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Dodgers: Utility Man Matt Beaty Talks About Cracking Loaded Roster



The Georgia-born Matt Beaty played an unexpected part for the 2019 record-setting Dodgers. After making his MLB debut on April 30th (and getting a base hit), the 26-year-old posted an on-base-plus-slugging of .834 through August. In that time he saw a lot of action in left field, filling in for the injured AJ Pollock.

By September, Beaty faded a bit and batting under .200 for the final month of the season. Still, he made the postseason roster and collected 3 hits in 8 at-bats.

Now, he finds himself fighting for a roster spot on an overloaded Dodgers team.

In an effort to best set himself up for success, the utility man arrived to Glendale, Arizona early — about two weeks early. But he still understands that there’s a lot of work ahead of him.

“I still gotta prove that I belong at the big league level,” Beaty said while discussing the differences between this camp and last year’s camp. Importantly, he ended his chat with Alanna Rizzo by stating his overarching goal for 2020.

Just as long as I can crack the lineup or get a chance or an opportunity, that’s all I’m asking for.

Unfortunately for Matt, it might be a tall ask.

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Over the offseason, the Dodgers added superstar Mookie Betts to an already talented roster. Then a trade involving Joc Pederson fell through. Despite the newly amended 26-man active roster rule for the 2020 season, veterans like Enrique Hernandez, Chris Taylor, and AJ Pollock all are set to see regular time in the lineup for Los Angeles.

So the starting 9 for the club appears to be set, barring injury. The backups appear set, for the most part. While there’s a lot of spring training left, Dave Roberts identifying Beaty as a guy that has “earned it and needs to continue earning it” gives some hope to the left-handed batter.

Written by Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor of Dodgers Nation, and a host and analyst on Dodgers Nation's own Blue Heaven podcast live stream.

He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future.

He's also a sandwich enthusiast, a consummate athlete, and a friend.

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  1. The Dodgers should trade Pederson and a fringe starter like Stripling. They have too many arms & LF bats & not enough roster space to give them any maneuverability.
    Pederson and Stripling should bring back a big haul in Farm Team Prospects for the future as they have this year and next covered.
    I still think they should move Seager next year to 3rd and use Lux at SS with possibly Muncy or Estevez at 2nd depending on if they resign Turner.
    This team is very young and has some talent backing up on the Farm they will need o trade them or promote them in the next year or so,
    I think next yer they will need to promote May to a rotation spot so they either drop Wood or trade Price. Kershaw and Price are declining so we shall see which one can stops the slide of age and wear and tear.

    • don’t see Dodgers able to sign Seager…remember Bore-azz is his Agent and thanks to him and the POS owner we had at the time…Beltre, who wanted to stay a Dodger signed with some AAA team in Wash….and we got some opting out right fielder….Or did I Drew that wrong…

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