Busy week in Dodgersland headlined by the team releasing the non-roster invitees for Spring Training. The Dodgers will invite 16 players to Camelback Ranch in Arizona, and of those names four really stand out.
Left-hander Julio Urias, right-handers Jose DeLeon and Chris Anderson, alongside first baseman Cody Bellinger are the standouts that will find themselves with an opportunity to leave a good impression on the Dodgers.
DodgersNation writer Justin Russo writes Anderson is the one he is keeping his eye on. Anderson, 23, is a former first round pick that compiled an era of 4.74, 100 strikeouts in 133 innings last season, and someone to keep an eye out come Spring Training in which catchers and pitchers report February 19.
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Still the biggest name heading into next season is the one and only Clayton Kershaw. He is coming off yet another impressive season, and his accomplishments once again did not go unnoticed. Kershaw found himself ranked twice in an interesting category.
In an ESPN article ranking the “best pitches” in baseball Kershaw’s slider comes in at No. 3, while his fastball ranks at No. 23. SPOILER ALERT: Baltimore Oriels pitcher Zach Britton’s sinker takes the crown at No. 1. Still a great honor for Kershaw, but it wasn’t the only one given to him this week.
Kershaw was also ranked as the No. 1 starting pitcher by MLB Network. Kershaw holds strong at No. 1, while another pitcher named Zack Greinke comes in at No. 3 with St. Louis pitcher Adam Wainwright closes out the list at No. 10.
No. 22 is clearly a game changer, another potential game changer that rocked the MLB world this week was the possibility of the DH coming to the National League. Well MLB Commissionaire Rob Manfred says that’s not happening anytime soon.
In an interview with ESPN, Manfred said “The most likely result on the designated hitter for the foreseeable future is the status quo…I think the vast majority of clubs in the National League want to stay where they are.”
Manfred went on to say that the only thing being discussed were the pros and cons of the DH coming to the NL, and didn’t mean to insinuate that it would be happening.
So question time should these talks become a reality? Which names stand out to you from the non-roster spring training invitees? Agree with Kershaw’s rankings? (Of course you do!)
Let us know in the comments below.