The Dodgers will start the year with the deepest pitching staff in all of Major League Baseball. There are few around the sport that would argue against that claim. But with so much pitching ready to go, the team can take it easy on some guys that have fallen behind.
And that doesn’t mean that every guy on this list is necessarily someone that has fallen behind. Some Dodgers pitchers are just in the unfortunate position of being one of the few guys left with option years available.
The rise of veteran non-rostered guys like Jimmy Nelson also complicates things a little. If Nelson is not added to the Dodgers roster by a certain date, they will have to cut him loose. So it would be wise of them to take advantage of the opportunity and make space for him, even if its just for the first part of the season.
Dustin is one guy that hasn’t had a chance to get the number of starts you would expect a starter to have at this point. He has spent a decent chunk of Spring Training on the backfields getting work in B games to tune his mechanics. Dustin also has 3 option years remaining, so the Dodgers could use that in the first couple of weeks to help him catch up.
Gonsolin is one of the guys that has not fallen behind or really missed a step. He does, however, have an option year remaining. The Dodgers could use him the same way that they did last year, optioning him when they are not using him for a start. They could also use him in the bullpen instead though, which would make the option less necessary.
Brusdar is just 22-years-old and has 3 option years remaining. The Dodgers have slightly slow-played his progress since he was not able to throw much during the offseason. The team could potentially build him up within the next 2 weeks, but there also isn’t much of a need to rush him. Brusdar is a one-inning guy, but his success very much relies on built-up velocity.