The Dodgers got some quality innings in relief out of left-hander Edward Paredes, who made his major league debut at age 30 in 2017.
What went right
Paredes was selected by the Dodgers from the Tigers in the minor league portion of the 2016 Rule 5 draft, and spent the bulk of his season in Oklahoma, splitting time on the farm between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City.
He posted a 2.25 ERA and 35.3% strikeout rate in 35 games in the minors, and was called up in July to make his major league debut after nine seasons in the minors.
Paredes impressed in his short major league stints in 2017, striking out 35.4% of his batters faced while posting a 3.24 ERA and not walking a single batter. Opposing batters hit .258/.258/.355 with just one extra-base hit, a home run.
His 11 strikeouts were the most by a Dodgers pitcher in a season with no walks.
What went wrong
Paredes allowed runs in only one of his 10 major league appearances, giving up three runs and four hits without recording an out on Sept. 7 against the Rockies. He didn’t pitch again until the last game of the regular season, on the shelf for over three weeks.
Stats: 3.24 ERA, 2.08 FIP in 10 games, 11 K, 0 BB in 8⅓ IP
Salary: unknown; likely the major league minimum of $535,000, pro-rated for his time in the majors, roughly $152,000.
Game of the year
Paredes made his major league debut on July 24, the day he was first called up to the Dodgers. With a perfect eighth inning against the Twins, Paredes became the first Dodgers relief pitcher to win his major league debut since Josh Ravin in 2015.
Paredes has 70 days of major league service time and one option year remaining, having used options in 2010 and 2011. Paredes was optioned in 2017 for a total of 18 days, just shy of the 20 days required to use up an option year.