It is fair to say that the Los Angeles Dodgers rocked up the baseball world this offseason. Of course, sending your number one pitching prospect (Jose De Leon) over to Tampa Bay for a second-baseman who has yet to be an all-star seems odd. At the same time, Logan Forsythe opened some eyes last year with some heavy production (for a second-baseman). Through his solid offensive year, he still held his own on defense.
While Forsythe doesn’t necessarily light it up on the base paths, his six steals in 2016 don’t say enough about his effectiveness as a baserunner. His speed isn’t outstanding, but he does possess good baseball senses which allow miniscule mistakes to be made. By having a good head on his shoulders, he can turn singles into doubles – doubles into triples. Heading into the regular season, Logan Forsythe and Chase Utley should maintain the top spot in the batting order. The key upside with Forsythe is that his splits were extremely close when matched against left or right-handed pitching.
In the three Spring Training games that Forsythe has appeared in, he has four hits in seven at-bats (stats via – mlb.com). His only at-bat coming against a lefty, amounted to a base hit. While his 20-home run power has not showed up yet; it should not cause any concern. Spring ball is a good time for hitters to work on their ‘weaknesses’ in their swings (even if not many are noticeable from a viewer’s standpoint). There is a nice feature to the offensive production that he has shown as well. If Forsythe starts to produce good power numbers, LA could consider moving him into a typical RBI spot. The Dodgers lineup helps out while having many capable candidates of leading off. To name a few, Andrew Toles, Joc Pederson, and Kiké Hernández could all slot into the first spot quite well.
By playing in an extended Spring Training this season (due to the World Baseball Classic), you can expect more action from Logan Forsythe. Even though it is still a small sample size, positive things are already coming out of the new acquisition. His early signs of production have suited him well in his Dodger threads already. So, buckle up Dodger fans; because Logan Forsythe might quickly become a fan favorite in Hollywood.