Saturday, April 27, 2013

Who exactly is Matt Magill?

By now you may have heard about yet ANOTHER injury to a Dodgers' starting pitcher, as Stephen Fife has been placed on the 15-day DL with a right shoulder injury.  Matt Magill has been recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque to make the start against the Brewers on Saturday night.

Fans were familiar with Fife from a few of his starts last season, but it's doubtful much is known about Magill, who will be making his Major League debut.  So, let's take a look at him.

Magill was drafted in the 31st round of the 2008 by the Dodgers, straight out of Royal High School in Simi Valley, California.

He's made his way up through every level of the minors, starting with two years of rookie ball in 2008.  Here are his stats starting at Single-A Great Lakes:

2010 (A - Great Lakes): 20 GS, 7-4, 126 1/3 IP, 3.24 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 135 K
2011 (A+ - Rancho Cucamonga): 21 GS, 11-5, 139 1/3 IP, 4.33 ERA, 1.49 WHIP, 126 K
2012 (AA - Chattanooga): 26 GS, 11-8, 146 1/3 IP, 3.75 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 168 K
2013 (AAA - Albuquerque): 4 GS, 0-0, 19 IP, 2.84 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 23 K
Career: 89 GS (106 G), 36-22, 532 2/3 IP, 3.77 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 532 K

What jumps out right away are the strikeouts.  The only year he didn't have more K's than IP is 2011, and even then he came close.  His WHIP has been up and down, as he hasn't come close to the 1.10 mark he reached in '10.  But, his career WHIP is 1.30, which is pretty good.

Currently he's the #7 prospect in the organization.  According to his profile, his fastball can reach mid-90s, but mostly is about 92-93.  He gets people out with a sharp slider that he throws at any count.  His off-speed stuff is mostly a work in progress.  Maybe it's no surprise that his WHIP can get a little high since he's described as not having full control of his command yet.

Ready or not, he's the next pitcher lined up to start for the Dodgers this season, as they've already cycled through nine starters this year.  Wow, that's just crazy.  And we're still in April!

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