2017 Draft Update and Mid-Year Top Prospect List

July 8, 2017

DRAFT UPDATE The 2017 MLB Draft is in the books, and the signing deadline has come and now gone.  The Dodgers had 40 draft picks, and signed 33.  Each of the first 13 picks signed, and 19 of the first 20 signed.  8 signed from picks 21-30, and 6 signed from picks 31-40.  For comparison purposes, the Dodgers drafted 42 in 2015 and 2016, and signed 36 and 33 respectively. …

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Back To The Future II

Well my original draft was entitled Back To The Future, so with this redraft, I will call it Back To The Future II.  I will continue where I left off in yesterday’s post. Maybe the future lies further down the organizational ladder.  Even most minor league followers dismiss the Dominican Summer League (DSL), where the Mexican, Caribbean, South American ball players get their start. They begin to get acclimated to…

June 25, 2017
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International Signings Two Years Later

June 5, 2017

There has been a lot of discussion about the state of the Cuban players the Dodgers signed in 2015. It has been nearly two years since the Dodgers embarked on a $43,874,000 spending spree on 11 international players, but only three are Cuban.  There were also five from the Dominican Republic, one from Venezuela, and one from Nicaragua.  Eight of the players are still remain in the organization with 7…

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2016 LAD 5th Round Draft Choice Devin Smeltzer

May 29, 2017

Tim and Christina Smelzer were looking at a picture of their ten year old son, Devin, with Cole Hamels.  But this was not an ordinary picture.  This was a picture of a young boy with no hair due to chemotherapy and radiation therapy treatments treating his cancer.  After taking too many trips to the bathroom to urinate, Devin was diagnosed on multiple occasions with a urinary tract infection.  However a…

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MLB Draft

May 22, 2017

On June 12 – 14, MLB will hold the 2017 Amateur draft.  The Dodgers will select #23, #62, #100 in the first three rounds.  The draft is again considered light on college position players, and strong with high schoolers.  The overall number one selection goes to the Twins, who most project will select either University of Louisville 2 way player (lefty pitcher and 1B, Brendan McKay), or high school 2…

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Is Dodger Starting Pitching More Questionable Than Others???

May 13, 2017

Ryu gets tattooed and now there is a problem with the starting pitching?  I do not consider Ryu anything more than a #7 on this team.  I have no idea whether Ryu would have pitched better with regular rest or extended.  Maybe his curve just does not work in Colorado.  I have no delusions that Ryu will be anywhere close to the pitcher he was before his shoulder problems.  …

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Favorite Dodgers

May 8, 2017

I would like to take a different approach for this post.  Sometimes we need a little levity.  Bumsrap has been a strong fan/advocate for Joc Pederson, and Mark has been a huge fan/advocate for Yasmani Grandal.  I am not the biggest fan of either (other than being a fan because they are Dodgers), but I am a big Alex Wood fan. I was also an unapologetic fan of Zach Lee….

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Minor League Report – April 7

April 8, 2017

I started this on Friday, and was not able to make it through the Rancho Cucumonga Quakes Game 2, so I am a little tardy with this one.  Friday was just not a good day for Dodger baseball. The ML team still cannot hit lefties, and the 4 minor league teams also went down to defeat. Except Rancho (RC) came up big in Game 2 of their DH. AAA –…

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DODGER PITCHERS ARE (o)K AT THE LOWER LEVELS

March 8, 2017

Todays Post is by Always Compete.  I think he brings a wealth of information and we are fortunate that he has agreed to write for LA Dodger Talk.  Enjoy! I am a minor league junkie and when discussions find their way to the lower level players like Shea Spitzbarth and Andrew Istler, my interest gets piqued.  Shea Spitzbarth and Andrew Istler are two pitchers I became very familiar with last…

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