The Wildcard: TOM KOEHLER
There seems to be at least one in the Dodger bullpen every year. A project. A starting pitcher converted into a reliever. Last year it was Brandon Morrow. Two years ago it was Joe Blanton. This year it is Koehler. Koehler pitched in only 14 games of relief after he was traded by Miami to Toronto, so his relief work is a small sample size. Koehler had a 3.00 ERA in 12 innings of relief, with 11Ks and 3 walks. BaseballReference.com provided a break down on Koehler’s leverage work with the Blue Jays. Koehler posted a 1.08 LI, suggesting he has some value in high leverage situations when looking at his limited numbers out of the pen from last season. Again, small sample size, but the Dodgers like his stuff enough to believe it will play up out of the bullpen full-time.