NL West Notes: Taylor, Padres, Myers, Giants, Luciano
The Dodgers could not have a key participant out there for as we speak’s Recreation 6 in opposition to the Braves, as Chris Taylor suffered an ankle harm in final evening’s recreation. Taylor suffered the harm whereas chasing down a Freddie Freeman double within the eighth inning of Recreation 5, and Taylor managed to complete the inning earlier than being lifted for a pinch-hitter within the ninth. Supervisor Dave Roberts instructed reporters that Taylor would endure checks to find out the severity of the issue.
It hasn’t been a fantastic postseason for Taylor, who has hit solely .161/.257/.226 over 35 plate appearances throughout Los Angeles’ playoff run. Nonetheless, Taylor’s regular-season efficiency and his versatility (he has been used as a second baseman and left fielder this October) make him a worthwhile roster asset, and it’s not like Taylor hasn’t had success within the playoffs — he was the 2017 NLCS MVP. If Taylor can’t play in Recreation 6, the Dodgers might flip to Max Muncy or Enrique Hernandez to play second base. The Dodgers would even be lowered to a three-man bench, as they used 15 of their 28 roster spots for the NLCS on pitchers.
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A number of Padres-related matters are addressed by The Athletic’s Dennis Lin as a part of a reader mailbag piece, with a specific give attention to San Diego’s offseason plans. Lin doesn’t suppose the Padres will make a play for Trevor Bauer this winter, and re-signing Jurickson Profar could possibly be troublesome since his asking worth could also be past the Friars’ consolation zone. “The group isn’t involved in paying handsomely for a secondary choice,” Lin writes, although Profar ended up being basically an on a regular basis participant in 2020.
After all, extra common enjoying time might emerge for a participant like Profar if the Padres had been to commerce Wil Myers. Lin figures San Diego will once more look into trades for Myers, whose once-negligible commerce worth has been boosted by an impressive 2020 season (.288/.353/.606 with 15 homers in 218 PA). The $41MM that Myers is owed by means of the 2022 season should still make a commerce onerous to finish, although naturally the Padres wouldn’t thoughts holding Myers if he retains producing as he did this 12 months. On the outskirts of the Padres’ roster, Lin thinks Francisco Mejia, Joey Lucchesi and Trey Wingenter may be commerce candidates.
In a Giants mailbag, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle believes shortstop Marco Luciano is the Giants’ solely actually “untouchable” prospect in commerce talks. This doesn’t imply that different highly-touted kids like Joey Bart or Heliot Ramos are anyplace close to being out there, however moderately that San Francisco perceives Luciano as “the primary driver for a profitable period.” Luciano emerged as a favourite of top-100 prospect lists (ranked 14th by Fangraphs, 17th by Baseball America, 29th by MLB.com) after an enormous breakout in final 12 months’s Arizona Fall League, although the 19-year-old has just one official 12 months of professional ball underneath his belt. It stays to be seen if he’ll keep at shortstop or transfer to 3rd base or the outfield sooner or later, however the 19-year-old Luciano’s batting potential has already drawn raves.