Dodgers Make Their Second Round of Roster Cuts
Spring training roster cuts continued for the Dodgers as the team cut six players from major league camp in preparation for opening day on Mar. 28.
The team has optioned right-handed pitchers Yadier Alvarez and Josh Sborz and left-handed pitcher Donnie Hart to the minor leagues. In addition, they have reassigned right-hander Mitchell White and infielders Gavin Lux and Omar Estevez to minor league camp.
They now have 50 players on their roster with 25 moves still to be made.
Alvarez, 23, was signed out of Cuba during the 2015 international signing period. With a fastball that reaches triple digits, the team had high hopes for him, but he has been unable to match his talent with his production. He will likely start in AA Tulsa and continue to work on his command issues.
Sborz, 25, was drafted in the second round of the 2015 draft, Sborz was a dominant college reliever. The Dodgers tried to convert him into a starter before moving him back to the bullpen. Sborz should see some innings for the major league team this year as he’s one of their better relief prospects.
Hart, 28, was acquired from the Orioles earlier in the week. He will likely pitch for the Dodgers at some point this year if he doesn’t get designated for assignment before then. He’s a fringe roster player right now but his minor league ground ball and strikeout combination make him semi-intriguing.
White, 24, was the Dodgers’ second-round selection in the 2016 draft. He has the stuff to be a front of the rotation starter but 2018 was a struggle for him. He will look to get back on track this season and establish himself as one of the Dodgers’ top prospects. He could debut later this season if the team needs a starter but he would likely benefit from another full season of minor league work.
Lux, 21, was the Dodgers’ first-round pick in 2016. He had a breakout 2017 that pushed him into the Dodgers’ top five prospect list. Lux needs more time in the minor leagues to fix his throwing issues and become more consistent versus left-handed pitchers. He does project to be the team’s starting second baseman of the future.
Estevez, 21, was another one of the players signed during the 2015 international signing period. He has an advanced hit tool for his age but he’s still at least a full season away from reaching the Major Leagues.
The Dodgers made five more roster cuts, which now puts their roster at 45 players.
The #Dodgers optioned infielder Matt Beaty and catcher Rocky Gale and reassigned DJ Peters, Cameron Perkins and Jake Peter to minor league camp. The Dodgers now have 45 players in camp, including 17 infielders/outfielders, 23 pitchers and five catchers.
— Dodger Insider (@DodgerInsider) March 11, 2019
Beaty, 25, has been a very solid hitter in the minor leagues but he has struggled to stay healthy. He should get called up at some point this season.
Gale, 31, is really just around until top prospect Will Smith is ready. He won’t be called up unless there is an early season injury to Austin Barnes or Russell Martin.
Peters, a 23-year-old outfielder, is one of the Dodgers top prospects. He really impressed this spring but he needs to prove he can keep his strikeout rate down in the minor leagues. If he does, he could break out this season with plus power and good defense at all three outfield spots.
Perkins, a 28-year-old outfielder, was really just brought in for depth. He likely won’t see any time with the Dodgers this season.
Peter, a 25-year-old utility player, was acquired from the White Sox last off-season. After impressing in Spring Training last year, he struggled all season when he was healthy in AAA. He needs to start hitting more to get back on the Dodgers’ radar.
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I admit I don’t follow a lot of the Dodgers minor players unless ofcourse they are mentioned in trades. What I’m saying no surprises on the aforementioned names listed that are optioned or reassigned to the minors.
I was really hoping Lux had worked hard enough in the off season to get over his throwing issues as well as hitting lefties, I’m looking forward to his bright future with us as long as we keep him, which I think we will since he is a top prospect. Peters is another one to keep an eye for, our farm system is so deep we are very fortunate, it always makes me laugh when I hear fans say our window for WS title is closing, yet they don’t know how good our farm system is, if they did it may make their understanding of why the FO is in no rush to make that big splash with a long term contract