Thursday, January 26, 2017

Welcome to the Blue, Brett Eibner!

If there is one thing you should expect the Dodgers front office to do it's that they'll add seemingly inconsequential depth pieces to buttress the Major League roster.  Last season depth players like Chris Taylor, Rob Segedin and Andrew Toles made impactful contributions.  This coming season the Dodger hope Brett Eibner can do the same.

As you know, the Dodgers traded minor league infielder Jordan Tarsovich to the A's for outfielder Brett Eibner.  He was then immediately placed on the 40-man roster, and reliever Carlos Frias was designated for assignment to make room.  Eibner was originally drafted in the second round of the 2010 draft by the Royals (out of the University of Arkansas), traded to the A's six years later and now finds himself in LA. He stands 6' 4" tall, bats and throws right-handed, and was born in San Diego.  You can follow Brett on twitter here: @Brett_Eidner.  Per a Dodgers press release:
Eibner, 28, made his first big league appearance in 2016 combining to hit .193 with 10 doubles, a triple, six home runs and 22 RBI with the Royals and the Athletics. Eibner also appeared in a combined 54 games with Triple-A Omaha (Royals) and Triple-A Nashville (Athletics), combining to post a .289/.394/.528 slashline with nine doubles, 12 homers and 34 RBI.

In parts of six minor league seasons, he has hit .244 with 333 runs, 104 doubles, 20 triples, 85 homers and 270 RBI along with a .337 on-base percentage in 554 games. Eibner has also stolen 37 out of 50 bases (74%) throughout his minor league career and had a career year in 2015 with Triple-A Omaha, posting a .303/.364/.514 slashline with 23 doubles, 19 home runs, 81 RBI and 10 stolen bases. 
I don't really know much more than what's above.  He adds a needed right-handed bat to a lineup that sorely needs one, and is considered a good glove.  Additionally (and probably most important of all), Eibner still has two minor league options remaining.  This would allow the Dodgers to keep him in the minors to start the season, and call him up without much fuss.  Per Steve Adams at MLB Trade Rumors:
From 2010-15, Baseball America rated Eibner among the Royals’ top 30 prospects, calling him a plus defensive outfielder with above-average speed and potential 15-homer pop as recently as the 2015-16 offseason. BA also noted, though, that he’s a streaky hitter that is prone to lengthy slumps, making him a tricky player to deploy in a bench capacity.
In celebration of Eibner's recent trade to the Dodgers I made the above fantasy Baseball card of him using the 1973 Topps Baseball card design and a photo taken originally by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images North America.

Below are his career statistics, via Baseball-Reference:

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