Dodgers News: Dave Roberts Believes Matt Kemp Clearly Understands Need To Improve Defensively

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

When a Los Angeles Dodgers began Cactus League play this year, it noted a initial time Matt Kemp was personification for a classification given a 2014 National League Division Series. Kemp immediately done his participation felt by going 2-for-2 with dual RBI.

After singling in his initial at-bat, Kemp electrified a throng during Camelback Ranch with a go-ahead, three-run home run in his subsequent outing to a plate. He was moved by a “pretty cool” reception fans provided.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts wasn’t astounded that Kemp can still be prolific during a plate. But Roberts pronounced he’s done it transparent to a 33-year-old that he contingency urge defensively, around Bill Plunkett of a Southern California News Group:

“We haven’t seen Matt in a few years,” Roberts said. “So for us to see him and see how his physique is moving. … It’s unequivocally not in a batter’s box. He’s been really prolific via his career (offensively). Obviously there are good seasons and there are not so good seasons though in a batter’s box he’s been flattering unchanging with production. The dropoff has been defensively. we consider that’s something Matt’s really transparent on and for us to keep an eye on.”

Kemp is only dual seasons private from a 35-home run arrangement with a Atlanta Braves, though struggled to stay on a margin final season. Furthermore, he was statistically among a misfortune defensive outfielders in all of ball by several modernized metrics.

In an bid to urge on that end, Kemp reportedly mislaid 40 pounds during a offseason. That could compensate dividends not only with his glove, though progressing his health over a march of a 162-game season.

Now that Kemp is behind with a Dodgers, Roberts is confident that Kemp will take a required stairs to urge defensively. He cited a weight detriment and additional proclivity of being on a winning bar that will pull him over a hump.

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