The Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers worked out a trade on Wednesday. No, former NL Cy Young Award-winner Corbin Burnes isn't a Dodger...yet. FanSided's Robert Murray broke the news that left-hander Bryan Hudson was traded to Milwaukee in exchange for left-handed pitching prospect Justin Chambers and player to be named later.
Chambers was a late-round selection during the 2023 MLB Draft and did not pitch for any of the Brewers' minor-league affiliates last season. The lefty is currently recovering from Tommy John surgery.
Once healthy, Dodgers pitching coach Mark Prior will be working with a very talented young pitcher. Prior will have one major goal once Chambers is back to full-strength, and that's to increase the velocity on the southpaw's fastball.
Dodgers pitching coach Mark Prior will look to increase Justin Chambers' velo when he returns from injury
Justin Chambers was one of the top young pitchers in the state of Arizona last year and was committed to play for the Arizona State Sun Devils. But the Milwaukee Brewers had other ideas. The Brew Crew offered Chambers a massive signing bonus for a 20th-round selection. The deal was reportedly worth $547,500.
That type of over-slot deal doesn't come around too often, so you have to imagine the ceiling for Chambers is quite high. However, his fastball velo currently sits in the low-90s, so some mechanical adjustments may be in order.
Dodgers pitching coach Mark Prior has shown to be able to get the best out of these young hurlers, so there's every reason for the Dodgers' faithful to be optimistic. If Chambers returns fully-healthy next season, and is able to live up to the hype, this could be a nice get on the part of the Dodgers.
With so many lefties ahead of him on the Los Angeles Dodgers' roster, there wasn't a spot left for pitcher Bryan Hudson. LA recently designated the left-hander for assignment in order to clear a roster spot for Yoshinobu Yamamoto.
Hudson appeared in just seven games with the Dodgers last season and posted a 7.27 ERA. He did, however, pitch well during his time in the minors, but with Caleb Ferguson, Alex Yesia, and Ryan Yarborough ahead of Hudson on the depth chart, this was an easy move for the Dodgers that could result in a fourth-round talent joining their farm system.