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Pair of Intriguing Dodgers Pitching Prospects Promoted

The Dodgers promoted two pitchers from Double-A to Triple-A on Saturday after Tulsa’s victory. Former second round pick in 2020, Landon Knack and 2021 sixth rounder Emmet Sheehan got the call to move up and both right hand pitchers could see the majors soon if their success continues. 

Knack had been rising for awhile now and finally gets the call to move up and show what he can do. The power pitcher made 12 starts for Tulsa, posting an ERA of 2.20 with 61 strikeouts over 57.1 innings pitched. He also ranked sixth in the Texas League with a K-BB% of 22% so the Dodgers are hoping that his growth will translate to the next level.

The 25-year-old has excelled all season long after battling through some injuries to start his career. In his last outing for the Drillers, Knack showed exactly why he was deserving of the call. He went 7.2 innings, struck out eight, and only gave up two runs. He was dominant to say the least and now he gets the chance to showcase his skills just one step from the Major Leagues. 

As for Sheehan, he has found his own success and like Knack, deservedly received the call up. For the season, Sheehan has posted a 1.86 ERA with 88 strikeouts over 53.1 innings pitched. The most impressive part of his game has to be his fastball. It whiffs by hitters and can top out at 99mph. It’s something that likely will translate well to the show if he gets called up and can be his go to pitch in difficult spots.

Both of these pitchers are just the next line up from a loaded Dodgers farm system just waiting for their chance. With the amount of injuries that the team has seen this season, don’t be surprised if one or both these guys reach the Majors at some point this season. I’d bet that Knack would get called up first if he continues his dominant ways, simply due to their Rule Five Draft eligibility.

But either way, this is the chance that both guys have been waiting for their entire careers and now it’s here. This is where the fun begins for them and both have the skillset to make it work for themselves. It’ll be fascinating to see how this all plays out and hopefully we see them on the big stage soon.

Matt Levine

Matt earned a Master of Science degree in Sport Management from Louisiana State University in 2021. He was born and raised in the Los Angeles area, growing up a huge fan of the Dodgers and Lakers. Matt Kemp was his favorite Dodgers player growing up.

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