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2018 Dodgers Review: Logan Forsythe

Forsythe never matched his previous offensive punch as a Dodger

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at San Diego Padres Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Logan Forsythe never got on track in his Dodger uniform in 2018. After a poor start to the season, Forsythe went on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. He missed 27 games before being activated on May 15th.

Once he came back, the poor hitting continued and he also struck out 37 times in 147 at-bats.

On July 31st, the Dodgers traded Forsythe and minor leaguers Luke Raley and Devin Smeltzer to the Minnesota Twins for second baseman Brian Dozier.

Dozier wasn’t a lot better and the Dodgers will have to address this position again in 2019.

What went right

After Forsythe was traded to the Twins, he had a very good August for them. He hit .308/.406/.352 in his first month in Minnesota.

Overall, his OBP with the Twins was .356 as he walked 24 times and had three HBP in 205 PA.

What went wrong

Forsythe had a 54 OPS+ in 211 PA with the Dodgers, the last Dodger to have a similar season is current SportsNet LA commentator Jerry Hairston. In 2013, the 37-year old Hairston hit .211/.265/.275 in 226 PA with a 53 OPS+.

That would be the last season in Hairston’s career.

2018 particulars

Age: Forsythe will be 32 on January 14, 2019

Stats: With the Dodgers, Forsythe hit .207/.270/.290 in 211 plate appearances.

Game of the year

We’ll talk about two games for Forsythe, the first was with the Dodgers. On June 10th, he went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and an RBI double against the Atlanta Braves. The Dodgers would win that game 7-2 and move a game over .500.

However, his performance on August 16th has to be noted here because it was a career best 5-for-5 game. This took place after Forsythe was traded to the Twins. He also had two doubles and scored three runs in the 15-8 win over the Tigers.

Roster status

Forsythe finished his sixth plus service time year with the Twins and he is now a free agent.