Dodgers most impacted (baseball-wise) by canceled minor league season

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Dodgers impacted by canceled MiLB season: Michael Busch

A similar story to Kody Hoese, the Dodgers 31st overall pick in the 2019 June Amateur Draft, Michael Busch, was left off the 60-man player pool, even though he could be one year removed from making it to the majors given the proper development trajectory.

Busch broke his right hand after getting hit by a pitch in only his fifth game last season in Rookie Ball, so he has only stepped to the plate 35 times in a Dodgers affiliated uniform. 2020 was set to be an important season for the power-hitting left-hander to prove he could handle a transition to second base.

Of course, with Gavin Lux ready to take over everyday duties at second, it seems practical to move Busch to the corner infield or outfield positions as he makes his way into the Dodgers lineup over the next year or two.

The 22-year-old could eventually find himself on the Dodgers’ player pool, but if he doesn’t, it will be a lost season for a young player who is probably even closer to the majors than fellow 2019 first rounder Kody Hoese.

A canceled minor league season will make it difficult for the Dodgers to evaluate whether he is ready to make the next leap, and at which position he could possibly serve.