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2013 Dodgers player profiles

An in-depth look at the 2013 Dodgers, with profiles of everyone on the 40-man roster and select non-roster invitees to big league camp in spring training.

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Don Mattingly, third time's a charm?

The third-year Dodgers manager likely needs to guide his club to their first playoff appearance since 2009 in order to keep his job.

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Matt Kemp, shouldering the load

Kemp began last season with the highest of hopes, but after a year dashed by numerous injuries the All-Star center fielder hopes simply for a return to health in 2013.

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Hyun-jin Ryu, the start of something

Hyun-jin Ryu went about his business this spring and will start tonight in preparation for his major league regular season debut next Tuesday night.

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Hanley Ramirez, the best player on the field?

Manager Don Mattingly has high expectations of his shortstop, who will miss several weeks with a thumb injury.

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Chad Billingsley, nailing the comeback

Billingsley heads into 2013 with a healthy arm, but a minor finger problem may slightly delay the opening to his season.

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Carl Crawford, still a question mark in LF

Crawford has 5 years and $102.5M left on his contract as he joins a very well-compensated Dodger outfield

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Tony Gwynn, on the outside looking in

After most of the past two years as the club's fourth outfielder, Gwynn has a tough road ahead of him to get back to the majors with the Dodgers.

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Stephen Fife, on the radar

Stephen Fife is currently ninth on the Dodgers' starting pitching depth chart, but don't count him out for another big league stint in 2013.

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Nick Punto, the shredder

With Hanley Ramirez's injury, Nick Punto may see more playing time than some would have predicted.

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Josh Beckett, odd man in

"We've done a good job of putting some depth pieces together, but now it just comes down to working hard during spring training and the starters going out and doing their jobs," said Beckett on the first day of camp at Camelback Ranch.

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Dee Gordon, working his way back to Los Angeles

A year ago, Dee Gordon was riding high, he had really good close to the 2011 season and then he had a really good spring training. But slumps at the plate and the on the field challenged the young shortstop and then two things, an injury but more so, the arrival of Hanley Ramirez put a question mark on his current status

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Tim Federowicz, solidly at number two

On a team filled with veterans, rookie Tim Federowicz has the inside track to be the backup catcher

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Yasiel Puig, best spring training ever

Yasiel Puig went from why, to what, to who, to wow in a short span of months but does his electrifying spring equate to playing in Dodger Stadium in April?

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Alfredo Amezaga, one more utility player?

With Hairston, Schumaker, Punto and Uribe already likely to be on the Opening Day roster, do the Dodgers have space for Alfredo Amezaga?

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Chris Withrow, on the lookout with new role

After spending most of the last four seasons in Double-A Chattanooga, a move to the bullpen may help Chris Withrow advance.

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Skip Schumaker, the middle man

The Dodgers' new acquisition from St. Louis figures to play quite a bit at second base and center field, with some time in the other outfield spots mixed in.

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Shawn Tolleson, fighting for a spot

The Dodgers tried to option Shawn Tolleson three separate times in 2012, but each time he ended up remaining with the team. Will he remain with the big club on the opening day roster in 2013?

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Chris Capuano, the sixth starter

Of the three starting pitchers that could be on the outside looking in, Chris Capuano could be the one with the most value to trade, he has pitched over 186 innings in consecutive years, he has a very affordable contract and of course, he's left-handed. Those are also reasons why he may stay a Dodger for a while yet.

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Ted Lilly, facing an uphill battle

Ted Lilly has had a hard time returning to the mound in spring training, after rehabbing from offseason shoulder surgery. Will it cost him a chance at one of the five starting rotation spots on the Dodgers?

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Jeremy Moore taking advantage of opportunity

With Carl Crawford still sidelined and Matt Kemp easing his way back onto to field, Jeremy Moore has put up some great numbers while playing center field this spring.

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Brian Barden, Mr. 550

Non-roster utility man Brian Barden has played all over the field this spring and topped that with 11 hits in his first 20 at-bats of spring.

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Mark Lowe, and leverage

The Dodgers have had a non-roster pitcher make the team every year since 2002. Mark Lowe is one of three candidates with a shot to do the same in 2013.

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Josh Wall, making the jump

After his first taste of major league action in 2012, Wall is determined to make it back to the Dodgers in 2013.

