Dodgers will be started two of the three pitchers in their team this week’s PNC Park series who are making their debuts in major-league starts.
While four of their starting pitchers are already on the disabled list namely Clayton Kershaw, Rich Hill, Kenta Maeda and Hyun-Jin Ryu, the dodger already had one of their best pitching starter Dennis Santana promoted this Friday in Denver. Dennis Santana came in on the second inning of the game and will soon be making his MLB debut as a starter against the pirates on following Thursday.
Before this can happened, the Dodgers will be promoting their left-handed Caleb Ferguson for his Major League Debut this Wednesday. He will be joining the Dodgers on Tuesday and will be placed under practice squad until Wednesday. Ferguson is not a part of 40-man roster of Dodgers’ hence the team have to take measures in clearing a spot for him. This week’s promotion completes the dodgers upsurge for Ferguson was selected as a 38th pick from a collection of 40 in 2014’s draft.
Ferguson who is 21 years old have had his Tommy John Surgery back in high school when he was a senior, since then he has been committed to playing college baseball at West Virginia. The dodger though having been late still some how managed to convince him to sign with them.
Similar to Santana, Ferguson also started this season in Double-A and has made only two starts at the Triple-A.
Last year in the hitter-friendly California League, Ferguson made 9-4 with a 2.87 ERA and 140 strikeouts in 122-1/3 innings. This year he started in Double-A and made 3-0 with a 1.38 ERA and 1.05 WHIP in 10 starts. After being Promoted to Triple-A Oklahoma City, Ferguson permitted two earned runs on six hits in eight innings while striking out 12 over two starts.
Matt Kemp’s unpredicted homecoming to Los Angeles remains to be a notable triumph.
Kemp has been chosen to be the National League Player of the Week for last week. During the Dodgers’ seven games, He made 9-21 with two doubles, 3 home runs, 6 runs scored and 8 RBIs.
This Weekly award contributes to be his 6th but first since August 2014.
Kemp came in this week as a breakthrough of the National League in batting (.344, second in the majors to Boston’s Mookie Betts), fourth in OPS (.949) and second in slugging percentage (.572). He is also tops the Dodgers in on-base percentage (.376), doubles (14), RBIs (33) and is tied with Max Muncy and Yasmani Grandal for the team lead in home runs (nine).