2013 Dodgers review: Matt Magill


Magill made six starts for the Dodgers, but none topped his major league debut in April.

A look back at Matt Magill, who made his major league debut in his first season on the 40-man roster.

What went right

A rash of injuries depleted the Dodgers' eight-man pitching staff, and by their 23rd game the team turned to its ninth starting pitcher. Magill was that man, and on April 27 had his best start of the year. In his major league debut the right-hander pitched into the seventh inning, allowed two runs and struck out seven. He left with a lead, but got stuck with a no-decision.

Between the majors and minors in 2013, Magill struck out 130 of 509 batters faced (25.5%).

What went wrong

After his major league debut Magill was an intermittent starter, with six, five and eight days rest before his next three starts. His control faded as the season progressed. He allowed nine runs and 11 walks in 11⅓ innings over his next three walks, but he hit a low point in June.

On June 2 at Coors Field Magill was left on the mound through six innings in a take-one-for-the-team start, and became the first starter in at least 97 years with at least nine walks and four home runs allowed in one start. Seven days later against the Braves he walked six more and allowed seven more runs in 3⅔ innings, and never pitched for the Dodgers again.

Magill ended up with more walks (28) than innings pitched (27⅔) in six starts with the Dodgers. Of those 509 batters faced between the majors and minors this year, Magill walked 78 (15.3%).

2014 status

Magill has two option years left and 26 days of service time. At the moment he is maybe seventh or eighth on the starting pitcher depth chart. But even if the Dodgers acquire another starting pitcher, with Josh Beckett and Chad Billingsley coming off surgery and Zach Lee not yet on the 40-man roster Magill could find himself starting for the Dodgers again sooner rather than later anyway.

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