Dodgers: Three Forgotten Players that Could Make an Impact in 2018

DENVER, CO - APRIL 24: Relief pitcher Adam Liberatore
DENVER, CO - APRIL 24: Relief pitcher Adam Liberatore /
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LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 03: Trayce Thompson /

Unlike the previous two players, an injury is not what landed Trayce Thompson on this list. Last year, Thompson fell into a historic skid. He started last season 0 for his first 56 at-bats between the majors and the minor leagues. He struck out 23 times in his 49 big league at-bats last year and he his just .128.

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But, despite the obvious decline in production, fans should not give up on the soon to be 27-year-old.

Projections have Thompson returning to his form of 2016 where he looked significantly better than he did last year. In 2016 Thompson hit .225 with 13 home runs and 32 RBI’s. He also stole a total of five bases. The projections for 2018 are almost copied and pasted from that season.

As it stands right now, Baseball Reference has Thompson hitting .238 with 10 home runs and 29 RBI’s. He also projects to continue to use his speed, swiping three bags. If these numbers are even close to reality the Dodgers will welcome the young Dodger to come off the bench with open arms.

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In the end, these three players still face an uphill battle to make the roster. All three must not only train harder than the others in spring workouts but they need to impress the front office in game action as well. But, should they do it, fans should be excited to see any of these three players on the opening day roster.