Ladies and Gentlemen, you are witnessing history!
Cody Bellinger is one of those rare talents who come around to a team, once in a lifetime. The thing is, the Dodgers have three of those talents… maybe four. Some of you are going to say “Yeah, but his batting average is only .261.” Yeah, and your momma wears army boots! This kid is the real deal, just like Clayton, Corey and maybe Julio. Three of those are generational talents and Urias may be the fourth. We have to give credit to Logan White and Ned Colletti for acquiring them, but just as importantly, we have to give credit to Andrew Friedman for not making any dope-fiend moves and trading any of those guys.
Andrew Miller was Bellingerized last night as was Boone Logan. You will likely see 20 or 30 more times this year that a pitcher gets Bellingerized! That’s what it is called: Bellingerized! Add in the fact that he is one of the slickest fielding first basemen I have ever seen and you really have something. This kid is Rookie of the Year bound and headed for great things.
This will be two ROY’s in a row for the Dodgers if Bellinger wins. I remember back to 1979 to 1982, when Rick Sutcliffe, Steve Howe, Fernando Valenzuela and Steve Sax won the award for the Dodgers four years in a row. There is certainly not a lack of candidates for the Dodgers to continue the streak now. In 2018, it could be Calhoun, Buehler, White, Verdugo or whoever…
The Dodgers have won the most awards of any franchise (17), twice the total of the New York Yankees, and the historical Oakland Athletics and predecessors (8). For years, the Dodgers have been all about player development and it’s good to see Andrew Friedman put such an emphasis on it again. It’s a recipe for success!
Sure, Cody has a big swing and strikes out a lot, but he has shown a willingness to make adjustments and he will cut down his strikeouts. He might only hit .260 this year, but his proclivity for clutch hits is amazing. Yes, he has a big swing, but not like Joc Pederson who almost comes out of his shoes when he swings. Joc is frequently out of control with his big swing. Cody swings that bat like a buggy whip (so does Chris Taylor). His swing is big, but more controlled. Oh, and he’s OPS’ing .965 and unlike Joc, can hit Lefties!
I think one of Cody’s assets is his hard work at preparation. They say he studies film a lot. Joc is good at video games if you catch my drift! The kid is mature beyond his years.
- Chris Hatcher’s time in LA needs to be over NOW! This is your final warning, FAZ. I am like the Marines – No greater Friend, No Worse Enemy! Don’t piss me off! He has to go! Romo too!
- At least they didn’t re-sign Blanton like many of you wanted!
- Who would have thought Chris Taylor would be the Dodger’s LF three months ago? I suspect he can hit in the area of .280 with 20 HR. I’ll take it!
- Now, if Joc can just get his Mo Jo back!
- If flipping off fans is the worst things Yasiel does, I’m fine. It’s going to cost him though… $$$$
- Four Words: Brad Hand and Brad Brach. The team does not need starters. Trade them for these two guys. Figure it out.
Dodger Press Release:
DODGERS ANNOUNCE SELECTIONS FROM SECOND DAY OF 2017 DRAFT
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced their eight selections from the second day of the 2017 Draft, picking University of Houston catcher Connor Wong (third round), Park Vista Community (FL) High School right-hander James Marinan (fourth round), University of Utah right-hander Riley Ottesen (fifth round), University of Connecticut right-hander Wills Montgomerie (sixth round), University of Kentucky right-hander Zach Pop (seventh round), Xavier University third baseman Rylan Bannon (eighth round), University of Evansville right-hander Connor Strain (ninth round) and University of Kentucky outfielder Zach Reks (10th round).
Los Angeles drafted nine of its first 10 players from the college ranks and through 10 selections they have taken six pitchers, two outfielders, one infielder and one catcher.
The Dodgers started the second day of the draft by selecting University of Houston catcher Connor Wong in the third round. In his junior season, the 21-year-old Texas native posted a .287/.379/.494 slashline and led the American Athletic Conference with 61 runs and 26 stolen bases, while recording 13 doubles, three triples, 12 home runs and 36 RBI. Wong, who was selected to the 2017 Second Team All-American Conference Team as a catcher and 2016 First Team All-American Conference Team as a utility player, has played in 184 career games with the Cougars, hitting .280 with 152 runs, 32 doubles, eight triples, 23 home runs and 103 RBI. He has also seen time at shortstop, third base and in the outfield and was rated by Baseball America as the 77th overall prospect in the 2017 draft.
The Dodgers selected their lone high school player in the fourth round, taking right-handed pitcher James Marinan from Park Vista Community (FL) High School. During his senior season, the Florida native pitched two complete-game shutouts and went 8-1 with a 0.84 ERA (6 ER/50.0 IP) while striking out 66 against just 12 walks. Marinan was ranked the 58th overall prospect by Baseball America in this year’s draft.
The Dodgers selected four college pitchers today, taking University of Utah righty Riley Ottesen (fifth round), University of Connecticut right-hander Wills Montgomerie (sixth round), University of Kentucky right-hander Zach Pop (seventh round) and University of Evansville righty Connor Strain (ninth round). Ottesen, a 23-year-old sophomore, went 5-4 with a 4.93 ERA (52 ER/95.0 IP) and recorded 72 strikeouts against 33 walks in 16 games (15 starts) for the Utes. In 15 starts during his junior season with the Huskies, Montgomerie went 6-3 with a 3.73 ERA (37 ER/89.1 IP) and collected 116 strikeouts while issuing 40 walks. Pop, a Canada native, appeared in 22 games during his senior season with the Wildcats, going 1-1 with a 3.48 ERA (8 ER/20.2 IP), while recording 20 punch outs against 14 walks. Strain went 2-5 with a 2.62 ERA (20 ER/68.2 IP), striking out 68 batters and issuing 38 walks in 14 starts for the Purple Aces in 2017.
Los Angeles also nabbed collegiate position players Rylan Bannon, a junior third baseman from Xavier University in the eighth round, and outfielder Zach Reks from the University of Kentucky in the 10th round. Bannon started 61 games for the Musketeers last season and posted a .339/.449/.633 slashline while leading the team in runs (45) and home runs (15). Bannon also recorded 14 doubles, three triples and 50 RBI and was named the 2017 Big East Player of the Year. Reks posted a .352/.461/.471 slashline in 65 games with the Wildcats as a senior last season and recorded 44 runs, 16 doubles, two triples, three homers, 44 RBI and a team-leading 15 stolen bases.
Below is the list of the top 10 Dodger selections from the 2017 First-Year Player Draft.
LOS ANGELES DODGERS 2017 FIRST-YEAR PLAYER DRAFT
|1||23||Jeren Kendall||CF||Vanderbilt U||Marty Lamb|
|2||62||Morgan Cooper||RHS||U Texas||Clint Bowers|
|3||100||Connor Wong||C||U Houston||Clint Bowers|
|4||130||James Marinan||RHS||Park Vista HS||Adrian Casanova|
|5||160||Riley Ottesen||RHP||U Utah||Brian Compton|
|6||190||Wills Montgomerie||RHP||U Connecticut||Rich DeLucia|
|7||220||Zach Pop||RHP||U Kentucky||Marty Lamb|
|8||250||Rylan Bannon||3B||Xavier U||Marty Lamb|
|9||280||Connor Strain||RHP||U Evansville||Stephen Head|
|10||310||Zach Reks||OF||U Kentucky||Marty Lamb|
The 2017 First-Year Player Draft concludes today with rounds 11-30 starting at 9:00 a.m. (PST).