Thursday, July 21, 2016

Welcome to the Dodgers, Grant Dayton!

We all knew that Julio Urias was schedule to be called up this morning to start todays game.  What we didn't know is that teammate Grant Dayton, a left-handed reliever in Oklahoma City, would be joining Urias in Washington DC.  Going back down to Triple-A are infielders Charlie Culberson and Zach Walters.  Per a Dodgers press release:
Dayton, 28, will be making his first-career appearance on a big league roster and has gone 5-2 with four saves and a 2.44 ERA in 35 appearances this year with Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City. In 48.0 innings, he’s limited opponents to a .165 batting average with a 0.79 WHIP, while striking out 85 against just 10 walks. He last pitched on Monday, striking out four in 2.0 scoreless innings at Tacoma (Mariners) and throwing 33 pitches. Dayton, who has gone 26-21 with 19 saves and a 2.79 ERA in 262 games in seven minor league seasons, was acquired by the Dodgers from Miami on July 15, 2015 in exchange for left-handed pitcher Chris Reed and was originally selected by the Marlins in the 11th round of the 2010 draft out of Auburn University.
Grant will wear #75.  Also, you can follow him on twitter here: @GrantDayton.  As for what he throws, Dennis Schlossman at Think Blue Planning Committee provides some insight:
The 28-year-old isn’t a flamethrower, as he features a fastball that sits in the low-90s, but it is illusive and has plenty of movement. His changeup is perhaps his best offspeed weapon, and he uses it often as his out pitch or when behind in the count.
In celebration of him coming up to the Dodgers I made the above fantasy Baseball card of him.  I used a photo grabbed from Auburn University website and the 1984 Topps Baseball card design.

Below are his career stats, via Baseball Reference:

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