There is a really interesting youth movement taking place across Major League Baseball. Dodgers fans know all about it, with some of their brightest stars being the young guys that have come up through the system.
Around MLB, there are the big names like Fernando Tatis Jr and Ronald Acuna Jr. Both of those guys made The Athletic’s ’20 players under 25 in the 2020 postseason’ list this week. The Dodgers had three guys make an appearance on that list, with a few notable absences as well. Let’s run through those guys that made the cut.
Cody Bellinger #10
Sure, he’s not quite the NL MVP that he was in 2019. But Bellinger still has the potential to be the difference-maker in an already lethal Dodgers lineup. The good news is that Bellinger had a much better showing over the final month of the season. Over his last 13 games, Bellinger went 15-for-43 (.348) with 7 extra-base hits.
Julio Urías #13
After a little bit of a strange start to the season that saw him throw a lot of pitches early on. Urías has balanced out since then and really pitched well over the final three games of the season. In those appearances, Urías threw 17.2 innings and allowed just 4 earned runs for a 2.04 ERA. The Dodgers will likely utilize him out of the bullpen in the postseason, where he has historically pitched very well. He’s been around for so long that it’s hard to believe he is just 24-years-old.
Dustin May #16
There are very few pitchers in baseball with more potential that the Dodgers’ Dustin May. At 6’6″ and with plenty of curly red hair, May is a sight to behold on the mound. He pitched well in his first opportunity to crack the starting rotation, though his walk rate did go up a bit. Los Angeles also might utilize May out of the bullpen, and his stuff could play up very well in relief.
Notable Dodgers Absences From the List
Brusdar Graterol: How can you not be excited about a 21-year-old that pumps out triple-digit fastballs with ease? Well, apparently folks over at The Athletic think that doesn’t quite make the cut. And maybe that’s understandable given the outstanding names already on this list.
Victor Gonzalez: The truth of the matter is that Victor Gonzalez sort of came out of nowhere and quietly dominated the West for the Dodgers. He’s not flashy, but you should absolutely be excited about this guy in the postseason.
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