3 former Dodgers players off to troubling starts in spring training

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The Dodgers had to face a couple of disappointing developments this past weekend — the confusion of the middle infield situation, injuries to three pitchers that will take them out for varying lengths of time — so it might be just the time to turn our attentions away from the current team to former Dodgers who are also having a rough go of things. We could use a little respite from the bad news, right?

There are a number of former Dodgers still kicking out there, some of whom are having a harder go at spring training than others.

3 former Dodgers players off to troubling starts in spring training

Ryan Pepiot

Pepiot was the biggest Dodgers piece of their trade for Tyler Glasnow back in December, sent to the Rays with Jonny DeLuca. It seemed like an easy win for the Dodgers, especially after they quickly extended Glasnow, but there were also reasons to believe that Pepiot could go to the Rays, who have been historically excellent at developing pitchers, and make the trade harder to call a clear winner on. He was the Dodgers' No. 6 prospect before the trade, and had exceeded expectations after being chosen in the third round of the 2019 draft.

It's likely that Pepiot will be a No. 4 or 5 starter for the Rays, so he'll get a lot more opportunities to be an impactful arm for Tampa than he was going to get with the Dodgers this year. However, that also means higher expectations, and Pepiot hasn't really been living up to them so far in spring training. His first two-inning outing was spotless aside from a walk, but during his second appearance when he entered in relief, he gave up eight hits and six runs over 2 2/3 innings, sending his ERA skyrocketing from 0.00 to 11.57.

Zach Eflin and Aaron Civale, presumably the Rays' Nos. 1 and 2 starters, haven't looked great either so far. Maybe there's something weird in the water over there in Port Charlotte.

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