After the Arkansas Travellers season ends (hopefully after a championship), there are a few players who could find their way to Seattle for the final 2-3 weeks of 2020. One of them is RHP Justin Dunn. The secondary piece of the Diaz Cano trade, Dunn has spent the entire season in AA and the results have been rock solid.
In this season, he has posted a 3.67 ERA, a 10.6 K/9, a 2.7 BB/9, and a 1.22 WHIP. Dunn is only 13 innings from passing his career-high, so by the time he is done in Arkansas, he may not have many bullets left.
Using him on out of the bullpen on a tight schedule, or as an Opener, maybe a way to get him a handful of innings before he begins 2020 in Tacoma.
Kyle Lewis is wrapping up a solid, but unspectacular 2020 season. The average and OBP are great, but the power, which was supposed to be Lewis’ calling card, has been a major disappointment. His swing just isn’t designed to take advantage of his greatest tool; power.
Lewis’ swing is long and has generated a groundball rate of over 40%. Ideally, he would be around 30%. After all, you can’t hit home runs if you are putting the ball on the ground or striking out. Now, the MLB ball could be a cheat code to turn some of his doubles into home runs, but he just isn’t ready to get a full season against big-league arms.
Lewis will probably start 2020 in Tacoma and may get a handful of AB’s at T-Mobile next month, but this is the call up I have the most reservations about.