While the Los Angeles Dodgers forge ahead and continue to build a recognizable identity surrounding their 2016 campaign, two of the club’s most recent additions, Andrew Toles and Rob Segedin, continue to impress pundits with both their defensive versatility and abilities to generate offense.
It’s truly a special time to be a fan of the Dodgers. Two months ago, with half of a 25-man roster on the disabled list, nobody would have guessed the Boys in Blue would command a full two-game divisional lead over their rivals to the north. If there’s a specific stereotype being established by this club, perhaps “scrappiness” and “grit” are two words that could be used to fit the bill, qualities which skipper Dave Roberts prided himself on during the heyday of his own playing career.
Without a doubt, though, Toles and Segedin have become an integral part of the club’s most recent success, and for starters, had an opportunity to etch their names in the MLB record books.
Toles hit his second home run of the season, scored twice and drove in three runs while going 2-for-2 after entering as a substitute in the sixth inning of Tuesday’s victory against San Francisco.
Tolesy’s latest stint with the Dodgers is off to an incredible start, as he has seven RBI and a pair of home runs in three games since returning to the club on August 21. For the season, he’s now hitting an impressive .354/.418/.563 in 55 plate appearances. And considering his ability to field all three outfield spots with tremendous range, it’s tough to imagine the 24-year-old Georgia native not getting a ton of playing time moving forward, at least while he’s swinging a hot bat.
Furthermore, Tole’s lightning quickness and his ability to fly on the basepaths is a new element of the Dodgers’ current production strategy that was almost non-existent for the first full half of the season.
With all of the excitement encompassing his first major league call up along with his wife’s pregnancy, Segedin has continued to log beneficial innings at several defensive positions, in addition to providing plenty of much needed offense at the dish.
Moments after hitting his second major league home run off Giants’ ace Madison Bumgarner, Segedin rushed to the hospital to meet his wife, Robin, for the birth of their first child, missing the end of the game on Tuesday night.
“After we made that double switch, he made a bee line to the hospital,” Roberts said. “I don’t know if he even showered.”
Segedin later confirmed on his Instagram account that his son, Robinson Marley Segedin, was born at 11:36 p.m.
Amidst all of the hoopla, Segedin has been able to put up a .286/.325/.486 slashline over 40 plate appearances, and has provided valuable cover at both corner outfield positions as well as third base. Based on his recent performances, it’s definitely safe to assume that he’ll continue to see plenty of action when he returns from paternity leave.
All that being said, unlike prototypical squads from the club’s rich history, it’s certainly worth mentioning that the Dodgers’ offensive prowess, not pitching, has quickly become a key component of the team’s progressing identity heading towards the stretch run of the season.
And Andrew Toles and Rob Segedin are right smack-dab in the middle of it.