The Dodgers signed Carlos Frias out of the Dominican Republic in 2007, and after nearly eight years in the minors made his way to the big club in 2014. Here is a look back at his debut season.
What went right
Frias got a good, long look in spring training as a non-roster invitee, and made an impression on the coaching staff. He carried it over into his starts for Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Albuquerque. His ERA in the pitcher's graveyard of the PCL was 5.01 but more importantly he kept the ball down, allowing only four home runs in 91⅔ innings with the Isotopes, and walked only 5.3 percent of his batters faced in Triple-A.
It paid off in August, when Frias got the call as a swing man for the final two months. He put up a 6.12 ERA in 32⅓ innings, but eight of his 22 runs allowed came in one start. He struck out 21.2 percent of his batters faced and had a strikeout-to-walk ratio of better than 4-to-1.
"I'm not a strikeout pitcher, I'm a ground ball pitcher. I know my role," Frias said in Albuquerque in July. "You have to get a ground ball. You never see a ground ball hit over the fence."
At the very least, he opened eyes with a lively fastball - his four-seam was 95.4 mph on average, per Brooks Baseball - and a power sinker, which averaged 94.4 mph. Those two pitches accounted for 57 percent of his repertoire.
What went wrong
After making one stellar spot start on Sept. 3, Frias had everything go wrong two weeks later at Coors Field. Frias started against the Rockies on Sept. 17, and faced 11 batters. Ten of them got hits. Frias gave up eight runs, and it could have been worse. The only two outs he recorded came on a caught stealing and a bunt attempt, the latter after seven straight hits.
Salary: $500,000 (pro-rated share of major league minimum during his time with the Dodgers)
Game of the year
On Sept. 3 against the Nationals, after a month of solid long relief work, Frias made his first major league start, trying to help give the rest of the rotation an extra day off. Frias, who hadn't started a game in nearly six weeks, pitched six scoreless innings against Washington, needing only 77 pitches. He struck out four, and allowed only four to reach base, though he got a no-decision in the contest.
Frias has 56 days of service time, and all three option years remaining.