Jordan Yamamoto of Hawaii is moving forward.
The right-handed pitcher from the St. Louis school recently signed a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
He said, “They see the potential that I provided back in my career and they wanted to build on it. They wanted to show me a lot of what I could absolutely do. It’s definitely cool and refreshing to have an organization take a risk on me and work with me to get me to my peak, my peak performance,” Yamamoto told KHON2 sports director Rob DeMello.
Originally selected by the Brewers in the 12th round of the 2014 MLB draft.
He made his MLB debut in 2019 with the Marlins, where in his first six career starts, he was 4–0 with a 1.59 ERA.
He has since battled injuries and spent the last two seasons with the New York Mets, where with Double-A Binghamton, he posted a 4.55 ERA over 31.2 innings in 2022.
Yamamoto pitched as a starter both in high school and to begin his professional career, but is not being used as a reliever. A move he welcomes.
“I kind of like it. I really like it. I mean, starters get paid more, but at the end of the day it doesn’t matter if I end up as a starter in the minor leagues.” I’m sitting there, you know? I want to be in the big leagues, I want to be able to get a big league team to win and if it’s going to be a reliever and knowing that I do well as a reliever, why not ?”
Yamamoto is already in Arizona ahead of spring training where he will get a chance with a big league club. His fastball has been clocked at 97 MPH during the offseason.
“They’re going to come with all my off-speed stuff, my fastball, velo, mechanics, everything and anything that will help me be the pitcher they want me to be and the pitcher I know I can be.” are helping me. I am in favor of it.”