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With rookie struggles behind him, Gavin Stone making a case for Dodgers rotation spot

Gavin Stone’s statistics tell one story about his rookie season.

In his debut campaign last year, the Dodgers starting pitching prospect gave up 31 earned runs in 31 innings for a 9.00 ERA. He issued 13 walks (and two hit batters) while collecting just 22 strikeouts. He posted a WHIP (walks and hits per innings pitched) of nearly two. And he yielded eight home runs in his eight total outings.

There are poor small-sample stat lines. And then there is that.

“It was extremely hard,” Stone said of handling such mighty struggles.