In a day when unwarranted accusations against Trevor Bauer dominated many of the MLB’s Google searches, there was also a bit of secondary news surrounding Los Angeles player personnel.
In an official team statement Wednesday afternoon, the Dodgers announced they claimed righty pitcher Bobby Wahl off waivers from the Brewers. To make room for the 29-year-old Wahl on the 40-man roster, the club transferred shortstop Corey Seager to the 60-day injured list.
After a quick glance at Wahl’s primary stats, there’s really nothing to write home about. In a big-league career that spans three seasons, Wahl has made 17 appearances — all in relief — while posting an unsightly 7.63 ERA, a 6.23 FIP, and a not-so-impressive 1.891 WHIP. Over 15-1/3 career innings of work, he has struck out 16 batters while walking eight.
Wahl’s best year in the minors came as a 24-year-old back in 2016 while in the Oakland system. Across three levels of the farm that year, he made 45 appearances and collected 14 saves, posting a 2.65 ERA and a 1.178 WHIP while striking out 65 and walking 28 over 54-1/3 innings.
Originally selected by Oakland in the fifth round of the 2013 draft out of the University of Mississippi, Wahl was traded by the Athletics to the Mets back in 2018 in a deal that landed Oakland former All-Star closer Jeurys Familia.
In 2019, the Mets packaged Wahl with two other minor leaguers in a trade to Milwaukee, scoring centerfielder Keon Broxton.
In limited major league action for the Brewers last year, Wahl made three appearances, registering an 11.57 ERA over 5-1/3 innings of work.
According to Roster Resource on Fangraphs, Wahl has one option year remaining on his contract. He is already shown on Triple-A Oklahoma City’s reserve list.
Brooks Baseball indicates Wahl throwing a four-seam, a change, a slider, and a curve. Last season, Wahl’s four-seam averaged just a tick above 94 MPH.
Seager’s broken hand has kept him out of action since May 15. After recently suffering a setback in his recovery, he wasn’t on track to return from the 10-day IL prior to the All-Star break anyway, so the Dodgers’ decision to transfer him to the 60-day IL is a formality that won’t affect his ultimate return date.