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The regular season is right around the corner, so what better way to kickoff our discussion than with “My Projected Lineup”. Please comment and post your projections. I would love to hear what you guys think about the Dodgers 2016 Lineup!
2nd Base - Howie Kendrick
Short Stop - Corey Seager (L)
3rd Base - Justin Turner
1st Base - Adrian Gonzalez (L)
Right Field - Yasiel Puig
Left Field - Andre Ethier (L)
Center Field - Joc Pederson (L)
Catcher - Yasmani Grandal (S)
Starting Pitcher - Starting Pitcher
- Clayton Kershaw (L)
- Kenta Maeda
- Scott Kazmir (L)
- Mike Bolsinger
- Alex Wood (L)
Let’s go over the projected lineup, starting from the bottom and working our way up. Yasmani is in the 8th spot to give Pederson some protection. With Yasmani’s vision around the plate, his walk total has the potential to be a career high this year. Dave Roberts has already stated Pederson will be roaming CF for the Dodgers on opening day. If he stays there for the remainder of the season is still yet to be determined. With Pederson coming off his second half woes, and the Dodgers acquiring Trayce Thompson from the White Sox in the off-season, Pederson could be on the hot seat if he has a slow start. I put Pederson in the 7th spot of the lineup because I think a large part of his woes are due to him hitting in the 8th spot of the lineup last year. With having some more protection behind him, and if Pederson is able to work himself into some more hitter’s counts, it could be the ingredients for success and returning to his 2015 first half numbers. Andre Ethier will be the main staple in LF this year, barring injury. Scott Van Slyke will handle some LF when facing lefties, but other than that I see Ethier manning the position for most of the season. His defense is better than any other OF on the bench, except for the possibility of Trayce Thompson if he starts the season on the MLB club. With Crawford being expendable it will be interesting to see what management decides. Crawford will be unlikely to take a bench role, when he could be starting elsewhere. At any rate, I have Ethier/Van Slyke in the 6th spot of the lineup. Yasiel Puig will be hitting in the 5th spot of the lineup. With the MLB investigation now over with, Puig can focus on baseball and work on getting back to his 2014 form. Puig is the most intriguing out fielder on the Dodgers MLB roster. If he gets off to a hot start in 2016, management may be able to move Puig for a decent return. Dodgers have enough OF prospects that are Major League ready to fill the void if a trade is made. Adrian Gonzalez should have another typical year. Even with getting older, Gonzalez continues to produce at a very high level. Not to mention he’s one of the best defensive first baseman in the league. Gonzalez will need to be one of the core contributors again in 2016 if the Dodgers want to compete. Justin Turner is coming off his best season in the Major Leagues. It will be interesting if he can continue that through the 2016 campaign. The only thing that may slow Turner down is his nagging knee injuries. If Turner can stay healthy he should be manning 3rd base and the 3-hole for the Dodgers in 2016. The top prospect in baseball, Corey Seager, will be the starting short stop for the Dodgers on opening day (barring an injury). The Rookie of the Year candidate has the potential to become a staple in the 2 spot of the Dodgers lineup for a very long time. With his height and frame eventually moving him to 3rd base later on in his career, Seager could also end up batting in the middle of the order for the Dodgers as well. Seager’s upside is tremendous and should be an exciting player for Dodgers Nation to watch. Howie had a typical Kendrick year in 2015. Even though Kendrick is not your typical lead off hitter, and doesn’t provide a tremendous amount of speed, he does get on base quite often. With Kendrick getting on base at a high rate, it should take the pressure off and give Seager plenty of opportunities for some RBI’s.
Next up is the Starting Rotation. The first three starters of the rotation are pretty much set. Wood and Bolsinger are working this spring to decide who will be the 4th and 5th starters of the rotation. Based on Woods season last year and his spring start this year I have him slated as the #5 starter. As the season progresses and players come back from injury I am predicting Wood will end up as a long reliever. If Bolsinger or Wood struggles out of the gate, I would not be surprised to see Dodger Management give Lee a chance in the rotation.
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