Bear raised a valid point that he would rather see the “regulars” stay in camp and play for their teams. I am sure he is not alone. The Dodgers have seven members of the projected 26 man roster playing in the WBC. I enjoy the WBC, but I also see the value in having all of the players in camp working together. Mookie Betts, Will Smith, Julio Urías, Austin Barnes, Freddie Freeman, Trayce Thompson, David Peralta. MiLB player Jose Ramos is playing for Panama. Miguel Rojas made the decision to stay back with LAD and work as the everyday SS. That should also provide a positive outcome for Miguel Vargas’ play at 2B.
One of the outcomes is the additional opportunities for non-regulars. There is considerably more PA for the non-regulars in 2023 than there were in 2022. Maybe not a fair comparison as last year’s ST was a decidedly shorter than normal due to the lockout. There were a total of 18 ST games, so the regulars needed to play more.
Last year the top PA’s belonged to the known 26 man roster: Bellinger (37), Trea Turner (36), JT (34), Muncy (33), Smith (31), Lux (30), CT3 (30), Edwin Rios (30), Hanser Alberto (25), Freddie (24), Mookie (23), Austin Barnes (21). Non 26-man roster players PAs.
Names highlighted in yellow were on the 40-man.
Eddy Alvarez and Jake Lamb were the only players to have more PAs than the 26 man roster players.
2023 is quite different. There have been 17 games played, just about the same as was played in 2022. Only 4 of the known 26 man roster have PA’s in the top 15 PA’s: CT3 (32), JD Martinez (31), Max Muncy (28), and Miguel Rojas (25).
The other regulars have less PA’s due games missed for the WBC: Will Smith (15), Freddie Freeman (19), David Peralta (17), Trayce Thompson (16), Miguel Vargas (24).
Two of the following three should make the roster: Jason Heyward (31), James Outman (28), and Yonny Hernandez (26). Non 26 man roster players:
Names highlighted in yellow are on the 40-man.
You will note that in 18 games for 2022, there were 308 PA’s for the non 26 man roster, while there have been 440 PA’s thus far in 2023 for the non 26 man roster players. Who are the players that have benefited the most?
Hunter Feduccia (pictured) has opened the eyes to many with his play. Offensively, in 12 ABs, Feduccia has 6 hits including 2 doubles and a HR. He also has 9 RBIs that leads the team. I know that it is a small sample size, however leading the team in RBIs with only 12 ABs is very impressive. Feduccia had 2 walks against 1 K.
Michael Busch got off to a horrible start, and in a normal ST, he probably would not have had as many opportunities. In his last two games, he had 4 consecutive hits including a long HR and a double. He certainly turned his ST around with those 4 ABs.
23 AB, 6 hits, 1 double, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 5 BB, 8 K.
Other 40 Man ST results:
- Eddys Leonard – 22 AB, 9 hits, 1 double, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 1BB, 5 K
- Yonny Hernandez – 22 AB, 6 hits, 1 double, 1 triple, 2 RBI, 3 BB, 7 K
- Jonny DeLuca – 20 AB, 7 hits, 1 double, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 3 BB, 2 K
- Jorbit Vivas – 18 AB, 5 hits, 2 doubles, 5 RBI, 1 BB, 4 K
- Andy Pages – 17 AB, 4 hits, 1 double, 3 RBI, 6 BB, 6 K
Other non-40 man players:
- Devin Mann – 21 AB, 6 hits, 3 doubles, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 5 BB, 7 K
- Ryan Ward – 21 AB, 7 hits, 1 double, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 3 BB, 2 K
- Drew Avans – 18 AB, 4 hits, 1 double, 1 triple, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 8 K
Diego Cartaya got extensive catching experience along with 14 PA. He got 1 hit with 3 BB and 4 K. He did hit a couple of hard hit outs. This will be a BIG year for Cartaya to break out. Will he? The consensus of evaluators certainly believe he will.
Busch, Leonard, Vivas, DeLuca, Pages, and Cartaya have been optioned. There is no reason that they will not get additional AB in an MLB ST game. Mann, Feduccia, Ward, and Avans are still with the ML club, at least they have not been sent out.
With the loss to Mexico on Tuesday, Great Britain was eliminated. Trayce Thompson should be back at Camelback on Wednesday. Venezuela has advanced to the quarterfinals, so David Peralta will be continuing in the WBC. USA, Mexico, and Canada are all 2-1 with Mexico facing Canada on Wednesday. If USA beats Columbia on Wednesday, they will advance. Still to be determined: Mookie Betts, Will Smith, Freddie Freeman, Julio Urías, and Austin Barnes.