The huge roster turnover means one thing, someone new is going to have to step up. Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman will continue to lead the charge, but the man that is expected to step up is Gavin Stone.
The 23-year-old pitcher has yet to make his major league debut, but with an uncertain pitching unit that will call to its depth more often than not, Stone is in line for some major league work.
Last season Stone was a part of three different minor league teams making his way to the Triple-A with Oklahoma City appearing in six games.
During that span, Stone recorded a 2-1 record with a 1.16 ERA in 23.1 innings pitched. Overall, he racked up a 1.48 ERA with a 9-6 record and 168 strikeouts.
These are numbers that can surely transfer into the major leagues once called upon and are enough to have prospect experts predict he is the next breakout star for the Dodgers (via MLB).
Signed for well-under slot as a fifth-rounder in 2020, Stone had a solid pro debut across two levels of A ball in 2021 before really taking off last year. His 1.48 ERA led the Minors, and he was among the leaders with a 12.4 K/9. Pitching across three levels and ending in Triple-A, Stone also held hitters to a combined .205 batting average.
Gavin Stone made his debut for OKC today
His ERA between A, AA & AAA this season is now 1.50 pic.twitter.com/WdoeHGFABt
— Blake Harris (@BlakeHarrisTBLA) August 19, 2022
The Dodgers No. 7 prospect and the MLB’s No.77 prospect, Stone’s future rests solely in his hands. It’s only a matter of time before the Dodgers turn to their top prospects and with such thin depth in the pitching unit, it seems like an obvious choice for Stone to make his mark.
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