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…


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…


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…


Dodgers Depth

January 21, 2018

Mark referenced a site, , 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…


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…


Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 2017 Recap

October 3, 2017

The 2017 Rancho Cucamonga Quakes had a record of 76-64, good for 2nd best overall record in the California League (High A).  They made the playoffs for the third consecutive season, but fell to the Lancaster JetHawks in the first round.  Multiple players have come through RC on their way to promotions, including Walker Buehler who went from RC to the ML roster.  Others who have made it into AA include:…


Dodger Minor League Playoff Opportunities

August 23, 2017

We all know that the Dodgers are in the process of finishing the regular season with home field advantage throughout the playoffs, but many of the minor league teams are also in playoff contention. 6 of the 8 teams have legitimate playoff hopes, and two are almost certain.   AAA – OKC Dodgers – This is one of the teams that playoff hopes are quickly slipping away. They find themselves 9…


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…


Alex Hermeling – A New Vulture?

April 16, 2017

Has another vulture emerged?  It is not the same way Phil Regan used to do it, but in the Rancho Cucumonga Quakes first 8 games, Alex Hermeling has a 3-0 record with all three wins coming in relief.  A lot of attention has been directed to Mitchell White and Walker Buehler, and deservedly so.  But on April 7, it was Alex Hermeling that pitched the final three innings in the RC…


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 –…