LA Roundup: Dodgers’ Smith and Ruiz Tabbed as Future Stars, Lakers’ Talen Horton-Tucker Making an Impression, and More!



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The Dodgers have been a powerhouse in player development over the past few seasons, and there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight. In a recent ranking by Bleacher Report, catchers Will Smith and Keibert Ruiz are both listed as top-10 catchers by 2025, a sign that the farm system isn’t done producing difference makers. While Smith has had his opportunity to shine on the major league roster, Ruiz is still waiting for his moment. The conversation about which young game manager the team should keep will be interesting to follow going forward.

Another team with young players making an impression is the Los Angeles Lakers. After just two preseason games, Talen Horton-Tucker is making believers out of the rest of the NBA. His explosive play and tremendous defensive capabilities have left the team wondering how they can fit him into their plans for the regular season. While LeBron James and Anthony Davis are obviously the focal point of this team, it’s players like THT that make LA the deepest team in the league.

We end today with an update on Chargers‘ running back Austin Ekeler. After a big game on Sunday, the Bolt’s star spoke with reporters about his return from injury and how he was feeling after an extended absence. By all accounts, Ekeler is feeling as good as he has all season, and his performance on the field clearly backs that up.

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