Reliever Statistics and Minor League Report

With all of the statistics discussion yesterday, and much of it directed to relief pitching, I thought that I would gather some Dodger relief pitching comparisons, keying on inherited runners and inherited runners scored. See table below.  With the recall of Adam Liberatore, the Dodgers have now used 10 relief pitchers.  6 of those relief pitchers have entered into the games and have inherited runners.  On 13 different occasions, 20 runners have been inherited, and 5 of those inherited runs have scored.  JT Chargois (4) has been used the most in those situations, with Baez and Cingrani having entered three times.


Tony Cingrani and Josh Fields have appeared in 9 of the Dodgers 17 games, with 4 other relievers appearing in 8 different games. We all know and have discussed in length the troubles that Wilmer Font has incurred, and his runs scored against are emblematic of those troubles.  The other reliever that is struggling is Scott Alexander who has allowed 6 runs on his own, but more importantly has issued 7 walks against only 3 K’s.  Tony Cingrani has 12 K’s and 0 walks, with Fields and Baez also gathering 12 K’s and issuing only 2 walks.


A lot of Pedro Baez bashing has taken place (including myself) for quite some time. For 2018, Petey’s 1sttwo games were good, followed by threeNOT SO GOODoutings (April 3, 7, 11).  In those three games (3.0 IP), he inherited 4 runners, 2 of which scored, and he allowed 1 run on his own.  He gave up 5 hits and 2 walks, with 3 K’s.  But maybe something clicked in that April 11thgame, because he has been better than solid in the next three games.  In those 3 games, he has 3.1 IP, no base runners allowed, and has struck out 8 of the 10 batters he faced.  It is easy to rip on a pitcher like Pedro Baez, but we should also give him credit when he does well.  He is throwing the slider more often.  It isn’t very often a strike, but it is a different look, and that makes his 4 seamer so much more of a weapon.  So great job Petey, and as hard as I have been on you, I hope this new Baez continues.  Now maybe we can get Alexander to start getting those ground balls again.



JT Chargois86.246221182
Pedro Baez88.2352111122
Tony Cingrani97341112120
Ross Stripling811.1110011125
Scott Alexander88.100003637
Josh Fields99000011122
Wilmer Font610.1000041371
Kenta Maeda1100000020
Adam Liberatore11.112000021
Kenley Jansen76.212003673
IR = Inherited runners
IS = Inherited runs scored





OKC – Lost 9-7 to Round Rock Express (Rangers)


OKC had their 9 game winning streak ended with the loss this afternoon. Brock Stewart had a good outing, completing 5.2 innings and allowing 2 runs (1 earned), 2 hits, 1 walk, and 3K’s. Emmanuel De Leon finished the 6thwith a K.  Yimi Garcia relieved in the 7th allowing 1 run on 2 hits and 2 K’s.  Daniel Hudson had no problems in the 8th, but the 9thwas different for Joe Broussard.  Broussard was in a position to get a save with a 2 run lead.  He struck out the first batter he faced, walked the next, and got the third to fly out.  One out away from the save, Broussard gave up a double, and then a tieing single, before getting the final out.

The Loons got a run in the top of the 10thto grab a one run lead. Enter Leo Crawford just assigned from Rancho.  With a runner starting at 2nd, Leo walked the first batter he faced.  The next batter was out on a pop out.  Leo then unleashed a WP and then intentionally walked the next batter to load the bases.  Cameron Rupp came up and hit a game winning grand slam.  Leo, who had a blown save and a loss, certainly appeared overmatched, but Broussard who does belong also had a blown save.  So it is not all on Leo Crawford.

Catcher Cael Brockmeyer had a 3 hit night, including 2 doubles. Tim Locastro, Alex Verdugo, and Jake Peter all had 2 hits including a double.

Rancho Cucamonga – Beat the Lancaster JetHawks (Rockies) 11-4


The story of the night for the Quakes was 3B Rylan Bannon. The Quakes had 5 HR’s on the night, and Bannon had three of them, and garnered 5 RBI’s.  Connor Wong hit his 6th, and Omar Estevez got his 1st.  Gavin Lux continues to hit after a very slow start, had 3 hits and is now hitting .275.  Omar Estevez, Logan Landon, and Saige Jenco each collected 2 hits.  Overall the Quakes had 15 hits, including a double for Jenco and Cody Thomas’ 1sttriple.

Tony Gonsolin continues to start, and yesterday completed 3.1 IP (72 pitches). He was charged with 2 runs on 3 hits, 3 walks, and registering 7 K’s.  Parker Curry followed Gonsolin with 2 IP, 1 run, 3 hits, 2 walks, and 2 K’s, and got his 2ndwin.  Ryan Moseley pitched 1.2 innings allowing a sole walk with 4 K’s.  Nolan Long finished up with 2.0 innings allowing a run on 2 hits and 2 walks, but also collected 5 strikeouts in those two innings.

Great Lakes – Lost 7-2 to Fort Wayne TinCaps (Padres)


20 year old RHP, Edwin Uceta, started and completed 5.0 shutout innings. DC had a nice article on Uceta with Jimenez a couple weeks back.  Edwin allowed 2 hits, 1 BB, and 5 K’s. The score was 0-0 going into the 6th.  Enter Aneurys Zabala.  In his 1.1 innings of work, he allowed 6 runs on 2 hits, 4 walks, 1 HBP, 1 WP and left the bases loaded for James Carter.  After getting a pop out, Carter surrendered three consecutive singles allowing all 3 inherited runners to score, plus one of his own.

