Dodgers Spring Training Notes: Gavin Lux, Clayton Kershaw, Zach McKinstry, and More

We are now four weeks away from Opening Day, which this year will be Thursday, April 1. The Los Angeles Dodgers will start their quest to repeat as Champions against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.

So far in this young Spring Training schedule the Dodgers have played four games, and have a record of 2-0-2. Every regular position player has seen some time so far, and the majority of pitchers have also seen some action.

This season has been seen as a make-or-break type season for Gavin Lux. The team and fans alike had hoped that he would contribute more to the team in the past two seasons, but that had not come to fruition.

However, coming into camp this season, second base is seen as Lux’s to lose. So far, Gavin has impressed. Manager Dave Roberts, who has said that mechanically, Lux is in “a considerably better place than he was at this year last time.” Roberts also stated that “I see him getting a good runway regularly. What that means I think there’s room for conversation. But him against a lefty, I don’t think we’re too concerned about that.”

Lux is 2-for-3 so far this spring in three plate appearances with an RBI. He seems to be attacking pitching and looks much more comfortable at the plate.

On the pitching side of things, Clayton Kershaw is the only regular starting pitcher yet to appear in a Cactus League game. He is slated to start in Friday’s game against the Kansas City Royals. Kershaw threw a bullpen on Tuesday and could also perhaps just throw another bullpen on Friday. If in the game, he will throw for two innings.

Jimmy Nelson will start Thursday’s game against the Chicago Cubs, followed at some point by Blake Treinen, Ryan Pepiot, Victor Gonzalez, Josiah Gray, and Edwin Uceta. Trevor Bauer will pitch again on Saturday.

Some young arms have impressed in camp so far. In Wednesday’s game, both Bobby Miller and Landon Knack showcased their stuff. Miller, the Dodgers’ number seven prospect, needed only six pitches to get though his inning. He was a little wild, hitting a batter, but got a ground-ball double play immediately to get himself out of trouble. Knack looked sharp to start, but ended up surrendering a two-run homer. Still, this is his first professional action after having been drafted by the Dodgers in 2020.

Zach McKinstry is still playing all over the field, and is starting again in tonight’s game. The Dodgers are definitely putting him into multiple scenarios to get him used to what his season probably will be.

Thursday’s lineup vs. Cubs:

James Outman is another who has impressed in camp. He made a fantastic diving catch in centerfield in Wednesday’s game and has looked pretty solid at the plate so far.

Once again the Dodgers have incredible depth, and it’s going to be fun watching these guys battle it out to see who will make the roster at the end of camp.

Who Will Be the Dodgers’ Super Utility Man in 2021?

The Los Angeles Dodgers played their first Spring Training game of the season yesterday, winning 2-1 over the Oakland Athletics. As of Monday, we are just one month from the beginning of the regular season.

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Is This the Golden Age of the Dodgers?

As February draws to a close and the Los Angeles Dodgers inch closer to meaningful games in 2021, fans of the team are in a beautiful sweet spot.

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Dodger Tickets Reselling at Ridiculous Prices, Other Spring Training Notes

With Dodger baseball soon returning, tickets have gone at a rapid pace, even though it’s just spring training. Last Friday, Cactus League tickets for the Dodgers went on sale and sold out in under two hours. Since there are only a limited number of tickets, it explains how fans are in a hurry to get them.

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Dodgers News and Notes: Pitchers Looking ‘Really, Really Good,’ Spring Training TV Schedule, and More

Happy Full Squad Report Day! All members of the 2021 Los Angeles Dodgers have now reported to camp, aside from those facing visa issues, such as Keibert Ruiz.

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Dodger Pitchers Have First Throws of Spring Training; Thoughts on Tatis Jr’s Contract

We’ve finally reached the first harbinger of Spring—pitchers and catchers have reported to Spring Training for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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Dodgers News and Notes: Walker Buehler Avoids Arbitration, Clayton Kershaw Talks Retirement and More

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It is now official that the Los Angeles Dodgers will open their 2021 Spring Training on February 18th, with pitchers and catchers reporting. Of course, with this still being Pandemic Times, everything is always subject to change.

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Questions Remain for Dodgers After Reported Signing of Trevor Bauer

The Super Bowl is over, so you know what that means. It’s Time for Dodger Baseball!

Pitchers and catchers are still slated to report to spring training on February 18th, just 10 short days from today. Talks are reportedly still ongoing, but as of now, the season will start on time and not have any Covid related delays. Things, of course, could change at any time.

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Trevor Bauer Signing Not Sitting Well with Some Dodger Fans

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(Writers note: All opinions here are my own and not necessarily those of all the writers at TBPC.)

The Los Angeles Dodgers have reportedly signed Trevor Bauer to a three-year, $102 million guaranteed contract, and honestly, this writer is flabbergasted.

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Thoughts on Trevor Bauer, Waiting for National League’s DH Decision

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It is Thursday, January 21, and the Los Angeles Dodgers still have not signed their right-handed power bat.

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