After nearly eight months away, pitcher Kyle Dowdy has returned to the Cleveland Indians organization.
The 26-year-old right-hander cleared waivers over the weekend after being designated for assignment by the Texas Rangers on Thursday after the club acquired right-handed pitcher Shane Carle from the Atlanta Braves for cash considerations.
Dowdy was offered back to the Indians per Rule 5 protocol and the Indians were willing to bring him back. He will head to Double-A Akron where he will work with the RubberDucks.
Dowdy was selected by the New York Mets with the 11th pick in the Rule 5 draft last December. At the end of spring training, the Mets placed him on waivers with the hopes of sending him to the minors, if a deal was worked out with the Indians, but the Rangers claimed him instead as Texas took over his Rule 5 rights.
The Rangers stashed Dowdy in the bullpen and used him 13 times from March 28 to May 26. He earned a 2-1 record in a span of 22 1/3 innings, posting a 7.25 ERA and a 1.97 WHIP while hurt by some significant command issues. He walked 18 with 17 strikeouts while facing 110 batters.
On June 4, the Rangers placed Dowdy on the ten-day injured list (retroactive to June 1) with a right elbow impingement. He spent nearly a full month in the minors working through his rehab assignment at three different levels before he was activated on July 25 and designated for assignment. He had pitched in ten games between the rookie league, Double-A, and Triple-A, going 1-1 with a 5.65 ERA and a 1.74 WHIP with 12 strikeouts and ten walks over 14 1/3 innings of work.
Dowdy originally joined the Indians farm system at the end of July a year ago. He was a part of the deal that brought outfielder Leonys Martin to the Indians from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for infield prospect Willi Castro.
Dowdy’s first stint in the Indians organization for the final months of the 2018 season proved positive, as the scuffling pitcher tweaked his delivery and saw a sizable uptick in his velocity, which led to some seeing some increased value in the suddenly hard-throwing right-hander. Working 20 times as a starter and ten times in relief between Double-A Akron and Erie (Detroit) and Triple-A Toledo (Detroit), he went 9-12 with a 5.15 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP with 120 strikeouts and 50 walks in 124 innings of work. His walk rate (3.6) was a career high, but so too was his strikeout rate (8.7).
Dowdy was originally a 12th round pick in the 2015 draft by the Tigers out of the University of Houston.
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