Los Angeles Dodgers Unsung Heroes of 2014
The Los Angeles Dodgers have won games all year long by using the entire 25-man roster. Players like Justin Turner, Jamey Wright and Miguel Rojas have provided quality depth to help win games. The winning mentality of the club has traveled with the team, especially on the road where the Dodgers have the Majors’ best road record of 36-23.
Turner is having a fantastic season thus far while being asked to play each of the four infield positions. At the plate, Turner is hitting .313 with a .382 OBP and is fifth on the team with an impressive 2.0 OWAR, while only playing in 74 of the games. The 29-year-old has provided outstanding defense with the glove by committing only five errors in 173 total chances.
Wright has been an excellent option out of the bullpen when Don Mattingly needs long relief innings or an occasional spot start. At 39, Wright is nearing the end of his career and he is doing what he can to make sure he stays on a Major League roster. With the plethora of injuries the Dodgers have sustained during the 2014 season, players like Wright provide invaluable leadership in the clubhouse and make it easy on the younger players when they are faced with adversity. Wright’s numbers through 52 1/3 IP: 3.27 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP.
Another player from the Dodgers farm system that is producing on the big league level is 25-year-old Venezuelan Miguel Rojas. Rojas was called up at the beginning of June mainly to play shortstop for the ailing Hanley Ramirez. He has done such a good job that his stay looks permanent for the rest of the season and his performances at shortstop have the coaching staff in awe. Rojas, who stands at an even 6-feet, has the prototypical body type for short and his smooth fielding is fun to watch.
The Dodgers will continue their nine game road trip tonight against the Milwaukee Brewers. The Atlanta Braves will be up next in a huge four game series. Newly acquired Roberto Hernandez will make his Dodgers debut tonight.
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