Old friend & current friend alert.
Luke Raley was drafted by the Dodgers in the seventh round of the 2016 MLB Draft. He was with the organization for two years, but was traded to the Minnesota Twins as a part of the Brian Dozier deal in 2018. Raley’s time in Minnesota’s organization was almost as long as his tenure in LA’s organization, as he was traded back to the Dodgers in February in the Kenta Maeda/Brusdar Graterol deal.
He was added to the 40-man roster, but didn’t see any big-league action in 2020, as he was at the alternate site all season. Assuming we have a somewhat normal season in 2021, expect Raley to make his major-league debut with the Dodgers next season.
We did get to see him in Spring Training, as he appeared in a total of 13 games. He hit only .214 and struck out in nearly half of his at bats. However, he did add one home run and six runs driven in.
When Raley last played in the minors in 2019, he hit .310 over 38 games. He hit eight homers and drove in 23 runs while adding six doubles.
As mentioned earlier, Raley will remain on the 40-man roster for 2021 (unless he gets traded BACK to Minnesota). He has no service time.