As we get closer to Opening Day, the Dodgers have some decisions to make. There will no doubt be some battles for bullpen spots as well as bench roles. The starting rotation is also something that Doc will need to start figuring out sooner rather than later. But getting minor leaguers out of big league camp is the first step towards getting things locked in.
Earlier this week, the Dodgers made two rounds of cuts. The shortened camp due to the lockout means that minor league players and fringe 40-man roster guys don’t get to spend as much time at big league camp as they usually might.
The Dodgers made another round of cuts on Saturday afternoon. That includes pitchers Ryan Pepiot and Michael Grove, two guys that fans should be hearing a lot about over the next couple of years. Pepiot profiles as a mid-rotation starter, and there’s no telling what Grove’s ceiling is at this point.
More minor league cuts to the #dodgers roster now at 47:
Michael Grove, Ryan Pepiot, Beau Burrows and Carson Fulmer to minor league camp.
— Brook Smith (@brookme3) March 27, 2022
Grove really impressed at big league camp, especially on the backfields. In a live bp session early this week, he dominated Max Muncy, Cody Bellinger, and Austin Barnes. He earned a few strikeouts and did not give up a hit in that appearance.
But that puts the Dodgers roster down to 47 players currently in big league camp. Doc needs to get that number to 28 players by the time Opening Day rolls around, with the new temporary roster riles put in place by MLB and the Player’s Association.