We now know who comprises the 25 man roster. Is it what I would have chosen? Probably not, but I do understand the reasons for the selections. I was disappointed that Chris Taylor was not selected, but I understand why Kike’ was valued more as utility player. I understand that Taylor is an infielder that needs to learn OF. If Seager goes on the DL, it will not be Kike’ playing short…it will be Chris Taylor. If Logan Forsythe goes on the DL, Chase Utley and Chris Taylor will become a 2B platoon. That is who Chris Taylor is, and if I keep my emotions out of it, I agree with Hawkeye; Taylor is a AAAA player.
I was also somewhat surprised that Chris Hatcher was retained. FAZ loves hard throwing relievers and are not convinced that Hatcher cannot replicate his 2014 season with the Fish. 56 IP with 60K and only 12BB. He also only allowed 4 HR. Maybe he is snake-bit as a Dodger. FAZ will have a very short leash, and Baez will undoubtedly be ready to replace him if he falters again. Although his pitching tonight against Trout/Pujols/Marte was encouraging.
I have no issue with Barnes making the team over Wilson. Wilson was not going to continue the power, and Barnes gives the team much more flexibility. The one I am still somewhat perplexed with is Franklin Gutierrez. I know he mashes LHP. Trayce Thompson and Brett Eibner provide more power and much better defense. But at this stage of his career, Gutierrez knows he is a role player and Thompson and Eibner should play every day (or 4 out 5). But like Hatcher, I think Franklin has a short leash.
With the options and outright assignments, the roster at OKC begins to overflow, and that has a trickle down impact. Thompson, Eibner, and Holt could all be on multiple ML rosters and start for some teams. As of now, Verdugo is assigned to OKC, and he belongs there. But with Dickson, a proven AAA hitter, and with Bellinger, Segedin, and Taylor taking their turns in the OF, rumors have started that Verdugo could start the year in Tulsa. IMO that would be a mistake (as if my opinion means anything). Regardless of where Verdugo starts, there is no room for Kyle Garlick and Jacob Scavuzzo. And it is going to get even more interesting when (if) Toles is moved down when Ethier comes off DL. Devin Ahart and Jordan Paroubek a couple of young A level OF were released. It is going to be fun to place the OF onto their respective teams.
What happens if Bobby Wilson does accept the assignment in OKC. One, I do not see why he would. He signed with LA for a chance to be the backup C. Is he now going to accept being a backup at OKC, or will Kyle Farmer be sent down to Tulsa. Farmer needs to play every day somewhere. What happens at 1B? Bellinger will be the primary 1B, but Stetson Allie/Ike Davis/Rob Segedin are also listed at 1B. Yes Segedin was the 3B last year, but that is where Charlie Culberson and Drew Maggi are scheduled to play. Darnell Sweeney also played a lot of 3B in Spring, but he will undoubtedly somewhat share 2B duties with Calhoun. I know he is really a utility player in the making, but there is no room now for Tim Locastro who deserves the promotion. Does 22 year old Erick Mejia (who had a good AB tonight) get a justified promotion to AA with Drew Jackson and Tim Locastro no place to go? I also do not think they can drop any 1B to AA because that is where Kapler probably wants to see Matt Beatty. Edwin Rios is another one of those power hitters with no position will also get some time at 1B. As an aside, one-time #1 catching prospect Julian Leon was released today as well.
Perhaps the biggest open question is the trickle down bullpen. With Liberatore/Fields/Morrow (and Ravin when he comes off DL) with ML ability and aspirations joining Rhame/Broussard/Cash/Younginer/Schuster/Somsen/Grana and even Geltz and Paredes. That is 13 relievers for 7 or 8 spots. That is going to be a lot of relievers being released or moved.
The more OKC gets crowded the more it impacts Tulsa, and then Rancho/Great Lakes. There will be players who played well at Great Lakes that will have to return because of the lack of open positions. The Dodgers have players who could be traded, but they are going to need a trade partner, and one does not appear to be materializing. I think I will go and try to set up rosters from OKC, to Tulsa, to Rancho, and to Great Lakes. I hope I have enough paper (or computer memory).
One final comment, I am a fan of Alana Rizzo.