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2015 Dodgers review: Ian Thomas

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Here's a look at the 2015 season for Ian Thomas, the former independent ball pitcher who ended up as the lasting return from the Juan Uribe trade on May 27.

What went right

After an underwhelming Dodgers debut in a bullpen game at Coors Field on June 2, Thomas put up a 2.40 ERA with 17 strikeouts and four walks in 15 innings.

With the Dodgers, the left-hander had a 24.7-percent strikeout rate and with 18 strikeouts in 18 innings was one of 13 Dodgers to strikeout at least a batter per inning.

Thomas with the Dodgers held left-handed batters to just 4-for-26, hitting .154/.267/.231.

Only four of his 18 innings with LA came at Dodger Stadium, but they were four scoreless innings.

As a batter, Thomas walked once in his four plate appearance, leading all Dodgers in 2015 with a 25-percent walk rate.

What went wrong

Thomas allowed four runs on five hits in three innings in his Dodgers debut, with two walks and a strikeout.

With the Dodgers, Thomas threw 31 curveballs and got zero swings and misses, per Brooks Baseball. Batters against his curve were 3-for-7 with a home run and a double.

2015 particulars

Age: 28

Stats: 4.00 ERA, 2.86 FIP in 18 innings with Dodgers, 18 K, 6 BB, 0.2 rWAR, 0.3 fWAR

Salary: a pro-rated share of the major league minimum of $507,500, of which the Dodgers were responsible for just under $120,000.

Game of the year

Thomas made one start as a Dodger, his first major league start, beating the Mets on July 24 in New York, allowing one run in five strong innings, retiring 10 of his final 11 batters faced. Thomas struck out five and walked none in the win.

That loss dropped the Mets to 49-48 on the season, but they finished 41-24 and scored more runs in their final 65 games (352) than in their first 97 games (331).

Roster status

Thomas has 123 days of major league service time, and one option year remaining.