Dodgers: Pre-Spring Training 25-man Roster Predictions

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MILWAUKEE, WI - OCTOBER 20: The Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate after defeating the Milwaukee Brewers in Game Seven to win the National League Championship Series at Miller Park on October 20, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - OCTOBER 20: The Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate after defeating the Milwaukee Brewers in Game Seven to win the National League Championship Series at Miller Park on October 20, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /
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LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 27: Enrique Hernandez #14 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a solo home run against Craig Kimbrel #46 of the Boston Red Sox (not in photo) in the ninth inning of Game Four of the 2018 World Series at Dodger Stadium on October 27, 2018, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /

Finally, we have the bench. These are the guys that round out the roster and two of them will get more at-bats than your average bench player but they do not have one defined position.

The list starts with Enrique Hernandez. Hernandez is the Dodgers most productive bench piece both offensively and defensively. In 2018, he played every position but catcher (yes, he pitched) and in 2019 there should be no change.

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Hernandez brings to the table what every team dreams of in a bench spot, he is versatile.

Second of the four bench players is Max Muncy. Muncy and Hernandez will take up tons of at-bats in starting roles but, again, their positions are undefined. Muncy could see time at first base, second, third and in left field.

Russell Martin will need a backup catcher and Austin Barnes has that job on lock unless the team makes a surprising move. Barnes will look to improve upon a seriously underwhelming 2018. His improvement may not mean much though as the Dodgers two young superstar catchers, Will Smith and Keibert Ruiz, are right on his heels.

Finally, rounding out the 25-man roster is David Freese. Freese brings to the table what Chase Utley did for the last three years, a veteran presence. Freese is productive and knowledgeable and his role is equally as important as anyone.

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My roster is set and I will list it fully here. In the rotation, the Dodgers will have Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, Rich Hill, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Kenta Maeda. In the bullpen, it will be Kenley Jansen, Joe Kelly, Scott Alexander, Pedro Baez, Ross Stripling, Tony Cingrani, Josh Fields and Dylan Floro. In the lineup, it will be Russell Martin, Cody Bellinger, Chris Taylor, Corey Seager, Justin Turner, Joc Pederson, AJ Pollock and Alex Verdugo. And, on the bench, Enrique Hernandez, Max Muncy, Austin Barnes and David Freese.

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