Brock Stewart’s 2018 time with the Dodgers came and went pretty fast. The swingman was called up prior to the game on Sunday and was utilized out of the bullpen in last night’s game against Arizona. Stewart was optioned in order to make room for Edward Paredes who was recalled from AAA Oklahoma City.
The Dodgers called up Ed Paredes and optioned Brock Stewart to OKC . . . which makes Stewart going only 1.2 IP last night more confounding.
— Andy McCullough (@ByMcCullough) May 1, 2018
It seems odd that Stewart came up just to pitch 1.2 innings. Most expected him to spot start or at the very least relieve in multiple games. Instead, he will head back to the minor leagues until a need arises for him again. He allowed a solo home run and struck out three batters in his brief appearance.
Edward Paredes was selected by the Dodgers in the 2016 Rule 5 draft. He had recently signed on with the Detroit Tigers, just a month before.
Paredes came on last season with Los Angeles and made ten appearances. He tossed 8.1 innings total and allowed three earned runs en route to a 3.24 earned run average. He also struck out eleven batters and did not allow a single walk. Strangely enough, Paredes allowed a better batting average to left-handed hitters than righties. Not a huge difference, but interesting nonetheless.
Paredes has been nearly unhittable in his appearances this year at the minor league level. In nine appearances, he has allowed two runs and struck out ten batters. His control has been iffy though, as he has also allowed seven free passes. That puts Paredes at a 1.86 earned run average on the year pitching 9.2 innings.
Paredes will likely be a much-needed breath of fresh air for a crumbling bullpen. After playing five games in four days, the number of well-rested arms in the pen is dwindling. Look for him to be worked fairly hard in the time that he is up with the team.
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