2012 Dodgers in Review #36: RP John Ely

2.2 IP 20.25 ERA 6.47 FIP 10.13 K/9 13.50 BB/9 -0.1 fWAR (inc.)

2012 in brief: Minor league pitcher of the year dominated in Albuquerque but never saw more than token September time in Los Angeles.

2013 status: Could be minor-league depth or trade bait, but won’t find room in an overstuffed Dodger rotation barring total disaster.

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Poor, poor John Ely. After a wonderful season in the minors, he was given merely 2.2 big league innings this year… and picked up two losses for his trouble.

Of course, he never really had a chance. When Ted Lilly went down, Nathan Eovaldi was the clear next-in-line, a role he filled capably for 10 starts before being traded to Miami. By the time the Dodgers even needed an extra starter beyond that, when Chad Billingsley‘s arm woes forced him to miss a start on July 17, half the season was already gone. But it wasn’t Ely who got the call, it was Stephen Fife. While Ely was in the midst of a great season for the Isotopes, it made some small amount of sense:

As we expected, Chad Billingsley was placed on the 15-day disabled list with right elbow soreness, and Stephen Fife was recalled to make his major league debut. I know you would have all preferred John Ely, and I would have too, given that he’s had (brief) major league success before and is having a surprisingly good season in Albuquerque. No, Ely’s not on the 40-man roster while Fife is, but given that Todd Coffey can easily be shifted to the 60-day DL, opening up a spot shouldn’t be hard. So what gives, right?

Well, that was my thinking at first, but in the wonderful world of roster arithmetic, it makes sense. Billingsley reportedly didn’t even want to miss one start and – in theory, anyway – could be back as soon as his 15 days are up. Given that it’s already been 10 days since he pitched, prior to the All-Star break, and since the Dodgers have a day off on Thursday, he could potentially be back early next week having missed only one turn; in fact, Don Mattingly has already said that he plans to start Billingsley on Monday. That being the case, a likely scenario is that Fife pitches tonight, gets shipped out tomorrow for Michael Antonini no matter how well he does, Antonini sits around for a few days and once again doesn’t get into a game, and then Billingsley takes his place next week. While you could get Ely on the 40-man roster easily, you’d then have to keep him on it unless you wanted to DFA him, and if the Dodgers are going to make as many moves as we think they will in the next two weeks, you probably don’t want Ely and Fife both holding down spots. So I get it, I suppose.

Fife surprisingly pitched well enough to earn a few more starts, and by the time Billingsley was lost for good, Josh Beckett & Joe Blanton were in the mix, leaving Ely to serve as expanded-roster depth for two outings in September – neither of which went well. Over parts of three seasons, Ely is now 4-13 with a 5.70 ERA, and while you know I put little stock in either of those metrics… damn.

Of course, that’s selling him a little bit short, because Ely did put together an outstanding season for the Isotopes, one which made him the Dodger minor league pitcher of the year.

http://www.dodgerthoughts.com/2012/07/13/the-resurrection-of-john-ely/

Next season, we’ll be three years removed from Elymania with just Ely having received just 15.1 innings in the bigs. A major league career for Ely seems further away than ever, and it’s not likely to be in Los Angeles.

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630 comments
Paulstralia
Paulstralia

did I say something republican? I'm getting "buy gold now!" ads. 

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

So does the Cubs signing Sanchez make sense for them?

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

RT @mike_petriello: Wow, that's a fair question RT @EEstaris: @mike_petriello So would you rather have Ryu @ 6/$67m (incl. posting fee) or Sanchez @ 5/$75m?

Gilbert_Vengeance
Gilbert_Vengeance

Come on Dodgers... Let's make a move... Can't stand the Angels or Gnats hogging the spotlight. 3B/SS and some relievers. The HAMMA!

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

RT @BNightengale: Breaking: The Chicago #Cubs have just signed Anibal Sanchez.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

RT @Ken_Rosenthal: Sources: #Cubs in serious discussions with Anibal Sanchez. Deal could be 5 years/$75 million. #Tigers still a threat.

 

 

Music is about to stop Angels.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

So which do you prefer? the passion of Arte Moreno or the cool calculating demeanor  of Stan Kasten?

Gilbert_Vengeance
Gilbert_Vengeance

Someone also should tell Josh what "light that baby up" means beforehand

Gilbert_Vengeance
Gilbert_Vengeance

Rosenthal- 

 

The Dodgers? They’re yesterday’s news.

The Angels just signed Josh Hamilton.

 

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

 @Deuces Wild Heyman says they deny a deal, which I hope is true b/c Nightengale reported it and he is THE WORST

Paulstralia
Paulstralia

 @Catfishin I think I asked this a while back, and somebody said that they just lose their first pick to Texas and the Lohse pick evaporates. 

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

THE MONEY OF MARK WALTER

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@Gilbert_Vengeance Maybe he has a short attention span.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 @LA Woman Now I hope Dickey goes to the Rangers so the Angels have no arms

DINGERS!
DINGERS!

@VietnamDodger THE CORRECT ANSWER

Gilbert_Vengeance
Gilbert_Vengeance

 @Catfishin i unfollowed him.  Im seriously fucking tired of his bullshit. Angels can do no wrong and Dodgers are the worst thing in baseball.

The Monocle
The Monocle

 @Deuces Wild  @Catfishin for reals.  Speaking of, Costco has Glenlivet 12 for $21.99.  Great deal, bought two bottles yesterday.  Will fill up my flasks with them for drinking on the slopes this weekend.

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

 @The Monocle  I tried the Macallan Director's Edition from Costco for $50. I still have some Glenlivet, but that is a good price. Can't hurt to stock up!

The Monocle
The Monocle

 @Catfishin yes, young grasshopper, most important point.  Took a while for my palette to appreciate the good shit.

DeucesWild
DeucesWild

 @The Monocle  Hey Monocle, do you work for a distributor like Young's or Southern to get to attend these tastings?

Omer (beercoozie)
Omer (beercoozie)

 @efb  @Bob Meripol  @Catfishin  @The Monocle I'm gonna say Elmer T. Leeis the best whiskey/bourbon I've ever had because it's the only one I could drink without having it mixed with Coke/Pepsi/Dr. Pepper/whatever; I could drink it straight on the rocks or with water. Bulliet isn't bad either.

The Monocle
The Monocle

 @Catfishin Hey, man.  If you like fish sticks, you like fish sticks.  Mixed is the only way to drink Red though.  I went to a JW tasting a couple months ago, and they wouldn't even serve red straight.

The Monocle
The Monocle

 @Catfishin Gross, dude.  I can barely stomach black and it's gotta be mixed.  Red is like the malt liquor or whiskey blends.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@GordonMoody @The Monocle @Catfishin I've had wild turkey go up my nose before. Yes, it's painful.