The Dodgers held a somewhat secretive pitching minicamp at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona last week, a little more than a week before pitchers and catchers are set to report to camp. But the biggest news to come out of the camp revolves around two pitchers with new roles in relief: Pedro Baez and Chris Withrow.
Baez, who turns 25 in March, has never advanced past Double-A and is a career .247/.308/.391 hitter in the minors, including a .354 slugging percentage in 117 games with Chattanooga. His conversion to the mound happened late in 2012, but he is drawing comparisons to another former Dodgers prospect with a strong arm who couldn't hit, Kenley Jansen.
"They put him on the mound in instructional league and that fastball is really strong," pitching coach Rick Honeycutt told Ken Gurnick of MLB.com. "You talk about Kenley when you see the ball come out of his hand. He hasn't been overwhelmed by thinking too much about pitching. He just sees the glove and throws it and that's kind of refreshing."
Pedro Baez, Chris Withrow find new roles on mound
True Blue L.A. | Feb 5