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Trayce Thompson was off to a hot start to begin last season before a back injury put a dark cloud over his 2017. This year he’ll look to regain that form, but for the time being it will have to start in Oklahoma City.
To begin 2016, Trayce looked to be fit for a starting position. He was raking the ball and playing passable defense. In 80 games for the team, he hit 13 home runs and showed good discipline with 26 walks.
Sadly, on July 16th, he was shut down due to a sore back, which was later revealed to be fractures in his back. Needless to say, he sat out the remainder of the year. It will be interesting to see whether Trayce can tap into his potential again and become the team’s starter in left.
Trayce was more than likely optioned to OKC in order to get in some consistent playing time. Don’t expect him to sit too long down there because he proved he deserves a shot in the majors. You will very likely see Trayce back in LA come May, and may even see him earn the starting left fielder job during the year.
These players would possibly start on some or at least get a spot on the 25 man rosters on most other teams in the majors. Regrettably, for them, the Dodgers have a long list of capable players at all positions and will look to see which players can bring the most to the table.
However, do not feel sorry for the guys on the list, as they will all most likely get a shot in LA this year. For the time being, however, they’ll start in the minors, which is nothing to be ashamed of when you’re dealing with the depth the Dodgers currently have.
At this particular moment the roster is set and will be adjusted to fit the team’s needs. This is a good problem to have for the team, and I’m excited to see how the roster looks as the season continues. Right now, lets just enjoy the fact there is baseball again in Chavez Ravine!