I don’t think most Dodgers fans agreed with how the team chose to use Tony Gonsolin during the 2020 season. The fact that he did not make the Opening Day roster in the shortened season was enough to raise the eyebrows of MLB experts and fans alike.
Gonsolin would eventually get a shot in late-July but was then sent back to the Dodgers alternate location. He would spend much of August being optioned and recalled as the team used him to fill in starts until trading Ross Stripling.
So when Tony told us this week that his goal for 2021 was to break out of Spring Training camp with the big league team, it wasn’t much of a surprise. Gonsolin was easily one of the Dodgers’ most effective pitchers in 2020, but that didn’t stop them from keeping him down until he was needed. For Tony, he just wants to stay up the whole year.
Personal hopes would be to break camp with the stream straight from Spring Training whenever that happens. And then ideally, stay up with them the whole year. But at the end of the day just got to go out there and do what I do, throw strikes and challenge guys and just see what happens.
The decision by the Dodgers to move him in and out of the roster was more tactical than anything else. It was not performance-based, which could either make Tony feel better or worse about it depending on how he looks at it.
If he is going to crack the Opening Day roster, he’s going to have to fight. Gonsolin might be facing even more competition with the Dodgers. starting rotation in 2021 with the possible return of David Price. Adding him into the mix, LA has at least 9 guys on their 40-man roster looking to get into the rotation. Realistically, 6 of those guys have a shot to make the cut.
But if anyone can pull it off, it’s the guy who pitched to a 2.31 ERA and 2.29 FIP for the Dodgers in 2021. Go get em, Tony.