The Dodgers came up just one win short of becoming World Series champions in 2017, but believe it or not there’s good news. The bulk of the team is young and talented, so they should have more opportunities in the near future. It’s also easy to forget some key players who will be coming back in 2018, such as Andrew Toles.
The left-fielder was having a solid year for the Dodgers in 2017. His slash line was at .271/.314/.458 and he had hit five home runs. Unfortunately, his season was cut short in early May after this happened:
He ended up tearing his right ACL and undergoing season-ending surgery. It’s been a long road back, but on Friday he posted a video of himself hitting off of a tee. Check it out below!
The Dodgers have a plethora of outfielders right now that can be used in 2018, such as Chris Taylor, Yasiel Puig, Kiké Hernandez, Joc Pederson, Alex Verdugo, Trayce Thompson, and now Andrew Toles, just to name a few. The Dodgers have some of the best depth in the league, however it does raise the dilemma of who will make the team and who will start. Spring Training performances will play a huge part in making these decisions, but it will be interesting to see where Andrew Toles ends up.
Toles is definitely one of the Dodgers’ most talented options in left field, and a platoon with him and Kiké is something that Los Angeles could go with. Especially if Hernandez hits lefties the same way that he did in 2017 (.270/.367/.579). However, we will just have to wait and see.
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