The Dodgers continued to make cuts to their big league roster after Monday’s game. Dave Roberts and the coaching staff reassigned several players to minor league camp following a blowout win over the Padres.
The Dodgers have optioned C Keibert Ruiz, IF Zach McKinstry, OFs DJ Peters and Luke Raley and have reassigned RHP Brett de Geus and IFs Jacob Amaya and Omar Estevez to minor league camp. The Spring Training roster is now at 44 (22 pitchers, 22 position players).
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Ruiz is likely the Dodgers’ catcher of the future if Will Smith is not already. He logged just ten at-bats this spring and struck out four times. He did not record a single hit after being slow-played to have his swing mechanics worked on early in camp. Ruiz is close to turning 22-years-old, so the Dodgers still have some time to work some things out with him.
McKinstry is probably the most surprising person to see on this list of cuts. He had been putting together a heck of a spring for the Dodgers, going 11-27 with two homeruns and five total extra-base hits. Dave Roberts has already said he is a guy he can see having some time with the big league club in 2020.
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Big DJ Peters could also potentially see some time on the Dodgers’ big league squad this year, though maybe later in the year. Peters struggled to get going this spring, hitting 143 with one homerun and nine strikeouts.
Raley was a former Dodgers prospect that came back to the team in the deal for Brusdar Graterol. He went 6 for 28 with ten strikeouts, but he did have three extra-base hits. Add him to the list of guys who could see big league action later this year.
With those four guys being optioned along with the other three young guys, the roster is now at 44. They will need to cut that number all the way down to 26 by the time Opening Day rolls around.