Welcome to technicality weekend in our 2014 Dodgers reviews. Up today is Colt Hynes, who actually never pitched for the Dodgers all year. In fact, he was never eve called up to the active roster. But Hynes was on the 40-man roster from the moment he was acquired in April until he was jettisoned in August.
The 40-man spot earns Hynes the review, and the clincher came this offseason. I decided to be sure to do 2015 reviews for Ryan Jackson and Ryan Lavarnway, both of whom were acquired by the Dodgers and then dispatched in the same offseason, before any games were played. If we can't remember them next year, who will?
So for Hynes, who occupied a spot on the Dodgers' 40-man roster, but during the season, here is his remembrance.
What went right
The Dodgers acquired Hynes from the Indians on April 6 in exchange for pitcher Duke Von Schamman.
The left-hander didn't walk anyone in any of his first nine appearances with Triple-A Albuquerque, striking out 14 before issuing his first free pass. On the season with the Isotopes, Hynes walked only 10 with 46 strikeouts in 53 innings.
What went wrong
Hynes never got the call to the majors all season.
He allowed five of his six home runs with the Isotopes in a 12-game span from June 15 to July 24.
Hynes was designated for assignment on Aug. 10, then claimed off waivers three days later by the Blue Jays. He finished off the season with Triple-A Buffalo.
Salary: in minors all season; Hynes was on a 40-man roster for a second year, so his minimum salary in the minors was $81,500.
Game of the year
On April 10 at Reno (the Diamondbacks affiliate), Hynes pitched two scoreless innings and retired all six batters he faced, including three by strikeouts.
Hynes is on the Blue Jays' 40-man roster.