Pops, Walker and The Kids

Chase Utley is POPS, Walker is not a Texas Ranger and The Kids are Corey Seager, Austin Barnes, Joc Pederson, Willie Calhoun, Cody Bellinger and Julio Urias.

Pops

I think it was a stroke of genius that the Dodgers signed Chase Utley.  He is legendary and the kids all look up to him.  Corey Seager begged the Dodgers to bring him back.  He will likely have under 200 AB’s this year and maybe his impact will be measurable as in “pinch hitter extraordinaire” but if not, his impact upon the team cannot be overstated.  Utley will play 2B against the toughest RH pitchers, just to keep both him and Logan Forsythe fresh, but unless A-Gon goes down, I can’t see Utley playing 1B much, if at all. Utley will also spell Turner occasionally at the hot corner, but mostly his job will be:

  1. Backup Second Baseman;
  2. LH Pinch Hitter; and
  3. Heart & Soul.

There really is a second “Pops,” that being Franklin Gutierrez.  Not only is he old, but he is playing with what is normally a debilitating disease.  He could be the RH counterpart of Chase Utley.  If things go as planned, Franklin will be the Lefty Killer while Chase will be the Righty Killer.  That’s the plan.  Neither can play every day anymore, but they could be huge difference makers.

Walker

Keith Law is a minor league junkie who hangs around the “backfields” of Spring Training Complexes.  How else are you going to know  who’s the next hot commodity?  He tweeted this yesterday:

Dodgers RHP Walker Buehler was 95-98 in live BP today with a hammer breaking ball?

Dodgers RHP Mitch White started their AA game and was 95-97 today with a slider up to 90.

Mitch White might be in the Top 100 Prospects Mid-Season Version. Both White and Buehler are the real deal.  They are part of the reason De Leon was expendable.  De Leon, by the way, is not looking like he will make the team, unless he can turn it around.

The Kids

MJ asked me why Andrew Friedman would draft Willie Calhoun twice is he was such a bad fielder.

  1. Trade bait; and/or
  2. Maybe he knows something that we don’t – LIKE BIG CHANGES ARE COMING TO BASEBALL.  More about that soon…

Not the least of which will be the use of the DH in the NL.  What other professional sports league has different rules for different divisions? It’s dumb! Like it or not, the DH is here to stay and you should like it because guys like Willie Calhoun can stay on  the team. Could this be the 2019 version of the Dodgers:

  1. Verdugo LF
  2. Seager SS
  3. Turner  3B
  4. Bellinger 1B
  5. Puig  RF
  6. Pederson CF
  7. Grandal  C
  8. Calhoun  DH
  9. Estevez  2B

2020?

  1. Verdugo LF
  2. Seager 3B
  3. Puig  RF
  4. Bellinger 1B
  5. Pederson CF
  6. Grandal  C
  7. Calhoun  DH
  8. Estevez  2B
  9. Lux SS

UPDATE:

None other than Keith Law on ESPN (Insider) says that Mitch White could be the top pitcher taken in the 2016 Amateur Draft:

The Dodgers took right-handed starter Mitch White in the second round of the 2016 MLB draft out of Santa Clara University, where he was a redshirt sophomore and had just completed his first season as a starting pitcher. White went with the 65th overall pick in that draft, but if teams redrafted today, he might go in the top five overall.

First-year area scout Tom Kunis, who’d previously worked as an assistant coach at several Division I programs, including eight years on the coaching staff at Stanford, drafted White. The Dodgers brass gave Kunis credit for identifying White early last spring as someone who might see his velocity improve as the season went on, which it did. White finished his 2016 spring touching the mid-90s, but now he’s sitting there and showing a better breaking ball as well.

White threw two innings in the Dodgers’ first Double-A game of the spring on Monday and was 95-97 with above-average fastball life and a plus slider at 88-90 mph. The slider has hard, big downward break, and he also shows a true curveball at 81-83 that has some power to it, although I think the slider is the better pitch. He has workhorse size at 6-foot-4, 225 pounds, with some evident athleticism and a very easy, repeatable arm action, one that has him on line to the plate and showing some fastball command already.

