The Dodgers 2017 Spring Training is finally coming to an end with Opening Day right around the corner on April 4th against the San Diego Padres at Dodgers Stadium. The success of the season could depend on how well a select number of players perform.
For this list, I did not select players such as Clayton Kershaw, Justin Turner, Kenley Jansen, or Corey Seager because these players are the driving force behind this Dodgers‘ team. Without solid seasons from each of them, it would be tough for the Dodgers to find continued success, so I have complete faith that they will do what they always do. However, there is only so much stars can do alone; a team needs the supporting cast to step up and take them to the next level.
The players I have selected are the Dodgers’ under-the-radar or second-tier players that will need to produce in order for this Dodgers’ team to return to the playoffs and beyond. They will help elevate the team to greater heights than just the team’s stars can do alone. Remember, this is a team sport so it has to be “all hands on deck” for any “team” success. The following five players are all players that will determine how far the Dodgers will go this season. They won’t be the be-all end-all, but if they do not perform as expected, Los Angeles will not be able to achieve its lofty goal of appearing in and winning its first World Series Championship since 1988.