Third-generation Japanese pitcher Jordan Yamamoto (27) aims to re-enter the major leagues with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Dodgers signed minor league contracts with four players on the 24th (Korean time). Along with catcher Hamlet Marte and pitchers Wander Suero and Kevin Gaudi, Yamamoto was signed to a minor league contract. After signing, he was assigned to Triple-A Oklahoma City under the Dodgers. 메이저놀이터
A third-generation Japanese-American, Hawaiian-born right-hander, Yamamoto made his major league debut in 2019 with the Miami Marlins. On June 13 of that year, he won his debut with 7 scoreless innings against the St. Louis Cardinals, followed by a 7 scoreless inning win over the St. Louis Cardinals on June 19, recording 14 scoreless innings in his first two games in his debut.
As soon as he debuted with 2 runs in 5 innings against the Philadelphia Phillies on June 24, he became a winning pitcher in 3 consecutive games and made a splendid debut. In the first 6 games of his debut, he showed a strong presence by playing 4 wins and an average ERA of 1.59.
However, in the subsequent 9 games, he was sluggish with 5 losses and an average ERA of 6.65 without a win. His first year in 15 games was 4-5 with an ERA of 4.46. The following year, he suffered greatly with an ERA of 18.26 in 4 games and 1 loss, and in February 2021, he was traded for infielder Federico Polanco and moved to the New York Mets.
Even in the 2021 Mets, he only appeared in two games (1 win, 1 loss, 4.05 ERA) due to a shoulder injury. Last year, he stayed in the minor leagues. He struggled with a 6.00 earned run average with 3 wins, 2 losses and 2 saves in 24 games in high single-A, double-A and triple-A.
Yamamoto, who was released as a free agent after the season, will try again with a minor league contract with the Dodgers. The Dodgers is a team that knows how to make use of pitchers whose skills have declined due to injuries or sluggishness. It could also be a good opportunity for Yamamoto.