Aside from the pitching staff, the future at third base has been one of the primary topics of discussion among fans of the Dodgers so far during the offseason.
While we have had several discussions so far this offseason regarding players that could be added to the Dodgers‘ 40-man roster to avoid being lost in this year’s Rule 5 draft, the deadline has finally arrived.
Prior to the 2018 campaign, shortstop has been a position that the Dodgers didn’t worry too much about, specifically in terms of stability at the MLB level and depth on the farm.
After the Dodgers added Victor Gonzalez to the team’s 40-man roster on Thursday, many questions arose about whether there would be subsequent moves ahead of the Rule 5 draft at this year’s Winter Meetings.
With Saturday’s championship game between the Salt River Rafters and Surprise Saguaros marking the end to the Arizona Fall League’s 28th season, we thought it would be a good idea to take a look at how the Dodgers prospects fared during the campaign.
Among the many speculative conversations among Dodgers fans so far this offseason has been the potential shifting around of several infielders heading into next year. Some feel the team should make a strong push for Anthony Rendon, pointing out Justin Turner‘s declining defensive ability at third base. Others believe that Max Muncy will settle in at first base, as Gavin Lux has cemented the starting spot at the keystone. There are even some folks who believe that a transition to the hot corner is in the cards for Corey Seager.
At the beginning of 2019 spring training, no one knew for sure who would be patrolling the keystone for the Dodgers by the time Opening Day rolled around. Many felt that it would be a combination of players. Enrique Hernandez and Chris Taylor would battle it out for the bulk of playing time while Max Muncy—who was considered a defensive liability by many—was also in the mix for reps.
The Dodgers announced on Thursday afternoon that the organization has named infielder Gavin Lux as the Branch Rickey Minor League Player of the Year and right-handed pitcher Josiah Gray as the Branch Rickey Minor League Pitcher of the Year.
If you were fortunate enough to catch the Dodgers‘ series opener against the Rockies on Monday, not only did you see the impressive debut of infield prospect Gavin Lux, but you also witnessed a starting lineup that featured an impressive seven homegrown products from the Los Angeles farm.