Caleb Paul Ferguson… graduated from West Jefferson High School (OH)… as a senior in 2014, he under went Tommy John Surgery...selected by the Dodgers in the 38th round of the 2014 First-Year Draft...he signed with the Dodgers, forgoing his commitment to play college baseball at West Virginia University.
Emerged as a dominant late-inning reliever, going 2-1 with a 2.89 ERA, a .222 opponents’ batting average and a 1.02 WHIP in 21 appearances prior to season-ending surgery...Struck out 27 against just three walks in 18.2 innings...Opened the season in dominant fashion, tossing scoreless relief in 13 of his first 14 appearances through Aug. 27 and allowing just one run in 13.2 innings in that span (0.66 ERA)…held opponents to a .130 average (6-for-46) with a 0.59 WHIP...Placed on the IL on Sept. 16 and under went Tommy John surgery on his left elbow on Sept. 22 performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache.
Made his first Opening Day roster as a member of the Dodger bullpen ... Went 1-2 with a 4.84 ERA (24 ER/44.2 IP) in 46 games (two starts) over four stints with the Dodgers… was 0-1 with a 4.15 ERA (2 ER/4.1 IP) in two starts and posted a 1-1 record with a 4.91 ERA (22 ER/40.1 IP) in 44 relief appearances ... Earned his only win of the season on Sept. 3 against Colorado after firing a scoreless inning of relief ... Tossed more than 1.0 inning in seven of his relief appearances and 2.0 innings in three of those seven games...went 1-1 with a 2.21 ERA (5 ER/20.1 IP) in 21 games (two starts) at Dodger Stadium and 0-1 with a 7.03 ERA (19 ER/24.1 IP) in 25 games away from home...had success in the second half of the season, limiting opponents to a .164 average while posting a 4.15 ERA and striking out 26 batters in 21.2 innings...held left handers to a .194 batting average, compared to a .263 average against righties ...recorded a career-long 7.2 scoreless inning streak as a reliever from March 29-April 18...in 13 games (one start) with Oklahoma City, posted a 1.76 ERA (3 ER/15.1 IP), striking out 27 batters against only five walks...was placed on the 10-Day IL from April 28-May 16 with a strained oblique.
In his first big league season, he went 7-2 with two saves and posted a 3.49 ERA in 29 games (three starts), while limiting the opposition to a .230 average ... Transitioned into a bullpen role after three starts and had success as a relief pitcher, putting up a 7-1 record with a 2.35 ERA (10 ER /38.1 IP) and two saves, striking out 47 batters against only six walks ... Limited opposing hitters to a .230 batting average, including a .217 mark against lefties (15-for-69)… opponents went just 6-for-33 (.182) with runners in scoring position ... In six postseason relief appearances in the NLDS and NLCS, he tossed 3.0 scoreless innings while striking out three batters and allowing only one walk ... In 10 combined starts with Triple-A Oklahoma City and Double-A Tulsa, went 3-0 with a 1.53 ERA (8 ER /47.0 IP) and held the opposition to a .213 average…struck out 52 batters against just 17 walks over 47.0 innings, while posting a 1.15 WHIP ... Started the season with the Tulsa Drillers, going 3-0 with a 1.38 ERA (6 ER /39.0 IP) and limiting hitters to a .217 average, while striking out 40 against 10 walks in eight starts ... Promoted to Oklahoma City on May 26 and made his Triple-A debut that day, allowing just three hits over 5.0 innings and striking out 10 batters against three walks against Nashville…in two starts with the OKC Dodgers, he posted a 2.25 ERA (2 ER /8.0 IP) with 12 strikeouts against seven walks.
Spent the entire season with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, posting a 9-4 record with a 2.87 ERA (39 ER /122.1 IP) and held batters to a .246 average ... Struck out 140 batters against 55 walks in 122.1 innings…struck out a career-high 11 batters on August 1 against Modesto against just a pair of walks ... Named a MiLB.com Organizational All-Star, a Baseball America High Class-A All-Star and a Post and Mid-Season All-Star in 2017 with the Quakes.
In 14 combined games (12 starts) with Rookie-level AZL Dodgers, Rookie-advanced Ogden and Single-A Great Lakes Loons, he went 3-4 with a 2.31 ERA (17 ER /66.1 IP) and held hitters to a .227 average…struck out 63 combined batters against just five walks in 66.1 innings and posted a 0.93 WHIP ... Started the season with the AZL Dodgers, going 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA (1 ER /6.0 IP) and struck out 11 without issuing a walk…promoted to Ogden on July 5 and made two starts going 1-0 with a 0.90 ERA (1 ER /10 IP) ... Named Pioneer League Pitcher of the Week in the period ending July 17 with Rookie-advanced Ogden Raptors ... Promoted to Great Lakes on July 16 and spent the rest of the season with the Loons, going 1-4 with a 2.68 ERA (15 ER /50.1 IP) in 10 starts…totaled 41 strikeouts against three walks over 50.1 innings.
In his first full professional season, he appeared in 14 games (four starts) with Rookie-level AZL Dodgers, going 0-3 with a 8.59 ERA (14 ER /14.2 IP) and struck out 16 batters…it was his first season since recovering from Tommy John surgery,
Spent entire season rehabbing from surgery while on the disabled list of the AZL Dodgers…underwent Tommy John surgery in May as a high school senior prior to being picked in the 38th round by the Dodgers in the First-Year Player Draft.