Spring training is in the rearview mirror, but it that doesn't mean the performances of those players who shined during the months of February and March will be forgotten.
This past offseason, the Los Angeles Dodgers didn't spend like fans are used to, but the team's farm system remains stacked with talent. The LA faithful know about Diego Cartaya, Ryan Pepiot, and Andy Pages, but there were some other prospects that showed up during spring training and are on the cusp of breaking into the big leagues.
Success in spring training doesn't always translate to success during the regular season, but it can't hurt. Which three Dodgers prospects improved their stock during spring training?
3. Dodgers prospects: Eddys Leonard improved his stock during spring training
If you're looking for an under-the-radar Dodgers prospect that greatly improved his stock during Cactus League play, look no further than shortstop Eddys Leonard. The 22-year-old played very well for LA, and the injury to Gavin Lux may thrust Leonard into the spotlight quicker than most anticipated.
Leonard was an international signee back in 2017 who came stateside in 2019. Leonard's bat has been his carrying tool, but it took a step back in 2022 when the infielder slashed just .264/.348/.435 in High-A Great Lakes.
However, Eddys Leonard let his bat do the talking this spring with a breakout performance in the Cactus League. The shortstop appeared in 16 games and posted a .942 OPS. Leonard struck out just six times in 24 at-bats. Keeping that strikeout rate low heading into the 2023 season will be crucial to his development.
Leonard is beginning the year with Double-A Tulsa. While scouts are still out on whether or not Leonard has the potential to be a regular in the starting lineup or a bench bat, he did nothing to hurt his case by producing during spring training.