LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers on Friday morning made official their 25-man roster for the National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals, and there were no changes from the group of players discussed on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium.
The Dodgers and Nationals open their series with Game 1 at 2:38 p.m. PT on Friday. Rosters were due to the MLB offices by 7 a.m. PT.
Of note for the Dodgers is that they are carrying three catchers, with Carlos Ruiz and Austin Barnes backing up Yasmani Grandal. This allows Ruiz to be used as a pinch hitter if need be, especially against left-handed pitching.
Seven of the 25 players on the roster are rookies, including Game 1 starters in shortstop Corey Seager and left fielder Andrew Toles. During the regular season, rookies accounted for 21.5% of the Dodgers’ plate appearances, and 29.8% of their innings.
"The environment that Doc [Dave Roberts] and the coaches have created, and that the veterans have created, it allows these guys to come up from the minor leagues and be incredibly comfortable,” Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said on Tuesday.
Dodgers NLDS roster
Starting pitchers (4): Clayton Kershaw, Rich Hill, Kenta Maeda, Julio Urias
Relief pitchers (7): Kenley Jansen, Joe Blanton, Grant Dayton, Pedro Baez, Josh Fields, Luis Avilan, Ross Stripling
Catchers (3): Yasmani Grandal, Carlos Ruiz, Austin Barnes
Infielders (5): Adrian Gonzalez, Chase Utley, Corey Seager, Justin Turner, Charlie Culberson
Outfielders (6): Howie Kendrick, Joc Pederson, Josh Reddick, Yasiel Puig, Andrew Toles, Andre Ethier