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2017 Dodgers review: Brock Stewart

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MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Pittsburgh Pirates Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

A look back on the 2017 season for Brock Stewart, who was sidelined by injury and ineffective in a spot starting role for the Dodgers this season.

What went right

As a reliever Stewart had a 2.18 ERA in 20⅔ innings, with 19 strikeouts and seven walks, a 23.8% strikeout rate. Out of the bullpen, Stewart held batters to .197/.278/.296.

Stewart was back and forth between the majors and Triple-A Oklahoma City for most of his season, getting recalled and then optioned four different times, including three big league stints lasting three days or less.

He tallied his first major league RBI on Aug. 22 with an RBI single against Jameson Taillon.

What went wrong

In his four major league starts Stewart had a 5.27 ERA, allowing 13 runs (eight earned) in 13⅔ innings, with more walks (12) than strikeouts (10). As a starter, Stewart allowed the opposition to bat .264/.394/.415.

He was staked to a 4-0 lead after two innings in Pittsburgh on Aug. 22 but didn’t retire a batter in the third inning, allowing five runs in a no-decision.

Stewart missed the first two months of the season with shoulder tendinitis.

Trivia

Stewart on July 26 allowed five unearned runs in 3⅔ innings in a no-decision against the Twins. He was the first Dodgers pitcher to allow five unearned runs and no earned runs since Andy Ashby on Sept. 4, 2002.

2017 particulars

Age: 25

Stats: 3.41 ERA, 4.73 FIP in 17 games (4 starts), 29 K, 19 BB in 34⅓ IP

Salary: $537,500

Game of the year

In Stewart’s first game with the Dodgers in 2017, he retired nine of his 10 batters faced on June 20 against the Mets, striking out four to earn a three-inning save. Stewart was one of eight Dodgers pitchers with a save in 2017, and one of five pitchers to record a save of at least three innings.

Roster status

Stewart has one year, 37 days of major league service time and has one option year remaining, having used options in 2016 and 2017.