Dodgers Acquire Right-Handed Pitcher Jaime Schultz From The Rays

 

Earlier today the Dodgers announced that they acquired right-handed pitcher Jaime Schultz from the Rays in exchange for right-handed pitcher Caleb Sampen.

Schultz, 27, was drafted by the Rays in the 14th round of the 2013 draft out of High Point University in North Carolina. From 2013 to 2016, Schultz functioned as a starting pitcher and went 19-15 with a 3.36 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, and a 465/216 K/BB ratio in 370.0 innings In 2017, he was converted to a reliever and went 1-1 with a 3.66 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and a 32/6 K/BB ratio in 19.2 innings. This past season Schultz split time between Triple-A and the majors. Schultz went 2-1 with a 5.75 ERA, 1.86 WHIP, and a 58/23 K/BB ratio in 36.0 innings at Triple-A and 2-2 with a 5.64 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and a 35/17 K/BB ratio in 30.1 innings in the majors.

While the overall numbers for Schultz do not exactly scream high-leverage reliever, some of the deeper information suggests that he could be a diamond in the rough. During his time in the majors, opponents hit just .159 against his fastball, which averaged 95 mph,   and .111 against his curveball  which dropped in at 82 mph.

Now it’s time to discuss who we gave up.

Sampen, 22, was drafted by the Dodgers in the 20th round of the 2018 draft out of Wright State University in Ohio. This past season he went 0-2 with a 5.04 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, and a 43/9 K/BB ratio in 30.1 with Rookie-level Ogden. At the moment Sampen is viewed as a non-prospect so this move really a low-risk, high-reward type of deal for the Dodgers.