With a rotation that’s without two starting pitchers, one being Brandon McCarthy who was lost for the season to Tommy John surgery, and the other Hyun-Jin Ryu whose recovery was slowed and return is largely unknown, the Los Angeles Dodgers have heavily relied on their crop of Triple-A pitchers.
Scott Baker, Mike Bolsinger, David Huff, Carlos Frias and Joe Wieland have all been called on this season as the Dodgers essentially have a revolving door to and from Oklahoma City attached to the final spot on the active roster.
Of the group, Frias is the only pitcher to make more than start for the Dodgers (two), earning his third win of the season in four total appearances. Plenty of focus was on Yasmani Grandal’s outburst that led the Dodgers to a 14-4 win over the Milwaukee Brewers, but the catcher took time to praise Frias’ velocity as the game wore on and development, via J.P. Hoornstra of the LA Daily News:
I thought he wasn’t going to be throwing that hard toward the end, but toward the end he was still 96, 97,” Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal said. “And he’s done that for two games already, where in the sixth inning he’s still just like he was in the first inning — and he’s just getting better. Hopefully he just keeps on going.”
Frias ran into some trouble in the fourth inning Thursday as he allowed four consecutive hits, including a leadoff home run and allowed the Brewers to tie the game. However, with the go-ahead run in scoring position, he got two strikeouts and fielder’s choice to get out of the jam.
The 25-year-old right-hander was 2-0 with a 2.84 ERA and had 15 strikeouts in three games (12.2 innings; two starts) with the Oklahoma City Dodgers and figures to remain in the starting rotation at the Major-League level for the foreseeable future.
Thursday marked the first time with the Dodgers this season Frias has allowed any runs as he’s 3-0 with a 2.13 ERA and 1.18 WHIP over 12.2 innings pitched (two relief appearances, two starts).
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