The Dodgers have holes in the outfield, and they have some solid outfield prospects. But that doesn’t mean they can just plug prospects into the outfield, especially one who hasn’t played above Double-A yet.
Over at The Athletic, Dodgers beat writer Fabian Ardaya did a mailbag column with questions from readers, and one reader asked about the possibility of prospect Andy Pages playing in the big leagues in 2023.
Considering the outfield questions: Are Outman and Andy Pages expected to get significant time with the big-league club this year? Or will that still depend on their respective minor-league performances? — Eli V.
I think these are separate cases. Outman will get some run in the big leagues this year, be it coming up midseason like he did last year or breaking camp with the big club if the Dodgers don’t make any substantive outfield additions this winter. …
Pages crushed the Arizona Fall League and had a good, not great offensive season at Double A in 2022. But the loft in his swing means he still has plenty of swing-and-miss issues to work through and his glove probably is still a better fit in the corner outfield. It’s fair to assume he will be in Triple A for the majority of 2023, though it’s possible he hits his way up to the big leagues.
Pages was outstanding at Rookie-level Ogden in 2019 and High-A Great Lakes in 2021, but his performance at Double-A Tulsa took a step back. He batted just .236 with a .805 OPS, and he struck out in 24.5% of his plate appearances.
Pages just turned 22, so he has plenty of time to make the progress he needs to be a solid big-leaguer, but we shouldn’t expect much from him in 2023.
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