July 22, 2024

Dodgers expected to call up fast-rising prospect Justin Wrobleski: Sources

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers’ midseason homegrown rotation reinforcements are beginning to materialize, as the club is expected to call up left-handed pitching prospect Justin Wrobleski to make a spot start on Sunday against the Milwaukee Brewers, according to multiple league sources. He was the Dodgers’ ninth-ranked prospect entering the season, according to The Athletic’s Keith Law.

Wrobleski, 23, has emerged as one of the fastest-rising prospects in the Dodgers’ system and is in line to make his major-league debut after just two Triple-A appearances. The Dodgers selected Wrobleski in the 11th round of the 2021 draft when he was coming off Tommy John surgery. The left-hander quickly regained the premium stuff that makes him intriguing — a fastball that registers in the upper 90s to go with a cutter, curveball and changeup.

The Dodgers cut down the walks that impacted Wrobleski’s draft stock and production in college with Clemson and Oklahoma State. His progression as a professional has taken him another step forward this season. In 13 starts (78 innings) between Double A and Triple A, Wrobleski has a 3.23 ERA and opposing hitters have hit just .239.

Wrobleski’s arrival plugs an immediate, short-term hole for the Dodgers, who have seen injuries pile up in their rotation and are looking to continue giving their healthy starters extra rest whenever possible.

The club has a 5.03 ERA in 78 2/3 innings from its starters since Yoshinobu Yamamoto went down last month with a strained rotator cuff. Walker Buehler is back on the injured list as he works to get himself right after a second Tommy John surgery. Clayton Kershaw dealt with a brief hiccup in his rehab from shoulder surgery — the left-hander threw a bullpen on Thursday and said he felt strong coming out of it — that doesn’t appear to be of immediate concern but slightly altered his timeline for a return.

The injuries combined with abbreviated starts from several of their starters over the past week have thrust the Dodgers into a position where they had to further call on their depth. They haven’t had a starter complete five innings since Gavin Stone’s complete-game shutout more than a week ago.

Rather than tax their relievers further with a bullpen game, they’ll hand the ball to Wrobleski.

(Photo Justin Wrobleski from 2022: Tracy Proffitt / Four Seam Images via Associated Press)