In his second season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Brock Stewart saw time as both a starting pitcher and reliever across three different levels.
Stewart’s 2017 campaign got off to a rocky start after he was placed on the 60-day disabled list during Spring Training with right shoulder tendinitis. With the setback, the right-hander didn’t appear in a game until May 27 with High-A Rancho Cucamonga.
In that outing, Stewart allowed two runs while only recording an out on 23 pitches. He was then promoted to Triple-A Oklahoma City, where he’d make three starts before making his season debut for the Dodgers on June 20 against the New York Mets.
Stewart tossed three hitless innings in relief and recorded his first career save. The 26-year-old exclusively pitched out of the bullpen until a July 26 start against the Minnesota Twins, where he logged 3.2 shutout innings before being removed from the game.
After making two more appearances in the Majors, Stewart was sent back to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Aug. 15. His stint in the Minors would be short-lived, as the Dodgers would recall him one week later for a spot start against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Stewart allowed five earned runs in just two innings pitched and was demoted back to Triple-A Oklahoma after the outing. He would make one more start in the Minors before being summoned back to the Dodgers as a September call-up.
In seven September appearances (one start), Stewart compiled a 3.48 ERA and 1.55 WHIP over 10.1 frames. All-in-all, the sixth round draft pick posted a 3.41 ERA, 4.73 FIP and 1.37 WHIP in 34.1 Major League innings for the Dodgers.
On the flip side, Stewart pitched to a 4.08 ERA and 1.47 WHIP over 17.2 innings in the Minors.
In his season debut for the Dodgers, Stewart accumulated three shutout innings against the Mets and didn’t allow a hit. His efforts earned him his first career save at the Major League level.
Stewart is under team control for the foreseeable future and isn’t eligible for free agency until 2023. He figures to compete for a spot on the 25-man roster during Spring Training — most likely as a reliever — and at the very least, serves as quality depth for the Dodgers.