In the first 45 days of the season, the NL West could have buried the Dodgers, but they didn’t… and then the Dodgers went 15-5 in their last 20 games, so they are right back in it. You can call them “lucky” for what they have done in the past 20 games… and you might be right, but they were about as unlucky as you can get before that. This is baseball – it evens out. The thing is: you need to have your eyes wide open and see what is happening as we speak.
- Matt Kemp is a bonafide MVP Candidate and if you think he’s brittle, you would be wrong, although at age 33, Doc will give him plenty of rest.
- Walker Buehler is a Rookie of the Year Candidate if he keeps it up… the problem is: he is the Dodgers Ace or #2 at worst.
- Ross Stripling is good, but he ain’t THIS good (is he?)! Well, he could be pretty good…
- Cody Bellinger is starting to figure it out as is Joc. I have all the confidence in the world in Cody and hope Joc can do it too… it’s just that he has had multiple, duplicate flops in the past. Ancient history and hopefully never repeated. If Joc gets locked in, this is a different team.
- Justin Turner’s wrist still hurts and will for a while – it might be 30-60 days before he feels normal.
- Chris Taylor is picking it up too. He was not a one-year wonder.
- Max Muncy is a nice hitter, but the glove is suspect anywhere
- Yasiel Puig will do his thing if they keep the pressure off him (i.e., hit him 7th or 8th).
- The team has to realize that Sandy Koufax was done at 30 and Clayton might be too. At the very least, he will miss one of the next 2-1/2 seasons. The back and arm ain’t what they used to be. I hope he doesn’t opt out, but if he does, they should let him walk. The gig is over. I love you Clayton!
- Hill and Maeda will be back in the next two weeks. Maybe Hill starts out in the pen, but he needs to be the horse FAZ thought he was down the stretch.
- Ryu and Urias will be back the second half. The Dodgers have Santana and Ferguson at the ready – there is no reason to make a dope-fiend move for a starter. Here’s the list:
- Wood – I list him last because he might be injured as well. His velocity is WAY down. Something is going on…
- Rich Hill could be the wild card. He is absolutely filthy when right. Let’s hope he is! We can’t count on Clayton.
- Tom Koehler will be back and what will he be? I have no clue….
- This team could use another bat at 2B, like Scooter Gennett, but what about Muncy? Can he play 2B? Not sure.
- Andrew Toles? Where does he fit? Trade bait?
- I am for trading Verdugo and others….
- MLB Trade Rumors rates Yasmani Grandal as the #9 Free Agent!
The Dodgers could use a few pieces, Gennett and a power bullpen arm. The starters? I think they can put 5 on the mound within a couple of weeks. No dope-fiend moves!
Dodgers Minor League Report by AlwaysCompete
Dodger affiliates recorded 5 wins against 1 loss.
OKC – 10-6 Win over Sacramento River Cats (Giants)
Tyler Pill started and went 6 innings allowing 3 runs on 10 hits, 2 walks, and 4 strikeouts. I inning each for Chad Girodo, Logan Ondrusek (1st AAA game), and Joe Broussard. Girodo and Ondrusek each allowed a solo HR, and Broussard recorded his 3rd save with no base runners and 3 Ks.
Offensively, the Dodgers were paced by a couple of 4—5 nights by Travis Taijeron and Angelo Mora (2nd 4 hit night in 3 days). Taijeron hit his 4th HR and 9th double, while Mora registered his 1st triple. Edwin Rios went 2-5 with a double (4), and pitcher Tyler Pill had a 2-3 night. Andrew Toles and Henry Ramos each had 1 hit but made them count with a 3 RBI night for both. Toles hit a double (5) and Ramos slugged his 4th HR.
Tulsa – 6-4 Win over Arkansas Travelers (Royals)
This was the second consecutive solid 5 inning start for Mitchell White. It looks like he is getting comfortable and gaining confidence. I expect a big 2nd half out of White. Ariel Hernandez went 2 solid innings allowing a single walk. However in the 8th, he walked 2 of the first three batters before he was pulled. Shea Spitzbarth inherited 2 runners and one scored in his .2 innings allowing 1 hit, 1 walk, and 1 sac fly. Corey Copping pitched the 9th but gave up 2 runs to make the game closer.
