On a day when many folks close to the Dodgers await the outcome of an MRI on the right knee of Andrew Toles, it may be worth taking a quick moment to peek at the club’s outfield depth, if only at the majority of the players who appear to be major league ready.
The exact make up of the Dodgers outfield is still unknown. Manager Dave Roberts has come out many times saying that Yasiel Puig will be starting in right field, and Joc Pederson will retain his roll in center. Left field is a bit uncertain, but look for Andre Ethier to have the starting role there. Where the real fun begins is determining who will make the team as reserves.
The answer is yes, although there’s a slim chance he’ll be among the 25 players suited up for Opening Day.
As it stands now, assuming Andre Ethier comes away from a bout of back spasms unscathed, the primary outfield crew for the Dodgers‘ big league squad will consist of Yasiel Puig and Joc Pederson, along with the 34-year-old Ethier. And according to our latest projections, newcomer Franklin Gutierrez warrants a spot based on his contract alone, while utility man Scott Van Slyke sneaks on the 25-man primarily for his ability to effectively provide cover at first base.
While we’re patiently waiting for a few plausible roster fluctuations to be ironed out before we publish our intermediate round of 2017 roster projections, we thought we’d take a look at another area of the Dodgers‘ organization that will certainly have a huge impact on the success of the club this year — the outfield.
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Unlike second base, the outfield is not a place that the Dodgers need to add any players. Conversely, they have too many. So where does that leave someone like Andre Ethier coming off an injury-riddled season?
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After sacrificing more than a handful of their most productive contributors to the big league squad when rosters expanded a few weeks ago, the Oklahoma City Dodgers have stayed focused and fought hard, and are now ready to embark upon their final crusade of the 2016 season — a meeting with El Paso in the Pacific Coast League Championship.
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Up until just a few days ago, it seemed as if the Dodgers‘ front office crew was looking to move outfielder Yasiel Puig to another club in hopes of acquiring a player or two who could conceivably upgrade the squad in the 2016 playoffs. While it was rumored the Brewers claimed Puig off waivers and were working on a trade centered around veteran Ryan Braun, both sides failed to reach an agreement, and the Dodgers eventually decided to pull Puig back onto the roster.
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Ever since the initial moment Josh Reddick arrived in Los Angeles as part of the deal that sent three quality prospects to Oakland, fans of the Dodgers have seemingly been viewing him under a microscope, and many have begun to wonder if rookie Andrew Toles is the better option to play every day in right field.
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If any avid Dodgers fan would have predicted in April that the club’s primary outfield group would consist of Howie Kendrick, Joc Pederson and Josh Reddick come the first of August, that particular fan would probably have been ridiculed and eventually ostracized completely from their own individual Dodger community.