Following the fist game of today’s double-header against the Rockies, the Dodgers announced that they have designated left-hander David Huff for assignment and selected the contract of right-hander Josh Ravin from Triple-A Oklahoma City. Additionally, catcher Austin Barnes has been optioned to Triple-A, and lefty Daniel Coulombe has been recalled in his place.
The 30-year-old Huff rejoined the Dodgers yesterday after making a spot start in April and being designated for assignment at that point as well. (Huff cleared waivers and remained in the Dodgers organization after being outrighted.) Huff worked a scoreless inning with a strikeout in today’s twin bill, but overall he’s yielded six runs on 11 hits and a walk with four strikeouts in six innings this year.
Huff has a good deal of Major League experience under his belt, as today’s frame was the 388th he’s pitched over the past seven seasons. Originally drafted 39th overall by the Indians in 2006, Huff debuted with Cleveland and pitched in parts of five seasons there (2009-13). Since that time, he’s appeared with the Yankees, Giants and Dodgers. Huff is no stranger to the DFA limbo in which he currently finds himself; this is the seventh time he’s been designated for assignment in his career.
The 27-year-old Ravin’s journey to the Majors has been a long one. A fifth-round pick of the Reds back in 2006, Ravin quickly found himself ranked 13th among Cincinnati farmhands by Baseball America. However, he struggled a great deal in the 2007 season and didn’t appear on another iteration of that top prospect list until 2012, when he ranked 31st. The Brewers claimed him off waivers in September 2013 but outrighted him a few months later. He signed with the Dodgers shortly after and has spent the 2014-15 seasons with their Triple-A affiliate. Ravin has touched triple digits with his fastball in the past and had a 2.25 ERA with a 30-to-8 K/BB ratio in 20 Triple-A innings this year.