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Dodgers Catching Controversy

We know that the Dodgers will have a surplus of reliable outfielders entering the 2018 season. This has been a recurring theme for years now, and it is a good problem for a team to have. Perhaps not as talked about is the overcrowding that is beginning to develop behind the plate.

Image courtesy of Yahoo! Sports — by Ryan Robertson
Image courtesy of Yahoo! Sports — by Ryan Robertson

It goes without saying that Austin Barnes and Yasmani Grandal will top the Dodger catching depth chart come opening day. Barnes emerged last season with both a consistent bat and reliable play behind the plate. By October he had established himself as the every day starter. Manager Dave Roberts recently announced that the two would be playing in a rotation to start the 2018 season. However neither has taken the majority workload this Spring.

Kyle Farmer, who has a spot on the 40-man roster, has slashed .500/.577/1.100 with three homers in 20 at-bats so far. 19 year old Keibert Ruiz has also performed well at the plate, hitting .667 in nine at bats. This tandem has seen the most time behind the plate and has definitely outperformed the projected starting platoon offensively, although it is worth noting that Barnes was sidelined for a time while battling illness. With Grandal entering the last year of his contract, the front office may be interested in moving him at some point before the trade deadline, in order to open up roster spots for both Farmer and Ruiz.

Regardless of what ends up happening, too much talent can only be a positive for the team. How the team decides to handle the talent will be interesting to watch.