Prospects On Deck: 1B Allan Dykstra – Rays
Could this be the year he reaches the show?
Dykstra played three seasons from 2008-2010 with the Padres organization between Class A and Class A+ and batted a combined .235, with 130 runs, 47 doubles, 28 home runs, 140 RBI’s and 183 walks.
In 2011, he was traded to the New York Mets for pitching prospect Eddie Kunz, and just two years later, he won the 2013 Eastern League MVP and also earned the organizations Sterling Minor League Co-Player of the year award.
In 2014, he was voted by the fans to represent the Las Vegas 51’s in the Pacific Coast League All Star game and he also walked away as the Home Run Derby Champion. In four seasons within the Mets farm system, he batted a combined .271 with 207 runs, 79 doubles, 63 home runs, 260 RBI’s and 314 walks.
After putting up big numbers in 2014, batting .279, with 62 runs, 23 doubles, 16 home runs, 74 RBI’s and 102 walks, the San Diego native became a free agent and signed with the Tampa Bay Rays this past off-season.
With the Mets, Dykstra did not seem to have a clear path to the bigs, but with the Rays, that could change, as he is a non-roster invitee to big league camp with a chance to prove that he is ready.
The Rays current depth chart has James Loney as the starting first baseman and John Jaso as their DH and back-up to Loney at first. Dykstra is four years younger than Jaso and even though he doesn’t have the major league experience that Jaso has, the lefty first basemen does come with the tools to be a very good hitter in the American League. So by adding Dykstra, the Rays would be getting a bat capable of hitting 20 home runs and driving in at least 70 RBI’s.
At this point in his career, I feel that Dykstra doesn’t have much else to prove in the minors, he has shown that he can hit and now with signing on with an American League club, being a DH is also an option for him. If ranking Dykstra up against anyone currently on the Rays roster as a candidate for DH, I feel that Dykstra is hands down the best option.
The Rays are known for bringing up younger players capable of impacting the roster and adding Dykstra to the squad would continue that tradition. A strong camp by the San Diego native, should put pressure on the Rays to give Dykstra the opportunity he has been working very hard for and surely deserves.