For those unfamiliar with Sborz, in 2015, he was named MVP of the College World Series for the University of Virginia after tallying three victories and one save in the championship affair. Frequently shifted between both a starter and a reliever during his collegiate career, he threw mainly out of the bullpen for the Cavaliers during his freshman and junior seasons.
Sborz was later drafted by the Dodgers in the second round of the 2015 draft, and following a brief stint in rookie ball with the Raptors, was successful in Single-A Rancho’s relief corps that same year, recording a 1.48 ERA with 12 strikeouts in an even 12 innings pitched.
The scouting directors on the farm liked Sborz’s potential so much that they decided to develop him as a starter in 2016. In 20 games—19 of which were starts—for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, he went 8-4, registering a 2.66 ERA with 108 strikeouts over 108-1/3 innings of work, eventually earning him a promotion to Double-A Tulsa for the stretch run of the regular season and ultimately being named the 2016 California League Pitcher of the Year.
His 2017 season started off in the right direction with a non-roster invite to big league spring training; however, the remainder of his season was mediocre at best, as he fought off a few injuries and tallied an 8-8 record with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP over 116-2/3 innings in 24 games—all of which were starts.
Sborz was passed over as an NRI to 2018 spring camp, but the Dodgers had new plans for the Washington, DC native. He would once again begin the year at Tulsa, but this time, he would work out of the bullpen. He started the season as the Drillers’ primary closer, and he compiled a 3-1 record with a 2.76 ERA with seven saves over 13 appearances. During that span, he amassed an impressive 24 punchouts over 16-1/3 innings of work which led him to a promotion to Oklahoma City on May 10. He made his Triple-A debut that same day, throwing two strong innings of shutout ball against Memphis.
For the entirety of 2018, he finished 4-2 over 52 appearances with a 3.88 ERA with six saves. He punched out a whopping 71 batters over 53-1/3 inningis of work.
Typical of a reliever, the 25-year-old Sborz features two offerings that hover in the plus territory—a fastball which he can easily crank up to 95 MPH and a very tight slider with an incredible amount of break. To top things off, his heater has a ton of natural movement. In addition, throwing from the three-quarters slot, he hides the ball nicely in the delivery of all his pitches, creating an element of deception to opposing batters. He can also throw a curve and a change.
Santana, 23, is in his sixth season with the Dodgers’ organization and finished his second career stint at the big league level. In three games with the Dodgers this season, he went 0-0 with a 7.20 ERA (4 ER/ 5.0 IP) with six strikeouts and four walks.