LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers completed their June 30 trade with the Braves on Friday, acquiring right-handed pitcher Alec Grosser as the player to be named later.
The Dodgers acquired pitcher Bud Norris, minor league outfielder Dian Toscano, $1 million and now Grosser from Atlanta in exchange for minor league pitchers Caleb Dirks and Phil Pfeiffer.
Grosser, 21, was drafted by the Braves in the 11th round in 2013.
He has only pitched three games this season for rookie-level Danville, allowing eight runs (seven earned) in 3⅓ innings, with six walks and two strikeouts.
This is Grosser's third trip to Danville, with control problems the culprit. Back in 2014 he showed promise, putting up a 3.68 ERA in 63⅔ innings, with 63 strikeouts and 22 walks. In 2015 with Class-A Rome, Grosser imploded with a 7.32 ERA in 82⅓ innings, with more walks (64) than strikeouts (46) and 16 hit batsmen.
Here is video of he 13th of those 46 strikeouts in 2015:
When Danville rosters were announced in June, Grosser was optimistic about improving this season, per ABC affiliate WSET in Virginia:
Grosser says he put the work in on the off-season, in order to improve his pitching, saying "I wanted to come back a little leaner, a littler skinner, more in shape." As for his new relationship with his skipper, Grosser smiled, continuing to say Cancel's main advice is to "..Just play the game hard, hustle on and off the field, be on time. I'm excited."