White threw 22 innings after signing, all in stints of two innings or less, and gave up just one run, unearned, across three levels, mostly in low-A. He had Tommy John surgery in 2013, missed 2014 and worked in relief for the Broncos in the spring of 2015, so last year was his first as a starter.

The Dodgers obviously took it easy on him even though he wasn’t worked hard as an amateur. If this two-inning look was any indication of what he really is now that he’s completely healthy and working with pro coaches, the Dodgers might have landed the best college pitcher in the draft.

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  1. I still cannot believe the grief I took last year from many for suggesting that Chase Utley was a great sign for 1 year $7M. The comments were “typical FAZ sign, a broken down old player”. “His knees will not let him get past June”. My main point was who better than Chase Utley to mentor Corey Seager, and the response was “great, waste a roster spot for a coach”. I did not think he would be as productive offensively as he was, but I also do not believe that Seager matures as quickly as he did without him. Suffice to say, he is not going to bat against MadBum or Jon Lester. But 200 AB and part time relief for Forsythe and Turner seems logical. More importantly, he is one of the most respected baseball men in the entire game. As I said when he was signed last year, players listen to players. Coaches determine strategy. Players have meals with players, not coaches. Utley is a gift, and the cost is reasonable and affordable.
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    I have already said all of the superlatives I can for Walker Buehler. While many have Julio Urias adorned the next #1, I am saving that moniker for Buehler. Regardless, Buehler/Urias or Urias/Buehler will be an interchangeable #1 and #2. I do not know how long Kershaw will continue his Zeus like capabilities (and I am hoping he will be a life-long Dodger), but the Dodgers should be pleased with his successor to the throne. Throw in Alveraz, and the Dodger rotation will be special. Kershaw/Buehler/Urias/Alveraz and one of Maeda/Stewart/Oaks/Sheffield/White/May/Stripling/Wood/Santana/Crawford. I consider Josh Sborz to be a potential closer, even though he is currently starting.
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    I keep reading that Seager will eventually be moved to 3B. I am not in that group. Seager is 6’4” 215lb. In 2020, he will be playing at 26. I have pictures all over my office of a former 6’4” 200lb SS, who also was moved to 3B. But Cal Ripken did not move to 3B until he was 36. I know Ripken is a HOF, and Seager is in his sophomore year, but most baseball experts look at Seager as a potential HOF, so why move him. ARod was 6’3” 230lb, and he would have stayed at SS except the Yankees had some guy named Derek Jeter there. Gavin Lux (a mere 6’2” 190lb SS) may become a very good ML infielder, but he is not projected to be anywhere near Corey Seager as a SS. Lux has a good arm (a little wild right now), so why wouldn’t he move to 3B? If his projected power does not warrant a 3B slot, then maybe he goes to 2B. Estevez will be 19 and one of the younger Cal League players at Rancho, and I would expect FAZ will push Lux to Great Lakes also at 19, but as a SS. This year should give us more projectable information about their middle infield prospects. I like Seager at SS, but if he continues to have oblique/back issues, I suspect that may force a move. But until then, I want to see Corey Seager as the Dodger SS, and hopefully with a Cal Ripken type career.
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    I am not much of a believer in Puig to project him to be the regular RF in 2019/2020. I might project Verdugo as the RF (plus plus arm) and Yusniel Diaz and DJ Peters could be potential LF; or I would expect a trade. Diaz (20) will start at Tulsa, and Peters (21) could bypass Great Lakes and go directly to Rancho. If not, he will get there very quickly. Both have projected 2019 ETA. I know your projection only includes current Dodgers controlled players, but I still hold out hope (I know unrealistic) that the Dodgers can find a way to get Ian Happ or maybe Jeimer Candelario (switch hitting 3B/1B) blocked by Bryant & Rizzo. If Schwarber can play LF, so can Candelario.

    1. AC,

      Since I created your profile to post, the software now blocks your comments. Nothing personal! 😉

      I’ll figure it out. I just have to get every comment out of moderation.

