3 Dodgers Players Who Could Make Their First All-Star Game in 2020
By Tristan Jung
The Los Angeles Dodgers have one of the most loaded rosters in baseball. They are the overwhelming favorites to win the NL West and the outright favorite to win the National League pennant.
One of the Dodgers' best skills as an organization is finding and developing young players. Although many players on this stacked roster have already made an All-Star team, there are several young players that have come through the system that are hungry for their first All-Star Game appearance. Here are three names that could get the nod in 2020.
1. Will Smith
The Dodgers started 2019 with Austin Barnes and Russell Martin as their primary catchers, but the arrival of rookie Will Smith changed the equation. Smith showed phenomenal promise, clubbing 15 homers and slugging .571 last year. Statcast showed he was also an above-average pitch framer and defender last season. Smith has the raw ability to become a top-five offensive catcher in 2020. The Dodgers didn't sign any catchers in the offseason, giving him a clear shot at the starting gig with Barnes as his backup. A good first half in Los Angeles would make him a real candidate for the All-Star Game.
2. Julio Urías
The Dodgers have had the luxury of using Julio Urías, a top pitching prospect with a career ERA of 3.18, as a swingman and spot starter for the last four years. Urías hasn't helped his case either — he was put on administrative leave and suspended for 20 games due to a domestic battery charge last year. He also had a left shoulder injury that kept him out for most of 2018. However, manager Dave Roberts has named Urías to the rotation, and it's easy to see him making a leap in 2020. Urías has great stuff. If he can stay on the field in 2020, he could easily find his way onto the All-Star team.
3. Gavin Lux
Although Gavin Lux could be the Dodgers' No. 9 hitter, he still has a decent shot of making the All-Star Game in his first full season. Lux was a highly-touted prospect, rising to the No. 2 prospect in baseball on MLB.com. We didn't see too much of his potential last year, but no one can project forward based on 82 plate appearances. Lux has prodigious power, good speed and a great eye at the plate. He hit a ridiculous .392/.478/.719 in Triple-A last year, which was proof enough that a bigger challenge was needed. He was also talented enough to make the Dodgers' postseason roster, which is not an easy thing to do. The Dodgers have refused to trade the 22-year-old infielder, and he could reward them in 2020 with a huge season.
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