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Dodgers Insider Doesn’t See Top Slugging Prospect Playing a Big Role for LA

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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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. He's been blogging about baseball and the Dodgers 2004 and doing it professionally since 2015. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.

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  1. Uppercut swings result in more power and less contact overall. Teams are rewarding that and it makes for a change in how the game is played. I’m thinking the minor leaguers are following suit. I don’t care for it myself but we’re not in charge unless we vote with our wallets. Players used to get to the majors by hitting for average and catching the ball. Many added power after first establishing themselves as major leaguers. I prefer that model.

      1. …. Truth! I was just watching a YouTube video on Ricky Henderson; WOW!! I have been following him along with our favorite team here since the mid 80s and the love-10 the entire time along with Fernando mania the sax man Pedro guero, Orel, and ” Say it aint Sciocia” ( Chris Berman’s nickname for Mike socia). Anywho…. Rickey Henderson was saying while playing for independent baseball when he was 52 years old and raking in that League, he was saying how people only care about home runs and how that perverts the game. I mean the guy holds a record for most records!? If I can have a fantasy All-Star team, he would be batting first 7th and 9th! Bonds would be batting 3rd and 4th Hank Aaron’s second Jackie Robinson 8th, Ruth batting 5th and then either Hornsby or maize batting six. Those aren’t the greatest players but as far as the actual lineup because a hot picture could just about no hit an All-Star team. Did you get an answer guys getting base hits and stolen bases bunching over you’re always going to score runs just not a whole heck of a lot of them. Whereas if you want to get a bunch of double-digit run wins just hack away. I was just saying that this whole year too wondering what happened to all the Rickey Henderson’s Juan Pierres, a Brett Butler’s, Kenny lofton’s gruesomes, heck even the strawberries and Vladimir Guerrero’s??!! Even a hit and run Kings like sax Robbie Thompson hard-nosed style like Lenny dykstra and Pete Rose. I mean it’s pretty sad when baseball scoring as hell until steroids came into play and you had 5 ft 9 Brett Boone smacking 40 homers 40 doubles and 150 RBIs then drug testing and then he got 60 RBIS with 15 homers the next year

  2. Keep in mind these are only my opinions. It doesn’t mean you have to agree. If we all agreed on everything 100% of the time, there would be few if any message boards…
    Let’s get down to reality: baseball is a business and has to sell tickets to make a profit. Very few, if any, would want to come to the park to see Aaron Judge bunt, or hit singles. It was the same with Bonds, McGwire, Sosa, etc. People want to see the long ball. The farther it goes, the more they scream! Does anyone ever go to watch someone putt a golf ball, or do they go to see if someone like John Daly tear the cover off the ball?? It is what it is. I like to see a team with speed steal bases, execute the squeeze play, or beat out a ball in the infield…or watch an outfielder chase down a fly ball that everyone thinks is impossible. To me, that makes the game more exciting. By now, most people know that the guy who got the 62nd HR ball from Judge got a lot of money for the ball. How many would get that kind of money for a bunted ball?

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