Last week, a minor league signing tried to slip under the radar, but the Dodgers did ink right-handed pitcher Kieran Lovegrove to a minor league contract.
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The 25-year-old did not receive an invite to major league camp.
Lovegrove was drafted by the Cleveland Indians out of Mission Viejo in the third round of the 2012 MLB draft. In 8 minor league seasons, the righty has struggled to stay out of Double-A, while spending more of his time in the lower ranks of the Indians and later San Francisco Giants systems.
In 181 games, he’s recorded a 5.00 ERA over 354.1 innings pitched.
You look at those numbers and wonder exactly what Andrew Friedman is thinking. Signing a player who’s averaged 5 walks per 9 innings over his minor league career doesn’t really scream breakout. However, Friedman was not alone in his thinking. Former Dodger GM Farhan Zaidi had high hopes for Lovegrove after inking him to a deal with the Giants prior to the 2019 season. Zaidi praised the pitcher, stating, “he’s a terrific arm, a terrific prospect.”