The Dodgers will be adding in more help this weekend with the pitching staff. They have already debuted Ryan Pepiot this past week, and it sounds like he will be the first of two prospects to make their big league debut this week for them.
Dave Roberts told reporters yesterday that Michael Grove will be coming up with the Dodgers on Sunday. Doc added at the time that he was not sure if he would be entering as a starter or eating up some bulk innings behind an opener on Sunday afternoon.
Grove was a second-round pick for the Dodgers in the 2018 draft. He was coming off of Tommy John surgery that had taken out a full season of college ball for him. But as the Dodgers do, they took a gamble on a guy with arm injuries before reaching professional baseball.
Grove is in the Dodgers’ top 30 prospects, and MLB has him at number 23. His fastball can reach up to 99 mph and his slider has also received a very high grade from scouts. The team changed up his arm slot last season, something that resulted in him getting more consistent strikeouts and better numbers.
But even if they didn’t want him to debut this early, the Dodgers really need some help. They’re in the middle of playing a whole lot of games, including multiple doubleheaders. The injury to Clayton Kershaw this week only further exasperated the situation.
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