2012 Dodgers in Review #37: RP Josh Wall

4.76 ERA 5.04 FIP 6.35 K/9 1.59 BB/9 -0.1 fWAR (inc.)

2012 in brief: Longtime starting prospect found success as a reliever in minors and finally made major league debut.

2013 status: Could battle for bullpen role in camp, but starting off as depth back in Triple-A seems far more likely.

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Josh Wall wasn’t so much an afterthought headed into 2012 so much as he was not thought of at all. The 2005 2nd-round pick was entering his eighth season with the organization and had yet to even make it to Triple-A; hell, in 2010 he was bumped back to low-A Great Lakes after two seasons spent with high-A Inland Empire. But after six seasons spent trying to be a starter, Wall was shifted to the bullpen in 2011 and responded with the best year of his career in 2012, striking out 52 in 53.2 innings for the Isotopes.

Wall got his first big-league chance in July, taking Javy Guerra‘s roster spot when Guerra was placed on the bereavement list, and his first appearance was memorable, pitching a scoreless 11th inning to “earn the win” as the Dodgers avoided being swept in New York. We didn’t see him again for a month, when he returned on August 27, the same day he was named a PCL postseason all-star. His travels had just begun; he pitched in two games before being sent down to make room for Matt Guerrier, then came back up again on September 4 when Guerra injured his oblique. Nearly two weeks later, he finally made his Dodger Stadium debut on September 16, and pitched three single scoreless innings in mop-up duty over the rest of the month.

Wall actually didn’t have an earned run charged to him in six of his seven appearances, though the one bad outing in Colorado inflated his ERA. (ERA is stupid for relievers.) That’s great, but it’s probably not going to matter. Though he flashed an impressive fastball (averaging 93.5 MPH) Wall’s got a low ceiling as a middle reliever at best. With so many returning pitchers ahead of him and returnees as well, Wall’s immediate future is as minor-league depth. As depth goes, you could do a whole lot worse.

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446 comments
Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

So I've made progress obviously but just to be sure I'm going to put on "maintenance mode" on for now. Check back tomorrow.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Trust me.

Sangro Azul
Sangro Azul

Anyone know if that kid from " A Christmas Story" is related to chad billingsley???

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Hi.

efb
efb

Did you know Tommy turned down may major league managing positions and remained the Dodgers' third base coach in order to stay within the Dodger organization? Another reason why Lasorda my hero

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Wait.maybe that fake accnt was onto something

DBrim
DBrim moderator

I turned on some Muppet movie on TV. I have not seen this one before. Starting to watch one of these halfway through is baffling.

ThtsaPaddlin
ThtsaPaddlin

My plan for the night: I'm gonna get so drunk that I cite a fake Twitter on my website.

efb
efb

 @Catfishin His face looks like clay baked in an oven 

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@VietnamDodger Blue Jays have been rumored all night.

ThtsaPaddlin
ThtsaPaddlin

 @DBrim Speaking of photos, where can I see this weekly Patagonia gems you're sharing?

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@ThtsaPaddlin Before or after you send Dee to the moon?

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Im 0.2 TLRs i am kinda slow :/

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@LA Woman Gonzo's in a darkroom.

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Haha mag citrate*

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@ThtsaPaddlin @VietnamDodger I really like the stretch of 15 through Arizona. It's like 20 miles, but it goes through the Virgin River Gorge.

ThtsaPaddlin
ThtsaPaddlin

 @DBrim  @ThtsaPaddlin  @VietnamDodger Yes you're right.  Make it from the 1-15 junction, then.  And now that I think about it, the stretch of I-15 between Vegas and 70 is unremarkable.  I just happened to drive through once during sunset thunderstorm.

DBrim
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@ThtsaPaddlin @VietnamDodger Nope. Shot from the car. Also, 70 never goes into Arizona!

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@ThtsaPaddlin @VietnamDodger Yep, no clue. Didn't get outside of a 2 mile radius of my hotel.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@ThtsaPaddlin @VietnamDodger Dunno what that is. Didn't have much time to explore.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

I saw a preview of what my mom's print is going to look like. She's gonna be floored.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@VietnamDodger They're not my best work, but they're interesting. Thanks!

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I love these fotos

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@ThtsaPaddlin Peak snowmelt season. Current was fast, too.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@ThtsaPaddlin Posting photos 3x/week, one more from Santiago, then Patagonia. www.flickr.com/photos/dbrim

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@ThtsaPaddlin @VietnamDodger It was funnier before.

ThtsaPaddlin
ThtsaPaddlin

 @efb  @DBrim Well at least you can slur some awesome dill dough joke once you're hammered.

ThtsaPaddlin
ThtsaPaddlin

 @DBrim  @ThtsaPaddlin  @efb The best part is that I created it one night while drunk with you guys (and LakerDodger was going to attempt to teach me how to integrate Livefyre), and I have no idea what the username or password is to modify it.

DBrim
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@ThtsaPaddlin @efb I guess I should have expected that.