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Spring Training: Three takeaways from Thursday

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Tony Gonsolin continues to impress

Making his second start of the spring, Gonsolin looked even better today. He went two innings, striking out three and allowing only one hit.

His splitter was working really well, and it looked like the hitters at the plate were struggling to get a piece of it. For the spring, Gonsolin has thrown three scoreless innings, allowing only one hit. He’s also struck out three and walked zero.

This continues to be a huge spring for the 25-year-old, as he hopes to crack the 26-man roster to begin the season. With the starting rotation already loaded, Gonsolin will either begin the season as a reliever for LA, or head to Oklahoma City where he’ll be able to get consistent starts.

Oh, he also has a brand new look.

Adam Kolarek is getting righties out!

With the new three-batter minimum rule, many questioned whether or not Kolarek would have a spot with the team. He’s great against lefties, holding them to a .199 average and .524 OPS in his career. Righties, not so much. They’ve hit .299 with a .849 OPS off of Kolarek.

This spring, he’s gotten work against both lefties and righties, and has capitalized on the opportunity. He threw a scoreless inning today, needing only six pitches to retire the side. He faced two righties and one lefty.

In his first outing of the spring, he struck out a RBH. So far, righties are 0-3 against Kolarek this spring. Obviously it’s a small sample size, but it’s great to see him getting off to a hot start. If he keeps it up, it will likely guarantee him a spot in the Dodgers bullpen.

Former friend, Luke Raley

When the Dodgers’ initial trade with the Red Sox fell through, they made a separate deal with the Twins. In addition to acquiring top 100 prospect Brusdar Graterol, the Dodgers also acquired Raley.

If the name sounded familiar, it’s because it is. He was with the Dodgers organization, but was traded to Minnesota in the Brian Dozier trade.

The 25-year-old has gotten off to a hot start this spring. He’s hitting .385 this with three RBI. Through his first four seasons in the minors, he’s hitting .288/.361/.472/.833. Raley is currently on the Dodgers’ 40-man roster, so expect to see him some time this season.