A Closer Look at Reymin Guduan

With much of the attention being given to righty flamethrower Brusdar Graterol as far as newly acquired relief pitchers go, another bullpen arm that could make some noise this spring belongs to southpaw Reymin Guduan.

For those fans not familiar with Guduan, the Dodgers signed him as a minor league free agent last December. Up until that point, the Dominican native had spent his entire career in the Houston Astros system, where he contributed 10 years throwing in the minors and parts of three seasons pitching in the majors.

Guduan, 27, made his Cactus League debut with the Dodgers on Saturday by throwing a perfect sixth inning in the team’s 10-4 victory over division rival San Francisco.

In early August of last year, Guduan was suspended by the Astros for the remainder of the season for violating team policy. He was later activated from the restricted list and designated for assignment in September, eventually clearing waivers to become a free agent. There was never any formal release indicating the reasoning behind the suspension, but some reporters have stated that it was a disciplinary issue revolving around a clubhouse altercation at Triple-A.

In those informal reports, it was suggested that Guduan threw baseball equipment at a teammate after he was egged for not being able to throw a strike. Indeed, if there’s anything that’s hampering the progress of Guduan, it’s his spotty command.

Regardless of the accusations, in a concise scouting report by John Sickels at minorleagueball.com two years ago, the control factor came to the forefront.

“Guduan throws extremely hard for a lefty (normally sitting in the 95-97 MPH range). He’s been clocked as high as 100 in the minors. The fastball has movement and he combines it with an impressive slider. Unfortunately, Guduan’s pitches have so much movement and velocity that he has trouble controlling them. Despite all the hard stuff, he’s had consistent difficulty keeping right-handed batters from hitting him hard, probably due to lack of an effective off-speed pitch. His control has improved from terrible to below average over the last two years and further improvement could make him dominant. That hasn’t happened yet, though. No one will give up on him quickly due to his arm strength.”

Here’s a look at where his fastball and slider have sat velocity-wise during his time in the majors:

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The Dodgers are evidence of one of those teams that think there might be something there with regards to talent. Apparently, Los Angeles management liked the 6-foot-4, 205-pounder enough to extend an invitation to the big league side of spring camp.

Lifetime in the minors, Guduan has appeared in 243 games—31 of which were starts—and has thrown an even 382 innings, registering a not-so-impressive 4.64 ERA and a 1.715 WHIP. On top of those numbers, he has tallied career marks of an 11.1 K/9 and a whopping 6.2 BB/9.

If there’s a silver lining to Guduan’s game, it’s the fact that he’s shown he can keep the ball in the yard. He has allowed just 22 homers over his 10 years on the farm, translating to a reasonable 0.52 HR/9. What’s more, he has spent much of that time throwing in the pitcher-friendly confines of the Pacific Coast League.

During his brief time in the bigs, Guduan has made 32 appearances, registering a monstrous 8.03 ERA and a 1.986 WHIP alongside a 9.5 K/9 and a 5.8 BB/9 over 24-2/3 innings.

Obviously, he has no options on his player contract, so in order for him to be promoted to the majors, the Dodgers would need to purchase his contract from Triple-A Oklahoma City or wherever he begins the season.

Nevertheless, if he shows that he’s able to finally harness his control and keep runners off base on the farm, a major league promotion would not be out of the realm of possibility.

 

On the Astros ‘Apologies’ and Looking Ahead to 2020

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I try not think about what might’ve been. ‘Cuz that was then, and we have taken different roads. We can’t go back again, there’s no use givin’ in. And there’s no way to know what might’ve been” – Little Texas

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Penalties for Houston Astros Cheating Scheme Handed Down

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It is something that will forever be the bane of the Dodgers’ 2017 World Series run. The Houston Astros cheated in their endeavor to win the World Series, which of course proved successful for them. Today, Commissioner Rob Manfred handed down punishment to the organization.

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Gerrit Cole Sweepstakes Heating Up

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At the beginning of the weekend, we heard numerous reports that super agent Scott Boras and his crew would be asking teams across the league to submit their initial offers for his prized client, Gerrit Cole, at the beginning of this year’s Winter Meetings in San Diego.

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More Thoughts on the Astros Cheating Scandal

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As time goes on, more facts come to light about the Houston Astros and their alleged advanced sign-stealing in the 2017 regular season, postseason, and beyond—something many fans of the Dodgers have been keeping a close eye on.

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Thoughts on the Houston Astros’ Cheating Controversy

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News has been spreading the last few days around the Major League Baseball world that the Houston Astros cheated in 2017, and possibly beyond. This supposed cheating involved sign stealing, and relaying it to Astros batters during home games, giving them an unfair advantage.

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Dodgers Trade Andre Scrubb to Astros for Tyler White

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In what could conceivably be the first of a flurry of deals over the next seven days, the Dodgers on Tuesday traded righty minor-league pitcher Andre Scrubb to the Astros for utility man Tyler White.

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Stacked Dodgers Offense Seeks Revenge Against Astros

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Thursday night at Chavez Ravine saw the Dodgers‘ lineup at full strength for the first time this season, and boy, did it deliver. The Dodgers hit seven home runs, two each by Yasiel Puig and Joc Pederson. Newly acquired Brian Dozier hit his second homer in as many days since joining the team. Justin Turner in his first game off the DL also joined in the fun. The team scored 21 runs total—a Dodger Stadium record. Thanks to losses by both the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angeles is back in sole possession of first place.

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Ohtani Intrigue a Welcome Reminder of Dodgers’ Biggest Rivalries

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One pleasantly unexpected development in Los Angeles Dodgers world last week was the high and hard shade thrown by Our Guys towards the Angels’ Shohei Ohtani.

You know, Shohei Ohtani—the rookie pitcher who can’t hold the Tijuana Toros to under six runs in four innings. The guy who was supposed to be the new Babe Ruth.

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Dodgers Fall to Astros in World Series Game 7

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The long journey for the Dodgers that began on the fields of Camelback Ranch a little over eight months ago is finally over. And although it was a season which many fans of the club will not soon forget, the Boys in Blue will soon regroup and begin yet another ambitious quest less than four months from this autumn evening.

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