Dodgers 25-Man Roster If the Season Started Today

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 11: Manager Dave Roberts
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 11: Manager Dave Roberts /
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LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 03: Andrew Toles /

Now back in Dodger Blue, Matt Kemp is close to a sure thing in left field. However, it might depend on how Dave Roberts wants to manage him. A veteran hitter who understands his role, Kemp could be manning a platoon this season. Kemp’s historical splits favor his bat against left-handed pitchers, so he could get a substantial number of days off when facing tough right-handed hurlers.

Yasiel Puig stands to be the only Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder that is guaranteed to start on Opening Day. Other than Puig in right, the other outfield positions may be open for competition. Joc Pederson is the incumbent and most likely to be starting in center. Because of his yearly struggles with consistency, though, Pederson will be on a short leash.

If Andrew Toles is healthy, he and Enrique Hernandez both have the skills and experience to play all three outfield positions. Should Toles still be recovering from last year’s right knee injury, Trayce Thompson is another outfielder who would likely be given a chance as fourth outfielder until Toles is ready to go.

Center field is an area where the Dodgers have room to improve, but probably only if the player coming in is a definite improvement over what they already have and is not costing the team a lot of money.

5 Outfielders:

Yasiel Puig, Right Field

Matt Kemp, Left Field

Joc Pederson, Center Field

Andrew Toles, Fourth Outfielder

Quique Hernandez, Outfield/Utility