The Dodgers added J.T. Chargois today, as the front office continues to make moves to bolster their pitching staff. Chargois is a former second round pick by Minnesota in the 2012 draft. While he has yet to make a difference in the big leagues, Chargois has pitched quite well at the minor league level. His 2017 season was cut short by injuries, but his 2016 season was fantastic between two levels. In 39 relief appearances Chargois pitched to a 4.35 earned run average, striking out 55 and walking just 13.
Dodgers claim RHP J.T. Chargois from Twins and place Julio Urias on 60-day DL.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) February 23, 2018
When he has been healthy, Chargois has been clocked with a mid-90’s fastball and triple digit potential. The problem for him though is that he has not stayed healthy at all. Chargois has undergone Tommy John surgery and had a few other arm ailments in the process. All told, he has pitched in just 101 minor league games since he was drafted. His limited major league numbers do not exactly inspire either. In 23 innings pitched with Minnesota, he gave up a 4.70 earned run average with 17 strikeouts and 12 walks.
Los Angeles’ Plan
In a corresponding move to make room on the 40 man roster, the Dodgers transferred Julio Urias to the 60-day disabled list. Urias had shoulder surgery last year and is not expected to be fully back until the second half of 2018. Chargois will join a number of arms vying for a spot in the big league bullpen, a competition that is sure to headline their Spring Training. Los Angeles’ bullpen was one of the best in baseball last season, but they lost several key pieces to free agency.
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