The Dodgers have officially begun their search for bullpen help for the 2019 season. The team announced that they have signed right-handed pitcher Kevin Quackenbush to a minor league deal on Tuesday. His agents at Full Circle Sports Management also reported the deal was already inked.
— Full Circle SM (@FullCircleSM) November 12, 2018
Aside from the entertaining surname, you may already recognize the big right-hander. He has spent most of his five-year career in the National League West pitching for the Padres from 2014 to 2017. His best major league season by far was his rookie campaign, where he threw 54.1 innings and pitched to a pristine 2.48 era out of the bullpen. Since then, the numbers have been ugly. He now sits at a career 4.38 earned run average at the big league level to go along with a very high walk rate.
The encouraging part is that last year at AAA went well for Quack. He threw 47 innings of relief and pitched to a 2.68 era all while cutting his major league walk ratio in half. If he is going to be of any value to the Dodgers at all, it will likely be in a limited role. He is not going to be that guy that bridges the gap to Kenley Jansen, barring some sort of career awakening.
But who knows, the Dodgers do have a tendency to find these diamonds in the rough. (See Joe Blanton, Brandon Morrow, Dylan Floro, etc)
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