It wasn’t always pretty for Guillermo Zuniga, but of course the Dodgers know how to train their prospects leading to Zuniga findings some real success in the minor leagues. After being released from the Dodgers the Cardinals swooped in and signed him to a big league deal.
Before departing from the Dodgers in November, Zuniga really started to turn his career around. Zuniga began his baseball career with the Braves in 2016 but didn’t amount to much before getting released in 2017.
The Dodgers soon found an opportunity to grow the teenager and soon made it up to Double-A in 2021. In his first season, Zuniga went on to record a 3.06 ERA in 35 1/3 innings pitched while striking out 33.8% of batters.
We have signed RHP Guillermo Zuniga to a Major League contract for the 2023 season.
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— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) December 7, 2022
Zuniga soon saw more playing opportunity in 2022, but his numbers dropped recording a 4.77 ERA through 54 2/3 innings pitched. Despite the numbers, it was enough for the Cardinals to take a chance on Zuniga despite having zero major league experience.
The Dodgers homegrown talent continues to be one of the best in the league, but it’s clear the Dodgers were not ready to commit to Zuniga for the 2023 season. Instead, they will turn to their proven options while possibly leaning on other prospects such as Gavin Stone who is expected to make a major leap this season.
While fans wait, the Dodgers slowly come up with a plan to add more pitching depth to their injury filled unit.
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