Dodgers Officially Release Erik Goeddel, Zac Rosscup

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This continues to be a busy offseason as the Dodgers tinker with their roster in preparation for another season of baseball.

Ken Gurnick of is reporting that the Dodgers have officially released right-handed pitcher Erik Goeddel and left-handed pitcher Zac Rosscup.

Both players were designated for assignment earlier this week as the team is trying to set their 40-man roster before the deadline to protect players from the Rule 5 Draft.

Goeddel was drafted in the 24th round by the New York Mets back in 2010 after playing his college ball at UCLA. He was added to the Mets 40-man roster in 2013 and made his MLB debut in September 2014.

He started 2015 in the minors but was called up to the Big Leagues in mid-April of that season. He’d ultimately spend a big chunk of the year injured, though.

He finished 2015 with 33.1 innings pitched in 35 appearances. He had a 2.43 ERA, a 0.99 WHIP, and averaged 9.2 strikeouts per nine innings.

He made the NLDS roster for the Mets that same season but was left off the NLCS roster after giving up four hits to four batters in his one appearance in the 2015 NLDS.

His ERA and WHIP both increased his next two seasons on the Mets, and he has spent the last couple seasons as a bit of a journeyman.

The Texas Rangers signed him to a minor league deal in December 2017 but released him before the 2018 season began.

The day after he was released by the Rangers, he stayed in the AL West by signing a minor league contract with the Seattle Mariners.

He appeared in five games for the Mariners, pitching 7.1 innings and recording a 1.23 ERA and 1.23 WHIP before being designated for assignment in May 2018.

The Dodgers claimed him off waivers a couple days later, and Goeddel appeared in 26 games, throwing 29.1 innings and recording 3.38 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP.

For his career, Goeddel has appeared in 141 games and pitched 141.1 innings. He has a 3.69 ERA, a 1.22 WHIP, and 9.7 strikeouts per nine innings.

The slightly elevated WHIP is due to control problems he has grappled with, particularly last season with the Mariners and Dodgers.

His combined totals for 2018 with both clubs featured an extremely lofty 4.9 walks per nine innings, but just 6.4 hits allowed per nine innings.

He has averaged 7.3 hits per nine innings and 3.7 walks per nine innings in his career. If he can limit the free passes, he can take his game to the next level.

Goeddel is capable of getting both righties and lefties out. Righties have a career .215 batting average against him, while lefties have hit .223 against him.

Rosscup was originally drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 28th round of the 2009 draft and was one of the pieces included in the trade that sent Matt Garza to the Chicago Cubs back in 2011.

Rosscup made his debut for the Cubs in September 2013 and appeared in 10 games for the Cubs that season, pitching 6.2 innings and recording a 1.35 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP.

He started the 2014 season in the minors but was called up by the Cubs in April 2014. He had a poor season, though, finishing with a 9.45 ERA and a 1.95 WHIP in 18 games and 13.1 innings.

His 2015 stats were better than those on 2014, but he didn’t appear in the majors at all in 2016 and appeared in just one game for the Cubs in 2017 before being traded to the Colorado Rockies.

Rosscup was ineffective with the Rockies in 2017, pitching nine games and 7.0 innings and recording a 5.14 ERA and 1.29 WHIP.

The Dodgers claimed him off waivers in July 2018, and he posted a 4.76 ERA and 1.15 WHIP with 15.9 strikeouts per nine innings in 17 games and 11.1 innings for them.

For his career, Rosscup has pitched in 88 games and thrown 65.2 innings, recording a 5.21 ERA, a 1.48 WHIP, and 11.9 strikeouts per nine innings.

Like Goeddel, Rosscup has suffered from control issues. He has averaged 4.9 walks per nine innings during his time in the Big Leagues.

If he can refine his command, Rosscup has the potential to be utilized as a solid left-handed specialist out of the bullpen.

Lefties have hit just .138 against him in his career, but righties have hit .317 against him, limiting the number of situations he can get deployed in.

Retiring lefties is always a prized skill, and while Rosscup doesn’t allow many hits against lefties, he has walked 19 batters in 129 left-handed batters faced.

The Dodgers are figuring out which players they want to protect, and Goeddel and Rosscup were ultimately deemed inessential to the organization’s plans going forward.


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