      It’s probably the loose nut behind my keyboard.

    2. AC, I can see Verdugo in RF instead of Puig as well. I would be more confident about Verdugo if I hadn’t heard about him struggling with his maturity. Pederson, Seager, an Bellinger are core lefty hitters and Puig would compliment those lety bats better than would Verdugo..
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      Didn’t the Angels win a WS with Figgins playing third. Speed, defense, and OBP plays anywhere as long as a team has enough pop to allow a speedy player at third. That said, having a SS that hits in the 3, 4, or 5 spots would waste that offense if the 3rd baseman is a typical SS type hitter.

  2. Good info on White. More than I ever heard in Santa Clara. Back to Hill: In about the 3d inning, he was so frustrated that he went to the Japanese hesitation move on the mound. Looked strange and didn’t work. I’m not interested in the playoffs, really. The team HAS TO WIN THE PLAYOFFS. It is a crapshoot, but it doesn’t have to be if the pitching is good enough. Today, McCarthy vs the Mariners. Tomorrow, Ryu against the Cubs. Tomorrow should be interesting. The Cubs have that Championship attitude. You can almost smell it. THAT is what we want. There is only one way to get it.

  3. When you draft guys like Mitch White, who was in Bobby 17’s backyard and even he had not heard of him… and now one of the most respected talent evaluators says he may be the best pitcher taken in the draft and would be TOP 5 now, well they tells you that these Los Angeles Dodgers have some extraordinary scouting… and that bodes well for the future.

    The fact of the matter is that the first two drafts under FAZ have been remarkable. It’s a breath of fresh air to hear intelligent, upbeat people discuss this stuff instead of feeling like you walked into a black hole full of FAZ haters who ridicule everything they do.

    Eric said it best a couple of days ago:

    …that’s why I love baseball, especially in the spring. Because hope springs eternal. Baseball for me is a chance to hope that this is the year that any given player can have a career year and the Dodgers can go to the World Series.”

    Exactly, that is what it is all about. At some sites, they seldom experience the euphoria of Spring. As an example, they blasted FAZ for signing Joe Blanton last year (it was horrible) and then they blasted FAZ for not re-signing him this year. It was that way every day… and I mean EVERY DAY!

  4. Seager will be SS as long as he’s a Dodger. Which is 5 more years.

    2020 rotation: Kershaw, Buehler, Urias, Alvarez, White.

    Stripling, Wood, and Ryu will be bullpen.

    Trade Verdugo for a comparable right handed player.

    Will Smith will be starting catcher in 2020. Grandal will be traded in his prime before he declines.

    There won’t be a DH in the NL; it will be more than that. Think 4 pinch hitters/runners per game w/o having to exit the game.

    Never seen so many good players on the Dodgers in my lifetime. AND never seen such a good farm system, even after graduating Seager and Urias.

    1. I like the way you think, but I think it will start with uniformity and the DH in the NL.

      I would like to see 2 DH’s and expand the roster to 27 – a LH and RH and they could each bat twice a game and the player they hit for does not have to come out of the game.

      1. I’m fine with that, as long as pitchers can also re-entry a game. Cap the number of substitutions per inning and per game.

      2. They would have to hit in the same spot in the lineup each time they pinch hit otherwise they could hit consecutively. I am okay with the same pinch hitter being able to pinch hit twice as long as at least 8 hitters were between each at bat.

  5. White and Smith were also examples of taking a player a round or two earlier than projected then signing ‘below slot’ to take a few later round flyers on players other teams thought would not sign by having money left to pay ‘over slot’. Evidence of taking a strategic advantage of the slot system and also getting targeted players they really wanted. The high ceiling arms being accumulated are impressive. They have also targeted SS and catcher, maybe it’s time to target 3B in the draft. I like the idea of Utley and Gutierrez pinch hitting in keys spots in the game, haven’t had a guy like that since Dave Hansen, now having 2? Ethier could be an effective PH also with some pop and would force opposing managers hands. I like how the roster is shaping up-Kike going to play in WBC gave Taylor a huge leg up and he is taking full advantage. Fields better find it soon or he could be a final cut, at least he has an option left and Hatcher does not. Morrow is my dark horse candidate. I suppose I could be OK with Wood taking the last rotation spot to start the season with Urias held back but why use up innings in AAA? He needs to face ML hitters or stay in extended ST. That might leave a spot for Stripling early on as a swing man. Baez is looking more and more likely to be on the DL to start the season, which is fine by me. Let him pitch rehab in AAA with a pitch clock, might do him some good.

