Friday, June 03, 2016

A Happy Belated Welcome to the Dodgers, Casey Fien!

Casey Fien has been fantastic for the Dodgers since being called up from Oklahoma City a week ago.  He has gotten into three games, and struck out seven of the ten batters he's faced; including Kris Bryant twice.

That's not to say that Fien is the answer to our bullpen prayers.  After all, three innings of work is hardly enough to go on.  Still, you gotta love the results.

Fien has shown us good control on a deceptive fastball that runs in the mid-90's and looks to have a bit of a sink to it.  This causes batters to swing and miss more often than average. tells me that his fastballs had 23% of swings miss; while 10% is league average.  His last time out, on Wednesday, he faced four batters and mowed down three of them on swinging strikes.  Hopefully, this trend continues.

In honor of his work thus far and since I had yet to officially welcome him to the team on this blog (save a post from a few weeks ago announcing his initial pickup), I decided to make a couple fantasy Baseball cards of him in Dodger Blue.  For the card on the left I using a photo taken by Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2016 and the 1992 Leaf Baseball card design.  For the Fien card on the right I grabbed another photo taken by Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2016 and the 1997 Topps Baseball card design.

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