Poll: Which young pitcher would you pick to build around?


Felix Hernandez and David Price are always featured in discussions of the best young pitchers in baseball, and rightfully so to say the least, but at 24 years old they’re almost elderly compared to, say, 22-year-old Dodgers southpaw Clayton Kershaw.
After writing earlier today about Kershaw’s unique dominance at such a young age I became curious about which 23-and-under starting pitcher the Hardball Talk readership would choose to build a team around. Ignoring all service time and salary issues and simply focusing on which guy you’d want to make the building block for your franchise, who gets the nod?

Justin Turner suffers broken wrist after being hit by a pitch

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Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner left Monday’s Cactus League game against the Athletics after he was hit by a pitch. He went for X-rays, revealing that he suffered a broken wrist, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. Shaikin adds that Turner is unlikely to return before May, noting that Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman missed six weeks with a similar injury last year and Astros outfielder George Springer missed nine weeks in 2015.

Needless to say, this is a huge loss for the Dodgers. Last year, Turner hit .322/.415/.530 with 21 home runs and 71 RBI in 543 plate appearances, helping the Dodgers reach the World Series. He made the All-Star team for the first time in his career and finished eighth in NL MVP balloting.

Thankfully, the Dodgers have some versatile players on the roster. Logan Forsythe could move from second base to third, giving Chase Utley more playing time at second. Enrique Hernandez could man the hot corner as well. Chris Taylor has played some third base, or he could shift to second base in Forsythe’s stead. The club should shed some light on how it plans to move forward following Turner’s injury.