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Alexander: Oaks will get his shot with the Dodgers

By in Press Enterprise on December 28, 2017

By Jim Alexander

Trevor Oaks described his 2017 season as “a little frustrating.”

Thus, he has demonstrated that he’s as prone to overstatement as he is to giving up fly balls. In other words, not very.

2017 was to be the year Oaks would at least get his foot in the door in his attempt to crack the Dodgers’ crowded pitching staff. At the very least, he was looking at a September callup, and maybe an earlier ride on the OKC-to-LAX shuttle.

Time for a reset. After struggling — by his standards — early in the season and then going on the disabled list the last two months with an oblique injury and missing out on that September callup, the right-hander from Woodcrest Christian High and Cal Baptist was added to Los Angeles’ 40-man roster in early December.

The path is there, even if there are a lot of other pitchers in the way. Oaks, who turns 25 in March and is entering his fifth season in professional baseball, is a starting pitcher on a roster that has Clayton Kershaw, Rich Hill, Alex Wood and Kenta Maeda at the top of the list, prized prospect Walker Buehler expected to contend for a rotation spot, and Hyun-Jim Ryu, Brock Stewart, Ross Stripling all in the mix, as well as recent waiver pickup Henry Owens and fellow rookie Dennis Santana.

And no, we didn’t forget Julio Urias, who will miss at least the first part of the season in his recovery from shoulder surgery.

Hint: The Dodgers used 10 different starting pitchers last season, in winning a major league best 104 games, and 26 pitchers in all. The year before they used 31 different pitchers and 15 men started at least once.

It’s the Dodger Way To Play Baseball, rewritten by Andrew Friedman and Farhan Zaidi for the 21st century game: […]    

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