Regan's Rumblings: Who Benefits from a Universal DH?
Regan's Rumblings: Who Benefits from a Universal DH?

This article is part of our Regan's Rumblings series.

As the billionaires and millionaires square off this week to divvy up the proceeds from a potential 82-game season, one of the more interesting tidbits about the proposal is the proposed implementation of the DH in the National League. Clearly the primary benefit here will be to National League teams with deep rosters. Let's look at 10 players who should see more playing time than they would in a "normal year" with pitchers hitting.

A.J. Pollock, LAD

Pollock should be in the lineup against all lefties anyway but allowing him to DH on a semi-regular basis should help to keep his bat in the lineup.  Pollock hasn't topped 113 games in a season since 2015, and obviously he won't this year, but helping minimize the wear and tear on his body should help both his durability and productivity. Pollock hit a decent .266/.327/.468 last year with 15 homers in just 308 at-bats, doing most of his damage against southpaws - .323/.370/.536. Joc Pederson should play LF (or maybe he's the DH) against RHP, with Chris Taylor also seeing a boost in playing time with the new rule. Pollock swiped just five bases last year, but he did work with a speed team this winter to improve both his speed on the bases and his outfield range. I wouldn't put a ton of stock in that and expect a spike in steals, but who knows, perhaps this "sprint group" is to speed what Driveline Academy is to adding velocity for

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David Regan
David Regan is a six-time Fantasy Sports Writers Association award winner, including the 2015 Baseball Article of the Year and the 2010 Baseball Writer of the Year.
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