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2016 Dodgers review: Zach Walters

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Walters was on the active roster for 5 days.

Photo: Oklahoma City Dodgers

Zach Walters began the season with the Indians but spent just over four months in the Dodgers organization.

What went right

Walters was acquired with outfielder James Ramsey from the Indians for cash considerations on Apr. 10, 2016.

The switch-hitter proved quite versatile, playing every position but catcher for Triple-A Oklahoma City, including 25 starts at first base, 20 starts at third base, 17 starts at shortstop, 12 starts at second base and nine starts in the outfield.

He even pitched in a game on May 16, though he walked three and allowed three runs on two hits while recording only two outs.

Walters was especially effective as a left-handed hitter, batting .297/.350/.496 with 24 extra-base hits in 257 plate appearances in Triple-A, and earned a call up to the majors in July.

What went wrong

Walters played just three games with the Dodgers, and went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts.

After getting optioned back to Oklahoma City on July 21, Walters was just 10-for-58 with three doubles, hitting .172/.234/.224 in 17 games.

The Dodgers designated Walters for assignment on Aug. 14, then released him two days later.

2016 particulars

Age: 26

Stats: 3 games, 1 start; 0-for-5, 2 strikeouts

Salary: unknown, likely near the major league minimum of $507,500. He received a pro-rated share for his five days in the majors.

Game of the year

During his brief stint with the Dodgers in the majors, Walters only played three games. He did get one start in right field, which came on July 17 in Arizona. Walters went 0-for-3 with a strikeout and played eight innings in the field.

Walters did go 4-for-4 with Triple-A Oklahoma City on July 9 in the second game of a doubleheader against Omaha, with a home run, a double, three runs batted in and two runs scored in a 9-4 win.

Roster status

Walters is a free agent.