In a bit of surprising news, the Dodgers on Saturday recalled right-hander Matt Magill from Triple-A Albuquerque to make his Major League debut against the Milwaukee Brewers.
Stephen Fife, who was slated to start, was placed on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to 4/22) with right shoulder bursitis.
Magill, 23, was my No. 6 prospect coming into the season and had a 2.84 ERA in his first 19 Triple-A innings. While he struck out 23, which was great, he also walked 14 batters. The biggest knock on him is his command/control. So far, he hasn't done much to prove the scouting reports wrong.
However, Magill did answer the critics regarding his velocity. Once considered to have a fringe-average fastball, Magill now routinely works in the low-90s and touches 94-95 MPH at times. He also boasts a knockout slider in the low-to-mid-80s and an average changeup.
His repertoire isn't the question -- it's the finer points of pitching.
Magill is going to have to learn on the fly...