The Los Angeles Dodgers have bountiful depth everywhere around the diamond.
The club lost its expected number three starting pitcher when offseason acquisition David Price opted out of the 2020 season amid COVID concerns. Thankfully they had three other capable arms ready to plug in and help LA not miss a beat.
If there are injuries or any lost time in the infield or outfield, there are players ready to step in and provide productive at-bats.
However, one area of weakness might be behind the dish. Beyond the expected tandem of Will Smith and Austin Barnes, the Dodgers are looking a bit left out to dry at catcher. Smith — a second-year backstop who tapered off in the second half of his rookie season — and Barnes — a now somewhat grizzled veteran still chasing production now three years gone — are fine options, but what if injuries or something worse befalls either of the duo?
Here we get to know some of the younger, not quite ready for primetime players in the organization and how one old name is the one that makes the most sense.
What do you think? Will Rocky Gale be enough as a glove-first backstop in an emergency? Do you start the clock on unproven top prospect Keibert Ruiz or teenager Diego Cartaya? Or do you bring in the veteran presence of Russell Martin?