Dodger Chatter: Relief is on the Way

March 6, 2018

What is the value of each  minor league player? That is, how important is each player? For me, the answer to the question is that none are more important than others. Sure, we like to see prospect lists with rankings but perhaps we should  look at team rosters and draft lists, players that are signed as non-drafted free agents and minor league players signed after being released by other teams….

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Matt Beaty – Beating a Path to MLB

March 5, 2018

Spring training is well under way and the so-called meaningless games have once again become more than meaningful, especially for young players trying to make an impression on the many eyes watching them. And, making that all important favorable first impression is going well for a number of Dodger youngsters. Kyle Farmer, Will Smith, Keibert Ruiz, DJ Peters, Omar Estevez, Edwin Rios, Jake Peter, Alex Verdugo , among others, are…

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Does Chris Taylor Move to 2B in 2019?

March 5, 2018

Many Dodger fans think that Chris Taylor will move to 2B in 2019 after Logan Forsythe moves on.  While that is not a crazy idea, we need to realize that Chris Taylor is a pretty good CF – He is a conscientious Top 10 CF… maybe Top 5 by the end of 2018 (that is to be decided). While I am not against moving Taylor to 2B, who plays Center…

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The Matt Kemp Experiment

March 4, 2018

An experiment is a procedure carried out to support, refute, or validate a hypothesis. Experiments provide insight into cause-and-effect by demonstrating what outcome occurs when a particular factor is manipulated. Make no mistake, the Dodgers are going to carry out the Matt Kemp Experiment… and it is truly an “EXPERIMENT.” We did  a few experiments in high school chemistry class, some of which caused violent explosions, but some were pretty…

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Dodger Chatter: Romer Cuadrado – MLB Pipeline Dodger Prospect No. 27

March 2, 2018

MLB Pipeline recently came out with its updated Top 30 rankings for Dodger minor league prospects. One addition to the list, albeit at No. 27, is outfielder Romer Cuadrado who played the full 2017 season as a 19-year-old  with the Ogden Raptors of the rookie level Pioneer League. Actually, he turned 20 on September 12 just five days before the Ogden squad won their first league championship. MLB Pipeline is…

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How to Get Unblocked

March 1, 2018

You all know the story… in 2014, at age 18, a Dodgers minor league first baseman hit .312 with 3 HR and 34 RBI.  That same year, Adrian Gonzalez, the Dodgers 1B, hit .276 with 27 HR and 116 RBI.  Three years later, that 18 year-old 1B who was 21 by then, hit 39 Home Runs because he seized the day.  Adrian Gonzalez was injured and the Dodgers needed a…

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Are The Kids Being Blocked?

March 1, 2018

AC provided an Always Complete list of the Top 30 Dodger rookies and it’s not hard to see why the Dodgers still have a Top 5 Farm System. The Dodgers have the most depth at catcher of any team in baseball and have a glut of outfielders to go with a plethora of live arms.  Middle infield is the only positions where they have a lack, but a trade of…

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There Is No Battle For LF, But the Bullpen Battle Rages

February 27, 2018

Contrary to what the Dodgers say, I do not believe there is a battle to determine who the starting left-fielder will be.  It has already been decided. When Matt Kemp showed up early to Spring Training 40 pounds lighter and looking to be in the best shape of his life, he had a leg up on the competition and when he blasted a HR in his first game, the deal…

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Double Whammy… Means Nothing!

February 25, 2018

So the Dodgers got swept yesterday?  Yawn!  Big Deal! We did get to see a whole bunch of players who will not be with the team in 2018…. maybe ever! Logan Forsythe did nothing to dissuade anyone he is playing for a a contract and might have a career year. Trayce Thompson is trying to hit his way onto the team. Matt Beaty hit a Big Fly. No one not…

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It’s Only Spring Training, But…

February 24, 2018

It’s nice, but it means nothing… well… I guess it means something, but, not a lot! It’s ONE Spring Training Game.  The first one. That said, what a great game!  Baseball is back. One game means nothing… but if it did, a lot of cool things happened and you might draw the following conclusions: Wilmer Font should be in the Dodger’s bullpen; Logan Forsythe will have a career year; Matt…

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