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FutureStarrFuture Stars in Dodgers Minor League Teams
The Los Angeles Dodgers called up a bunch of prospects this season. Hopefully they’ll help the team into the playoffs and eventually make it to a World Series Championship. But who are the players who’ll be part of the next generation of Dodger superstars? Watch as I show you the players I think will be the next base-stealing sensation, the next home-run king, the next player-manager destined for greatness.
On one hand, putting three players on one card increases the chances of at least one of them making an impact. In this case, Pedro Guerrero is the star, one of the best hitters in Los Angeles Dodgers history. At the time of this card, he had all of eight major league plate appearances, though to be fair he was 5 for 8 with a triple. Future fashion police detective Joe Simpson played in parts of the previous four seasons, totaling 67 PA, while Rudy Law batted 13 times the year prior.
Sax won Rookie of the Year in 1982, and both he and Marshall were lineup fixtures for most of the rest of the 1980s with the Dodgers. Both were starters on the 1988 championship team. Roenicke played for six teams in his eight major league seasons, and later managed the Brewers and Red Sox. He has also coached on the Dodgers staff at different times and served as a special assistant in the front office. (Source: www.truebluela.com)
It’s also fun in some cases to see the positions of each player. Guerrero is listed here as a first baseman, the position he played in all but two games over the previous three seasons. I’m not sure I necessarily associate Guerrero with first base, though it’s the position he played the most in his career. He had a wild career, one in which it was clear his best position was batter, and the Dodgers tried to move him around wherever they had an opening. Guerrero started over 200 games in his career at first base, third base, left field (where he famously slammed his glove down in Game 6 of the 1985 NLCS), and right field, plus 99 starts in center field and nine more times at second base.
Miguel Vargas was named the Dodgers Minor League Player of the Year last season. He hit .321 at Double-A, but his newfound power-hitting caught people's attention most. Between A and Double-A, he slugged 23 home runs in 123 games. The Dodgers value versatility and Vargas can play both infield corners while also giving a boost to their bench in the late summer when the veterans will need to rest as much as possible. (Source: www.si.com)