The Dodgers have made a change to their pitching staff, optioning right-hander Tony Gonsolin and recalling Mitch White from the team’s alternate training site, as reported by J.P. Hoornstra of the Orange County Register. White is poised to make his Major League debut.
White, a 25-year-old right-hander and former second-round selection, will likely get his first crack at the Major Leagues as a reliever after being brought up primarily as a starting pitcher. The California product was regarded by multiple outlets as a top-100 prospect in baseball prior to the 2018 season. Since then, he’s produced mixed results in the upper minors. After a down year in 2018, he spent last season between Double- and Triple-A, posting a cumulative 5.09 ERA. In 93 2/3 minor-league innings last year, he struck out 105 batters. In Triple-A, he appeared in 3 games as a reliever, a role in which he continued during the Arizona Fall League.
Gonsolin is yet another young, bright arm in the Dodgers organization. He started last night’s game against the Diamondbacks, tossing four scoreless innings and allowing just one hit. He’ll likely be given plenty of chances to pitch for Los Angeles this year, but the current roster was simply short one in the bullpen after Josh Sborz was optioned yesterday. Gonsolin was impressive as a rookie last year, posting a 2.93 ERA in his first 40 innings as a big leaguer. He’s been deployed both as a starter and reliever for the Dodgers.
this is one way to work your roster. use one pitcher than send him down to call up a fresh arm.
Happens all the time
sure but with the rules being different this season and teams having 60 man roster. it just funny to see how teams work with it
True. I have not looked at the strategic benefits and drawbacks closely. I’m sure that there are many that have though.
Baseball being run as a bottom line kind of business just doesn’t seem right somehow
Everyone in the Dodgers organization is making their debut this season.
So far Gonzalez is the only one to make his official debut, but I understand what you mean. They are giving the kids a shot, thus giving them a quick peek at what they have moving forward. I expect McInstry, Keibert, and perhaps Gray to also debut this season, provided we make it past Sunday. Lux will probably be up soon as well.
Huh. Gonsolin looked really good last year in limited action. White looks like he’s had some nice stretches in the minors, but he did not look great in AAA last year or in the AZ fall league. But I guess the Dodgers want to see what they have.
it could be they are just filling a start that needed, taking full advantage of the 60 man roster. that they normally dont have. and the rules being different and all this season.
Gonsolin has been solid last year and looked good in the game he pitched. Not sure what it is but the dodgers seem to be down on this guy for some reason. I know he showed up late for camp, so maybe that has something to do about it. Hope I’m wrong but he could fit right into this rotation and should be the 5th guy.
They’re not down on him at all. He has a bright future. The roster is loaded, and he has options. Gonsolin would be a starter on almost any team in baseball.
I’m a Dodgers fan but you have to hand it to them, almost every rookie that comes up impresses. Latest examples being Rios and Dennis Santana.