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Dodgers 2015 profile: Chris Withrow, the in-house August pickup

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Withrow in 10 words or less

High-strikeout, high-walk setup option late in the year.


Just when will Withrow be back, pitching for the Dodgers? He had Tommy John surgery on June 3, 2014, and the timetable mentioned most often for him is 14 months, giving him roughly two months worth of regular season work to get ready for the playoffs.

Withrow had a setback last August that led to back surgery to repair a herniated disc, but the timetable for that recovery fit nicely into his arm comeback. Withrow and the team are being cautious during his recovery, not wanting to tweak anything mechanically that may hurt him in the long run.

"I think the direction we're headed is a very good direction. My number one concern and goal is for me to get healthy," Withrow said. "If they make the decision to put me back in there then I hope I'm ready to go and can contribute in any way possible."


"From the physical aspect, you go through a one-day, two-day, one-week stint where you feel really good, and you may not change one thing then the next day you don't feel good," Withrow said. "You have to stay the course, trust the process and be patient. It's proven that it works if you stayed on it."


Withrow was 8-1 with a 1.32 ERA in his senior year at Midland Christian High School in Texas, with 90 strikeouts and eight walks in 2007. That same high school, earlier in the decade, produced brothers Laynce Nix and Jayson Nix.

Contract status

Withrow has one year, 132 days of major league service time and one option year remaining. He has already been placed on the 60-day disabled list to start the season.

Previous profiles

2014: Control standing in the way

2013: On the lookout with a new role

2012: Looking to break through


Year Age IP BB% K% ERA FIP
2013 24 341⅔ 9.7% 32.1% 2.60 3.57
2014 25 21⅓ 20.0% 31.1% 2.95 3.79
2015 projections - Age 26 season
Source IP BB% K% ERA FIP
Bill James 36 13.5% 22.7% 4.00 4.17
PECOTA 36⅔ 11.2% 21.7% 4.26 4.29
Steamer -- 11.0% 27.4% 3.24 3.40
ZiPS 38 12.8% 27.4% 3.32 3.87

2015 outlook

The ceiling this year for Withrow is to basically duplicate Brian Wilson's 2013, with a dominant final two months and postseason as the main setup man to Kenley Jansen. But I'll guess Withrow puts up a 3.86 ERA in 14 innings, with 17 strikeouts, eight walks and an interesting decision for Don Mattingly in October.