Zack Dodson has had two years worth of set backs in low-A. In 2011 he missed half the season with a broken hand. He did have good numbers when healthy, but only made 13 starts at the level. Dodson returned to West Virginia in 2012 and saw some struggles. In 2011 he had a 2.66 ERA in 66.2 innings, with a 6.2 K/9 and a 2.0 BB/9. In 2012 he had a 4.86 ERA in 100 innings, with a 6.0 K/9 and a 3.6 BB/9.
The lefty entered the 2012 season looking like a potential number three or four starter. He had a fastball which often sat in the 90-93 MPH range. His curveball was a strikeout pitch, and his changeup was a strong offering, allowing him to remain as a starter in the long-term. Dodson struggled with his fastball command, and also lost the feel for his curveball, leading to the decrease in numbers. Dodson was suspended at the end of July for a substance of abuse, ending his season early.
Today I watched Dodson throw for the second time...
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