  6. We don’t want to make the same mistake, that the Angels made, with Trout.

    When the Angels moved Trout to left, and had Peter Borgeous play center, Trouts offensive numbers, suffered.

    And we don’t want to do that to Corey.

    As long as Corey is the Dodger’s franchise player, he will be there shortstop.

    Corey has went out of his way to train hard, so that he can stay a major league shortstop, throughout his career.

    And if he keeps playing like he has, that isn’t going to change.

    The only thing I worry about Verdugo, besides his attitude, is will he be able to hit with enough power, to play right or left field?

    Because both left and right field, are two positions, that are considered, offensive positions, that should have power.

    And right now, Verdugo’s power numbers, are just not there.

  7. Some interesting news coming out earlier this week. One – Joc Pederson, Corey Seager, and Julio Urias were renewed for $555K, $575K, and $540K respectively (MLB minimum = $535K). Two – Kevin Kiermaier, CF defensive wizard for the Rays, signed a 6 year extension for $53.5M taking out 2 FA years 2021 and 2022, his age 32 year. It is also thought that his extension includes an option for year 7 (2023)…terms unknown at this time.
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    Kevin Kiermaier (27) is strictly a defensive specialist right now. He is arguably the best defensive CF in MLB (including Mike Trout). But his offensive stats are not impressive.
    2014 .263/.315/.450/.765 OPS+ 117
    2015 .263/.298/.420/.718 OPS+ 99
    2016 .246/.331/.410/.741 OPS+ 104
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    Joc Pederson (25), not a defensive slouch, but not in the Kiermaier defensive class, has better offensive numbers:
    2015 .210/.346/.417/.763 OPS+113
    2016 .246/.352/.495/.847 OPS+129
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    While Kiermaier has regressed offensively, Pederson improved significantly in 2016. Perhaps his offensive numbers worsen if he is facing more LH pitching, but we do not know how he may adjust until he plays every day. Is it conceivable that Pederson gets a similar extension offer after his 2017 season? That would put him exactly at the same timeframe as Kiermaier, but one year younger. I think he is a prime candidate for an extension. His agent is Excel Sports Management, a very good firm, well represented in MLB. But they are not Scott Boras. With Boras as their agent, it is unlikely that Seager and Urias will sign any extension, unless it is their choice.
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    I know that Adam indicated that he believes that Will Smith will be the catcher in 2020, and not Yasmani Grandal (28). That is possible, but Grandal will become a FA after the 2018 season, so it is doubtful that he would be traded. Depending on how well Austin Barnes plays, it is just as likely that Grandal will also be an extension candidate, and that Austin Barnes becomes a trade option when/if Smith is ready for the ML level. Smith’s ETA is 2019 (probably late season). The question for Smith, is whether he will hit MLB pitching. However, there is a young Venezuelan, Keibert Ruiz (18), that may alter plans for Smith altogether. Interestingly, Ruiz is a switch hitting catcher who has more pop form left side, and more contact from the right side. Remind you of anyone?

    1. AC, you may well be right about Ruiz being the starting catcher in a few years. I need to see if he can but outside the Pioneer League first though​. It’s good to have multiple catchers coming up through the farm!

