Dodgers: Predicting the batting order as summer camps open
Predicting the Dodgers lineup: Bottom of the Order
7. Corey Seager, SS
It seems crazy to have someone as talented as Corey Seager batting seventh, but such is the Dodgers lineup that is stacked with talent. The left-handed shortstop could see himself back at the top of the lineup, replacing Muncy in the two hole, depending on how the two players perform this season.
Seager returned from injury last year to hit 19 home runs and slash .272/.335/.483 while playing solid defense in the middle of the infield. A full year removed from Tommy John surgery, the Dodgers are hoping he returns to the form he showed in his rookie season when he batted .308 and smashed 26 home runs.
8. Will Smith, C
We could see a shared role at the catcher position this season between former first round draft pick Will Smith and veteran Austin Barnes. A compressed schedule that will have the Dodgers playing 60 games in 66 days could call on manager Dave Roberts to balance the catching duties.
Smith had a solid start to his major league career last season, hitting 15 home runs. However, Barnes gives Los Angeles an expert pitch-framer who can help the pitching staff reach their maximum potential. Whomever is catching, expect them to bat 8th in the lineup.
9. Gavin Lux, 2B
The nine hole will look different for the Dodgers this season as the designated hitter allows the team to include an actual slugger at the bottom of the lineup instead of the pitcher.
The top prospect in the Dodger system, Gavin Lux, is looking to become the everyday second baseman this season. He is a good candidate for the 9th slot as a hitter who can handle the bat and get on base ahead of heavy hitters when the lineup turns back around. With Mookie Betts leading off, it will mean Lux should get plenty of pitches to hit.
After going through the entire lineup, I have to say, Wow! This season is going to be fun, if they can play.