Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Dodgers select Wander Suero

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Wander Suero and optioned right-handed pitcher Gavin Stone.

Suero, 31, appeared in 10 games for Triple-A Oklahoma City, going 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA (2 ER/10.2 IP) and eight strikeouts. He was 5-for-5 in save opportunities, while limiting hitters to a .139 (5-for-36) batting average against, including a .000 batting average against left-handed hitters (0-for-14, 2 BB, 3 K). This will be his first stint with the Dodgers and has been in the Major Leagues parts of four seasons with Washington (2018-2021) and he is combined 14-13 with a 4.61 ERA (95 ER/185.1 IP) and 200 strikeouts in 185 Major League games. He was originally signed by the Washington Nationals as an amateur free agent out of Sabana Larga, Dominican Republic on February 2, 2010.

Stone, 24, made his Major League debut on Wednesday, allowing five runs (four earned) on eight hits in 4.0 innings in a no decision against Philadelphia. Prior to joining the Dodgers, he was 2-2 with a 4.74 ERA (13 ER/24.2 IP) and 27 strikeouts in six starts for the Oklahoma City Dodgers. Last season, he was named the 2022 Dodgers Branch Rickey Pitcher of the Year after going a combined 9-6 with a 1.48 ERA (20 ER/121.2 IP) and 168 strikeouts between High-A Great Lakes, Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City. He started the season going 1-1 with a 1.44 ERA (4 ER/25.0 IP) with Great Lakes while posting a 6-4 record with a 1.60 ERA (13 ER/73.1 IP) and 107 strikeouts with Tulsa. He finished the season with Oklahoma City, allowing three earned runs over 23.1 innings with 33 strikeouts. The Arkansas native has been in the Dodger system since being drafted in the 5th round of the 2020 First Year Player Draft out of the University of Central Arkansas.

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