      1. Catching is hard to predict. Do you rely more on defense or offense? For how many years was Blake Swihart the next great catcher, and he is pedestrian at best right now. Sandy Leon is the Boston catcher and he was not considered equal to Swihart until he got to MLB. Swihart is having a good spring so maybe he gets that #1 spot back. Wieters was destined for the Hall before he came up with the O’s. He is a good catcher, not great.
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        Pre 2015 the Dodgers catcher of the future was Julian Leon. Now not so much. But he is just 21, so he still has time to develop.
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        Catchers are just hard to project for MLB. Both Smith and Ruiz should be showcased this year at Rancho and Great Lakes respectively. Rancho is a hitters league so hopefully Smith will produce offensively, because he is considered solid (if not better) defensively. Great Lakes is more of a pitching league so if Ruiz has a productive offensive year, look for him to move up the prospect list. This is a moving year for both. Leon who played at Rancho last year at 20, and is moving one level each year, may be marked for Tulsa, but could switch with Smith if Smith produces.

  8. Mitch white was a horrible pick because somebody on this board lives near Santa Clara and never heard of him. That’s all I heard for the last 8 months

    Forget the Dodgers scouts. Somebody said it was a bad pick.

    1. Bobby

      I am sure Bobbie would gladly eat some crow, for that one.

      What matters, is that we have another good young pitcher

  9. The reason you draft Calhoun twice is the same reason you draft him once, or hope to draft him and miss and don’t draft him.

    His bat.

    A team’s hope with every draft pick is that they will one day become a major league player. With some draft picks that means projecting the bat and glove developing, with some players that means the bat developing, with others it means the glove developing.

    If you sign some college guy who wasn’t drafted, or sign Calhoun after drafting him twice, you hope to DEVELOP him (her?) into a major league player. Who gives a shit if they were drafted twice?

  10. Another under the radar pick was DJ Peters from Western Nevada CC in the 4th round of last years draft who signed for almost $200,000 under slot who reminds me of Jayson Werth and can rake. He destroyed at Ogden last year in 66 games putting up a .351 average, .437 OBP, .615 slugging and 1.052 OPS with 24 doubles, 3 triples, 13 HR’s and 48 RBI’s. He had a 66/35 K to BB ratio and while not overly fast swiped 5 bags, has a good arm and plays both corner OF spots. He will probably start at Great Lakes and move to Rancho and should feast on the pitching at both levels. I know it’s early but he is a player to keep an eye on. Another surprise draft pick who immediately produced results.

    1. You are on it Vegas! DJ is a stud. Watch him progress… Keith Law likes him too. Baseball America already has him rated as the Dodgers #21 prospect. He is 6′ 6″ and 225 lbs and can be a stud right-fielder as he has a plus arm!

  11. Still too early for me to eat Mitch White crow. He’s still an over slotted draft pick. News from Glendale: McCarthy looked very average and extremely hittable. Liberatore and Spitsbarth did nice work. Keep an eye on Spitsbarth. It looks like he keeps things simple and throws strikes. Toles is really good. 3 hits today. Still can use some work on defense. Turner is on his way to being the star of this offense. Mariners’ pitchers were no match for him. Thompson hit well, but screwed up on the bases twice. Offense came alive with 16 hits, with a couple of triples. Last but not least, for all the Urias lovers: he labored today; couldn’t get strike 3; didn’t get out of the clean inning he started (the 6th); looked frustrated by lack of success; recorded 2 outs with his 30 pitches. I get the feeling watching him that he feels entitled, and does not take well to lack of success. He is not a grinder, never has had to be and never will be. At the risk of pissing most of you off, he looks a little like a prima donna. If this is at all true, the club has some tough decisions with him in handling his psyche. Minors? Bullpen? Extended Spring training? No easy answer. He did not look good today against some of the Mariners B team.

  12. On Urias:

    It’s Spring Training. The fact that they brought him in mid-game should tell you something.

    Minors? That’s stupid!

    Bullpen? Equally.

    He either starts in the rotation (the fact that he came in mid-game should tell you something) or goes to extended Spring Training, which is what will happen.

    He is not happy about that and I am sure it is messing with him.

    My opinion of him has not changed…

    Especially after 2/3 of an inning. Let’s throw the baby out with the bath water. Yeah, that’s the ticket.

