2016 Dodgers in Review: OF/PH Zach Walters

MLB 5 .000 .000 .000 -100 0 -0.2
AAA 366 .276 .326 .444 102 10 N/A

What happened in 2016: Acquired from Cleveland in April, spent most of the season in the minors.

Who? I’m sure that’s the question you just asked yourself. Zach Walters was drafted by the Diamondbacks in 2009 and has twice been traded in 1-for-1 deals (Jason Marquis and Asdrubal Cabrera). He had been with Cleveland since 2014 and played sparingly in the majors in 2014 and ’15.

The Dodgers acquired him and outfielder James Ramsey from Cleveland for cash six days after the 2016 season began. He looked like he might be a decent utility player option for the Dodgers (OKC or LA), but he had all of five hitless plate appearances for Los Angeles. He started his only game for LA on July 17 in Arizona, while his other plate appearances came via the pinch-hit.

Walters’ acquisition was an attempt to extract any value out of him, as he was added to the 40-man roster. He had shown a little pop and versatility in the past, so it was a worthwhile gamble. Unfortunately, it didn’t work out.

He performed relatively well for OKC, with the highlight of his season coming on July 5, when he went 4-for-5 and hit a walk-off home run for Oklahoma City. Walters was released by the Dodgers on Aug. 15, re-signed on Aug. 17, but didn’t play a game the rest of the season after Aug. 10.

2017 status: Walters is a free agent and should get a minor-league deal from a team.

About Dustin Nosler

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Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosted a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He was a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times and True Blue LA. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif.