Often regarded as the Los Angeles Dodgers’ fourth outfielder, Andre Ethier has been a stabilizing force with his versatility to play all three outfield positions and ability to remain relatively healthy. Since debuting with the Dodgers in 2006, Ethier has played in at least 126 games each season. Ethier’s single-season high for games played in 2009, when he appeared in 160 games.
The 2009 season also helped spawn the “Captain Clutch” nickname that has been bestowed on Ethier, as he had six walk-off hits that season, which was the most in the majors since 1974. While Ethier’s production dipped last season, his value increased with Matt Kemp missing a significant amount of time, which resulted in Ethier sliding over to play center field.
Ethier has started nine of the Dodgers’ 10 games this season, benefitting from Kemp beginning the season on the disabled list and a thumb injury that has kept Puig out of the starting lineup the last two games. The left-handed right fielder has struggled a bit thus far in terms of average, hitting .242 with eight strikeouts, but leads the team with eight RBIs. Ethier’s best game this season was a 2-for-3 effort with a home run, RBI and run scored in a home loss to the San Francisco Giants.
Looking to add to his versatility, Ethier mentioned during a Spring Training interview he may also get a look at first base this season. While some may forget Ethier and what he can bring to the team, we here at Dodgers Nation have not, and would like to wish him a happy 32nd birthday!
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