There’s not much to talk about for the 4-8 Dodgers who are struggling with the cobwebs between their ears, so I thought I would focus on a player that I happen to really like whose name is not Andrew Toles or Alex Verdugo. Dodger fans assume that Toles and/or Verdugo will be the next callups for the Dodgers… and they may be, but the Dodgers have a player who does not show up on any Top 30 Proepect Lists who could be the next Justin Turner or Chris Taylor (yes, Andrew Toles gets mention here too).
Andrew Toles eveidently injured a hamstring last night, so he could be on the shelf for a while. Toles is currently hitting .462 with a 1.231 OPS. However, if his injury is not serious, he’s ready for a callup.
But, as much as like Andrew Toles, I have to say that I like Henry Ramos as much… or more. Henry just turned 25 and at 6′ 2″ and 220 pounds, he is an amazing athlete. He has above average speed, excellent range, a plus arm and can play all three outfield positions. It should not be lost on us that he is a switch-hitter. A former 5th Round Draft Pick by the BoBox, has tremendous potential but has not realized it due to injury and just being unable to put it all together… until last year, when he hit .416 /1.117 OPS with Tulsa last year in 89 AB’s and followed that up with .295/.790 OPS at OKC is 105 AB’s.
He has only averaged less than 290 AB’s a year in his 8 minor league seasons due to injuries, many of which were cause by his over-agressiveness and plain bad luck. At one point in 2015, he was ranked as Boston’s #16 prospect. He would be a prefect backup outfielder, since he can play all three positions and is a switch-hitter. This is a guy who could also become a starter if he adjusts that “launch angle” like Chris Taylor. At 25 years-old he is just coming into his own. His physique is not unlike that of Yasiel Puig. He is a strong, powerful athletic specemin.
Last night, he played CF, with Toles in LF and Verdugo in RF. Verdugo is off to a slow start hitting .250. Verdugo started the season playing CF at OKC, but for the past week it has been Locastro or Ramos. I don’t believe Toles has started a game in CF and eveidently the Dodgers do not see him as a CF’er.
This brings me to a question, I have to ask: Who would you rather see as the Dodgers 4th outfielder – Pederson or Ramos or Toles? Ramos, with his swith-hitting is my choice, along with the fact he can play CF. Matt Kemp is not giving up the LF spot. Taylor is solid in CF and while Puig is only hitting .196, he has has some bad luck on balls he has hit solidly.
I do not think it is good for Puig to hit high in the order. Leave him at 6 or 7 and he will be fine. Forsythe and Hernandez need to step it up, but right about now, Joc’s spot should go to Toles or Ramos. Joc is lost. He just needs to go to OKC and plow through 2018. It’s early, but Alexander and Font have not inspired confidence. The Dodgers may have to trade a prospect for a reliever. Would you trade Alex Verdugo for Felipe Vazquez? I Would!
Never heard of him? Maybe you knew him before he changed his name: Felipe Rivero! Alex Verdugo is a lot to pay, but Vazquez is a lot to get. He is signed through 2023 with and option for 2024. I might even be willing to throw in another pitcher if the Pirates insisted. Verdugo is a lot though, by himself. Vazquez would change the whole bullpen dynamic. Verdugo could be a star, but the Dodgers have plenty of outfielders. Just get Felipe and it changes everything.
Rants and Raves
- Memo to Dave Roberts: Don’t pitch Maeda on 12 days rest between starts.
- FAZ is certainly not prone to knee-jerk reactions – I guess they are giving Font at least one more chance.
- When you score 7 runs, you should win. Greinke is pitching with duct tape and baleing wire, but he is gutting it out. You have to respect that.
- Cody Bellinger is starting to look comfortable.
- This team just needs to get back in-sync! ENOUGH ALREADY! Play ball!
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