One of the biggest pieces to the Dodgers success this season has been the emergence of rookie pitcher Emmet Sheehan. He essentially came out of nowhere for this team and has made a huge impact on the team’s success.
The rookie got called up to the big-league level straight from Double-A and immediately made a difference in the rotation. He was impressive in his first few starts, only for teams to finally catch up to his stuff.
Sheehan was sent back down to Triple-A for a short time but now is back with the team. His success this season has given the Dodgers a lot to think about regarding his future, and it has been awesome to see.
He has continued to look good as the year has progressed, and he seems comfortable on the mound. It can sometimes take rookie pitchers some time to feel that way against major league competition, but Sheehan has looked like a natural.
“It’s been awesome to get this experience. It’s helped me improve a lot, more mentally than physically I would say,” Sheehan said. “Getting more comfortable with pitching in these spots in the big leagues has been awesome.”Per SNLA
On the season, he holds an ERA of 4.92 and a WHIP of 1.19. Sheehan has also struck out 64 batters in 60.1 innings of work, including a career 10 against the Colorado Rockies this week.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has been very thankful for Sheehan this year, and the entire class of rookies that has contributed to the success of the team.
“They’re really showing themselves,” Roberts said. “The maturity from all of them, appreciating the fact that this a very good ballclub they’re a part of, what’s in store over the next month. Just the performance speaks volumes.”Per SNLA
Without rookies like Sheehan, nobody really knows where this Dodgers team would be. He helped them stabilize their rotation amid some real struggles, and now he looks to be on track to make the postseason roster. And if he can produce the way he has all year long, then the Dodgers will be in great shape.
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