Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Dodgers Swing Trade

The Detroit Tigers were looking for a little pitching depth in their system, and have swung a trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers for former NCAA two-sport star Lael Lockhart. The Tigers send cash in return.

He's been solely a pitcher since joining the Dodgers' minor league system, and the lefty had a nice run in High-A last season, posting a 3.16 ERA, striking out about 10 batters per nine innings, while keeping the walks to a minimum. 

His promotion to Double-A later in the season didn't go quite as well. He had a 5.19 ERA at Tulsa and a shaky 29:20 K/BB ratio in 34.2 innings. He's gotten off to a dreadful start this year back in Tulsa, working out of the bullpen full-time now, to an 11.40 ERA, though he is striking out about 11 batters per nine. 

The Tigers are certainly hoping that the 25-year-old will be able to recapture his High-A form with a new coaching staff in a new organization. Lockhart has been assigned to Double-A Erie. 

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