This was a year that not many in the Dodgers organization expected Edwin Uceta to be a big part of. The number 26 prospect was expected to make an impact on the team in the near future, but no one could have anticipated the need for him so early.
But Edwin has had a pretty good start to his big league career. The Dodgers have used him sparingly and have kept his arm as fresh as possible. But through 3 appearances, he’s pitched 7.1 innings to the tune of a 2.45 ERA.
Uceta was a part of the Dodgers alternate site plan during the 2020 pandemic season. He very suddenly got sent home for a COVID-19 violation in August without much of an explanation from the team. In a media appearance on Thursday, we got our answer directly from Edwin.
In Spanish, Uceta explained that he had ordered food from a Dominican spot to be delivered to the Dodgers team hotel. Uceta violated the club’s mask policy while picking up the delivery food from the hotel lobby, resulting in him getting sent home.
A lesson learned for a young kid that has a very bright future with the Dodgers. Uceta has long been used as a starting pitcher in the minors and winter leagues, but it’s unclear how the team plans to use him. But he has shown flashes of brilliance in his short stint with the big league club, especially when he gets to use his change-up.