On Tuesday, the Dodgers made a few minor league signings, per their transaction log. They signed former National reliever Wander Suero and former Marlins/Mets RHP Jordan Yamamoto to minor league deals.
You can read about the Suero signing here, and if you want to know more about Yamamoto, just keep reading.
Yamamoto is a former 12th round pick by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2014 MLB Draft. Yamamoto rose the ranks of the minor leagues, before ending up in Miami in 2019. There he made his MLB debut, and spent two seasons with the Marlins, before joining the New York Mets in 2021. Last year, he played in High-A, Double-A and Triple-A with the Mets’ organization.
In his MLB career, Yamamoto has a 6.05 ERA in 96.2 innings pitched as both a starter and reliever. He’s spent most of his time as a starter, however, starting in 19 of his 21 appearances.
In 2019, as a 23-year-old, he spent the most time in the Majors, making 15 starts with Miami. He had a 4.46 ERA across those 78.2 innings, striking out 82 batters.
Last year, between all three minor league teams, Yamamoto had a 6.00 ERA in 24 games (six starts). In 54 innings, he struck out 57 batters and walked 20. He also allowed 13 home runs.
These numbers are by no means promising, but that’s why the Dodgers signed him to just a minor league deal. There’s no guarantee we see the 26-year-old this season, but the Dodgers clearly see something they think they can work with.
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