The Dodgers depth is being tested much sooner than anyone anticipated during the 2021 season. They have a whole lot of injuries to thank for that. Pitching in particular has been an area of concern with the number of guys going down.
To add to their depth, the Dodgers scooped up RHP Kevin Quackenbush on a minor league deal this month. This is the second time that Quackenbush has been with the organization. Los Angeles signed him to a minor-league deal back in November of 2018 and he spent the season with Triple-A Oklahoma City.
The 32-year-old veteran spent the 2020 season with the Washington Nationals, though he never cracked the big league squad. The last time he threw a pitch at the MLB level was with the Reds in 2018. Dodgers fans are most familiar with him playing with the Padres from 2014-2017.
Playing with the Padres was the last time Quackenbush was an effective reliever. His 2014 season was particularly good, pitching to a 2.65 FIP and 137 ERA+. He struck out close to 10 batters per 9 innings and handled left-handed pitching well, even against the Dodgers.
Quack had some success in Triple-A with the Dodgers last time around, getting selected to the PCL team at the Triple-A All-Star Game. He made 9 appearances with LA during Spring Training in 2019 and pitched decently.