Rarely does the term "under-the-radar" appear when talking about the Los Angeles Dodgers. The franchise is one of the most recognizable in all of sports. But the 2023 season has seen some under-the-radar performances in the early going.
LA hasn't gotten out of the blocks very quickly, but they lead the division in run differential. Most Dodgers fans know that this team has the horses to get it done. However, there have been some unexpected contributions this season.
With that in mind, let's take a look at three under-the-radar players who've gotten off to good start to begin the 2023 season, shall we?
3. Dodgers OF Trayce Thompson has gotten off to a good start.
Trayce Thompson had a solid showing for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2022, and is back once again in 2023. In 74 games with LA last season, Thompson posted a slash line of .268/.364/.537 with 13 home runs and 39 runs batted in. But it still felt as though Thompson didn't really get his due.
However, the 32-year-old is out to prove himself once again in 2023 and is off to a hot start. Thompson is currently leading the Dodgers in slugging percentage and OPS. He's currently second in home runs and third on the team in RBI.
Thompson had his best professional season in 2022, but he's out to prove that last year was no fluke. With players like Mookie Betts, James Outman, Chris Taylor, and David Peralta on the team, Thompson can't take his foot off the gas, or he'll risk losing his spot on the roster.
Trayce Thompson has put up quite the under-the-radar performance in 2023 thus far, and the LA faithful are hopeful that it continues. While it's unlikely that he'll ever be a regular in Dave Roberts' lineup, if he keep contributing, he'll continue to receive opportunities.