Throughout the entire 2023 season, the Dodgers were forced to rely on multiple unexpected players to help get them through the year.
Especially within their starting rotation, LA used rookies and younger players to oush them through the long year. It was the reality of where they were at as a staff, and while many were productive, it was not an ideal situation to be in.
One of the more exciting members of this group was rookie starter Emmet Sheehan, who burst onto the scene after being called up straight from Double-A. Sheehan had been making some waves in the minor leagues, but nobody expected him to be called up to the majors this soon.
Sheehan, however, quickly showed that he had the stuff on the mound to survive the big leagues, and he became a mainstay for this Dodgers team. He did end up going back to Triple-A for a short time but came back strong and ended up making the postseason roster.
Sheehan took to social media, like many other Dodgers players, to thank the fans and organization for this season. He now enters the offseason as one of the more interesting members of the Dodgers, due to his potential.
Sheehan finished the 2023 campaign with an ERA of 4.92 in 13 games, 11 started. He also had for a 1.19 WHIP and struck out 64 batters in 60.1 innings of work.
He didn’t perform great in his postseason debut, giving up three runs and four hits over 3.2 innings of work. But the game he pitched in was already out of hand, so his performance just added to the overall poor outing.
While it wasn’t the finish that he would have liked, Sheehan defied a lot of expectations in 2023. Nobody expected him to become a name that Dodgers fans knew, and now he could end up being an important piece to the roster for next season.
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