Three Platoonable Second Base Options that fit the Dodgers

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ANAHEIM, CA – APRIL 08: Ryan Schimpf #20 of the Los Angeles Angels hits a solo home run in the sixth inning of the game against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium on April 8, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) /

A lot of you may read this name and think, “Ryan Who?”, but Ryan Schimpf actually was a presence in the NL West just a few years ago as a powerful left-handed hitter.

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Another former-Padre, when he came up with San Diego in 2016, Schimpf only hit .217 but with 20 home runs in 89 games. His lack of average hurts, but Schimpf really was a righty killer. In his 221 plate appearances against righties that season, Schimpf had a .388 ISO, which leads all second basemen over the last two seasons against right-handed pitching (minimum 100 PAs).

The lefty hit .246 against righties that season with a 14.9% walk rate, good for sixth best amongst second basemen hitting against righties over the last two seasons, with a top-30 OBP and a top-50 BB/K ratio among second basemen.

Schimpf struggled last season, playing in just five games in the majors with the Angels and 30 games in their Triple-A affiliate, so he should be inexpensive and therefore worth a shot.

If Schimpf could hit around .240 with this much power, he could be a very inexpensive flyer option for the Dodgers to invite to Spring Training. He could end up providing Muncy-like value in a best-case scenario, and worst case he gets released after Spring Training.

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One thing is certain, the Dodgers cannot suffer from some added depth to the roster. With Chris Taylor and Enrique Hernandez being used in other roles outside of second base, a third and pure second baseman should be welcomed.