It’s probably too early to make roster predictions, but I am going to make one right about now: ANDREW TOLE HAS MADE THE TEAM… and not only that, he is going to be a big part of this team moving forward. Alex Verdugo looks ready too, but he will go down to OKC, at least for a while. It has been said that there will likely be only 12 position players on the roster on opening day, but I do not believe that. There are 5 off-days in April so the team will likly go with 12 pitchers and 13 position players in April.
Barring trades or injuries, there are the locks:
The last two spot boils down to Farmer, Peter, Thompson and Utley. Hopefully, Chase will develop a hangnail and have to go on the DL. I like Trayce Thompson and he deserves to have a shot on a major league team, but it won’t be in LA. Kyle Farmer can play multiple positions and I like Jake Peter – he may not have Utley’s clubhouse presence, but Chase doesn’t have Jake’s bat.
So, I pick, Peter and Farmer to be the 12th and 13th position players on the team. The opening day lineup looks like this:
- Taylor CF
- Seager SS
- Turner 3B
- Bellinger 1B
- Kemp LF
- Puig RF
- Forsythe 2B
- Grandal C
- Kershaw P
We have another televised game tonight.
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