Logan Forsythe started off like a house afire in 2016, slashing .341/.426/.610 in April, but he missed a month with a shoulder injury and was up-and-down the rest of the way. He finished with a .233 average over his final 116 at-bats. The veteran hit a career-high 20 homers while posting career highs in HR/FB rate (14.7 percent), hard-contact rate (36 percent) and ISO (.180), marking a second consecutive season of improved power numbers. Still just 29 years old, Forsythe would appear primed for another season of useful production in multiple categories if he can avoid the injury bug, although a batting average rebound is certainly no lock. He enters 2017 with a firm hold on the starting second base job, with the likes of Nick Franklin and Tim Beckham behind him on the depth chart, and promising prospect Ryan Brett waiting in the wings.
Manager Dave Roberts said Wednesday that Forsythe is a top-of-the-order batter but not necessarily the Dodgers' leadoff hitter, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports. Late last month, Roberts said he expected Forsythe to lead off in 2017, but it seems he's backtracking on that idea. Perhaps Roberts is thinking about installing a lefty atop the order and then plugging Forsythe into the two-hole ahead of Corey Seager to go lefty-righty-lefty. Andrew Toles may be an option to set the table for Los Angeles.
Manager Dave Roberts said that he expects Logan Forsythe to be his leadoff hitter for the 2017 season, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports. The 30-year-old was the Rays primary leadoff hitter last season, so it comes as no surprise that Roberts sees him as a competent option to set the table every night. With this spot in the batting order, Forsythe will likely be in line for more run-scoring opportunities thanks to his position in front of mashers like Corey Seager, Justin Turner, and Adrian Gonzalez.
Forsythe was traded to the Dodgers on Monday in exchange for pitcher Jose De Leon. After months of trade rumors, the Dodgers have found their starting second baseman. Forsythe is a versatile infielder coming off of an injury-riddled, yet productive 2016 season in which he slashed .264/.333/.444 and belted 20 home runs over 127 games. He'll likely see a nice increase in his offensive production in the potent Dodgers lineup.
Forsythe is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Rangers, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Forsythe's batting average has fallen from .281 on Sept. 15 to .266 as of Friday, so manager Kevin Cash decided to hold him out Friday. Juniel Querecuto will get the start at second base in Forsythe's place.
Forsythe went 1-for-5 with a solo homer in Saturday's 6-4 loss to the Red Sox. The veteran made things momentarily interesting against closer Craig Kimbrel in the ninth with a 362-foot solo shot, his 20th round-tripper of the season. It marks the first time Forsythe has reached the milestone in his career, and comes on the heels of his previous best of 17 homers that he posted last season. The 29-year-old's season line now stands at a solid .274/..344/.464.