The hot stove season has been more lukewarm than anything so far, which is probably to be expected at least in November. But there have been a few minor league signings of note so far this offseason, including pitcher Patrick Schuster and outfielder/first baseman Stetson Allie.
Schuster is a left-hander who signed with the Dodgers on Nov. 5. The left-hander posted a 1.21 ERA and ~3.07 FIP in Triple-A between Nashville and Lehigh Valley with 39 strikeouts and 12 walks in 38⅔ innings. The Phillies claimed him off waivers from the A’s in August.
He reached the majors for the first time in 2016, pitching 11 total games in relief for the A’s and Phillies. Schuster had more walks (10) than strikeouts (8), and allowed 19 runs (18 earned) on 15 hits in just 8⅔ innings. His 18.69 ERA was the second-worst in the majors among pitchers with at least five innings pitched in 2016, ahead of only Cardinals rookie Mike Mayers.
Between the minors and majors in 2016, Schuster held left-handers to hitting just .171/.278/.232, with 30 strikeouts and 10 walks, a 30.6% strikeout rate.
Schuster was drafted by the Diamondbacks in the 13th round in 2009, and turned 26 in October.
Allie, who turns 26 in March, was drafted by the Pirates in the second round in 2010 as a pitcher, but switched to a position player in 2012. His signing was reported by Matt Eddy of Baseball America on Monday.
Allie hit .247/.324/.444 with 16 home runs and 20 doubles in 111 games with Double-A Altoona in the Pirates system, his fourth full season as a hitter.
Our own David Hood ranked Allie the Dodgers’ No. 67 prospect heading into the 2017 season.
Eddy also reported another pair of Dodgers minors signings — catcher/first baseman Wynston Sawyer and outfielder Narciso Mesa.
Sawyer hit .286/.422/.474 with 20 doubles and 12 home runs in 92 games with Class-A Frederick and Double-A Bowie (the latter for three games) in the Orioles system in 2016, and had more walks (64) than strikeouts (58).
He had a good walk rate of 10.3% in his first six minor league seasons (2010-2015), but upped that to 16.4% in 2016. Sawyer, now 25, was drafted by Baltimore in the eighth round in 2010 out of Scripps Ranch High School in San Diego.
Mesa hit just .198/.250/.333 in 64 games between two Class-A levels in the Nationals’ system in 2016. He turned 25 on Wednesday, and is from Azua in the Dominican Republic.
Mesa stole 10 bases in 13 attempts this season.
The Dodgers had a Dominican pitcher named Narciso Mesa in the Gulf Coast League in 1983-1984, but it is unknown if the two are related.