Grading the Dodgers: Bullpen

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Chris Hatcher– B

Hatcher had such a confusing year. Coming off a great year in Miami, Hatcher was acquired in the Dee Gordon trade and due to injuries, he got the save on Opening Day.

His next two appearances weren’t as strong, as he gave up six hits and seven runs (five earned) in his next two outings while only recording one out. He struggled for much of the season and hit the DL in June with a 6.38 ERA.

He returned from the DL in mid August, and from that point he allowed three runs (all solo HRs) in 20 2/3 innings to finish off the season. In those final two months, Hatcher allowed 13 hits, six walks and struck out 26 batters and quickly became the second-most dependable reliever on the team.

Hatcher furthered his dependability in the postseason, where he allowed one baserunner in four appearances (three 2/3 innings). He won’t be arbitration eligible until 2017, so expect him to be a key cog in the bullpen for the foreseeable future. If he can stay healthy and pitch like he did after August, he can be a huge piece and could be the setup man going into next year, barring a signing/trade in the offseason.

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