One of the best parts of the Dodgers 2020 World Series win was how they got it done. It wasn’t just the big free agent signings or the massive trades that played a role in the final games leading up to a title, but also a whole lot of scouted international talent.
Mookie Betts obviously played a major role and a few non-homegrown players had a part. But looking at guys like Julio Urias and Victor Gonzalez and how they performed, and you can’t help but be in awe of how the Dodgers run their organization.
For a long time, Victor was just the other left-handed pitched that was signed when the Dodgers found Urias in Mexico. He spent the entire 2017 season recovering from Tommy John surgery and was virtually forgotten about until this year. When he received his call-up back in July of this year, Victor made it count.
The Dodgers used him sparingly throughout the year, throwing Gonzalez just 15 times in the regular season. In his 20.1 innings, Gonzalez pitched to a 1.33 ERA and a pristine 1.67 FIP while striking out 10+ per 9 innings. Perhaps more importantly, Gonzalez showcased his ability to produce soft contact and plenty of groundballs. That combination almost always results in an effective pitcher, especially out of relief.
As MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick writes, Gonzalez is the one Dodgers player ready for a huge breakout year in 2021. Los Angeles used him sparingly during the regular season, but Gonzalez was used in 4 games during the World Series. In those 4 games, Victor was charged with 1 run but pitched out of some huge situations.
If the Dodgers are able to lean on Victor in relief during the 2021 season, their bullpen could be incredible.
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