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Dodgers News: Logan Forsythe As Good As Advertised Thus Far

In Friday night’s 12-2 Dodgers win, seemingly everyone who came up to the plate had a good day. But Logan Forsythe had a great one.

Forsythe was responsible for three of L.A.’s 15 hits. The perfect day pushed his spring average to .563.

On top of his hitting, Forsythe has been a wizard in the field. He even flashed that ability in the first game.

It was a lengthy offseason search for a right-handed second baseman, but perhaps it will all be worth it. Forsythe is expected to hit leadoff, per Dave Roberts, but not exclusively. Forsythe has experience across the lineup, and his right-handed bat may be shifted around depending on the matchup. On top of all that, he’s an excellent clubhouse guy, according to former teammates.

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Forsythe has grown as a player over the last four seasons. Dave Roberts told the Orange County Register what he’s seen develop in Forsythe’s game.

“He’s always controlled the strike zone,” Roberts said. “The difference I’ve seen … is a conscious effort to be a little more aggressive early in counts. I think his DNA is to run counts, but there’s still a lot to be said for being aggressive early in counts, not to concede a first-pitch fastball. I think you’ve seen him a little bit more aggressive early in counts and I think that’s a good thing for Logan.”

The Dodgers might’ve nailed their most significant offseason acquisition. Spring training results don’t carry much weight, but Forsythe has been everything the team wants to this point. If the early returns are a preview of what’s to come, Forsythe is well on his way to becoming a fan favorite.

Yasiel Puig went deep twice in Friday’s win

Gabe Burns

Gabe Burns is an award-winning journalist. He serves as a reporter and editor at the DodgersNation news desk. He additionally works as editor-in-chief of The Spectator, Valdosta State University's student paper. Gabe's work has been featured on a number of platforms, including Draft Breakdown and Pro Football Spot. His byline has been cited in media such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune. Aside from covering Dodgers baseball, Gabe enjoys watching the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Orlando Magic and Tampa Bay Lightning. He can be followed on Twitter at @GabeBurns_DN.

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