… of hitters! I mean, think about it – who do the Dodgers really have that is a major league hitting prospect who looks like Gordon, maybe Lambo – that’s it. Gordon has a crazy huge upside, and while I still like Lambo, this is his “make or break” year. He has to start raking. He regressed last year, but looked better in the AFL. It’s wake up-time for him.
Can any of these players become a starter on the team?
- Ivan DeJesus, Jr.? Not enough pop to justify his lack of speed. Forget him as a starter at 2B, and he’s certainly not a starting SS. Utilityman is the best he will be.
- Trayvon Robinson? 4th Outfielder, although he could possibly play LF, if we needed a leadoff hitter, but Gordon should fill that role in two years, so Robinson looks like a 4th outfielder to me.
- Xavier Paul? This guy could surprise – if there’s a sleeper here, it is the X-Man!
- Lucas May? He’s not that good as a Catcher and his bat is probably less than Martins. That doesn’t bode well for him.
- Kyle Russell? He’ll need at least three more years. He’s too far away to project anything, although he has crazy power.
- Pedro Baez? He’ll be on the mound before the season is over! He can’t hit, but he has a cannon on his shoulder.
- Scott Van Slyke? He had a nice year, but let’s see him do it at a higher level, then I might say he’s a prospect, but right now, he’s not!
- Brian Cavazos-Galvez? Jonathan Garcia? Steven Caseres? Gorman Erickson? Too early. Way too early to even predict, but I lean towards NO! Don’t get excited.
- Jerry Sands? Career AA Player!
- Tony Delmonico? Not as a Catcher, well he doesn’t look like a Catcher. He has a bat that could be good. Can he play 2B?
- Austin Gallagher? Ha!
- Nick Buss? Probably not! No, NOT!
- Preston Mattingly? Please!
- AJ Ellis? Sub, probably a #3
- Jamie Hoffman? 5th or 7th OF.
The cupboard is bare right about now, which is precisely why the Dodgers need to offer arbitration to Wolf and Hudson. We should find out very soon. They need to start drafting some hitters. Fortunately, the Dodgers are stocked with good young arms, which I shall address in my next column.