    While I am on roll, you may not have known about Mitchell White, but others did. John Manual, Editor of Baseball America said this about him RIGHT AFTER the draft (he knew what the Dodgers knew):

    Gabe Ribas pitched at Northwestern and professionally in the Padres and Phillies systems. He’s coached college baseball since his playing career ended and was able to see all the West Coast Conference has had to offer since the 2012 season.

    This was the best year for Friday starters that the Santa Clara pitching coach has seen, as the league brimmed with velocity. Corbin Burnes of Saint Mary’s was the headliner coming off a strong Cape Cod League performance, but the WCC also had Gonzaga’s Brandon Bailey, Brigham Young’s Mike Rucker and Pepperdine’s A.J. Puckett, who pitched more than 40 consecutive scoreless innings and went in the second round to the Royals.

    But Puckett went 67th overall in the draft; Burnes fell to the fourth round, 111th overall. Instead, it was a pitcher Ribas coached, righthander Mitchell White, who was the first WCC pitcher drafted, taken in the second round, 65th overall, by the Dodgers.

    “Of the guys I’ve played with, seen and coached,” Ribas said, “he’s the best I’ve seen. He struck out 120 guys or whatever (actually 118), and he could have struck out 170. He’s just so new to pitching.”

    It’s not that White never pitched before 2016. He just never pitched very much.

    “I just pitched in high school,” White said with a laugh, “but I was pretty useless. I only pitched about 25 innings for my high school team.”

    White hails from San Jose and played at Bellarmine Prep, which has produced big leaguers such as Pat Burrell and Kevin Frandsen, among others. White had elbow issues that limited his prep career, though he did pitch in the summers for Trosky Baseball’s travel teams, playing with the likes of Matt Krook, Rowdy Tellez and Chris Viall, among others.

    White pitched enough to get exposure and committed to Santa Clara, then had to have Tommy John surgery the fall of his freshman year, costing him that season. But the time off and rehabilitation from the surgery made White a very different pitcher, one who was far from useless.

    “I think the rehab played a part in it,” White said. “I think physical maturation was another. Maybe this is too simple, but I got in shape. I had better habits. I ate better, worked out better, got stronger, learned to use my legs.”

    And when White got healthy, he pitched well. Very well. He led the Broncos with 29 relief appearances last year, going 3-2, 3.62 with 40 strikeouts in 32 innings and picked up five saves after becoming Santa Clara’s closer. He got more work in pitching for Lima in the Great Lakes League last summer, but no one, not even Ribas, saw this season coming.

    White took off early and kept gaining steam as his stuff got better. By his last two starts, the 6-foot-4, 207-pounder had become a monster.

    “He just started throwing a changeup (in March),” Ribas said, “and he’d getting swings and misses with changeups. He learned a cutter last year; I mean, he’s 93-95 with natural cut, but now he throws a true cutter at 87-90. When it’s bad, it morphs into a low-80s slider, speeding up guys’ bats with it, but when he’s 86-90, it’s untouchable to both sides of the plate. And he has an overhand hammer (curve), 77-80, and it’s a bastard.”

    Against Portland, White struck out 15 in a one-hit shutout, with 74 of his 100 pitches going for strikes. While BYU put up six runs against him in his season finale, White hit 97 mph and hit 96 10 times according to BYU’s radar gun. He finished the season 3-6, 3.72 with 118 strikeouts and just 27 walks in 92 innings, averaging 11.54 strikeouts per nine innings, 11th in Division I.

    White had attracted some crosschecking attention late, particularly in a matchup with Saint Mary’s and Burnes, but the draft attention picked up as the season wound down. The attention came from clubs and agents, as well as Baseball America.

    I first spoke to him the weekend of NCAA regionals, when his season was over. “It’s exploded,” he said. “I’ve been doing phone calls and meetings pretty consistent all week. I’ve filled out questionnaires, and it does seem like there’s a lot of interest, particularly from the Rays and Dodgers.”

    I spoke to White again a week after the draft, after the whirlwind. He landed with the Dodgers, becoming the highest-drafted Santa Clara player since Randy Winn (also 65th overall) in 1995. He signed for a $592,000 bonus, nearly $400,000 below the slot value but still far ahead of the bonus he would have had prior to his late spurt and burst of attention.

