Dodgers Nation prospect guru Tim Rogers joins us to break down new bullpen arm, left-hander Darien Núñez. Moreover, with injuries continuing to pile up for Dodgers starters and relievers, LA could find itself in a situation where they will have to call up some of their top pitching prospects.
We discuss how soon we can expect to see LA’s top pitching prospect Josiah Gray and their hottest arm on the farm, Ryan Pepiot. Plus, why the Dodgers should call Pepiot up next.
Jojo Gray is making his third start of the season today for Triple-A Oklahoma City. More importantly, it’s his second start since missing two months with a shoulder impingement. LA’s minor league pitcher of the year in 2019, the right-hander has a 2.57 ERA in 7 innings this year.
Notably, Dave Roberts said that Gray wouldn’t be an option at the big league level until he builds his pitch count up to about 75 in a start.
Next, Ryan Pepiot, a third-round pick in the 2019 draft, has been sneaky in his ascent into top prospect territory. Currently, the 23-year-old ranks seventh on the Dodgers’ top prospect list, according to MLB.com. In 10 games (9 starts) this season, Ryan has posted a 1.73 ERA in 41.2 innings pitched. He’s striking out more than a batter an inning in 2021.
The Dodgers are in a precarious spot as they head toward the trade deadline. That trademark depth has been tested. However, there isn’t a strong need for a top of the rotation arm. Sure, Trevor Bauer is likely gone, but Clayton Kershaw should be back soon after the All-Star break. For Dave Roberts and the Dodgers, really there’s just a need to fill innings. And that’s something they perhaps can keep doing internally.
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