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.
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.
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.
Even though the regular-season schedules of the Dodgers‘ minor league affiliates will be ending in the next several weeks, seven players will continue to compete in the 2019 Arizona Fall League, a showcase which features some of the best young starts in baseball.
While the next few weeks will see a handful of young, worthy prospects added to the Dodgers‘ big league expanded roster, there is still a slew of emerging superstars that remains on the fringe, out of the eye of the mainstream public.