Dodgers Sign Will Savage to Minor League Cont

Former Wichita Wingnuts' right-handed pitcher Will Savage, a 25-year-old who had a 2.94 ERA in 125.1 innings last season for Wichita in the independent American Association, signed a contract with the Dodgers and will get an opportunity to pitch in the minors for the organization has been signed by the Dodgers organization.

Savage was a key component of the Wingnuts' league leading pitching staff, finishing with the fourth best ERA in the American Association at 2.94. The 25-year old also ranked fifth in the league in both innings pitched (125.1) and starts (19). Savage never missed a turn in the rotation after pitching exclusively in relief during the first three years of his career.

On June 23rd, Savage tossed a 1-0 no-hitter over the over Sioux City. The former Oklahoma Sooner fanned seven during the gem, including four over the final two innings, in what was just the second no-hitter in league history

Savage played for College of the Canyons from 2003-2004 and moving on to Oklahoma as a junior he went 16-6 in final two seasons from 2005-2006, striking out 100 while walking only 35 in 154.2 innings.

A Philadelphia scout said: "He opened our eyes when he came to the tryout camp, showing an unbelievable sinker.  He's at 88-90 with heavy sink and he's got a good changeup. With that sinker, especially on the turf, he's going to get a lot of ground balls for us. He's a competitor, and a big presence on the mound.

Savage found himself in a minor league pennant race in his first professional season. "I could have never envisioned being in that position," said Savage. "To be in my first season in the minors and move into that situation was great." Lakewood would go on to win the South Atlantic League Championship, with Savage being a sizable part of their bullpen down the stretch.

"It was a great experience," recalled Savage. "It was nice too, because I sort of hit a wall mentally and physically in August, but that sort of excitement gave me my fourth or fifth wind."

He moved quickly up to Double-A but was felled by an injury and released. He caught the Dodgers' eye while pitching Lancaster and Wichita in the independent American Association.

He's basically a sinker/slider type pitcher, who works to keep his ball down in the zone and keep hitters from going deep.

William Savage
Bats- right Throws- right
Height-6-4 Weight- 210
College- College of the Canyons, University of Oklahoma
Born- August 24, 1984 in West Hills, California
year	team       w-l    era  gm gs sv    in   h  bb  so  whip
2006	Phils A-   0-0   0.00   6  0  1   7.0   4   0   6  0.57
	Phils A    0-10  3.45  15  0  3  31.1  31   5  28  1.15
2007	Phils A+   4-3   3.62  42  0  3  62.0  61  17  48  1.26
2008	Phils AA   0-1   8.31   6  0  0   8.2  13   3   5  1.85
	Indep	   1-0   3.24   2  1  0   8.1   6   2   5  0.96
	Indep      5-7   2.94  19 19  0 125.1 119  48  49  1.33
 Totals           10-12  3.31  90 20  7 242.2 234  75 141  1.28   

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