Baseball America checks in on Verdugo and Font
Verdugo is not expected to be on the postseason roster, but the Dodgers are eager to see him against big league pitching in hopes of getting him acclimated to compete for a job in 2018. He might share time with Chris Taylor in center field or play in a rotation that involves Taylor and Granderson. But the Dodgers are not expecting him to contribute in a big role right away.
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Stranger things have happened but what if Verdugo does impress in CF and Forsythe continues to struggle at 2nd base. Could a scenario develop against RHP in the postseason of Verdugo in CF, Granderson in LF, Bellinger at 1st base, with Chris Taylor taking 2nd base? Doubtfully, but I wouldn’t rule it off the table. This is the same kind of scenario you might have expected if Joc Pederson had not shit the bed.
Either way, I can’t wait to see the arm I’ve heard so much about. I love a great arm.
Baseball America would also like to see Font get a shot in major leagues:
The minor leagues are full of good stories, and Font has one. He missed all of 2011 with Tommy John surgery before reaching the majors by the end of 2012 with the Rangers, who also called him up briefly in 2013. But he’s been cut (Reds, 2015) and pitched in indy ball (Can-Am League) before finding a home this year with the Dodgers. The 27-year-old has been the best pitcher in the Pacific Coast League. The 6-foot-4, 265-pound Font is 10-8, 3.42 with 178 strikeouts in 134 innings; he leads the PCL in whiffs and ERA and is second in wins, giving him an outside shot to still win the PCL pitching triple crown. He’s also pumping mid-90s gas. The Dodgers don’t need Font and don’t have room for him on their 40-man roster, but I’d love to see Font get a shot as a reward for his 2017
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