Jewell and Meisinger are becoming the latest names to join a Dodgers reliever box that is increasingly scrambled by injury. From the current list mix, Phil bickford, Shane Greene, and Evan phillips were also acquired in recent months, Greene and Phillips also joined the club in August. Given that today is the last day for teams to acquire playoff-eligible players, LA is exploring all avenues to find pitchers who could end up providing important innings in October.
Jewell and Meisinger are both looking for a fresh start after short and difficult terms with the Cubs. The duo signed minor league deals with Chicago during the offseason, and the Cubs selected Jewell to the major league roster on July 29 and Meisinger on August 12.
Jewell ended up posting a 9.90 ERA over 10 innings at Wrigleyville, allowing five home runs in that small sample size. Over 38 1/3 career innings with the Angels and Cubs, Jewell has a 7.75 ERA and below-average strikeout and walk rates, although he has induced Grounders at a rate by 56.6%. Jewell has consistently displayed high ground ball rates throughout his seven professional seasons (all in the Angels organization before 2021), but consistent results have been difficult to come by. His AAA numbers improved to some extent following his conversion to a full-time relief job in 2018.
Meisinger’s MLB resume is no different, as he has yielded numerous home runs en route to a 7.26 ERA in 31 career innings with the Cubs, Cardinals and Orioles since the start of the 2018 season. Walks have been Meisinger’s biggest problem at the major league level and at Triple-A Iowa this year, although his six years in the minors have shown promise as a reliever. Meisinger has a 2.68 ERA and 29.8% strikeout rate in 272 innings in the minor leagues, starting just three of his 171 appearances.