The Dodgers made another round of roster cuts at Spring Training this week. Dave Roberts had mentioned on Monday that it would be coming as the team approaches Opening Day in Colorado against the Rockies.
The most notable cuts were a few left-handed pitchers. The Dodgers ideally would need one more southpaw pitcher in the bullpen to go along with Victor Gonzalez. The fact that Brusdar Graterol will likely not be ready to go by Opening Day seemed to open up another spot.
Garrett Cleavinger, James Pazos, and Mike Kickham
The three left-handed pitchers were all moved out of big league camp today. Cleavinger was optioned since he is on the 40-man roster, while the rest were sent down to minor league camp. Of the 3, Kickham had by far the most successful Spring camp. Through 4 appearances, he struck out 10 and demonstrated a very good command of the strike zone.
Expect Cleavinger to be one guy that gets the call with the big league team at some point in 2021. The Dodgers are going to need all of the bullpen reinforcements they can get this year.
Nick Robertson and Tim Federowicz
Two guys that you probably knew would not make the Dodgers Opening Day roster. Federowicz represents an emergency backup situation for Los Angeles, and something would have to go very wrong for him to make the roster.
For Robertson, the 22-year-old right-handed pitcher will need some more time to be ready for the big leagues. He showed flashes of brilliance in his very limited Spring Training experience, showcasing a good pitch mix at times.
Matt Davidson and Rangel Ravelo
Davidson was the only guy that felt like he was close to sneaking onto the Opening Day roster. The Dodgers need a right-handed bench bat for the season, and many thought he could be that guy. He started off Spring Training strong but faded as we got deeper into March.
Ravelo put up 4 base hits through 20 at-bats this Spring for the Dodgers.
The Dodgers will still need to cut a decent amount of guys from camp by the time they get to Opening Day. Their current roster size in big league camp sits around 33 players for the moment.