Only one Spring Training game remains for the Dodgers before Opening Day. The team will conclude Spring Training Tuesday evening, wrapping up a three-game series against their crosstown rival Angels.
It hasn’t necessarily been the best spring showing in recent memory for the Dodgers, but the whole purpose of Spring Training is to ramp up for the regular season.
So far this spring, the Dodgers have posted a 4-9 record.
23-year-old right hander Bobby Miller will get his first spring start to close out the exhibition series. Miller was a first round pick by the Dodgers in 2020 out of the University of Louisville, and is one of the more highly-touted prospects in the Dodger farm system.
Miller was most recently with the Dodgers’ Double-A affiliate Tulsa, where he posted a 4.83 ERA in three starts. The right hander appeared in limited action in last year’s Spring Training where he only allowed one hit through 5 ⅓ innings in four games.
Many Dodger fans will be tuning in to Miller’s start, as some have called him a candidate to make his Major League debut in 2022. He still hasn’t pitched past Double A, but he has progressed quite nicely. We could see Miller in the big leagues sometime in 2022, but other factors surrounding the roster and player availability will determine when we see him for sure.
The Dodgers will face Angels right hander Michael Lorenzen in the finale.
Even though we’re just a few days away from Opening Day, the Dodgers still are making moves. This morning the team announced they agreed to a Minor League deal with former four-time All-Star reliever Dellin Betances. He can make a $2.75 million base salary by making the major league roster.
Over the last couple seasons, Betances has had a rough stretch with injuries, but he was an All-Star from 2014 to 2017. Betances was most recently with the New York Mets, but only worked one inning in 2021 due to a right shoulder injury that required season-ending surgery. Betances has been limited to 17 appearances through the last three seasons due to injuries, but the 24 year old will look to pitch his way back to the majors with the Dodgers.
The Dodgers have taken chances on several players in similar situations to Betances, so both sides clearly hope this signing comes out with a high reward.
The Dodgers will try to avoid a sweep Tuesday in the Freeway Series finale. First pitch is scheduled for 6:10 p.m. at Dodger Stadium.
Next time out, which will be Opening Day on Friday in Colorado against the Rockies, wins and losses will finally count.