The Dodgers have recalled pitcher Dennis Santana from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
The Dodgers are recalling pitcher Dennis Santana from Oklahoma City for tonight’s game in Denver, per a source. They used six relievers Friday and five Saturday. No word yet on the corresponding move.
— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) April 7, 2019
Santana made one appearance last season for the Boys in Blue, tossing 3 2/3 innings with four strikeouts, allowing five earned runs and six hits. This stat line is not exactly indicative of Dennis Santana’s true talent. He also did not show well in Spring Training, but again, we are talking about a potential middle-of-the-rotation arm in Santana. Santana was ranked this off-season as the Dodgers’ 7th-best prospect, trailing only Dustin May on the pitching side.
Santana is basically a three-pitch pitcher, mixing in a solid fastball, a plus slider, and a plus changeup.
As JP Hoornstra noted, the corresponding move is not yet known, but he would represent a sizable upgrade over the likes of the struggling Yimi Garcia and Brock Stewart if the swap is for one of those two men.
In 2018, across both AA and AAA ball, Santana tossed 49 2/3 innings, cut short by a major shoulder surgery. He struck out 65 batters on a 2.54 ERA and 1.05 WHIP. He’s good.
This time around, Santana could be here to stay. Although his future remains in a starting capacity, he very well could fill a long-relief role at a time when the Dodgers can use any bullpen help they can get.
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