Dodgers: Making a Case For and Against Every Left Field Competitor

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Honorable Mentions:

Enrique Hernandez:

Case for Hernandez:

Kike will likely get his fair share of reps in left field as he should. He destroys left-handed pitching. He will likely get the nod on opening day because he has killed Madison Bumgarner in the past.

Case against Hernandez:

Unfortunately for Hernandez, he is just too valuable to the Dodgers coming off the bench. He can play EVERY position. He will share starts in left, fill in for Taylor in center, Puig in right, and probably every infielder at least once during the season will get rest thanks to the super utility man.

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Alex Verdugo

Case for Verdugo:

Despite having a rough welcome to the big leagues, the kid can hit. He is an on-base machine. He would also be the best defender, and he could grow with the other two youngsters; Seager and Bellinger. Those three are the future, and we should make the future now.

Case against Verdugo:

His rough welcome to the bigs leaves a sour taste in my mouth, and there is just no room for him. If he is going to platoon, it would be better if he got every rep in AAA instead of half the reps with the big league squad.

Trayce Thompson

Case for Thompson

He’s Klay Thompson’s brother.

Case against Thompson:

He has to prove himself in AAA before even getting the slightest chance at sniffing the big leagues after his disaster of a season last year.

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Whoever the choice is, just know that they will produce because all of these players are very good. Luckily, if the wrong choice is made or an injury occurs the Dodgers know they have the depth to make up for it as the season progresses. Who knows, maybe a player like Jake Peter gets a shot due to injury. Either way, the Dodgers are in good hands with whomver gets the job.