Daily Dodger in review: Carlos Frias finally gets a shot

Carlos Frias
Carlos Frias throws against the Washington Nationals at Dodger Stadium on Sept. 3.
(Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)

CARLOS FRIAS, 25, right-handed pitcher.

Final 2014 stats: 1-1, 6.15 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 8.1 strikeouts per nine innings in seven games (two starts) and 32 1/3 innings.

Contract status: Under team control.

The good: In a spot start on Sept. 3 against the Nationals he did not allow a run in six innings, yielding three hits and a walk with four strikeouts. Earned his only win in his last appearance of the season, throwing three scoreless, hitless innings against the Rockies on Sept. 27, striking out five. Right-handed hitters batted just .200 against him. Had a 2.01 ERA at home.


The bad: In his other start, he didn’t get out of the first inning. The Rockies drilled him for eight runs on 10 hits in two-thirds of an inning on Sept. 17. Those three innings against Colorado in his last start had to feel pretty good after the previous disaster. Had a 15.30 road ERA.

What’s next: More emergency status, which should mean yet another season spent mostly in the minors.

The take: Frias is a skinny, 6-foot-2, 170-pounder from the Dominican Republic who spent almost eight anonymous years in the minors until last season. He was never a major prospect, and until last season had spent all of his career at double-A or below.

But with pitchers dropping and no one in the system really shining, the Dodgers called up Frias on Aug. 4. In 21 games for triple-A Albuquerque and double-A Chattanooga, all but one appearance as a starter, he was a combined 10-5 with a 4.58 earned-run average. Not the kind of numbers that typically demand being brought up, but the Dodgers weren’t in position to be real particular.


He certainly had his moments, and is nice to have around, but probably not someone the Dodgers would want to build with. He’s been in the minors since he was 17, so it’s not like he’s just coming into his own. But he throws hard enough and has some movement, so he’s someone you keep around.