Pepiot was called up often to the major league squad last year when the Dodgers’ rotation was thin due to injuries. With the potential for Tony Gonsolin to miss time at the start of the season, Pepiot may be due to step up to the same role he was in last year early on in 2023. Pepiot has started four games and pitched nine innings combined in Spring Training. In his outings so far, he has displayed improved control and it has led to a higher strikeout rate. Pepiot has given up two earned runs in those nine innings of work, to go along with 13 strikeouts and just three walks. Unless the Dodgers have a flawless bill of health on the pitching staff this season, Pepiot will see a lot of time in the rotation, and he should make the Opening Day roster as a starter after the injury to Gonsolin. At worst, he's probably the first arm out of the bullpen and/or a spot starter if the rotation is full. Let's just hope his recent injury is nothing serious.
Stone hasn't made it to the majors before but is good enough to make the Opening Day roster. Last year, Stone posted a 1.48 ERA across High-A, Double-A and Triple-A and has been more than impressive this spring in his first 6.2 innings. Although his performances are in a small sample size, Stone has not given up a run and has struck out 14 batters (with only five hits and two walks allowed). Run prevention is paramount as a pitcher, but Stone’s early surge in strikeout numbers is a good sign that he can keep this performance going throughout the remainder of the season. Stone's numbers in the spring, alongside his status as a top-five Dodgers prospect, are signs that he can sustain the his current production and either make the Opening Day roster or be called up after just a few more outings at Triple-A.