The Dodgers are currently one of the top teams in Major League Baseball if we are looking at their 2016 roster; however, things are changing. Justin Turner, Kenley Jansen, and Chase Utley are all free agents whose futures are uncertain. Adrian Gonzalez is right behind them, being that he will be a free agent in 2019. So what does our future look like with 3 of our infielders potentially leaving? You have nothing to worry about!
Adrian Gonzalez is not an easy act to follow. He is a career .290 hitter, with 308 home runs and 1954 hits. Luckily, the Dodgers have the 31st overall prospect in Major League Baseball as his successor.
Cody Bellinger is the Dodgers’ 1st overall prospect, and for good reason! In 114 games with the Tulsa Drillers this season, Bellinger hit .263, with 23 home runs and 65 runs batted in.
He was doing so well in Tulsa that he was called up to the triple-A OKC Dodgers for their playoff run. In 3 games with them, he hit .545, with 3 home runs and 6 runs batted in. He was essentially the definition of an impact player.
To top things off, Bellinger is quite the stud defensively. In 2016 with the Tulsa Drillers and OKC Dodgers, he put up a .997 fielding percentage. To put this into perspective, Gold Glover Adrian Gonzalez had a .998 fielding percentage in 2016.
If the Dodgers do decide to resign Chase Utley, it will likely be something like a one year contract. If they don’t, Howie Kendrick could fill the void until he becomes a free agent himself. The team could even acquire a second baseman this offseason, such as Ian Kinsler.
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All of these players, however, would simply be placement cards until Willie Calhoun is ready to come up to the Majors.
Willie Calhoun had a great season with the Tulsa Drillers, hitting .254 with 27 home runs and 88 runs batted in. The number 4 prospect in the Dodgers’ farm system will add even more power to the lineup from 2nd base, which is something the Dodgers have not seen in a long time. His fielding percentage might be a little low at .957 for 2016, but him and Seager up the middle is without a doubt a deadly combination.
The Dodgers have one of Major League Baseball’s best players in Corey Seager as their everyday shortstop, and that is unlikely to change anytime soon. In his rookie season with the Dodgers, Seager led the team in average and hits with .308 and 193, respectively. He also came in a close second in home runs with 26.
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There is no doubt that the Dodgers plan on making Seager a franchise player. His ability to make adjustments at the plate is so valuable, not to mention he is doing that at only 22-years old. Plus, how can you not love a shortstop that has the power to hit 3 dingers in one game?
This may be cheating, but I don’t apologize. I am banking on the Dodgers opening up their wallets and resigning Justin Turner for this one. There is just no one on the market that can match his abilities, both offensively and defensively. Plus, other than Rob Segedin, there are no players within the Dodgers organization who seem like they will be ready for the major leagues any time soon.
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Justin Turner led the team in home runs and runs batted in with 27 and 90, respectively. He also put up a respectable .275 batting average and .339 on-base percentage. These big numbers came after Justin Turner slumped for the better part of the first half of the season. He was able to make adjustments to bring his numbers form .225 in the month of May to .286 in the month of June.
The infield is phenomenal now, but the future is so bright. With guys like Cody Bellinger and Willie Calhoun on their way to the majors and Corey Seager and Justin Turner holding it down, there is no telling what the 4 can do. All we can do is wait for now, but trust when I say that the wait will be worth it!
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