18.00 ERA / 7.34 FIP 7.0 IP 9.0 K/9 7.7 BB/9 (inc.)
2013 in brief: Made it into just six April games for the Dodgers before getting sent back to Albuquerque, then shipped off to Miami in July as part of the Ricky Nolasco deal.
2014 status: Likely to fight for time in the Angels bullpen.
Poor Josh Wall. What can you really say about him? No, really, what can you say about him? That’s literally the question I’m asking myself here. Wall didn’t make the Opening Day roster, but was recalled on April 15 after Shawn Tolleson was injured, and alternated some pretty filthy stuff with some pretty filthy stat lines. Really, the one that ended his Dodger career — allowing seven earned runs in Colorado — barely even felt like his fault, because he was asked to throw 62 pitches and take one for the team after Ted Lilly couldn’t even get past two innings.
Wall was sent down after that and struggled with his control in Albuquerque before being included in the Nolasco deal, and while I do like Wall and think he’s got a future as a middle reliever, remember that we absolutely loved the price paid for Nolasco, so that should tell you all you need to know there. He never did get into a game for Miami — which is somewhat surprising, and had I known that, I might not have made his card Miami-flavored when I made it three months ago — and was eventually claimed off waivers by the Angels in October.
Wall ends his Dodger career with the worst ERA (min 10 innings) in team history, largely thanks to that Colorado game. He also has the 17th worst mark in MLB history, so at least he’s got that going for him, at least until he gets some time in with the Angels.
Next! Paco Rodriguez‘ mostly great year!