I thought it might be time to play a little Ketchup… ‘er catch up!
- I’ve said it before and I will say it again: Make no mistake about it, Julio Urias is the real deal. The Dodgers will continue to use him sparingly at OKC and likely call him up in early May – they are neither confirm nor deny that, but I am pretty sure that’s what will happen. I cannot remember anytime in past history when the Dodgers had four arms with Ace Potential in the Farm System, namely Urias, White, Alvarez and Buehler. All four have Ace stuff!
- I am going to continue to rave about Ross Stripling and Alex Wood in the bullpen. That L-R duo is be very valuable this year for the Dodgers as they both can go multiple innings. Think Andrew Miller.
- Who is Joe Gunkel? Organizational depth! You just keep collecting arms and sometimes you get lucky. Think Blue LA has a nice piece on him.
- No word as yet on the injuries to Justin Turner and Franklin Gutierrez…. and in case you missed it (and this may be the reason Romo pitched more than one inning): Luis Avilan could not get loose in the pen Monday night! Drumrollllllll……
- Let’s hope Brandon McCarthy and the Dodgers crap all over the Cubs Ring Night Ceremony! Maybe Puig can pee in their pool!
- A Jew, a Muslim and a Christian went into a bar and I said “So Farhan and Andrew, are you ready for that interview?” But seriously folks…. That will be a question I will ask if I ever get an interview with them. I haven’t tried as yet! For real, I think that is pretty cool. Can’t we all just get along?
There was no game yesterday, so I got a little curious and looked up some of the players traded recently by the Dodgers front office. Here’s a quick report:
- Rays prospect right-hander Jose De Leon dealt with “minor discomfort” in the flexor mass muscle in his forearm last week which has “since resolved with rest.” The Rays have been looking to limit De Leon’s innings, so the plan is to keep him in extended spring training before sending him to Triple-A. This is a guy who is 24, not 20, like Julio Urias. He also had issues last Spring. It’s too early to say, but it is beginning to look like Jose De Leon “ain’t all that.”
Jharel Cotton pitched seven shutout innings Monday in the Athletics’ 2-0 blanking of the Royals. Cotton was terrific, holding the Royals to two hits and three walks while striking out six. He has a 2.66 ERA and 33/9 K/BB ratio over his first 40 2/3 innings (seven starts) at the major league level. I like him as a reliever, but he pretty much is looking like a starter right about now.
- Frankie Montas has been in two games and pitched 4 innings, striking out just one. The A’s are not using him much for whatever reason.
- Grant Holmes is at AA Midland and is being used as a reliever where he has pitched 3.2 inning, allowed 6 hits and a 4.91 ERA.
- Jose Peraza is playing 2B and SS for the Reds and is hitting .259 with a .286 OB%. His problem is that he does not walk. He has no walks this year. At that rate, he is doomed.
- Scott Schebler is raking to the tune of .211 for the Reds. He does walk, so he sports a.375 OB%. I think he is at least a solid #4 outfielder.
- Chase De Jong has just one appearance that lasted 2/3 of an inning – his ERA is 40.50. I think he will lower it!
- The Padres pitching is so horrible that they recalled Zack Lee who has yet to pitch this year after putting up nearly a 7.00 ERA last year. Yikes!
Minor League Report
- OKC BOX – Lost 3-1 – Trevor Oaks pitched 5 innings and allowed 4 hits, with 7 K’s and 2 ER. He was cruising through the first four innings before giving up two runs in the fifth. Bellinger went hitless while Segedin was 2-3 with his second HR. Willie Calhoun also had a hit and that was it for OKC. The Dodgers had no chance to come back as the game was rained out after 6 innings.
- TULSA BOX – Won 4-1 – They only had 4 hits but the turned them into 4 runs. Barlow went 5 and allowed the only run and was followed by 2 innings each for Sierra and Broussard.Sierra struck out 3 and walked no one.
- RC BOX – Lost 3-0 – Diaz, Peters and Wil Smith all had two hits but could not score.
- GL BOX – Lost 6-4 – The Loons only got 4 hits but used smoke and mirrors to score 4 runs. It wasn’t to be.
DODGERS PLACE FRANKLIN GUTIERREZ ON DL,
RECALL TRAYCE THOMPSON
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers today placed outfielder Franklin Gutierrez on the 10-day disabled list (retroactive to April 11) with a left hamstring strain and recalled outfielder Trayce Thompson from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Thompson, 26, joins the big league club after going hitless in his first 10 at-bats with a run scored, an RBI and two walks with Triple-A OKC in four games. In 11 Spring Training contests, he hit .226 (7-for-31) with a home run and three RBI along with a .351 on-base percentage. In 2016, the Los Angeles native appeared in 80 games in his first season with the Dodgers, batting .225 with 13 homers and 32 RBI before having his season cut short due to two stress fractures in his back.
Gutierrez, 34, was injured after he was caught stealing second base in the second inning in Monday night’s game against the Cubs. In six games this season, Gutierrez has hit .231 (3-for-13) with two runs scored and two doubles.