The Los Angeles Dodgers’ season begins in Australia March 22, which means players are running out of time to make an impression on the organization’s decision-makers. We’ve seen in the past how big springs (like Yasiel Puig’s from last season) can influence future decisions. So, in certain circumstances, it’s worth monitoring players' performances.
All of the players discussed in this article are players whose springs involve high stakes. Matt Kemp is finally back on the field, but we’ve all expected him to begin the year on the DL anyway. Noel Cuevas hit a game-winning home run, but he’s not going to make the team, so it’s relatively irrelevant.
For some players, though, spring training matters. Not so much in the sense of raw production—because we know that the small sample sizes and competition disparity makes the statistics virtually meaningless—but because of what we can see in terms of visible improvements or adjustments.