Schafer was promoted to Triple-A Oklahoma City after posting a 1.35 ERA for Double-A Tulsa. Schafer also recorded a 21:5 K:BB in 20 innings. Given the issues the Dodgers have had in the bullpen this year, one more promotion seems likely.
Schafer has tossed 11.1 scoreless innings with an 11:1 K:BB for Double-A Tulsa. The Dodgers know a thing or two about converting hitters into pitchers (Kenley Jansen, Pedro Baez), and things are looking promising with Schafer too. We don't have any reports on the southpaw's velocity as of yet, but if he keeps this up, Schafer could find himself in the big leagues this season.
Schafer will try to make the transition to pitcher from outfielder at Double-A Tulsa, the Tulsa World reports. The odds appear long for Schafer to make the majors as a pitcher at age 29. He may continue to also play in the outfield and try to become the next Brooks Kieschnick.
Schafer, a non-roster invitee to Dodgers camp for spring training, could take on a hybrid role as a defense-first center fielder and a left-handed reliever, MLB.com reports. The Dodgers reportedly plan to emphasize pitching with Schafer, who has not pitched in a competitive environment since high school. Schafer, now, 29, was the Twins' Opening Day center fielder in 2015, but struggled mightily before a knee strain effectively ended his time with the organization. He has hit just .228/.308/.307 in parts of six major league seasons.
Schafer agreed to a minor league contract with the Dodgers on Wednesday, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports. Schafer appeared in just 27 games with the Twins last season prior to straining his right MCL, batting .217 with 23 strikeouts and three walks in 69 at-bats. He was released by the Twins in June but will now have a chance to latch on with the Dodgers organization.