Dodgers: Three Bold Player Predictions for the 2018 Season

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24: Chris Taylor
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24: Chris Taylor /
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LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 25: Logan Forsythe
LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 25: Logan Forsythe /

2. Logan Forsythe makes his first all-star game

The Dodgers were in the market for a second baseman and proceeded to acquire Logan Forsythe from the Tampa Bay Rays before the 2017 season. He entered 2017 as the “savior” for the second base position that had been a question mark. However, a rough start to the season followed by an injury led to a sour welcome in Los Angeles.

Even when he returned he continued to struggle. That was until he made an adjustment to his approach at the plate late in the season and into the playoffs. He would become much more aggressive at the plate as he would take on a less pressure-filled role with the emergence of Bellinger and Taylor.

That plays a huge factor. Forsythe was asked to do a lot for this team when he was brought in, and it may have overwhelmed him. He looked much more comfortable taking a step back in the lineup and relaxing his approach. During the playoffs, Forsythe hit .297 and was so important to the team with his versatility.

I believe he will carry that momentum with him into 2018. His refined approach seemed to help him a lot. His defense was solid all year and add offense, and he could find himself in his first ever mid-summer classic. Also, the NL second base position is not nearly as deep as the AL, so that helps his chances even more.