3 Dodgers prospects that will eventually steal a roster spot in 2023
By Jason Reed
2. Gavin Stone
Gavin Stone has been the best pitcher on the Dodgers during spring training in 2023. The fast-rising 2020 fifth-round pick has been absolutely disgusting on the bump for LA, throwing 6.2 scoreless innings with 14 strikeouts.
Stone already had a solid repertoire when the Dodgers drafted him but then in classic Dodgers fashion, the team taught the right-hander how to throw a change-up. That has revolutionized what Stone can do on the mound and the results have been disgusting.
Stone did not make the Opening Day roster but Dave Roberts confirmed that we will likely see him at the big-league level at some point this season. With Tony Gonsolin currently out of action, Stone should be the next man in line for a rotation spot if another injury occurs.
Even if a rotation spot does not open, there will naturally be relievers who struggle to start the year and Stone could be a candidate to be the long-relief option out of the bullpen. The Dodgers have done this before with young arms and it would not be completely surprising if they did so again late in 2023 if a spot does not open up.
Regardless, Stone has thrived at every single minor league level that he has pitched at and continued that success against big-league hitters in the Cactus League. The 24-year-old is big-league ready and there is no refuting it.