The Los Angeles Dodgers didn’t make any huge splashes this past offseason, but they acquired some veterans who can make an impact this season. One of them being veteran Jason Heyward.
LA signed Heyward to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring Training, and he has been making a good impression on skipper Dave Roberts.
The team just had their intrasquad game on Thursday, and our very own Doug McKain had an opportunity to talk to Heyward and how he felt being back on the diamond. McKain asked the 33-year-old about the young guys and what he’s seen from them thus far. Heyward said he loves what he sees from the young players, especially the position players.
“These guys know how to play baseball, they know how to prepare no doubt. Experience is going to be the best teacher for them. But they’re hungry, they’ve got a lot of good tools — can swing the bat, can go get the ball. To me, the more they play, the better they’re going to get.”
The Dodgers have the best farm system in the league, according to The Athletic. And from how Heyward spoke on them, that shouldn’t be a surprise.
LA’s number one prospect and catcher Diego Cartaya, will be set to take control behind the plate for the majority of Spring Training and could very likely be the catcher of the future for the Boys in Blue.
Miguel Vargas, who will see an increase in ABs and see a lot of time in the infield, is already considered one of LA’s best young sluggers and will have the opportunity to show that starting in Spring Training.
And you have Michael Busch, a lefty hitter who is one of LA’s best pure hitters, at their disposal. Not only is he a phenomenal hitter, but he is a really good defender, especially in the infield.
The Dodgers are so deep from both the major league club all the way down to the minor league club. LA does a fantastic job in molding the young players to become the best version of themsleves, and that goes beyond the three prospects mentioned above.
The chances of all three playing in the big leagues this season are highly unlikely, but according to Heyward, they are the truth, and we cannot wait to see what they bring to the parent club soon.