The Dodgers got their first look at the future on Wednesday afternoon. With family and friends in attendance, Ryan Pepiot got to make his big league debut against the Pirates. And while the efficiency wasn’t quite there, Pepiot had a pretty solid debut in which he did not allow a run.
Across 3 innings of work, Pepiot tossed 77 pitches and walked 5 batters. He added 3 strikeouts and worked around a whole lot of traffic with those free passes. But it was a good chance for Dodges fans to see what the future could look like.
If Pepiot can dial in his control and further develop a third pitch, he could be a big part of the Dodgers’ rotation. A few years from now, the starting staff could consist of Walker Buehler, Julio Urias, Dustin May, Bobby Miller, and Ryan Pepiot. That’s a lot of firepower.
Pepiot used his fastball and change-up almost exclusively on Wednesday. He threw the fastball 48 times and the change was used 25 times. Of the 6 whiffs he induced, 5 came via the fastball. But with an almost 10 mph difference between the 2 pitches, his mix could be very good when he further develops a third weapon, which the Dodgers can certainly help with.
“You see some nerves, some excitement. But I thought he competed. You don’t know what you’re going to get when a guy makes his debut, but I thought he handled himself really well. …I was happy for him, and it was a big moment.” -Dave Roberts
It was a pretty good first big league appearance, all things considered. Pepiot will need to work on his command and will also need to get that third pitch. But if he can lock in those two things, the Dodgers could have a very good arm for the back of the rotation in the future.
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