The Los Angeles Dodgers under president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman have developed a habit of leaving no stone unturned when it comes to finding depth with the potential to make an impact.
That method has paid major dividends, with under-the-radar acquisitions such as Chris Taylor, Max Muncy and Brandon Morrow becoming major contributors to Dodgers teams that reached back-to-back World Series.
Even as the 2019 season gets fully underway, Friedman and the front office are still searching for possible contributors to help bolster the team’s depth. The team’s most recent move in that area brings back a longtime member of the organization.
The Dodgers reportedly reunited with Logan Bawcom on a Minor League contract, per J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group:
The Dodgers signed pitcher Logan Bawcom to a minor league contract. He’ll report to extended spring training, then Tulsa or OKC depending on the need.
— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) April 18, 2019
This marks Bawcom’s fourth separate stint with the Dodgers, as was selected by the team in the 17th round of the 2010 Draft. While in Double-A, he was sent to the Seattle Mariners as part of the trade package for Brandon League.
Bawcom went on to reach Triple-A with the Mariners organization before returning to the Dodgers in the Minor League section of the 2015 Rule 5 Draft. Bawcom split 2016 between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City, then spent 2017 in the Oakland Athletics’ and San Diego Padres’ farm systems.
After starting 2018 in the independent Atlantic League, Bawcom returned to the Dodgers in May, again splitting time between the Drillers and OKC Dodgers.
Over 614 career minor league innings, Bawcom holds a 3.56 ERA and 1.33 WHIP. His chances of a Major League debut anytime soon seem unlikely, especially since the Dodgers will be sending some starters to their bullpen with the impending returns of Rich Hill and Hyun-Jin Ryu from the 10-day injured list.