Today, Bleacher Report posted a list of the “Top MLB Prospects Who Could Force Way onto 25-Man Rosters in 2016 Spring Camp.” On that list were two members of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and one of them was a tad shocking until you delve deeper into why it isn’t.
First on the list was shortstop Corey Seager, and that totally makes sense since Seager is slated to be the Opening Day shortstop after he OPS’d .986 in 113 plate appearances to end the season. In all likelihood, it appears that Seager is going to win the National League Rookie of the Year Award.
The interesting part came with the last name on the slideshow list, and that was right-hander Frankie Montas. While he’s certainly not the prospect that left-hander Julio Urias and right-hander Jose De Leon are, at least from a pure pitching standpoint, he has something that those two don’t – a devastating power fastball.
From the article:
So if a need arises for a hard-throwing bullpen arm, it would make sense for Montas to be the first selected of the three. De Leon and Urias project as starters right now.
This makes complete sense. With Montas’ ability to reach back and throw close to 102 MPH, the Dodgers might have use for a flamethrowing right-hander out of the bullpen to compliment the other pieces that they have. He’d certainly give them an added dimension.
When the Dodgers missed out on trading for star closer Aroldis Chapman, they missed the opportunity to add a power-thrower out of the pen, and they might be able to get that with Montas. It just won’t be from the left side, but that’s okay.
The Spring Training battle between some of the bullpen arms and Montas will be something to watch out for. If Montas makes the team out of camp, they might have their power reliever.