The Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday afternoon selected the contract of left-handed pitcher Caleb Ferguson from Triple-A Oklahoma City, with the youngster slated to make his big league debut with a start against the Pirates.
Ferguson will wear uniform No. 64.
The 21-year-old Ferguson will be making his debut in his fourth professional season after being selected in the 38th round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft out of West Jefferson High School in Ohio. Ferguson, who is rated by MLB.com as the Dodgers’ No. 15 prospect, has made 10 combined starts with Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City this season, going 3-0 with a 1.53 ERA (8 ER/47.0 IP). The southpaw has also held hitters to a .213 combined average, while striking out 52 batters against 17 walks in 47.0 innings and posting a 1.15 WHIP.
The Columbus native started the year dominating the Texas League, going 3-0 with a 1.38 ERA (6 ER/39.0 IP) and limiting hitters to a .217 average, while striking out 40 against 10 walks in eight starts, before his promotion to Oklahoma City on May 26. Ferguson made two starts with the OKC Dodgers, posting a 2.25 ERA (2 ER/8.0 IP) with 12 strikeouts against seven walks, while holding the opposition to a .194 average.
Over four professional seasons (2015-18), Ferguson has gone 15-11 with a 2.80 ERA and has struck out 271 batters against 98 walks in 250.1 innings, while limiting batters to a .238 average in 63 career minor league games (50 starts). Ferguson missed the entire 2014 season after recovering from Tommy John surgery, which he underwent following his senior season of high school.
To create room on the active roster, the Dodgers optioned right-handed reliever Pedro Báez to Oklahoma City. Báez last pitched in last night’s contest against the Pirates, tossing a scoreless inning of relief with a walk. In 28 appearances this season with Los Angeles, he has gone 2-3 with a 3.25 ERA (10 ER/27.2 IP) and has struck out 35 batters against 16 walks in 27.2 innings.
(Lauren Douglas furnished the information provided in this report)