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Next 2013 Dodger profile Ronald Belisario

Your next Dodger player profile, Ronald Belisario starts 2013 with a approved break in Spring training as he pitches for Team Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic

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Juan Uribe, one more try

After two of the worst seasons in Dodgers history, will Uribe get a third chance for his charm?

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J.P. Howell, the southpaw

Two years removed from his shoulder surgery, Howell put up a stellar second half in 2012 for Tampa Bay. Can the free agent acquisition do the same in Los Angeles in 2013?

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Aaron Harang, eight is enough?

Harang allowed a ton of runners to reach base in his first season in Los Angeles. Will he improve in 2013, and will he do it with the Dodgers?

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Pedro Baez: Kenley II, Electric Boogaloo?

Pedro Baez turns 25 on March 11, and he has yet to throw a pitch in an organized professional game. But there is a reason why many are excited to see what he can do on the mound.

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Kevin Gregg, the veteran closer

After getting released in the middle of a pennant chase last September, Kevin Gregg is out to prove he can contribute to a winning bullpen.

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Matt Guerrier, happy to be healthy

After an injury plagued season in 2012, Guerrier looks for a rebound in the final year of his contract with the Dodgers.

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Mark Ellis, the defensive expert

The Dodgers were 56-44 in games Ellis started in 2012, and 30-32 in games he didn't.

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Jerry Hairston Jr., the four corners guy

Jerry Hairston is back from hip surgery and expects to play four different positions for the Dodgers in 2013.

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Justin Sellers, further down the depth chart

Sellers underwent season-ending surgery on his lower back on Aug. 23.

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Scott Elbert, on the mend

Elbert is expected to begin throwing again during the first week of March, and an early May return to the Dodgers is tentatively planned for the reliever.

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Jesus Flores, hoping for health

Now three years removed from shoulder surgery, Flores is a non-roster invitee to spring training looking to make the Dodgers as the backup catcher.

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Steve Ames, the strikeout machine

The 17th round pick out of Gonzaga has been a dominant force in the bullpen on his rise through the Dodgers farm system. That figures to earn Ames a spot on the big league club at some point in 2013.

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Alex Castellanos, center fielder?

The 26-year-old played center field in the Venezuelan Winter League in the offseason, and figures to see time at the position during spring training, trying to increase his versatility and enhance his chances of winning a spot on the Dodgers' roster.

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Matt Magill, bursting onto the scene

Magill opened some eyes with a solid 2012 campaign. Can the former 31st round draft pick continue his climb to the major leagues?

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Javy Guerra, looking to bounce back

Javy Guerra began 2012 as the Dodgers' closer. A demotion, an option, and two surgeries later, he enters 2013 fighting for a chance to make the club.

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Paco Rodriguez, the rapid riser

A brief look at the climb through the Dodgers' system by Paco Rodriguez, the left-handed relief pitcher who was the first player drafted in 2012 to make the major leagues.

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A.J. Ellis, rewarded for his efforts

Ellis had a career year at the age of 31 in 2012. Can the backstop do it again for the Dodgers in 2013?

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Peter Moylan, worm killer

Peter Moylan was once part of a formidable Braves bullpen. But now, after two years lost to surgeries, can Moylan find his way into the Dodgers relief staff?

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Elian Herrera, jack of all trades

Herrera was a surprise contributor to the 2012 Dodgers, nine years after he was signed out of high school. Will he play a part in the 2013 Dodgers as well?

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Kenley Jansen, best arm in the bullpen

Though he won't start out the season as the Dodgers' closer, will Jansen rack up saves in 2013?

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Andre Ethier returns for his 8th season in Blue

Andre Ethier is one of a handful of players to play over 1000 games for one team since his 2006 debut. He is the first Dodger to do that since Adrian Beltre.

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Clayton Kershaw, the crown jewel

How will the Dodgers' staff ace do in his age-25 season?

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Adrian Gonzalez set to bring power back to first

Will 2013 see the return of punch to the Dodger first base position

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Zack Greinke, a strong second fiddle

The $147 million man comes to Los Angeles with high expectations, but he is not alone.

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Luis Cruz, cult hero

Cruz came seemingly out of nowhere to contribute for the Dodgers, and put up a stellar half-season. Can the 29-year-old repeat it in 2013?

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Brandon League, the closer

League saved six games for the 2012 Dodgers but a new three-year contract and management's pronouncement of League's role appear to appoint as the closer when the season starts.

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