WINNIPEG, MB – The Winnipeg Goldeyes re-signed left-handed pitchers Zack Dodson and Kenny Mathews on Friday.
Dodson was 5-7 for the Goldeyes last season with a 5.14 ERA in 20 starts and one relief appearance. In 124.1 innings pitched, the San Antonio, Texas native walked just 45 and ranked 11th in the American Association with 98 strikeouts. Dodson allowed four or fewer earned runs in 14 of his 20 starts, and pitched at least 6.0 innings in 15 of them. Additionally, the 27-year-old left-hander issued two or fewer walks 14 times, and walked three batters or less in 17 of his starts. On May 27th at Wichita, Dodson set a career-high with 10 strikeouts in a win over the Wingnuts. Dodson held left-handed hitters to a .208 batting average last year, and pitched to a 3.97 ERA over his final 11 starts. Dodson was the winning pitcher in Game Four of the American Association Championship Series versus Wichita, striking out two in two innings of scoreless relief during the Goldeyes’ 4-3, 17-inning victory that forced a decisive Game Five.
Dodson was originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the fourth round in 2009 out of Medina Valley High School in Castroville, Texas. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Dodson is entering his 10th season of professional baseball, and is 38-53 lifetime with a 4.27 ERA in 158 games, 150 of them as a starting pitcher. Dodson reached the Double-A level three times while with the Pirates’ organization. 2017 marked the fifth time in the last six years in which Dodson made at least 20 starts and pitched at least 100.0 innings. In 2015, Dodson recorded a career-best 162.0 innings for the Altoona Curve, which ranked fourth in the Double-A Eastern League.
Mathews was 3-2 with a 2.63 ERA in 33 relief appearances last year. The Glendora, California native allowed 36 hits, walked 20, and struck out 33 in 41.0 innings pitched. Mathews did not allow an earned run in 23 of 33 outings, and allowed more than one earned in an appearance just twice. Mathews filled a variety of relief roles last year, holding left-handed batters to a .185 average (10-for-54), while also pitching two or more innings of relief on seven occasions. Over his final 27 regular season appearances, Mathews pitched to a 1.72 ERA in 31.1 innings.
Mathews is entering his fifth season of professional baseball, and was originally drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the seventh round in 2013 out of Riverside Community College (Riverside, California). The 6-foot-3, 230-pound left-hander is 6-9 with five saves and a career 3.05 ERA in 76 games, 62 of them in relief. Mathews has averaged 8.1 strikeouts per nine innings as a professional, and has yielded just five home runs in 129.2 lifetime innings. For his career, the 24-year-old Mathews has held left-handed hitters to a .217 average, while holding the opposing leadoff batter to a .208 mark.
“Both Zack and Kenny played big roles on our club last year,” said Goldeyes’ manager Rick Forney. “I’m hoping they can provide quality innings for us in 2018.”
The Goldeyes now have 16 players under contract for the 2018 season. American Association clubs may carry up to 28 players during spring training, which begins May 6th.
2018 Winnipeg Goldeyes Signings
C Jesse Baker
1B/DH David Bergin
RHP Edwin Carl
RHP Victor Capellan
LHP Zack Dodson
2B Jordan Ebert
RHP Zach Hartman
LHP Mitchell Lambson
LHP Kenny Mathews
LHP Kevin McGovern
RHP Cameron McVey
OF Jonathan Moroney
RHP Charle Rosario
SS Andrew Sohn
RHP Cody Strayer
RHP Jordan Wellander