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2017 Dodgers review: Wilmer Font

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Wilmer Font was named Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Year.
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Wilmer Font returned to the majors in 2017 after a four-year hiatus.

What went right

The Dodgers signed Font to a minor league contract and the right-hander had his best season as a starter, posting a 3.42 ERA in 25 starts with Triple-A Oklahoma City and led the Pacific Coast League in both ERA and strikeouts (178). He started the Triple-A All-Star Game and was named PCL Pitcher of the Year.

That earned the right-hander a major league call-up in September, four years since he last pitched in the big leagues with Texas in 2013.

What went wrong

Font allowed runs in all three appearances with the Dodgers, allowing a total of seven runs in 3⅔ innings, including two home runs. He was essentially a spectator for the bulk of the month, not appearing in any of the final 19 games of the season.

Among Dodgers pitchers to appear in at least two games in a season, Font had the 12th-highest ERA (17.18) in franchise history.

2017 particulars

Age: 27

Stats: 17.18 ERA, 11.89 FIP, 4 BB, 3 K in 3⅔ IP

Salary: unknown

Game of the year

Font allowed just a run on two hits and a walk in seven innings on May 15 in Triple-A, and set an Oklahoma City record with 15 strikeouts in a win over Sacramento (a Giants affiliate).

Roster status

Font has 85 days of major league service time and remains on the Dodgers’ 40-man roster. He is out of options, having used them from 2011-14.