Caleb Ferguson

© Sarah Morris, 2020

The 2020 season looked like a breakout season for left-handed reliever Caleb Ferguson before tragedy struck. Without Ferguson’s superb pitching until at the beginning of September, the Los Angeles Dodgers probably would not have the best record in the Major Leagues.

Since 2018, Ferguson has been an integral role in the Dodger pitching staff. He has a mid-90s miles-per-hour fastball. He has worked hard to improve his secondary pitches – a rainbow curveball, a slider, and a changeup. During the 2019 regular season, Ferguson spent time in the Triple-A to improve his control and secondary pitches. During the 2020 spring training, it seemed everything came together for him, and it continued during both summer camp and the abbreviated 2020 regular season.

During the 2020 regular season, Ferguson pitched in 18.2 inning s over 21 games. He had 27 strikeouts while walking 3 allowing 6 earned runs, 4 home runs. Mostly, Ferguson had a perfect record until September.

During September in a game against the San Diego Padres, after facing one hitter, an arm injury forced Ferguson. He already had undergone Tommy John surgery, but he underwent his second one in the middle of September. The likelihood of Ferguson pitching during the 2021 season is slim. Hopefully, the Dodgers can use Ferguson in a Major-League game in the 2022 season. No one should underestimate the loss of Ferguson to the Dodgers even though his team won a world championship.

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