One of the more innovative ideas the front office has had is developing specialized pinch-runners. Two players, Edwin Drexler and Robbie Garvey, have been entering games late in order to provide value on the base paths.
Drexler, now playing with the Arizona League Dodgers, was with High-A Rancho Cucamonga earlier in the season, but stole just three of five bases before going back to rookie ball.
Garvey started the year with Rancho in the outfield, but made the switch during the season. He’s now with the Drillers, where he’s stolen 10 bases, but been caught seven times.
The player who may end up being perfect for this role is Jose Peraza. The 21-year-old infielder was acquired in the deadline deal with the Atlanta Braves and made his Major League debut with the Dodgers earlier this month.
With Oklahoma City, he’s hitting .289 and has stolen seven bases without being caught. Add to that the fact that he can play multiple defensive positions, is already on the 40-man roster and he becomes the perfect option.
Garcia and Liberatore seem like locks from day one. Bolsinger appears to be a great fit as a swingman. Expect Peraza to stick with the club as the pinch-runner, adding more value as a utility man.
Frias and Peralta also figure to return when their healthy, though Frias’ removal from the 60-day DL means someone will be designated for assignment. If I had to bet on a top prospect coming up, I’d go with Jharel Cotton.
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