The weather has started to warm up slowly but surely around Southern California which signals the start of another baseball season. Pitcher and catchers have already reported and position players aren’t too far behind with the first official full squad workout set for Tuesday Feb. 23rd. Los Angeles is still fresh off of a World Series championship but have more than enough talent to repeat this season.
In fact, they have 9 players who ranked among the games best players. MLB Network finished their ranking of the top 100 players right now. We’ve previously discussed Will Smith, Justin Turner, and Max Muncy who already cracked the list last week. Over the past couple of days, 6 others have followed suit, lead by Mookie Betts being named the 2nd best player. If it weren’t for this guy named Mike Trout, no one would be standing in his way.
— MLB (@MLB) February 19, 2021
Not only was he named the best player not named Trout, but the best right fielder in the game. Cody Bellinger wasn’t too far behind him as he was ranked No. 10. The reigning World Series MVP Corey Seager was next at No. 24. His healthy season helped propel him towards the top, and with free agency looming, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see another big season if he can remain on the field.
The Dodgers three-headed monster in the rotation is next on the list with newly signed Trevor Bauer landing at No. 29. Despite his decline over the past couple of seasons, Clayton Kershaw bounced back in a big way to nab the No. 38 spot. Although he as stated Kershaw is the No. 1 guy for LA, Walker Buehler is the future of the rotation and should be ranked higher. However, he comes in at No. 40.
“This is the start of an eight month season. We’re not trying to play through September. We have eight more months left.”
The Champs want another title. pic.twitter.com/rZUlZSZ67b
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) February 18, 2021
Add in the depth that Los Angeles has up and down the roster as well as in the minors, and you have the ultimate contender. While this is baseball and anything can happen, the Dodgers have a great chance to hoist another “piece of metal” in 8 months.