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2016 Dodgers review: Brock Stewart

2014 6th-round pick climbed 3 levels to reach the majors

MLB: Chicago Cubs at Los Angeles Dodgers Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Brock Stewart made the rapid rise across three minor league levels and made his major league debut in 2016.

What went right

Stewart, like outfielder Andrew Toles, started his season in Class-A Rancho Cucamonga, but that was just the first of four stops on his way up the ladder.

After a 1.47 ERA in 14 starts across three minor league levels, Stewart made his major league debut for the Dodgers on June 29 in Milwaukee. On the season in the minors, Stewart was 9-4 with a 1.79 ERA in 21 starts, with 129 strikeouts and 19 walks in 121 innings.

In his final five major league appearances of the season, including three starts, Stewart had a 1.89 ERA with 17 strikeouts in 19 innings.

Stewart at Dodger Stadium allowed two runs in 13 innings, a 1.38 ERA with eight strikeouts.

What went wrong

Stewart fell victim to the big inning in each of his first two starts, both on the road. On June 29 in Milwaukee, a five-run second inning proved his undoing, including a three-run home run by Kirk Nieuwenhuis.

In Colorado on Aug. 3, Stewart allowed five runs in the first inning and four more in the fifth inning. He allowed four home runs in that start, and his nine runs allowed were the most given up in one game by a Dodgers pitcher in 2016.

2016 particulars

Age: 24

Stats: 5.79 in 7 games (5 starts), 25 K, 12 BB in 28 IP; -0.2 rWAR, -0.2 fWAR

Salary: $507,500, a pro-rated portion for his time in the majors, roughly $100,000.

Game of the year

On Aug. 28 against the MLB-best Cubs, Stewart struck out eight in five scoreless innings, allowing only two hits and two walks.

Roster status

Stewart has 37 days of major league service time and two option years remaining.