Dodgers rookies continue to excel
Edwin Rios is just the latest Dodger rookie to shine when given the chance for playing time. None of the five rookies that have gotten playing time have struggled, as all five of them now have an OPS > .800.
Back in the spring of 2018, Edwin Rios was having a fine spring and was in front of Max Muncy and Matt Beaty in the Dodger pecking order. Rios got hurt in April of 2018 so when the Dodgers needed a 1st/3rd they went with Max Muncy. This spring when they needed a 1st/3rd they went with Matt Beaty. Edwin finally got his chance on June 27th and collected his first major league hit two days later on June 29th. His stay with the Dodgers was short but he had a .888 OPS when he was sent back to AAA on July 8th. Rios would hit eleven home runs in just twenty-one games before getting the call back to the Dodgers on Aug 6th. On August 14th, Edwin hit his first major league home run. He then hit his 2nd major league home become one of the few Dodgers to hit their 1st and 2nd home runs in the same game.
None of Edwin Rios, Matt Beaty, or Kyle Garlick are ranked among the Dodgers top ten prospects. The two who were are Alex Verdugo and Will Smith and they have performed like it.
If these guys are doing, can you just imagine what Gavin Lux is going to do?
Rk Player Year Age PA BA OBP SLG OPS 1 Will Smith 2019 24 85 .329 .400 .808 1.208 2 Edwin Rios 2019 25 35 .357 .486 .714 1.200 4 Matt Beaty 2019 26 176 .289 .330 .500 .830 5 Alex Verdugo 2019 23 377 .294 .342 .475 .817 6 Kyle Garlick 2019 27 48 .244 .292 .511 .803