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Mar 2, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Joc Pederson (65) runs the bases against the San Diego Padres in the second inning at Camelback Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Question: Which one Dodger prospect should make the 40-man roster?
Julian Lopez, Staff Writer– Wish that it could be Joc Pederson but the outfield is too crowded already, how about a future Corey Seager who I think is going to be an All-Star. But if I had to choose a prospect now, I would say Zach Lee. Ross Stripling is giving him a run for his money especially since Lee suffered a lat strain but I still think Lee would be a better fit. Right now Josh Beckett would be the 5th starter and although I think he could help the team, Lee would be better for the club. The 2013 Minor League Pitcher of the Year would be a good 5th starter for the team this year and I could see him giving the team 13-17 starts this year. He is only 23 years old and he would benefit greatly from being around the older guys like Dan Haren, Zack Greinke, and Paul Maholm.
Aaron David Gleason, Staff Writer– Well, considering we have a log jam at every position besides middle relief and First Base, I’d say someone that fits THAT bill would be in order. I certainly would love all our prospects to get a shot this Spring. I’d hope that Pederson has been taking some grounders…but in general I’d say Jose Dominguez. The man throws straight fire. Now a flat 100-mph fastball is easy to hit in the MLB, so I truly hope he mixes in a 2 seamer but the kid has something. I love the experience of a Wright, but we need to give the kids a chance.
Scott Andes, Editor- Without question that would be Joc Pederson for me. With Kemp starting the season on the DL, there is room on the bench for him. Very toolsy prospect with a potent bat, and strong arm. Obviously this guy is a talented young ball player. He’s been fun to watch this spring, and I hope we see more of him soon somehow. Something tells me injuries and rustiness will give him chances to break with the club at some point in the season.
Adrian Garcia, Staff Writer– I love the fact that there isn’t many opportunities for the prospects to come up and contribute, this means that all of the holes are filled, but how about some Joc Pederson? That’s probably the easiest answer, but it’s going to take a lot in order for Zach Lee to make the team, like injuries to Paul Maholm, Josh Beckett, and probably Dan Haren just for him to be considered unfortunately, the bullpen is set, and it’s not like Yimi Garcia or Onelki Garcia are very healthy either, I’m not sure Alex Guerrero is really a prospect although I do think he’ll break out in a big way, so it seems that Joc Pederson with his sweet swing, and great plate discipline have a great shot of making the team taking into account Carl Crawford’s leg, Matt Kemp’s ankle, and Yasiel Puig’s “Yasiel Puigness”, I’m having a difficult time coming up with a scenario where Joc Pederson doesn’t play with the Dodgers, barring a Cliff Lee or someone of that caliber trade.
Stacie Wheeler, Editor– I think I made my choice pretty clear when I wrote about Joc Pederson’s value to the Dodgers. With Matt Kemp’s soon-to-be sixth D.L. stint since May of 2012 and Carl Crawford’s perpetual rustiness, Joc Pederson will most likely get the call sooner than later. The 21-year old Southern California native would be a perfect fit for the Dodgers, and his naturally pretty swing shouldn’t be wasted much longer in the minor league system. Although Joc has yet to play above AA, I don’t think a full year in Albuquerque would necessarily be that important for the outfielder. I don’t think it would be too far-fetched to see an outfield of Joc Pederson in center, Andre Ethier in left field, and Yasiel Puig in right field at some point this season.
Lucas Talbot, Staff Writer- Seth Rosin has showed a lot in his two outings. It goes to show that when it comes to having the flexibility and the money that general manager Ned Colletti can show his true talent as a general manager. While, yes, Colletti has made moves that backfired, but as a gm, bad moves come with the job and the moves that were successful outweighs the negatives during his time as a general manager. Rosin has been on point this spring. Rosin came in firing strikes and is turning heads in the Dodgers camp as a rule 5 draft pick. Hopefully, Rosin continues his solid spring and makes the squad out of spring training.