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Dodgers Recall Top Pitching Prospect

The Dodgers have recalled pitcher Dennis Santana from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

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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Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 18 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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  1. I hope he doesn’t get lit-up at Coors tonight, i.e. “he’s here to take one for the team” because Roberts burned-out his pen. Crossing fingers Urias can go at least 6-7 innings? Perhaps just wishful thinking?

    • Hello Robin, Roberts burning up the BP is nothing new. And whether he or Andy knows it or not, eventually they must expect a little more length from their starters or we could have pitching issues all year.

  2. Roberts has to stop pulling starters at 4-5 innings he is killing the Bullpen. I was very pleased to see Sanatan pitch so well in such a difficult park as Coors as it is so dry there and with the altitude balls do not break as well.

    Urias was obviously too amped up to pitch as he was all over the place…no command.

    Thankfully the Rockies pitchers were even worse than ours were. Muncy and Bellinger go yard. But more imppotantly by far the Dodgers are doig a great job of situational hitting…

  3. The Dodgers must be listening to us – Brock Stewart was sent down, and Dennis Santana has joined the Blue. We won last night’s game; Santana was fine considering he probably had butterflies in his stomach. Four games with the Red Birds will test us, and that is good. I also like the idea of playing the Cards in April in St. Louis rather than in July or August when it is brutally hot in the mid-west. This series should tell us a lot about our season. Then, home for the Brew Crew!!!! Go Blue!!!

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