3 Dodgers who will benefit most from teammates playing in World Baseball Classic
2. Michael Busch
Michael Busch has somehow become the top Dodgers prospect that fans have forgotten about. Busch is a top-100 prospect in the sport and is the fourth-ranked prospect in the Dodgers farm system ... but he's not getting the intrigue that other young players are this spring.
This is surprising considering that all Busch has done in his pro baseball career is rake. In 142 games split between AA and AAA last season, Busch slashed .274/.365/.516 with 32 home runs and 108 RBI. Sure, his strikeout rate was a bit high (26%), but that's the nature of the sport in 2023.
Busch probably wasn't even going to make the Opening Day roster until Gavin Lux tore his ACL. The Dodgers losing a left-handed hitting infielder for the season opened the door for another, and now Busch is going to have a chance to shine.
Freeman playing in the WBC is going to cause the Dodgers to do some creative things at first base for the time being. Busch has played some first base in his minor-league career and could showcase his ability to be versatile in the infield.
Not only that, but the Dodgers could end up playing Max Muncy at first base more, moving Miguel Vargas to his more natural third base to give Busch some reps at second. Heck, Busch has never played third as a pro baseball player but I wouldn't put it past the Dodgers to try him there too.
The 25-year-old is big-league ready and has only gotten 11 at-bats up to this point in Spring Training. He should get far more than that with his teammates in the WBC.