Rule 5 Draft and 40 Man Roster

November 20, 2017

This year’s MLB Winter Meetings will be held December 10-14 in Ontario, Florida. On the final day of the MLB’s Winter Meetings, the annual Rule 5 draft takes place. Players eligible for selection must meet the following criteria: Not on the MLB team’s 40 man roster. 5th Year after signing initial contract is signed at 18 or younger, or; 4th year after signing initial contract is signed at 19 or…

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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:…

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AA Tulsa Drillers – 2017 Recap

September 22, 2017

The Dodgers AA affiliate, the Tulsa Drillers in the Texas League, had a very successful season.  They reached the Texas League Championship final game and lost a heartbreaker 1-0.  Dennis Santana pitched an outstanding game in a pressure situation, and looks primed for 2018.  There were some outstanding performances by individuals as well, and many look to be promoted to AAA for 2018 where they are one step away from…

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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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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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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…

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Trickle Down Isn’t Just Economic Policy

April 1, 2017

We now know who comprises the 25 man roster.  Is it what I would have chosen?  Probably not, but I do understand the reasons for the selections.  I was disappointed that Chris Taylor was not selected, but I understand why Kike’ was valued more as utility player.  I understand that Taylor is an infielder that needs to learn OF.  If Seager goes on the DL, it will not be Kike’…

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Evaluating the Trade of De Jong

March 1, 2017

At first I was surprised that Chase De Jong was traded, but the more I thought about the more sense it made.  Evidently Seattle has been trying to get De Jong for several months.  MLB has De Jong rated as the Dodgers #16 prospect and he was currently likely 12th or 13th on the Dodgers starting pitcher depth chart.  With a low 90’s fastball with little movement, his arm does…

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