By Jon Weisman
Over the past two weeks, the Dodgers have bolstered their pitching depth in the minor leagues with several acquisitions.
- Joe Thatcher, who was born on the final day of the 1981 regular season, has been a Major League pitcher since 2007, and had a 3.18 ERA, 1.54 WHIP and 26 strikeouts in 22 2/3 innings for Houston last season. Released by the Indians March 27, the left-handed Thatcher signed with the Dodgers this weekend.
- Right-handed pitcher Sam LeCure, who turns 32 in May, was released by Arizona at the end of Spring Training and signed by the Dodgers April 6. Le Cure’s minor-league career began as a starting pitcher in 2005, and he made his MLB debut in 2010, ultimately pitching 250 games (240 in relief) for Cincinnati through 2015 with a 3.51 ERA, striking out 300 in 320 2/3 innings. With Triple-A Oklahoma City this month, he has pitched nine shutout innings across two starts, allowing five hits and no walks while striking out three.
- Right-hander Dale Thayer, 35, has a 3.47 career ERA in 251 2/3 innings since making his big-league debut in 2009. He pitched for the Padres the past four years, finishing 2015 with a 4.06 ERA and 1.38 WHIP in 37 2/3 innings with 25 strikeouts. Released by Baltimore on March 26, he signed with the Dodgers April 3 and has thrown two innings for Double-A Tulsa this season.
- Seth Frankoff, a 27-year-old righty, made his pro debut in 2010 and spent most of last season with Double-A Midland in the A’s organization, striking out 50 in 50 innings with a 3.24 ERA. This year for Tulsa, he has allowed six runs (two earned) in five innings with five strikeouts. Frankoff signed with the Dodgers on April 5 after his March 30 release from Midland.