Los Angeles Dodgers Need To Tap The Farm

By Daniel Chait
Los Angeles Dodgers Zach Lee
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It’s time for the Los Angeles Dodgers to make a change in the rotation. With a run of poor performances from Dan Haren, it is time to call up one of the Dodgers’ prized prospects.

A little over a year ago, the St. Louis Cardinals called up then-top prospect Michael Wacha. That move paid off as he helped the Cardinals all the way to the 2013 World Series. The Dodgers have an opportunity to make the same move with one of their top young pitchers.

Chris Reed (24) is a tall, lanky left-hander standing at 6-foot-4, and consistently ranges in the low to mid-90s with his two-seamer. Reed has been known to induce plenty of ground balls because of the late downward movement on his fastball. The Southern California native has spent the past three seasons at double-A Chattanooga and is putting together his best season yet. So far, Reed has posted a 3.32 ERA over 130 IP while striking out 113 hitters.

The next option for the Dodgers would be to call up Zach Lee (22), who has spent his season down at triple-A Albuquerque. Lee signed with the Dodgers in 2010 for a then franchise-record bonus at the draft signing deadline. The 6-foot-3 righty from Texas already has four pitches that project as major league average or better. Lee has been known to have a free and easy delivery, which helps him command his pitches. He has posted a 5.22 ERA over 119 IP while striking out 77 hitters.

Recent history has shown that giving young pitchers a chance to prove themselves at the big league level can pay great dividends. Along with Wacha, other notable young pitchers have provided a spark for their teams, which has led to playoff berths. Sonny Gray made his major league debut on July 10, 2013 before helping the Oakland Athletics to the AL West title.

Similarly, Gerrit Cole made his debut on June 11, 2013, and helped the Pittsburgh Pirates reach the playoffs for the first time since 1992.

Danny Chait is a Los Angeles Dodgers writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter here.

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