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Los Angeles Dodgers Select Contract For Colombian RHP Nabil Crismatt

 Matt Tallarini  |    Apr 1st, 2024 8:05am EDT

Nabil Crismatt pitches during a 2024 Spring Training Game. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Dodgers selected the contract of Colombian right-handed pitcher Nabil Crismatt before Sunday night’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals, manager Dave Roberts told Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic on March 31. 

Crismatt, 28, was born in Barranquilla, Colombia, and played four seasons in Major League Baseball with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2020, the San Diego Padres from 2021-23, and the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2023. 

Crismatt elected free agency in 2023 before signing with the Dodgers and was assigned to the organization’s affiliate Triple-A Oklahoma City franchise on Dec. 20, 2023. 

He appeared in six games out of the bullpen during spring training and threw 5.1 innings, posting an 8.44 ERA. He allowed six hits, five earned runs, one home run, five walks, six strikeouts, and a 2.063 WHIP. 

Crismatt made his big league debut during the 2020 regular season with the Cardinals on August 17, 2020. 

During the 2023-24 LIDOM season with the Tigres del Licey, Crismatt started in four games and posted a 0-1 record with a 7.24 ERA. He pitched 13.2 innings, allowing 16 hits, 11 earned runs, one home run, six walks, six strikeouts, and a 1.610 WHIP. 

Last season with the Padres and the Diamondbacks, Crismatt posted an 0-2 record with an 8.31 ERA in eight games out of the bullpen. He pitched 13 innings and allowed 12 earned runs, three home runs, seven walks, and had 12 strikeouts. 

Crismatt also split his time between Triple-A El Paso, with the Padres organization, and Triple-A Reno, with the Diamondbacks organization, during the 2023 regular season. During his time with both Triple-A teams, he threw 59 innings, posting a 5-3 record, including a 6.86 ERA, in 23 appearances and nine starts, allowing 71 hits, 45 earned runs, 14 home runs, 23 walks, 55 strikeouts, and a 1.593 WHIP. 

Crismatt elected free agency from the Padres in June 2023 before signing a minor league contract with the Diamondbacks on June 30. He was released from the Diamondbacks on August 2 and signed back to the organization on August 8. He finished the 2023 regular season in Arizona.   

Crismatt has played for the Colombian national team at the 2015 Pan American Games, 2017 World Baseball Classic, and 2023 World Baseball Classic. He took the mound in Colombia’s 5-4 win against Mexico this past March, allowing one earned run on three hits in four innings. Colombia went 1-3 at the 2023 World Baseball Classic, ending up with the same record as Great Britain, and will have to qualify for the 2026 WBC due to the Total Quality Balance run-differential rule stated by the World Baseball Softball Confederation and losing to Great Britain in Pool C in Phoenix. 

In 2022, Crismatt split his time between Triple-A El Paso and the Padres. Crismatt threw 50 games out of the bullpen and started one game for the Padres, posting a 2.94 ERA pitching in 67.1 innings, allowing 57 hits, 22 earned runs, five home runs, 22 walks, 65 strikeouts, and a 1.173 WHIP. 

During Crismatt’s MLB career, he has appeared in 109 games with one start and has a lifetime 3.76 ERA. He has pitched 170 innings, allowing 169 hits, 71 earned runs, 20 home runs, 54 walks, 156 strikeouts, and a 1.610 WHIP. 

Notebook: Crismatt came out of the bullpen and recorded his first win of the season on Sunday night at home against the Cardinals. He threw two innings, allowing one hit and three strikeouts while helping the Dodgers advance to 4-2 for the 2024 season.