The Dodgers had their first Spring Training home today, March 1st, against the Rockies. It was not a pleasant day for the Rockies as the Dodgers destroyed them 10-0 during the Spring debut of Trevor Bauer. The pitching was dominant but there weren’t any prospects that took the mound. However, the starting lineup had Luke Raley, Zach McKinstry, and DJ Peters.
Luke Raley was the first rookie to make his mark as he roped a double to left-center. That set up the next rookie, DJ Peters who proceeded to crush a 2-run home run. Within just a few minutes Peters proceeded to rob Eric Stamets of an extra-base hit.
Zach McKinstry continues to impress with a hard single up the middle to begin the 6 run rally in the 4th inning. I ran across the following tweet that showed how McKinstry plays the game. The player that he reminds me of is Jake Cronenworth who broke through with the Padres in 2020. They are grinders that know how to work an at-bat and do the right things in the field.
Big takeaway from yesterday's games was #Dodgers 2016 33rd rd pick Zach McKinstry is an absolute gamer. Look at this dude hustling over from 2nd base to back up plays! In the third video he gets such a strong break he tricks the camera into thinking the ball was hit to him. pic.twitter.com/JGUvPuSfu2— Jules Posner (@julesposner) March 1, 2021
Andy Pages made his spring debut in right field and proceeded to hit a line-drive single to left field. He sure looked like a pretty large man.
In the fifth inning, Omar Estevez crushed one off the top of the right-center wall for a double.
Omar Estevez Double pic.twitter.com/q7NcF7DoDC— Mad Choriyama (@MadChoriyama) March 1, 2021
It was great to get another full view of more prospects. Others that also played in the game included Michael Busch (he walked), Devin Mann, Zach Reks, and James Outman. The Dodgers play the Evil Ones at 6:05 PM on Tuesday and it, like all Spring Training games, will be televised. Oh, and Walker Buehler gets the start. If there are more prospect highlights we’ll report on them.