The Dodgers announced after their 2-1 loss to the Angels in the third game of the Freeway Series, that shortstop Justin Sellers has made the club’s opening day roster. According to Don Mattingly It appeared that the Dodgers were going to just rotate the three scrubs, Nick Punto, Juan Uribe, and Jerry Hairston at third base, and have Cochito pay short. But in the last few days Mattingly has had a change of heart.
We had been hearing that he was considering adding Justin Sellers to the team’s opening day roster, and using him as the everyday shortstop until the return of the injured Hanley Ramirez. The reasoning being to utilize Seller’s superior defense. The Dodgers will be a team centered around solid pitching and run prevention in 2013.
Sellers has had a pretty uneventful spring, after what has appeared to be a more interesting winter for the 27 year old right handed hitting infielder. He had a little problem with the law during his motorcycle incident back in January. However It turned out to be nothing but a misunderstanding. (Probably) Just keep Sellers away from the bikes during the season. No more wheelies!
Sellers has played in 15 games this spring. He batted .200 (5 for 25) with two walks in 28 plate appearances. Despite Justin’s problems at the plate, he still is the best defensive shortstop we gave right now. I think the Dodgers are making the right decision here.
Sellers also known to us as Sellblock, has a career .204 (34 for 167) batting average with a .283 OBP. He has hit two home runs, in 189 MLB plate appearances, and has played in 55 major league games. Sellers has posted a +3 runs above average rating at shortstop, and a career mark of a +6 rating over the course of two seasons. Sellers is due to make 481,000 dollars this season. We’ll have more later, as more roster moves are due to be announced soon. The deadline to set opening day rosters is Sunday afternoon at noon pacific time.