Fans of the Los Angeles Dodgers saw a lot of roster turnover this offseaon, leading to a few voids that created position battles prior to Opening Day. Many Dodgers prospects have put together amazing Spring Training runs with a chance to make the major league roster this season, which has helped put the situation in focus. Elsewhere, veteran players have been duking it out to see who will earn a roster spot or more playing time.
So what will the Opening Day roster look like? Which player performances have upended the picture for the Dodgers? And which performances have given the Dodgers a look into the not-to-distant future in the event help is needed sooner than expected at the onset of the 2023 season?
Spring Training standouts that will upend Dodgers' Opening Day roster
Feduccia is by far the most surprising story of Spring Training. He would be higher on this list if he had any chance of cracking the Opening Day roster, but his opportunities have come while both MLB catchers, Will Smith and Austin Barnes, were playing for their respective WBC teams. Feduccia, however, has taken the opportunity and made the most of it so far. Out of all Dodgers with 10 or more at-bats, he has the highest OPS (1.462). Not only has he hit well in general, but the timing of his hits have been even more important. In his 15 at-bats, Feduccia has tallied seven hits, and those seven hits have resulted in nine RBI to lead all Dodgers in Spring Training.
Many have had their doubts about Noah Syndergaard considering his recent injury history and decreased velocity last season, but Syndergaard has put together a great spring. He's the only Dodger besides Ryan Pepiot with nine innings pitched, and in his three games he has only given up one run (on a solo home run). While he only has eight strikeouts, if he can continue to ramp up his velocity throughout the season as he gets healthier, Syndergaard will be an integral part of the Dodgers’ rotation.