Not many players drafted as late as Matt Magill have made an impact in the major leagues. But the 31st round pick in 2008 by the Dodgers is trying to change that. After a breakout year at Double-A Chattanooga in 2012, Magill is in his first big league camp.
Magill was 11-8 with a 3.75 ERA in 26 starts for the Lookouts, with 168 strikeouts and 61 in 146⅓ innings. He had a 2.38 ERA over his final 11 starts, with 79 strikeouts and just 16 walks in 68 innings.
"I was more confident with all my pitches, and throwing them all for strikes," he said. "I was more confident, and believed that I could get all these guys out. It was huge."
The result was getting added to the 40-man, and Magill also crept higher on prospect lists. Magill was rated the sixth best Dodgers prospect by Jason Parks at Baseball Prospectus and Dustin Nosler at Feelin' Kinda Blue, was rated seventh by John Sickels at Minor League Ball, and was tabbed ninth by Baseball America.
Magill has 509 strikeouts and 205 walks in 513⅔ minor league innings.
In 2012, Magill was the Double-A winner at pitcher in May and July of the Dodgers pride awards, given monthly to Dodgers minor leaguers "who play the game with a hustling, smart, aggressive style." The players and staff of each team vote for the awards.
Magill was also named Southern League pitcher of the week three times last year while with the Lookouts, Apr. 23-30, May 21-27, and July 9-15.
Magill was added to the 40-man roster in November, and has yet to make his major league debut. He will use one of his three option years in 2013.
|2010 (A - Great Lakes)
|2011 (A - Rancho Cucamonga)||21||139⅓||3.36||8.14||4.33||3.95|
|2012 (AA - Chattanooga)||22||146⅓||3.75||10.33||3.75||2.93|
|2013 Projections - Age 23 Season|
Just being on the 40-man puts Magill one step closer to playing in the majors, but he's a little too far down the depth chart to think he will make any appearances for the Dodgers this year. The question will be whether or not the Dodgers promote Magill to Triple-A Albuquerque, in the hitter's haven that is the Pacific Coast League.
Be sure to guess how you think Magill will perform in 2013, for either the Dodgers or in the minors. Include ERA and whatever else you wish to guess.