Dodgers: Three Non-Roster Invites to Keep an Eye on this Spring
My third and final player on this list is infielder, Jake Peter.
Peter was acquired by the Dodgers in the three-team deal that also netted LA Scott Alexander.
Peter is a great player to keep an eye on as he is old enough and experienced enough that he could be an option barring injuries to the major league roster.
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Peter turns 26 this season but the story here is his ability to play multiple positions. Baseball Reference lists Peter as a second baseman, shortstop and left fielder but you can more than likely lump first base into that mix.
With versatility, the Dodgers would be able to add Peter to the roster to fill in multiple roles and, so long as his bat shows up, Peter is a young and solid option to bring onto the 40-man roster.
The bat is the question mark. In 2017, Peter hit in the mid-.270s with 13 home runs. He also swiped 11 bags. But, the following season was a new story. The hitter once known for his ability to make contact dropped down to a .249 batting average and quickly, the 25-year-old Peter lost his footing on a backup role.
Spring training will be grounds to turn things around.
Should Peter re-prove his strengths at the plate, the Dodgers may be able to regain some trust. Peter’s biggest problem will be Edwin Rios who is already on the roster and brings unbelievable power to the table.
My list is three players long on paper. It does not stop here. The Dodgers invited 21 players to big league camp and just looking at that group of players, I am more or less excited about all of them. Take a look at the group and pick your three as the season is right here.