The Loons had a total of 6 hits, one double by Starling Heredia. With two hits, Jared Walker was the sole Loon with a multi-hit game.


Today’s starting pitchers:



Tulsa – Justin De Fratus

RC – Imani Abdullah

Great Lakes – Jesus Vargas


This article has 12 Comments

  1. I agree with you on Baez. I think has learned to pitch. Last year all he threw was fast balls. He tried to throw them high in the strike zone. Hitters will hit a fast ball , if that is all they think they are going to get. Now he is throwing a slider and change up. Then he throws the fast ball up high to get the final strike. The last 2-3 times he has looked a lot different to me than previously.

    I wished Doc would of brought Jansen in last night to throw one inning. We have today off. Jansen needs to figure out what is going on.

    1. when I heard the score, I was hoping Font threw three perfect innings with 6 strikeouts.

    2. Agree with you on Kenley. You could see improvement in Baez’s off-speed stuff last year. He just didn’t have the balls to throw it when necessary.

      1. Baez has thrown the slider (mid-80’s) his last three games, and he has been very successful. The pitch does not generally go for strikes, but it does not have to. Just a different look to make the 4-seamer much better. Maybe somebody actually got in his ear…you can either start throwing the slider with the LA Dodgers or you can go throw fastballs past AAA batters in OKC. Something has clicked. Who knows if he keeps it up.

  2. Just for fun, I came up with an updated and highly subjective top 15 ranking of our prospects after a couple weeks of minor league play:
    1. Buehler–oozes stuff; sky’s the limit; definite x-factor in 2018 plans.
    2. Verdugo–power appears to be developing; motivated; an injury away.
    3. Ruiz–no rush for this talented youngster; hard to find a non-glowing report on him and his skills.
    4. D. Santana–strikeout stuff seems easily translatable to bullpen if needed; power sinker/slider combo.
    5. Peters–he’s still huge and athletic; production is continuing at AA; very exciting upside and easy to root for.
    6. W. Smith–possibly a better pure C prospect than Ruiz; bat is sneaky good; no glaring weakness.
    7. M. White–hasn’t appeared yet but overall package is prototypical SP; sturdy power frame; needs to log innings.
    8. Y. Diaz–also hasn’t appeared; in danger of being passed by Peters; well-rounded skill set; shows polish.
    9. Wong–arguably 2018’s early breakout candidate; versatile; surprising power; Austin Barnes 2.0?
    10. May–hard to believe he could be this low; fastball might be on an uptick; complete starter’s arsenal.
    11. Kendall–most divisive prospect in system; talent is undeniable; bat-to-ball skills raw; speed & defense ++.
    12. Heredia–still very young and a long way away; a pure projection/speculation pick; all-star upside.
    13. Lux–first round pedigree carries him some; ability to play SS/2B; defense-first; hoping for breakout year.
    14. C. Santana–one of the best potential RH bats in system; if he can stay at 3B a plus; like Heredia, a ways away.
    15. [Tie] Rios/Sheffield–each is rather one-dimensional; potential trade chips; apologies to all I left off.

  3. So I was listening to last night’s game on the mlb app. Grandal was either up, or had just gotten a hit, and the announcers were discussing how Grandal had finally opened up to media about what he was going thru late last season. I found the article that referenced this, and copied the relevant parts for those of you that didn’t hear, or don’t know (makes me respect him as a man a lot more):

    “I had a lot of things happen last year,” said Grandal, whose third career grand slam served as an exclamation point in Monday’s 10-3 win over the Padres. “My wife had a high-risk pregnancy and we didn’t know if it was going to happen or not.”
    So Grandal would race home to Peoria, Ariz., to be with her whenever possible. Their son, Yasmani, is now a healthy 5-month-old.
    “I just kept going back to Arizona countless times,” he said. “If there was a flight available, I would take a flight. If not, I’m driving five hours over there and five hours back the next day. I couldn’t tell you how many times — every day off, even during homestands, I had to go back, especially when she reached 36 weeks. I was going back two, three times a week thinking he was coming some time. Every time my wife went into the hospital and was kept there, I made sure I was there.”
    So while his playing time diminished down the stretch and in the playoffs, Grandal had perspective. It stung to be on the bench, but Grandal was carrying a heavy load.
    “There was a lot of things going on the outside when I look back at last year,” said Grandal. “I think I did pretty good just handling what was going on around me and coming in every day and pretty much giving 100 percent.”
    Grandal didn’t give up on his swing in the offseason, but he tinkered with it. He attempted to increase his launch angle while keeping his eagle eye, which lets him expertly discern balls from strikes.

    1. I knew there were issues concerning the pregnancy, but not to the extreme as was written. Yes…thank you or sharing.

  4. I finally looked at the standings yesterday. One of the surprises [to me] was that Toronto is doing so well. The Angels are obviously a major story and are enjoying an Ohtani-Boost. Likewise, Seattle seems to be playing well [nice offense] and figures to be a legitimate contender. In the NL, the Mets are the surprise team and I know so little about the Pirates I’m not qualified to discuss them. If I had to bet right now, I’d say neither league will have a Wild Card team come from the Central Division. I see the West and East divisions claiming the two wild cards and teams like the Dodgers, Cubs, Yankees, & Nationals returning to expected form. I’m not sure about the Indians and they are a good [and somber] reminder that coming close to winning it all doesn’t always translate to future success (just ask the Texas Rangers). I think the Giants might truly and deeply suck this year and they have no Plan B. Teams like Atlanta are exciting because they have so much talent on the rise. I think this four-game stretch got us back on track, even though it was against the terrible Padres. Now, about this Max Muncy character . . .

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