2. Jake Peter
While the Los Angeles Dodgers might not have room initially at the corner infield positions, the team does have a huge question to answer at the second base position. The rest of the team’s move this offseason will dictate what direction the team takes during the season but right now it is unclear.
If the Dodgers were to enter 2019 with this exact roster my guess would be that the team would keep Bellinger at first base and platoon Max Muncy and Enrique Hernandez at second base. Muncy is not a great defender by any stretch but is still a valuable bat against right-handed pitching.
If that platoon does not work or if the Dodgers cash out on Muncy’s high value and trade him, the Dodgers might just have to look internally for a second baseman. If that is the case, the next in line for the spot is Jake Peter.
The Dodgers acquired Peter in a trade with the Kansas City Royals last winter that also brought Scott Alexander to LA. At the time of the deal, Peter had some standout seasons in the minor leagues, however, did not turn many heads in AAA OKC last year.
The left-handed hitting second baseman does still have a smooth swing with some pop and can, at the very least, be a bench player for the Dodgers with Hernandez spending most of his time at second.
Peter is so fundamentally sound that if he starts off hot in the big leagues there is a chance that opposing pitchers will not be able to slow him down and he could ride a hot streak into earning a starting spot.
While he does not seem to have Max Muncy power, Peter is the prime candidate to be this year’s Max Muncy.