The Los Angeles Dodgers made 24-year-old right-hander Ryan Pepiot’s dreams come true this week, and with that decision, they also satiated a large chunk of the fan base salivating for another indicator of farm system success.
Though Pepiot is now seen as a consensus top-of-the-class talent for the Dodgers (MLB Pipeline’s No. 6-ranked prospect), his rise from mediocrity has been more rapid than he’s been given credit for. His first taste of Triple-A during the second half of the 2021 season significantly blunted his momentum.
After he posted a 7.13 ERA in nine starts, Pepiot’s road to the bigs wasn’t blocked, per se. It would’ve taken a significant early surge to get him promoted in the first half of 2022, though.
Sometimes it helps to have some doubters to prove wrong.
Pepiot’s early-May 2022 call-up was certainly made all the sweeter by the way last year wrapped, and Dodgers fans got an inside look at the way he handled the news (and trip to Pittsburgh) in an extra-cute video posted early Wednesday.
LA’s ace video team chronicled every moment in Pepiot’s latest journey, from The Call (trademarked) to the airport goodbye to the PNC Park taxi ride.
Dodgers post adorable behind-the-scenes video of Ryan Pepiot’s promotion
While Pepiot himself was tight-lipped in recent days about whether or not he’d get this start, he let slip that his family would all be in attendance. Now, it’s clear he had a whole lot more content planned than just a blazing first pitch.
So, what’s the ending to this story? Pepiot’s contributions will likely go beyond his temporary promotion on Wednesday, but the first chapter looked awfully nice; the newest Dodger whiffed the first batter he faced on a pitch that dove down and away into the opposite box.
Additionally, the majesty of the stirrups certainly made up for the slight disappointment of the Dodgers road jersey rather than the home whites, if we do say so ourselves.
Where Pepiot goes from here, no one knows. He’s already outworked and outperformed the vast majority of his peers, and he seems to have sustainably great stuff.
We’ll see him again soon, with a more powerful obstacle in his way than the lowly Pirates.