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Dodgers Prospects: The Future for Michael Busch May Be All Around the Diamond

Michael Busch was a first baseman in college at the University of North Carolina, but the Dodgers saw more defensive ability in him, immediately moving him to second base after drafting him in the first round in 2019. Busch has moved steadily up the minor-league ladder since then, culminating in a 2022 season that saw him whack 70 extra-base hits in Double-A and Triple-A.

Busch showed up at No. 7 on Baseball Prospectus’ Dodgers prospect list, released last week, and prospect expert Brandon Williams foresees another position change in Busch’s future, sort of.

Busch is a well-rounded offensive contributor, capable of driving the ball to all fields and contributing from any spot in the lineup.

His versatility also extends to the defensive side, where the second baseman by trade manned left field and first base at times last season. While he’s not flashy with the leather, his athleticism and baseball IQ allow him to provide adequate defense at multiple positions. Busch may be most valuable as a super-utility player, capable of spelling teammates across the diamond while providing some offensive firepower.

Busch has played second base, first base, and left field. For him to be a true utility player, it seems like he’d have to add third base to his toolset (assuming center field is out of the question). The thing is, the Dodgers don’t really need anyone to fill in at first base, because Freddie Freeman plays nearly every day. Second and left aren’t quite enough to make him a utility player. The question would be whether he has the arm for third base; gives his arm a 45 on the 20-80 scouting scale, which is below average, but they also note that he’s been working hard to improve his arm strength.

If Busch can become a viable option at third base, he could be that utility player BP talks about. Everyone agrees that his bat is ready for the big leagues; the question is how to get it into the lineup.

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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. During his previous career as an executive at a technology company, he began writing about baseball in his spare time. After leaving corporate America in 2014, he started doing it professionally. Jeff wrote and edited for Baseball Essential for years before joining Dodgers Nation. He's also the co-host of the Locked On Dodgers podcast, a daily podcast that brings the smart fan's perspective on our Boys in Blue. Jeff has a degree in English from Brigham Young University. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw's homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.


  1. Busch doesn’t have the arm strength for 3B. Better to have him backup Muncy and Freeman at 2B & 1B.

  2. I say trade him, Ryan Pepiot and Gavin Lux (and perhaps a player to be named later) to the Brewers for Corbin Burnes and Willy Adames. That solves two problems with one transactions.

  3. Yeah…no! Dodgers don’t need starting pitching. Already have a starting six, and three more top prospects knocking at the door. I like Busch in the utility role…this year. How long will Muncy be around? The media joke is, after a Muncy bomb to right, “that’s why you have him play 2B”. Well, Busch can actually play 2B. And, is major league ready offensively. They signed Martinez to be their DH, so maybe Busch starts at 2B and Muncy becomes the corner utility guy….

    One thing I have communicated to Friedman was this: just like stock investing, buy low and sell high. The Dodgers paid nothing to get Muncy. If there’s an opportunity by the trade deadline, why not explore that? Especially if Vargas nails down 3B.


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