1. Andre Jackson
Not only could Andre Jackson return to the Dodgers next week, but … he could weasel his way onto the playoff roster? Right?
Scrubs don’t get shouted out by Justin Turner, after all.
After seemingly every other available arm on the team’s 40-man was utilized to soak up innings during this bizarre first half, Jackson finally got his shot after shaking off an injury and building back up at the Triple-A level.
The patience paid off with four innings of five-strikeout ball during that strange Pirates series, giving the righty with the devastating change something to hang his hat on before heading back to the high minors.
Overall this season, the 25-year-old Futures Game participant looks like a weapon for the present and future, building himself up with 77 innings (and a 1.01 WHIP) across three levels of the minors after a dull year marked by inactivity in 2020. Jackson is easily the highest-ceiling addition the Dodgers can make internally down the stretch, and if the team opts for upside, he’ll get a quick call — certainly ahead of McKinstry, who won’t have much of a role beyond filling the occasional gap.
The middle innings of LA’s bullpen are far from solidified heading into the postseason, and the effervescent Jackson can give this team a spark. Unfortunately, with such little breathing room in the postseason race, the Dodgers haven’t been able to give him an extended tryout with a safety net.
Maybe things open up a bit in the season’s final month. LA might get more than they bargained for once Jackson rises.