Dodgers Add Two Relievers You’ve Never Heard Of

December 12, 2013 at 11:30 am | Posted in Sam Demel, Seth Rosin | Leave a comment
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!

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