The offense was led by Luke Raley who went 3-5, and is now 6-7 against former Dodger Chase De Jong. Keibert Ruiz went 2-5 with a double (5), and DJ Peters finally found his HR stroke again. He hit a 3 run HR in the 8th for his 11th HR and 1st since May 27. Zach Reks hit his 6th double of the campaign.
A good pitching duel between Mitchell White and Chase De Jong going 1-1 into the 8th. The Drillers score 4 in the 8th largely due to DJ Peters HR, and 1 in the 9th. The Travelers made in close with 1 in the 8th and 2 in the 9th.
Rancho – 4-2 Win over Lancaster JetHawks (Rockies)
The win kept the Quakes 1 game behind the Lake Elsinore Storm (Padres) in the 1st half with 10 games to go. The Quakes have a 4 game series against the Storm starting next Monday.
The offense was supplied by OF Logan Landon who supplied all four RBIs with a 2-4 night including his 2nd triple and 6th HR. Logan was the 10th pick in Billy Gasparino’s inaugural draft (2015). He is a 25 year old 6’ 2” 180 pound OF from Texas-Pan American. A little older for the California League, but he is having a solid season.
Other than Raley, the stars were the pitchers. Dean Kremer started and went 5 innings, surrendering 2 runs (1 earned) on 9 hits and 1 walk. He registered 7 walks. Kremer was followed by two dominating relievers who could find themselves in Tulsa before too long. Both Zach Pop and Nolan Long pitched 2 innings allowing 1 hit with 3 strikeouts.
Pop was promoted from GL on 5/15 and has pitched 8 games with 13.0 IP, 6 hits, 1 run, 1 walk, and 15K. He has a 0.69 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, and .167 batting average against.
After starting the season in Rancho, Nolan Long was promoted to Tulsa on 04/21 and returned to Rancho on 06/01. Over his season at Rancho, Long has pitched in 9 games, 20.0 IP, allowing 2 runs on 10 hits and 8 walks and 27 K. He has a 0.90 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, and .152 BAA. Including Marshall Kasowski, the RC bullpen is solid helping with a lackluster starting rotation.
Great Lakes – 6-1 Loss to West Michigan Whitecaps (Tigers)
Marcus Chiu and Brandon Montgomery each has 2 hit nights with both hitting doubles; Chiu (7) and Montgomery (3). Leo Crawford and Max Gamboa were the two pitchers who combined allowed the 6 runs on 16 hits 1 walk and 7 strikeouts in their 8 innings. Brayan Morales stole his 27th base.
DSL Dodgers Guerrero – 14-4 Win over DSL Indians/Braves
The Dodgers scored 14 runs on only 9 hits, but received 13 walks. With the 11 walks the DSL Dodgers Robinson team received that was 24 walks in one day, which is unheard of in a free-swinging DSL.
Jenderson Jardines and Randy Rodriguez each had 2 hits including their 1st HR. 17 year old RHP Israiky Berroa started and went 4.0 scoreless innings allowing 3 hits and 1 walk, with 2 Ks. I will continue to follow him for his next start.
DSL Dodgers Robinson – 8-6 win over DSL Braves
DH Luis Carlos Diaz had 2 this and 19 year old RHP Jersson Cabrera also pitched 4.0 scoreless innings allowing 4 hits and 0 walks, with 2 K’s. He is a little older, but this is his 1st season in the DSL so he merits a second look.
Promotion – Andrew Sopko was promoted to Tulsa. Hopefully this time will be more successful than last year. He should be pushed to see if he can succeed at AA to see if there is anything there. He is worth a second look. I wish him success.
The problems with the parent club pitching has far reaching effects in the farm. Today there are two teams with the pitcher TBD (Tulsa and Great Lakes), and two questionable pitchers going for OKC (Daniel Corcino), and RC (Isaac Anderson). Corcino is a reliever forced into starting, while Anderson seems to just be hanging on. He did have a good outing last time, so hopefully that will continue. While Pop and Long will not be available, I am sure that Marshall Kasowski will see action today.