Dodgers: Assessing the Team’s Left-Handed Pitching Depth
As the Josh Fields era came to end just a few weeks ago, the Dodgers filled the right-handed veteran’s roster spot with 28-year-old lefty, Donnie Hart.
Hart has spent his entire career with the Orioles and in their farm system.
Hart was a 27th round pick in the 2013 draft out of Texas State University.
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He subsequently joined the Orioles as a left-handed reliever and continued to relieve until making three starts with their triple-a team in 2018.
But, in claiming Donnie Hart from Baltimore, the Dodgers added an actual minor league depth piece that has options left.
Hart was shuttled back and forth between the majors and the minors last year, pitching a total of 52 games (20 in the majors, 32 in the minors) to the tune of a combined ERA of 3.43.
That number is a bit misleading, however, as Hart’s major league ERA in 2018 was 5.59 and 2.41 in Triple-A.
But, in the sidearm throwing lefty, the Dodgers have the shuttle man, a guy that can spend the season partially in the bigs, partially in the minors and partially on an airplane in between the two.
The Dodgers are far from in trouble when it comes to left-handed depth. These are four of many, many options to replace Tony Cingrani or any other southpaw for that matter.