Dodgers: 3 options to replace David Price’s spot in the rotation
Dodgers who could replace David Price in the rotation: Dustin May
The top pitching prospect in the Dodger system, Dustin May, is another promising candidate to replace Price in the rotation. The 22-year-old made his major league debut last season and looked impressive as a starter. In 4 starts, he pitched to a 1-2 record, but his ERA was below three runs (2.82) and he struck out 17 batters while walking only three in over 22 innings of work.
With the 2020 Minor League Baseball season canceled, May will be limited to pitching in the big leagues in order to keep his development path on track. An open rotation spot could help keep him on his pitching regiment while providing the Dodgers with a potential shot in the arm from one of their best young pitchers from a talented farm system.
The question for Roberts and the front office is whether it poses a risk to put May in a challenging situation of pitching over a compressed schedule after the season was forced to stop and start back up again. They can make that evaluation based on how his arm feels in summer camp.
The 6-foot-6 right-hander could be the X-factor for the team this season, if he lives up to his potential.