The Los Angeles Dodgers are lucky enough to have one of the deepest rosters and farms systems in the MLB. While that's certainly a blessing, it's also comes with some complications. The Dodgers will be forced to keep a handful of players, who would likely get the nod on other clubs, down in the minors to start the year.
Thus far, the Dodgers have already optioned or reassigned 11 players.
Of course, plenty more decisions await, so let's highlight some players that won't make the team out of preseason, but probably should.
3. Scott Alexander
What makes Alexander so valuable to a bullpen is that he is just as good getting righties out as he is lefties, if not better. That's huge considering the new three-batter minimum rule. In 2019, Alexander surrendered a .143/.268/.257 slash line against right-handed batters. Despite all the positives, expect hurlers like Adam Kolarek and Caleb Ferguson to get the nod over the 30-year-old vet.
2. Dustin May
The uncertainty behind reliever Jimmy Nelson leaves a door open for May to make the Opening Day roster, but the Dodgers will feel, fair or not, that it's best for his development if he begins the season in Triple-A. May will be up in the bigs eventually but there may not be enough space for him to play a meaningful role from Day 1.
1. Zach McKinstry
McKinstry hit .300/.366/416 with 19 home runs and 78 RBI between Double-A and Triple-A in 2019, and he has picked up right where he left off in Cactus League play. In 24 plate appearances across 12 games, the 24-year-old infielder is raking .364/.417/.773 with two home runs, and six RBI. Those numbers warrant a nod on the team, but McKinstry likely won't break through unless a regular starter sustains an injury.