Dodgers to Call Up Tony Gonsolin, Top Pitching Prospect
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts announced that top pitching prospect Tony Gonsolin will be called up and start on Wednesday against Arizona.
Dave Roberts confirms Ross Stripling starts tomorrow. Tony Gonsolin will start Wednesday, callup from OKC.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) June 25, 2019
While no 25-man roster move has been announced, a 40-man roster move will need to made to add Gonsolin. Expectations are that Tony Cingrani will be transferred to the 60-day IL to make room for Gonsolin. Cingrani will miss the rest of the season after undergoing shoulder surgery early in June.
The Dodgers drafted Gonsolin out of St. Mary’s College of California in the 9th round of the 2016 draft. He is currently the Dodgers number 4 prospect, per MLB.com, and a Cal League All-Star in 2018.
As we noted over the weekend, there was a good chance that he could be called up while Rich Hill is on the IL.
On the season, the 25 year old Gonsolin has posted an ERA of 2.77 in 8 starts, striking out 31 and walking 13 in 26 innings pitched.
He missed a little over a month between April 14-May 26 with a side injury and has been slow played since coming off the MiLB IL. In his most recent start with Oklahoma City, he tossed 5 innings and threw 77 pitches while allowing 2 runs.
Tony Gonsolin’s innings and pitch counts since returning from the IL in late May:
1 IP, 16 pitches
1.2 IP, 35 pitches
2.1 IP, 44 pitches
3 IP, 52 pitches
4 IP, 63 pitches
5 IP, 77 pitches
Doesn’t look like he’s all the way built back up yet, but should be getting there soon.
— Future Dodgers (@FutureDodgers) June 24, 2019
Welcome to The Show, Tony!
Last season, Dodgers Nation also had the opportunity to chat with Tony Gonsolin, which you can read here.
Looking forward to watching Gonsolin do his thing……….let’s hope they give him some rope and don’t pull him at the first sign of trouble…….despite our bullpen woes this season. it has been a great run and one of the silver linings is seeing the “next man up” cliche play out. The Dodgers have a strong minor league system, these last few weeks they have really been showing it off.
I was impressed by Gonsolin’s work this past spring. Would it not be a real find if we could develop Gonsolin as the bridge to Jansen, or even as another closer? Lets see what happens. Utilizing home grown talent has proven to be a Godsend for us this year – lets hope it continues.
BLUE LOU!! the one question I would have is will Dodgers send out a position player to accommodate Gonsolin, thereby leaving just a 3 man bench? If so, I am not sure that is such a good idea, as it will limit the team’s options in the later innings of a tight game.