Pitcher David Aardsma last pitched for a Major League team in 2013 when he played for the New York Mets. Stints in the Cleveland Indians system, as well as the St. Louis Cardinals, made up his 2014 season, but it looks like he will have a new home in 2015.
According to Aardsma’s Twitter account, @TheDA53, the pitcher confirmed that he will be playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers this season. “Excited to be with the @Dodgers this season. Should be a great year! #keepworking. Thank you @TopVelocity for believing in me.”
Los Angeles signed Aardsma to a minor league contract to an invitation to the big league camp for spring training, according to truebluela.com.
In 2013, Aardsma played in 43 games for the Mets, totaling an ERA of 4.31 with 36 strikeouts and two wins during the season. Last season, Aardsma pitched solid in 35 games for Triple-A Memphis, in the Cardinals system. The 33-year-old went 4-1 with a 1.46 ERA and 11 saves on the season.
Top Velocity is a company that works with pitchers of all ages to gain more velocity to their pitches. This including Aardsma, who worked with Top Velocity this offseason. A video of Aardsma’s progress can be found here.
Drafted in the first round of the 2003 MLB Draft, Aardsma was a highly touted pitcher in the San Francisco Giants system, who had very good mechanics and a fastball that ranged in the mid 90’s. He has played in part of eight MLB seasons with nine teams. Injuries including hip surgery and Tommy John surgery has declined his play but Aardsma could be a good piece of the puzzle for the Dodgers if he makes the team out of camp.