Los Angeles Dodgers outfield prospect Chris Roller is making the most of his opportunities in pro ball. Roller, who is a former 30th round draft pick, admits that he doesn’t take anything for granted, whether it’s at the plate, or in the field.
“I’m just trying to take advantage of every opportunity I get,” said Roller. “I think the more that I do that, the more opportunities I’m going to get. I’m appreciative for every game I get to play out there.”
And those opportunities are coming more frequently in 2019, as Roller has been one of the Loons’ most reliable bats. In fact, the prospect is currently sitting on a .269/.370/.454 line with an .824 OPS in 130 at-bats.
But Roller isn’t satisfied, by any means, at the plate, as the prospect admits that he’s always trying to find a way to be more productive in that aspect of the game.
“You’re always trying to get better at the plate,” explained Roller. “I’ve felt more comfortable this year, and it’s helped me become a little more consistent.”
Another thing that’s helping Roller’s production this season is the cage work that he’s putting in with the Loons coaching staff.
“I’ve been working on things in the cage,” Roller added. “I feel the extra work is paying off a little bit.”
But no matter what happens at the plate, Roller is focused on being an excellent outfielder that his teammates can always count on to make plays when they need it most.
“My defense is something that I don’t take for granted,” said Roller who currently has a .975 fielding percentage. “I don’t let my at-bats dictate how I play in the field. It’s a separate thing, and I hope my defense helps the team every night.”
Whether it’s his defense or at-bats, you’ll definitely want to follow Chris Roller’s progress.