Too Little, Too Late?

May 13, 2018

Can the Dodgers Win The World Series? Well, stranger things have happened but to me it seems highly unlikely.  In fact, I think it’s close to impossible. So, do the Dodgers just play as hard as they can and go as far as they can? That sounds easy, but when your stated goal is World Series or Bust before the season, it might be pretty hard to really get yourself…

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The Most Exciting Dodger Rookie Pitcher Since…

May 5, 2018

Striker Buehler (I refuse to call him by his real name, because that is not a good name for a pitcher – in fact, I will pay for him to legally change it to “Striker” or maybe “No Hit“) has become the most exciting Dodger Rookie pitcher since… <Drumroll>…Fernando Valenzuela, who was just a freak. In his first eight starts in 1981, Fernando pitched eight straight complete games and sported…

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What Happens After Corey Seager?

May 2, 2018

  What do the Dodgers do now? Personnel wise – NOTHING .  FAZ needs rely on what they have developed.  They have shortstops that can play at the ML level, although certainly not at the Corey Seager level.  Other than Francisco Lindor or Carlos Correa, there is no other comparable SS. There is absolutely no reason to make a trade for a rental like Manny Machado. But let’s be realistic….

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Dodger Chatter: Sleeper Alert

April 4, 2018

The minor league rosters have pretty much taken shape and there  are some surprises with the assignments at the various levels. Some players unexpectedly were assigned to higher levels while others return to the same level although their 2017 performance might have suggested otherwise. Still others will participate in extended spring training and the Driveline program. Regrettably, a few have already been inexplicably released, such as right-handers Logan Crouse and…

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Projected OKC and Tulsa Rosters

March 25, 2018

We have bandied about a potential LAD 25 man roster, so now I want to take a shot at a possible 25 man roster at OKC and Tulsa.  One thing we have learned is that FAZ really wants players who can conceivably be called to LA if needed at AAA.  At times there may be a player that has advanced quick enough to move to OKC without a real opportunity…

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Dodger Chatter: Ramblings

March 13, 2018

Will  Corey Copping get a call to climb the hill at Dodger Stadium  during the 2018 season?  Now 24, the 6’1”/175-pound right-hander was selected by the Dodgers in the 31st round of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Oklahoma. He was one of the first young Dodger pitchers to benefit from the Driveline Program. Copping said his fastball was clocked between 86 and 88 mph at…

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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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Secret Weapon #2

February 15, 2018

When a rookie pitcher gets a September call-up, one of three things generally happens: They look bad; They look mediocre;  or They look good! Adam Wainwright of the Cardinals came up in September and put up a 13.50 ERA, but followed that up with a 3.12 ERA the next year. There are many other instances of where pitchers did not impress in their September auditions, but came back and were…

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Dodgers Depth

January 21, 2018

Mark referenced a site, https://www.rosterresource.com/mlb-los-angeles-dodgers/ , that I have studied for some time.  I went back to look at my notes and do have some observations:   There is no way the bench will be comprised of 4 RH hitters and 1 switch hitter.  I do not see Segedin or Thompson on the 25 man coming out of Spring.  I would project Toles and one of Peter/Muncy/Locastro to replace Segedin…

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Let’s Assume FAZ Does Nothing

December 23, 2017

If the Dodgers do nothing, this is what I would expect come Spring Training.   1B – Bellinger 2B – Forsythe 3B – JT SS – Seager LF – Kike’ and Joc/Toles CF – Taylor RF – Puig C – Barnes Rotation:  Kershaw, Hill, Wood, Maeda, Ryu Bullpen:  Jansen, Baez, Fields, Garcia, Koehler, Stripling, Avilan, Cingrani Bench:  Grandal, 2 of Kike’/Joc/Toles, and Locastro   Grandal and JT can relieve Bellinger…

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