Landon Knack

25-Year-Old PitcherP
Los Angeles Dodgers AA
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Following a promising 2021 campaign, Knack took a step back in his first full stint in Double-A last season, posting a 5.15 ERA and 1.42 WHIP (albeit with a strong 28.4 K%) over 17 starts. The right-hander's campaign was delayed by a soft-tissue injury he picked up early in camp, and he was never able to string together more than a couple strong outings, pitching five-plus innings in consecutive appearances only twice. Concerningly, Knack put up worse numbers as the season wore on; over his final eight starts, he went 0-6 with a 6.92 ERA over 26 frames. It's somewhat baffling that a hurler lauded for his control saw such regression in that area last season -- his walk rate jumped from 3.3% to 9.6% -- though it's quite possible that his inability to stay healthy (Knack also spent time on the injured list in July) was at the root of his struggles. In spite of the down season, the Dodgers remain high on Knack, and deservedly so given that his arsenal includes four potentially plus offerings. He'll have every opportunity to bounce back in 2023 and could still make his big-league debut at some time during the campaign if things fall back into place. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a $715,000 contract with the Dodgers in June of 2020.
Having tough time in Double-A
PLos Angeles Dodgers  AA
August 19, 2022
Knack has a 5.44 ERA, 1.49 WHIP and 63:20 K:BB through 12 starts (44.2 innings) for Double-A Tulsa this season.
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Knack got a late start to the 2022 season, and while he's flashed impressive strikeout ability at times, he's walked too many hitters and had a tremendous amount of trouble pitching deep into games. Over his last three outings, he's managed to pitch all of six innings, giving up 10 runs on 11 hits and five walks in the process.
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2022 Fantasy Outlook
Knack was delayed to start the 2022 season, reportedly due to a soft-tissue injury he suffered early in spring training. Once healthy, he is expected to be assigned to Double-A Tulsa, where he struck out 27 and walked three in 22.2 innings over six starts in 2021. The sturdy 6-foot-2 righty also impressed in the Arizona Fall League, where he struck out 16 over 14.2 innings. Known as a command/control specialist when he was drafted with the 60th overall pick in 2020, Knack has since improved his stuff, now featuring a mid-90s fastball with good movement and a plus low-80s changeup. His slider and curveball are currently solid-average offerings, but if he can improve one of his breaking balls, he would have all the ingredients to be a high-quality No. 2 or No. 3 starter in the majors. Building up to around 100 innings this season would be huge for Knack, as he only managed 77 total frames in his debut season.
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Makes season debut
PLos Angeles Dodgers  AA
May 9, 2022
Knack made his season debut over the weekend for Double-A Tulsa, giving up two runs (one earned) on three hits and one walk while striking out four over two innings.
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Building up at camp
PLos Angeles Dodgers  AA
Undisclosed
April 5, 2022
Knack won't be part of the season-opening roster at Double-A Tulsa while he continues to build up his pitch count at the Dodgers' spring training facility in Arizona after he was delayed by a soft-tissue injury earlier in camp, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
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Will begin season in Double-A
PLos Angeles Dodgers  AA
April 4, 2022
Knack will begin the 2022 campaign with Double-A Tulsa, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
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Advances to Double-A
PLos Angeles Dodgers  AA
July 31, 2021
Knack was promoted to Double-A Tulsa on Saturday.
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Gets invitation to big-league camp
PLos Angeles Dodgers  AA
February 16, 2021
Knack will take part in spring training with the Dodgers as a non-roster invitee, Eric Stephen of SBNation.com reports.
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