The countdown is on — just two weeks until the Dodgers open up the season against the San Diego Padres. Clayton Kershaw will be the starter that day, but on his last start he looked less than Kershaw-like. Kersh allowed three home runs, four runs total on six hits in five innings. He also had eight strikeouts and two walks.
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.
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.
Further strengthening his chances of garnering a non-roster invite to the Dodgers‘ big league spring training camp next month, 26-year-old farmhand O’Koyea Dickson made a fine impression in the Mexican Pacific League this winter, hammering four home runs in the final three games of Naranjeros de Hermosillo’s second-round playoff series.
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.