Dodgers 25-Man Roster Notes: Taylor, Hernandez, Thompson, Toles & More

Just one week now before the Dodgers start the regular season, and we are a little closer to knowing the final 25-man roster. Dennis wrote a story yesterday about the state of the starting pitchers. That may have become a little bit more clear, with the outcome of Scott Kazmir‘s most recent outing. Manager Dave Roberts today confirmed that Kazmir will start the season on the DL, dealing with issues in his left hip.

The battle for utility player is still very much alive. Enrique Hernandez is seeing more playing time now that he has returned from the WBC. Whether he can outshine all that Chris Taylor has been able to do during spring training while he was gone remains to be seen. Hernandez may have a advantage over Taylor in the field, as Hernandez is better in center. There’s no denying how hot Taylor’s bat has been, and he’s been excellent on defense in the infield. The other player in the mix is Charlie Culberson, who is not currently on the 40-man roster. However, the 40-man is only at 39 players currently, so Culberson could be added to it if needed.

Rob Segedin and Scott Van Slyke are also battling for a spot on the roster. Van Slyke has been making a real push lately, with two stolen bases in yesterday’s game alone. Segedin is also making it interesting, with his .407/.448/.889/1.337 slash line. He also has three doubles and four home runs this spring.

One area that seems to have become more certain is Andrew Toles making the team. Andre Ethier is expected to miss time with the lower back hernia, and will not be able to start the season healthy. Roberts has previously stated that Franklin Gutierrez would make the team. Gutierrez, a right-handed hitter, was brought to Dodgers camp because of his ability to hit left-handed pitching well. Ideally, the other half of the left field platoon would be a left-handed hitter. My guess would be that SVS makes it over Segedin.

Asked about who would replace Ethier, Roberts didn’t say it necessarily had to be a lefty batter.

“But obviously you look at the roster, that’s what we envisioned” Roberts said. “But by default, it doesn’t have to be Andrew. There are guys that are having good camps and fit on a roster and are major league players. Those are decisions in discussions we will keep having.”

Trayce Thompson would be a remaining hopeful to make the team for an outfield slot, but he would also be there to face left-handed pitching, and that would not provide a good platoon with Gutierrez.

Toles had definitely made his case for making the team this spring in the batting department. He has a .340 batting average and .851 OPS, three doubles, a triple, and one home run — a grand slam in Saturday’s game. He did well at the plate last season too, going .314 in the regular season and .364 in the playoffs. It’s his fielding that has left a little to be desired. Still, has only played 48 major league games and has climbed the ranks of the Dodgers organization quickly.

“I don’t think it’s something he necessarily has to prove. He did show us a lot,” Roberts said of Toles. He went on to say, “Andrew is a major league player in my eyes.”

Four more games remain on the Cactus League schedule, before the Freeway Series with the Anaheim Angels begins this weekend. Just six short days to decide who makes the roster or not. The Dodgers have enviable depth at just about every position, and the real challenge will be for Roberts to keep all parties happy about playing time or lack there of, then move on to the goal of finally getting back to the World Series.

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Dodgers Roster: Putting Together an Outfield at Oklahoma City

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Even though there’s plenty of time left in spring training for the landscape of the big league outfield to change, it’s still not difficult to make an educated guess regarding the outfield crew at Oklahoma City, as the Dodgers‘ surplus of young talent has now created a very crowded locker room at even the Triple-A level.

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Dodgers Injury Notes: Corey Seager, Andre Ethier, Pedro Baez & More

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While last week’s injury report brought on a bit of concern from many fans of the Dodgers, the outlook for this week is much better, as the two-week mark before the season opener is quickly approaching and the projected 25-man roster becomes a bit more defined.

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Dodgers Spring Training: Do All the Statistics Really Matter?

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The Dodgers just had their first day off of spring training, but some were playing games anyway — just not with the Dodgers. Various players were off competing for their native countries in the World Baseball Classic. There are thoughts against letting MLB players play in this tournament, as risk of injury is always high on the list. I’m sure we all remember Hanley Ramirez and his thumb injury in 2013. But for some players, it’s a way to represent their country, while also working on their skills for the upcoming season.

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Will a Healthy Trayce Thompson Contend for Dodgers’ 25-Man Roster?

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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.

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Dodgers Injury News: Andre Ethier, Scott Kazmir, Henry Ramos and Corey Seager

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While the Dodgers survived the first three weeks of spring camp without any significant harm, a few potentially notable injuries occurred during the early days of March, three of which came to light in Monday’s contest against the Rockies.

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Dodgers Roster: Outlining the Battles that Could Go Down to the Wire

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Now that a full week has passed since the Dodgers began their 2017 Cactus League campaign, we thought it may be a good time to revisit several of the roster battles that we’ve been discussing since the squad began taking shape earlier in the winter.

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Dodgers Lineups: One Conceivable Batting Order at Triple-A Oklahoma City

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With all the endless discussions currently in the news surrounding the prospective layouts of the club’s Opening Day 25-man roster, many fans of the Dodgers can’t help but envision the overwhelming amount of depth and skill lurking on the fringe of the bigs at Triple-A Oklahoma City. If the major league squad stays relatively healthy and productive throughout the regular season, the crew at OKC will not only possess some of the best player talent in the Pacific Coast League, but will also be almost untouchable en route to yet another American Northern divisional crown.

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Dodgers 25-Man Roster: Who’s Backing Up First Base?

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One of several highlights during Tuesday’s annual Cactus League media day occurred when GM Farhan Zaidi suggested that the Dodgers intend to find more days off for first baseman Adrian Gonzalez over the course of the regular season.

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Dodger Baseball: Can’t Hardly Wait

“Lights that flash in the evening
Through a hole in the drapes
I’ll be home when I’m sleeping
I can’t hardly wait

I can’t wait
Hardly wait”

~The Replacements

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It’s a sight for Dodgers fans sore eyes — on Thursday, the trucks were loaded up and headed to Camelback Ranch for spring training. Pitcher and catchers report on Wednesday, one day after Valentine’s Day, a little love note to all baseball fans.

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