Dodgers Opening Day 30-Man Roster Released

The Dodgers are set to take on the San Franciso Giants today in their Opening Day. With that, the official 30-man roster has been released by the team.

Worth noting is that this year every team in MLB will be able to carry 30 players to start the year. Two weeks in, the roster will have to be cut down to 28 men. Two more weeks after that, the rosters will settle at 26 players. The Dodgers chose to go heavy on pitching to start out the year, presumably to give starters innings to build on.

Notable Exemptions

One of the first things that you notice about this roster is that there were several young guys left off of it. Dustin May figured to be the guy that would piggyback games with Walker Buehler early on, and still technically could. The Dodgers are always very intelligent in how they freely move roster pieces around. 

Tony Gonsolin is another young pitcher left off of the roster, mostly because of his late arrival to camp. Gonsolin was not able to build up his innings in time, so he will be ready to go at the USC camp. Dave Roberts said earlier this week that AJ Ramos would not be breaking camp with the team, so no surprises there. 

Notable Additions to Dodgers Roster

There are a few guys on the roster that may come as a bit of a surprise. I don’t think Terrance Gore even believed he would have a shot at this roster, but there he is. Gore likely represents a strictly pinch-runner option for extra-inning games with his speed. The Dodgers also chose to keep on a few pitchers that haven’t pitched much, like Scott Alexander and Pedro Baez. 

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  1. No reason to have May on the club until they pair him with Buehler next week. For Cat G, he’s going to have to beat out a current rotation guy because they are not going to use him in the pen. Good for Gore, but it may be short lived as rosters shrink. The Dodgers are using USC as a practice squad. Expect a lot of movement cycling pitchers back and forth. For hitters on the bubble…it’s play to stay.