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. Following an offseason trade to the Dodgers, he enters 2017 with a firm hold on the starting second base job and is a strong candidate to lead off.
Forsythe led off and went 2-for-3 with an RBI in Tuesday's spring training loss to the Giants. Forsythe led off against the left-handed Matt Moore, a role he is likely to serve in during the regular season. It is unclear if manager Dave Roberts will bat Forsythe atop the order against righties, but the veteran second baseman is making his case with four hits in nine plate appearances against righties this spring. We should get a better idea of what Roberts' batting orders will look like as we get closer to the regular season, but Forsythe will have value wherever he bats in what looks to be a loaded Dodgers lineup.
Forsythe (knee) is in the Dodgers' Cactus League lineup Friday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports. The 30-year-old recently received lubricant injections in his knee, and it looks like they helped. Forsythe, who hit 20 home runs last year, will lead off as he continues to compete for that role during the season. Winning it would raise his fantasy value in a deep, potentially dangerous lineup.
Forsythe (knee) said he's lining up to start the Dodgers' Friday Cactus League contest, though he'll miss his third consecutive game Thursday after his last knee lubricant injection, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports. The new acquisition received a series of those doses, so he appears ready to go. It's still smart to monitor the 30-year-old's progress in the coming days and weeks, though the candidate for leadoff hitter looks like he'll be back in the mix. Forsythe would enjoy a notable bump in runs scored if he indeed sticks as the table-setter, which makes him an attractive mixed league value pick at the keystone.
Forsythe is starting at second and batting leadoff in Saturday's Cactus League opener against the White Sox, according to SB Nation. Manager Dave Roberts has wavered on his initial thinking of using Forsythe as his primary leadoff hitter this past offseason, claiming he will use his new second baseman as a "top-of-the-order hitter." While one spring training game doesn't reveal all, it gives Forsythe a head start in the race to become the Dodgers' leadoff man. Other candidates to top the lineup this season are Andrew Toles, Andre Ethier and Joc Pederson.
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.