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Emergence of Gavin Stone: A Contender for Dodgers’ Fifth Starter Position

Heading into spring training, the Los Angeles Dodgers had initially pegged Emmet Sheehan as their fifth starter. However, due to Sheehan’s shoulder issues and subsequent week-long shutdown, Gavin Stone has emerged as the leading candidate for the position.

In the first three spring games, Stone has showcased promising performance, boasting a 2-0 record in two starts and tallying four strikeouts in 5.2 innings. Following his scoreless three-inning display on Sunday, manager Dave Roberts commended Stone’s consistency in throwing strikes and commanding pitches. Despite these positive signs, Roberts emphasized that there’s still a considerable journey ahead.

With only two starting pitcher slots needed for the regular-season opener against the San Diego Padres in Seoul on March 20, and the subsequent game, Roberts expressed his reluctance to finalize the starting rotation too soon.

Stone, on his part, is gaining confidence and experience with each outing in the Cactus League. He acknowledged improvements in his mental approach and command compared to last year when he struggled with a high ERA during his rookie season.

Eager to turn the tide from his challenging debut last year, Stone’s performance this spring has been encouraging, with his fastball registering higher speeds and his changeup proving effective against formidable batters like Fernando Tatis Jr.

While acknowledging the competitive environment among pitchers vying for positions, Stone emphasized camaraderie and mutual support. He recognizes the temporary nature of the fifth spot, especially with the impending return of Walker Buehler in April or May, but remains determined to seize any opportunity for big league experience.

Stone’s resolve and adaptability make him a formidable contender for the role, with teammates and coaches expressing confidence in his ability to continuously improve and excel.

Yachiga Tavershima
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