Reviewing 2012: Randy Choate, the lefty specialist
Randy Choate is a career situational left-hander. Devoid of any left-handed pitching out of the bullpen, the Dodgers acquired Choate from the Miami Marlins as part of the Hanley Ramirez trade on July 25.
A journeyman, the Dodgers are Choate’s fifth team in his 12-year big league career. Although Choate was a reliable lefty out of the pen for the Dodgers down the stretch, he failed to replicate the lights out numbers he had put up over the past year-and-a-half in South Beach.
Overall: 0-0, 3.03 ERA, 38:18 K/BB, 38.2 innings pitched, 1.22 WHIP, 80 games
With Dodgers: 0-0, 4.05 ERA, 11:9 K/BB, 13.1 innings pitched, 1.65 WHIP, 36 games
Choate pitched very effectively for the Dodgers this season. He had a string of 16 consecutive scoreless appearances between Aug. 6 and Sept. 7.
He then finished the season where he had only one outing which he was scored upon.
Being a lefty-specialist, Choate often came in to face only one or two batters at a time. After pitching two full innings in his first two appearances with the Dodgers, Choate never pitched a full inning the rest of the year.
Choate’s ERA of 4.05 seems deceptive, he only gave up six earned runs in 36 appearances with the Dodgers. Choate made the second-most appearances in his career and had his 4th highest innings pitched total. Choate also had the third most strikeouts in his career. His 3.03 ERA was the second-best of his career.
July 25 vs. Cardinals – Choate made his Dodgers debut, entering in the 10th inning of a 2-2 tie and striking out the Matt Carpenter before getting Rafael Furcal to ground out. Choate pitched an inning in an eventual 3-2 Dodgers win.
Aug. 18 vs. Braves – In a key situation, Choate struck out Jason Heyward in the 7th inning en route to a 6-2 Dodgers win.
Sept. 1 vs. Diamondbacks – Choate got Jason Kubel to ground out to end the 7th inning and help hold an eventual 2-1 Dodgers victory.
Sept. 14 vs. Cardinals – Choate got his career-high 20th hold by getting two outs in the seventh inning holding an eventual 8-5 Dodgers win.
Sept. 26 vs. Padres – After the Padres had scored two runs in the 7th inning, Choate entered the game and struck out Yonder Alonso to end the inning.
After earning $1.5 million this past season, Randy Choate will be a free agent. GM Ned Colletti has expressed interest in re-signing Choate. Although Choate is 37 years old, he is one of the premiere situational lefties in the game.
Choate has a 3.31 ERA since 2009.
Additionally, the only other lefties out of the Dodgers’ pen are the promising, but unproven Scott Elbert and Paco Rodriguez.
The Dodgers already have a formidable back end of the bullpen with Brandon League, Kenley Jansen, and Ronald Belisario. Re-signing Randy Choate would give the Dodgers the left-handed compliment to their big-three that they will need.