Today, the Dodgers made their move for a second basemen by trading Jose De Leon to the Tampa Bay Rays for Logan Forsythe. Forsythe is an extremely talented and for the most part under the radar player. That might have all changed with this move to his new team, the Dodgers. Forsythe was the 46th overall pick in the 2008 MLB amateur draft by the San Diego Padres who came over to the Rays in a 2014 trade for Jesse Hahn and Alex Torres. Forsythe, for the most part, has been the Ray’s every day second baseman since. In the past two seasons he’s combined .273/.347/.444 slash line with +9 DRS at second base. Forsythe is contacting the ball much harder since 2015, and got off to a great start in 2016 but declined later in the season:
Forsythe’s opponents approach changed, offering more pitches away in the zone and outside of the zone, while Forsythe’s approach might have unintentionally changed as well by swinging at more pitches inside and even ones inside not in the zone:
It didn’t take long for him to make yet another adjustment and realign himself with his normal plate discipline simply a month later in August:
The Dodgers picked up a great second basemen, one that cost the price of a young stud pitching prospect who ranked 23rd by Baseball America in their 2016 pre-season release. De Leon’s fastball and change-up mix are highly touted reaching 96 mph while his change is said to have made impressive improvement. He also features a low-80s slider that is effective as well. De Leon’s walk rate is very impressive as well as his strikeout rate. He ended up making 4 starts this past season for the Dodgers, and although his overall numbers aren’t impressive, he did prove he had the stuff to and makeup to be an impact rotation arm in 2017.