The Dodgers not only found a second baseman, but they also got a leadoff hitter.
Logan Forsythe will probably be a mainstay as the first batter every day, per Dave Roberts. It’s a familiar role for Forsythe, who served as the Rays leadoff man in 77 percent of their games in 2016.
Dave Roberts said Logan Forsythe is likely to be his leadoff hitter.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) January 25, 2017
Forsythe hit leadoff in 125 games last season, though he’s previously hit all across the lineup. While an above-average bat, Forsythe also flashed a little pop with 20 home runs and 24 doubles. Los Angeles lacked a true leadoff man a season ago, making Forsythe that much more of an asset. In addition, his right-handed bat could be shifted around to appropriately fit a lefty heavy group.
Logan Forsythe had .335 OBP in 125 starts as leadoff hitter last year. Chase Utley .319 OBP, .293 July 1 on as #Dodgers main leadoff hitter
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) January 24, 2017
Versatility is key to the Dodgers’ organization, and Forsythe’s ability to move around will come in handy during the dog days of summer.