Dodger Chatter: Meet Loons Alfredo Tavarez

August 9, 2018

Meet Loons Alfredo Tavarez Last Friday evening 20-year-old right-hander Alfredo Tavarez pitched his second scoreless seven-inning start for the Loons in his last three starts. The native of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic  was signed as an international free agent by the Dodgers on December 21, 2015. He did not go unnoticed in the Dominican Summer League in 2016 posting a 1.53 ERA and a 0.74 WHIP in 53…

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Dodger Chatter: 3M – Montgomery, McKinstry, Morales

August 6, 2018

On Saturday, AC had an amazing summary of the Dodgers minor league middle infielders. Two players that were mentioned that have not drawn a lot of attention are third baseman Brandon Montgomery and shortstop Zach McKinstry. Actually their listed position is in name only as they have played at a number of positions during their minor league careers. These guys are among the many foot soldiers in minor league baseball….

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Dodger Chatter: Dodgers Pick Off John Rooney

July 31, 2018

Left-hander John Rooney made his third appearance of the 2018 season on Monday night, the first in the Class A Midwest League. Rooney was a bit surprisingly selected by the Dodgers in the third round of the 2018 First-Year Player Draft. The 6’5”/235-pound native of Melrose, New York attended  Hoosie Valley High School in Schaghticoke where he posted a 35-0 win-loss record. That is not a typo. Following graduation he…

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Dodger Chatter: Minor League Gleanings

July 24, 2018

Don’t look now but the minor league season is looking a bit short. Where has it gone? As always there has been much to follow and some surprises. The minor league play-off picture is taking shape with the possibility of five Dodger affiliates extending their season with three already qualifying for the extension. Dominica Summer League Dodgers: The DSL Dodger complement, after a promising start, has run aground. The DSL…

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Dodger Chatter: Another Andrew

July 22, 2018

Dodger fans are all aware of the fall and rise of outfielder Andrew Toles. I expect many of us are waiting patiently and perhaps impatiently for the team to assign him a permanent full time role at the MLB level rather than shuttle back and forth between the parent Dodgers and OKC Dodgers. During the 2018 First-Year Player Draft the Dodgers signed another Andrew in the 31st round of the…

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Dodger Chatter: 2018 Amateur Draft

July 7, 2018

Much disappointment has been expressed because the Dodgers couldn’t sign their first round selection this year.  High school right-hander J.T. Ginn chose to attend Mississippi State University and perhaps enter the draft again in 2020 after his sophomore year. I was 100 percent sure that the Dodgers had a commitment that he would sign or else why would they select him with their first overall selection when some very good…

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Dodger Chatter: Meet Marshall Kasowski

June 15, 2018

Right- hander Marshall Kasowski was selected by the Dodgers in the 13th round of the 2017 First-Year Player Draft out of West Texas A&M. The 23-year-old native of Conroe, Texas had transferred to the Division II college after two years with the Division I University of Houston Cougars. His time with the Cougars was limited to  a total of 33 innings over two seasons. Kasowski was injured in a severe…

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2018 MLB Amateur Draft Preview for Dodgers By AC/DC

June 4, 2018

2018 MLB Amateur Draft Preview for Dodgers By Always Compete The 2018 MLB Amateur Draft begins on Monday June 4, and continues through Wednesday June 6.  Rounds 1 and 2 will be completed on Monday; Rounds 3-10 will be completed on Tuesday; Rounds 11-40 will be completed on Wednesday.  If you believe the organization has multiple good but not great prospects, this year’s draft does not figure to turn things…

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Dodger Chatter: The Third Connor

June 3, 2018

Dodger minor league enthusiasts are very familiar with Connor Wong who was selected by the Dodgers in the third round of the 2017 First-Year player Draft out of the University of Houston. The 22-year-old catcher is now plying his trade with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes of the  High-A California League. During the current season he has posted a .272/.337/543 triple slash along with 11 home runs and 28 runs batted…

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Dodger Chatter: Connor Joe

May 22, 2018

For many of us who follow the Dodgers minor league players there have been some surprises during the current season. Some of the young players have met our expectations, some are still unexpectedly spinning their wheels looking to take-off for the 2018 season and yet others have unexpectedly caught our attention. One of the surprises, although perhaps not to the Dodgers front office, is Tulsa third baseman Connor Joe who…

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