    White said at the start of the year, he was hoping to maybe just get drafted. Then he recognized that as a starting pitcher with a lot of strikeouts, he had a chance to “go good,” in draft parlance. Still, he didn’t have a draft party or anything; he was expecting to be picked in the third round or later, on the draft’s second day, and was playing the video game “Call of Duty” with a friend the night of the draft when his agent Matt Sosnick called him.

    “You better call your mom and dad and your friends and whoever else you want to real fast,” White recalls the agent saying. “You’re about to get picked by the Dodgers.”

    He flipped on MLB Network just in time to see this writer break him down on the show after the Dodgers made the selection. Ranked No. 138 as a late pop-up on the BA 500, he went more than 70 spots higher. “That was fun seeing you on there,” he said. “You summed me up well. Then my buddy and I went absolutely nuts celebrating.”

    White grew up a Giants fan but said his mother has Dodger ties through her father and was emotional about the selection. “It worked out perfectly,” he said. “I know the Giants have won some World Series lately, but now it’s time to mix that up a bit, you know?”

    A finance major at Santa Clara, White didn’t think twice about signing and can’t wait to start his pro career. He wasn’t sure what the Dodgers’ plans for him this year will be, whether he’ll stay in Arizona due to his career-high workload this spring or if he’ll be sent out to another affiliate, perhaps Rookie-level Ogden.

    What he does know is, he got better—a lot better—at Santa Clara the last two years since getting healthy, and the baseball world noticed, sending him on a journey that in one way just ended but in another is just beginning. “It’s just been go, go, go for the last few weeks,” he said, “Now it’s going to be all baseball, which is nice.”

    Not bad for a useless high school pitcher.

  13. Interesting take on Urias, Bobbie 17. I myself have been so overboard in love with the guy and how he pitches the last year or so, I didn’t take into account how he handles him self when the B team is raking him. And hey, you saw the game, I didn’t, so I’m sure you could see the body language. I think sometimes all of us (myself included) get so caught up in the boundless riches of the young Dodgers coming up that we forget that most of them are either in their late teens or early 20’s, That is still REALLY young to expect them to act like grown men on and off the field. I think the crucial part for Urias, who has been anointed as the second coming of Kershaw, which he could be, is how much he listens and learns from the veteran guys around him, or takes counsel from Roberts, Honeycutt, Hershiser, etc. when things go bad for him. We did make a mistake about 3 years ago with another Phenom by the name of Yasiel, we kind of let him run his own show, and we are paying for that right now. I think if there is any truth to what you are saying, I would hope that Roberts bites it in the ass pronto.

  14. I watched the game and while you can’t get the panorama you get in person, I saw a pitcher who did not have control of his curve and slider today. He was frustrated but acted professionally when Doc pulled him. This kid is not a bad actor. I have seen Kershaw act worse in ST.

  15. Urias was probably disappointed and perhaps upset that he was not being stretched out like the other starters in the rotation and not even starting anymore. He has to learn to pitch through that and also pitch out of trouble. He’s young and it’s March and will play a vital role on this team this year. I don’t mind your opinion but welcome it, that’s what makes this blog so interesting: different people’s takes who are all fans of the Dodgers! Over slotting is a strategy to save money on some early picks and use it to sign later picks that fell because they were not expected to sign. It worked very well this past draft as every pick in the first 11 rounds signed (13 total) and all but 7 of the Dodgers 42 picks were signed.

    1. He is pissed that he is going to extended Spring Training and I would expect nothing else. Hopefully, when he comes back in May he will have that chip on his shoulder. The Dodgers want him to be fresh in October. He is disappointed he won’t be with the team at the beginning of the season. I am glad he is pissed. He will get over it…

  16. It is hard for this now, but Urias hasn’t pitched through the order, more then two times, most of the time.

    So he hasn’t had to pitch out of trouble, that much, because of that.

    I hope he will be able to be tested like that, once his inning limits, are over.

    Because there are a lot of pitchers in the majors, that could pitch well through the order, two times, but the third time, is different.

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