3 players from the 2021 Dodgers who are failing miserably elsewhere

Adam Weinrib
PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 05: Corey Knebel #23 of the Philadelphia Phillies looks on after the top of the ninth inning against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park on May 5, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Mets defeated the Phillies 8-7. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 05: Corey Knebel #23 of the Philadelphia Phillies looks on after the top of the ninth inning against the New York Mets at Citizens Bank Park on May 5, 2022 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Mets defeated the Phillies 8-7. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /
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Yoshi Tsutsugo #25 of the Pittsburgh Pirates (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) /

2. Yoshi Tsutsugo

This should come as no surprise, considering Tsutsugo didn’t exactly light the world on fire in his 2021 Dodgers cameo, either.

In fact, the only flame he lit during his time here was the rocket booster that transported him into the sky, past the sun, and safely to Pittsburgh.

After the highly-touted (and surprisingly expensive) Tsutsugo’s release from Tampa Bay, the Dodgers took a flyer on him, only to suddenly understand what all the Floridian commotion had been about. In 12 games in Dodger Blue, the supposed slugger hit .120 with three hits (zero for extra bases) and 12 whiffs. He was quickly jettisoned to the ‘Burgh, where he was…annoyingly successful.

Tsutsugo raked in that low-pressure environment, posting a 136 OPS+ in 43 games while triple-slashing .268/.347/.535. The pangs of regret Andrew Friedman might’ve felt last summer have not persisted after the calendar turned, however.

This year, the burly first baseman is right back to square one, posting a 55 OPS+ in 35 games while launching just a pair of home runs and whiffing 31 times. The Pirates have had the Dodgers’ number (inexplicably) through 2022, but again, Tsutsugo has barely been a part of it. Consider the file on this minor move ultimately closed.

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