The Dodgers are doing what they do best and taking chances on arms this offseason. Los Angeles already picked up a bunch of arms on minor league contracts this past week, and they might be looking into another one.
Jorge Castillo of The LA Times is reporting this week that the Dodgers are looking into right-handed pitcher Ryne Stanek. A former 1st round pick, Stanek was non-tendered by the Marlins this offseason after a rough 2020. Stanek pitched just 10 innings and allowed 8 earned runs, thanks in part to the 8 walks he issued.
The Dodgers have shown interest in free agent reliever Ryne Stanek. The Marlins non-tendered Stanek two weeks ago. He throws hard but has struggled with command. One notable connection: Andrew Friedman drafted Stanek in the 1st round in 2013 with the Rays.
— Jorge Castillo (@jorgecastillo) December 17, 2020
At the peak of his game, Stanek can crank it up to triple-digits on his four-seam fastball. Unfortunately, his fastball has lost life over the years and dipped down to just a bit over 96 mph on average. He can still dial it up to 100+, but it’s happening less and less since his big league arrival in 2017. If the Dodgers can get his control issues in order, they might have something big.
Stanek ranked in the 97th percentile in fastball velocity in 2019 to go along with a ridiculously good whiff rate. His walk rate is really what has hurt him though, walking 12 % of batters in his career and nearly 17 % of all batters in 2020. The Dodgers have not made any interest in him public as of yet.
Los Angeles picked up former Dodgers pitcher Brandon Morrow and Brock Stewart last week. They also resigned Jimmy Nelson to a deal and added in James Pazos to the mix. All of these guys came over on minor league deals.
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