiet footnote on the transaction log that ends up being a significant move. File away the name Jaime Schultz in the meantime while we wait to see the cement hardens and how the value plays out for the Dodgers.