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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Rancho Cucumonga Potential Prospects

June 1, 2018

Reviewing Class A players and projecting is very premature, but it does get done.  That is why so many A level and even rookie level players are included on Top prospects lists, only to fall out later.   The most difficult jump in professional baseball is from A Ball to AA.  So there is a lot of guessing that goes on with these evaluations.  Depending on the age, it is doubtful…

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Dodgers Top 30 Prospects – MLB Pipeline

February 28, 2018

The New MLB Pipeline Dodger Top 30 prospeccts have been published.  Jim Callis is a premier minor league talent evaluator.  He is not the typical sabermetrics talent evaluator.  He uses the eye test as well.  If he has not seen the player live, he has studied hours of tape.  Some people prefer Eric Logenhagen of Fangraphs or Baseball America’s Kyle Glaser, but I am partial to Jim Callis.   The…

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June 11, 2017

The June amateur draft is due to kick off on Monday, June 12, with the first two rounds and supplemental rounds due to be selected that day.  Rounds 3-40 will be selected June 13-14.  Talent-wise this is considered to be a very weak draft overall.  I like the quote from one Area Scout; “I feel like a beachcomber with a metal detector, and all I keep finding is a broken…

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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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