Dodgers Re-Sign Catcher Rocky Gale

The Dodgers have made their first marginal move of the off-season.

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - APRIL 20: Rocky Gale #58 of the Los Angeles Dodgers flies out in the second inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on April 20, 2019 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

The Dodgers have agreed to a minor league deal with catcher Rocky Gale, according to Chris Cotillo of Mass Live.

Gale spent time in the Dodgers organization in both 2018 and 2019, making five major league appearances for the club last season.

Gale has not spent a ton of time in the major leagues, registering just 37 plate appearances, but he does represent a strong minor league asset due to his work behind the dish. He has been given rave reviews by the front office and major league coaching staff due to his excellent framing ability, game calling expertise, and his strong ability to work with younger pitchers.

The 31-year-old catcher was drafted in the 24th round of the 2010 MLB Draft by the San Diego Padres. He made his major league debut with the Padres back in 2015 when he appeared in a total of ten games.

Gale is a well below average bat, but he has the glove. Offensively, Gale has mustered just a .108/.108/.189 slash line in the major leagues — that will not get it done.

Gale is simply a depth piece due to the Dodgers’ current plethora of backstop options with Will Smith poised to be the 2020 Opening Day starter, Austin Barnes as the backup, and Keibert Ruiz waiting in the wings.

Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 19 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.


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