While Los Angeles Dodgers’ outfielder Alex Verdugo is in the midst of his first full season as a big leaguer, he’s finding his way. Moreover, Verdugo recently talked about some of the ways he worked through his first slump of his career at the highest level.
Now, Dodgers’ President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman is talking about the high pedigree of his 23-year old outfielder. Almost glowingly, Friedman joined Sirius XM’s Fantasy Sports radio hosts Jim Bowden and Glenn Colton to talk about Verdugo.
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Remember, a guy like Friedman has seen thousands of players throughout his life. Therefore, for him to say something like he did about Verdugo’s baseball prowess should not be taken lightly.
“For a young player, he probably has the best instincts for the game of any young player I’ve been around.”
So what do ‘high baseball instincts’ translate to on the field? First off, a player will be naturally successful defensively in the outfield. Verdugo does things like get good reads and jumps on batted-balls, which allows him to play a tough position like center as a rookie. Not only does he play center, but he scores out extremely well there in advanced metrics.
While I believe that everyone who follows the Dodgers believed that Verdugo would be a solid big leaguer, he’s showing that he has a ceiling above what was perceived.
Finally, when you hear the head of the front office brass speak so highly of a player; you can bet they know they have a cornerstone in the making.
Over the next ten years, what do you think Verdugo’s career will look like? Let us know in the comments section below.