The Chiba Lotte Marines of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball announced today that they’ve signed former Dodgers/Braves right Josh Ravin to a contract for the 2019 season (link via the Japan Times). He’ll earn an estimated $800K, per the report. The Marines’ head of baseball operations, Naoki Matsumoto, said in a statement that Ravin could be an option to pitch in the eighth or ninth inning with his new club.
Ravin, 30, has spent time in the Majors in each of the past three seasons, totaling 38 2/3 innings of work between the Dodgers and Braves. His 5.12 ERA in that time isn’t especially appealing, but he’s averaged 10.5 strikeouts per nine innings pitched, notched a healthy 13.6 percent swinging-strike rate and averaged 96.5 mph on his fastball along the way. Walks (4.4 BB/9) and home runs (1.86 HR/9) have been an issue for Ravin throughout his limited big league tenure.
Ravin spent the bulk of his injury-shortened 2018 season with the Braves’ Triple-A affiliate, where he tossed 18 2/3 shoutout innings and struck out 30 of the 80 batters he faced (against nine walks). In parts of six Triple-A seasons, Ravin has tallied 107 1/3 innings of 3.52 ERA ball with an average of 12.3 strikeouts per nine innings pitched, though he’s also averaged 5.3 walks per nine.