Cactus League games are a really good time for guys to shake off the rust. After a very long offseason that featured a frustrating lockout, getting back into game action is paramount at this point. The Dodgers know that and understand the importance of getting their guys back into shape.
The Dodgers’ number 2 prospect made his Cactus League debut over the weekend. Ryan Pepiot is a guy that many in the organization are excited about, and he could make an impact in this team as early as this year.
But Saturday was a day for him to forget. Pepiot allowed six runs on four hits over two innings of work, including a grand slam from Steven Souza Jr. But if there was a positive out of this, it’s that he got his work in and featured that change-up that the Dodgers are so excited about.
Pepiot is expected to start the season at Triple-A for the Dodgers this season. But at 24-years-old, the expectation is for him to continue to work his way up until he can crack the big league squad, which could be very soon.
“It was just one of those things that he couldn’t command the baseball. But to see him go back out there for the second inning and ultimately come out feeling good, healthy and built up, that’s most important right now.” – Dave Roberts via Juan Toribio
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