2. Dodgers prospects: Michael Busch improved his stock during spring training
Michael Busch got a boost from his performance during spring training. One of the Los Angeles Dodgers' top prospects, Busch hit for both power and average and balanced out his aggressive swings at the dish with a fair amount of free passes as well.
Busch hit .290/.389/.548 in 13 games during the Cactus League this past spring. Four of Busch's nine hits went for extra bases, and while he struck out 10 times, he also drew five walks.
Busch made it all the way up to Triple-A Oklahoma City last season, and that's where he'll begin his quest to make it to the bigs in 2023. Busch is coming off back-to-back seasons of 20-plus homers in the minor leagues, including 32 round trippers in 2022.
A former first-round pick, Busch has worked hard to improve his defensive versatility, something that will endear him to Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. Busch split time between first and second base this past spring, and with Freddie Freeman on the roster, the keystone is going to be his best chance to become a regular in LA's lineup ... or, you know, someone else's lineup come the deadline.
The Dodgers lineup is loaded with left-handed bats at the moment, and it may take an injury in order to Michael Busch to make it the bigs early in 2023. But if his hot hitting from spring training carries over the minor league season, it's only a matter of time before the 25-year-old makes it to The Show. He's ready.