Dodgers Add Two Relievers You’ve Never Heard Of

Now you know what Sm Damel looks like. (via)

Now you know what Sam Demel looks like. (via)

And you thought the winter meetings were boring, because the Dodgers had done nothing! This morning alone, they’ve added two new pitchers, and, well… yeah, it’s still boring.

Pitcher number one is Seth Rosin, who is apparently a person who exists. The 25-year-old righty was a fourth round pick of the Giants in 2010, went to the Phillies in the Hunter Pence trade, was selected by the Mets in this morning’s Rule 5 draft, and is now a Dodger. Got all that?

I’m not going to pretend I know a thing about him, so here’s a May profile from Phuture Phillies:

The fastball usually sits 90-91 but he gotten stronger deeper into games sitting more around 93 in later innings (at times touching as high as 95).  The slider has progressed to at least an average pitch and the changeup might eventually reach average.  The raw stuff plays up because Rosin can consistently throw it for strikes and from his large frame he can get good plane on his pitches.  Rosin has a large frame that suggests he can be a workhorse out of the rotation and he has started to prove that not only can he keep velocity but he can add some too over a game.

Rosin is not over powering but he will strikeout his share of batters.  The biggest thing is that he does not walk very many batters.  If you take away his start on May 15 when he walked 5 batters Rosin has walked 6 batters over 47.1 IP good for a 1.14 BB/9.

If Rosin can just keep the velocity up and the walks down he is a back of the rotation starter.  He lacks a true overpowering pitch to make the profile better and at 24 years old most of the projection is gone.  But if Rosin can be a #4 starter that is a great return for the third man in the Hunter Pence trade.  If the changeup cannot continue to trend upwards then Rosin could end up back in the bullpen where the fastball slider combination could make him an above average reliever.

Rosin is almost certainly not going to be considered for a rotation spot, so it seems that the Dodgers prefer him in the bullpen. Unlike most 6’6″ guys who miss bats, he doesn’t have the command issues that usually come with that profile, so there’s at least some intrigue here. (The player to be named headed back to the Mets is almost certainly no one of consequence.)

Per the Rule 5, well, rules, Rosin would need to stay in the big leagues (or on the disabled list) all season long or be offered back. Sometimes, that happens. (Remember Carlos Monasterios?) More often than not, it doesn’t. (Remember Armando Zerpa? Of course not.) It’s so rare that Rule 5 guys ever amount to anything — yes, I know, Johan Santana & Dan Uggla — that it’s a zero risk, low reward kind of thing. Worth the effort, probably won’t amount to much, and the worst that happens is you eat $25,000 to see. He has been, for the moment, added to the organizational depth chart.

Pitcher number two is Sam Demel, who got into 72 games for Arizona between 2010-12. He’s 28 and he’s been around a bit; drafted by Oakland in 2007, he went to Arizona for Conor Jackson in 2010, then was property of the Astros all last winter, but was picked up by the Yankees before he ever appeared in the Houston organization. Spending all year in Triple-A, he pitched well, with a 65/21 K/BB in 52.1 innings and only 10 earned runs allowed. When Demel was in the bigs, he had issues with control and homers, though he showed a decent ability to induce ground balls. It’s only a minor league contract, so more likely than not he’ll be spending his year in Albuquerque, unless disaster strikes in Los Angeles.

Oh, and the Rockies want J.P. Howell and the Dodgers may have had some talks about swapping Matt Kemp for Brandon Phillips earlier this winter that mercifully went nowhere. But, hey, Demel and Rosin!

398 comments
P_F_P
P_F_P

Fausto Carmona for Roberto Hernandez, who says no?

BlueMarvin
BlueMarvin

Kimbrel for Jansen, straight up... all you Olney haters would say no?

P_F_P
P_F_P

Why would the Dodgers trade for Kimbrel? They already have plenty of guys who can watch the most important atbat of the game from the bullpen.

BlueMarvin
BlueMarvin

So.... how come this site never gets a ton of lame spam posts advertising nonsense?  I've put up WP blogs before that I didn't even make public yet only to have the spam roll in.  Surely the mods aren't THAT fast, are they?  Or does Livefyre have some anti-spam magic?

JackedNate
JackedNate

Kemp is changing from a could be to a could've been. 

I'm sorry.

Barney G
Barney G

The team that is close to signing him.


JackedNate
JackedNate

@BlueMarvin That is tough. Kenley has his heart issues but Kimbrels arm could explode any moment. I think I'd stick with Kenley, his cutter is just going to get even nastier.

BlueMarvin
BlueMarvin

You owe Bob a royalty payment on that joke.

Tired Math Cat
Tired Math Cat

@Mike Petriello I think they would hesitate. I think they would hesitate a great deal. They might even go so far to think about it for a millisecond, and then say, "NO, YOU FUCKING MORON."

Batted Bob
Batted Bob

@Mike Petriello well Craig is still waiting in the bullpen at Dodger Stadium. Might as well keep him there.

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

don't call him out, Mike. He'll just block you.

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

Livefyre sometimes deletes all of Capn's posts. So it's probably working.

BlueMarvin
BlueMarvin

And don't say Akismet, cause it's not perfect either.

steelmohawk
steelmohawk

still doesn't make me want to shop there

steelmohawk
steelmohawk

he was a could've been in 2011: could've been a 40-40 guy  could've been MVP

Purple Drank
Purple Drank

buster really does bite into common perception. How the fuck does Kenley still fly under the radar as good as he is.

steelmohawk
steelmohawk

maybe that's why it gets goes haywire, the technicians are too busy clicking on the links

Barney G
Barney G

They're saying no to him signing with the Dodgers because they want him.