The worst case scenario of the World Baseball Classic happened to the Los Angeles Dodgers this spring as Hanley Ramirez went down with an injury. Opening Day waits for no one however and the Dodgers show must go on without Ramirez at shortstop for a time. In his place was to be Luis Cruz but now the Dodgers have moved him back to third again and placed Justin Sellers at the shortstop position in place of Ramirez.
Some people might be asking exactly who Sellers is. He only has 55 major league games to his credit and that hasn’t turned out too well for him. His average is down close to the .200 mark and he has had plenty of trouble hitting major league pitching. Dodgers fans are surely a little worried about the amount of time that they will see Sellers at short instead of Ramirez but for Sellers, it is a great opportunity. He gets to prove what he can do once and for all.
There will be no fighting Ramirez for the starting job but Sellers could certainly put his name on the watch list of other teams around the majors if he improves the outlook on his career. It is possible for his numbers to improve this season. Over 181 games at triple-A in his career he has 28 homers and 106 RBI. That comes along with a .294 / .383 / .515 slash line (avg / obp / slg). He wouldn’t have to put up those numbers this short time period he has but if he shows up close to that level, Sellers might find himself winning a starting job somewhere else in the near future.