Andy Pages debut to force Dodgers' hand with Chris Taylor?

Washington Nationals v Los Angeles Dodgers
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The Dodgers opened a revolving door between the major league club and their Triple-A team in Oklahoma City and have already sent multiple guys through. It's mostly been bullpen arms — Kyle Hurt, Dinelson Lamet, Nabil Crismatt, and JP Feyereisen came and went (then Hurt came back) — but Andy Pages was one of the latest to come up for an indefinite stay alongside Ricky Vanasco and Landon Knack, and the first position player to do so.

His promotion came in the wake of a hard-slumping Chris Taylor and Kiké Hernández (though Hernandez managed to find some life on Tuesday night), and he made his MLB debut as the Dodgers' starting center fielder against the Nationals, as batters 4-9 were reconfigured from their usual setup to start almost all of LA's substitutes.

Pages came up in the second inning for his first big league at-bat, saw a first pitch fastball almost right down the middle from Patrick Corbin, and laced it into right field for a base hit. He went on to represent a run on an Austin Barnes RBI single.

The rest of his debut went quietly, but his 1-4 night could be enough to represent real trouble for Taylor, who has exactly as many hits in 35 at-bats.

Andy Pages matched Chris Taylor's hit total on the year (1) in his Dodgers debut

Pages' first-pitch single in his debut is one of those storybook moments we sometimes get in baseball. He's a top prospect who's been absolutely murdering the ball down in Triple-A, and has seemed ready for the major league call since spring training. There's no telling what he could do if he stays in LA, but he'll always have that ball (promptly thrown into the Dodgers' dugout for authentication) to mark the moment.

Taylor, meanwhile, is 11 years removed from his debut, and has been hitless throughout all of April. He's been tasked with starting games in the outfield more than anyone expected him to after Jason Heyward went onto the IL and the Dodgers were required to do some shifting. He's hit .029/.167/.029 on the season (0-2 on Tuesday with a walk), which makes it a little baffling that it took the team this long to finally call up Pages.

It's certainly not what you want from a player who's still owed $26 million this year and next, and the Dodgers seem to like him too much as a utility player to let him go (it is still early in the season as well), but they'll have to do some thinking if Pages continues to ascend and Taylor stays inert.