Last week, a minor league signing tried to slip under the radar, but the Dodgers did ink right-handed pitcher Kieran Lovegrove to a minor league contract.
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The 25-year-old did not receive an invite to major league camp.
Lovegrove was drafted by the Cleveland Indians out of Mission Viejo in the third round of the 2012 MLB draft. In 8 minor league seasons, the righty has struggled to stay out of Double-A, while spending more of his time in the lower ranks of the Indians and later San Francisco Giants systems.
In 181 games, he’s recorded a 5.00 ERA over 354.1 innings pitched.
You look at those numbers and wonder exactly what Andrew Friedman is thinking. Signing a player who’s averaged 5 walks per 9 innings over his minor league career doesn’t really scream breakout. However, Friedman was not alone in his thinking. Former Dodger GM Farhan Zaidi had high hopes for Lovegrove after inking him to a deal with the Giants prior to the 2019 season. Zaidi praised the pitcher, stating, “he’s a terrific arm, a terrific prospect.”
Lovegrove profiled himself to FanGraphs after the 2018 season — his best professional season.
My fastball is a four-seam, but something about the way I pronate makes it two-seam at times. When it’s down, it registers as a sinker at 2,500 [RPM]. I wish I knew why it does what it does, but it’s working for me right now, and that’s what matters.
He also mentioned that he “avoids the analytics thing” because, as a thinker, he struggles with too much information.
So there’s too much information for you on one of the newest Dodgers Kieran Lovegrove. Hopefully he opens up to LA’s instructional core and finds a way to contribute big in 2020.