The 26 year old Scott Elbert was born August 13, 1985 and drafted in the first round by the Dodgers in 2004. In 2010 Elbert walked away from the Dodgers but solved whatever problems were eating at him and came into 2011 determined to get his career back on track and that is exactly what he did.
The former number one pick finally made his mark with the Dodgers in 2011, becoming the go to left hander when Kuo battled mental/physical problems all year. The former wild ass lefty appeared in 47 games but only accumulated 33 innings. In 47 games Elbert gave up nine earned runs but in three of those games he gave up seven of those nine. The other 44 games he was money.
Left handed hitters had a measly .517 OPS against Scott in 75 plate appearances. Overall he gave up only one home run all year. Scott gets it done with a 92 MPH fastball and an 87 MPH slider. HIs fastball has nasty movement and while he may never have the Billy Wagner future I envisioned for him he certainly looks like he's going to have a a long career.
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|2011 Projections - Age 25 Season|
For the first time in Elbert's career he seems assured of a role with the Dodgers. He may end up being the only left handed pitcher in the bullpen so you'd expect he'd be held in check to face the tough lefties late in the game. He could pitch in 70 games and probably not amass more than 50 innings. If we do acquire another left handed relief pitcher I'd like to see Elberts role expanded to what Kuo was for us.