FAZ and Trade Deadlines

June 18, 2018

There have been a lot of speculative discussions on a potential trade for Baltimore SS Manny Machado. Bumsrap referred to a May 4, 2018 article from an Orioles fan’s point of view.  If I am going to trade for a rental, it can only include players that are replaceable by others in the organization.  Alex Verdugo, Mitchell White, and Jeren Kendall are all replaceable, but not Gavin Lux.  If the Orioles…

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Anything But Conventional

June 17, 2018

Just to clarify – yesterday I did not say that Stripling was the Dodger’s Ace… yet!  Just that he could be by the end of the season and a lot of that depends upon how he pitches the rest of the way.  Unlike Alex Wood who was  often hitting 97 MPH early in the season last year, which was totally unsustainable for him, Strip is usually 92-94 MPH with an…

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Down on the Farm AA

May 30, 2018

Currently, AA is where most of the top prospects reside.  Although still relatively young, some of the current roster will absolutely play at the ML level, but outside of Keibert Ruiz, none project to be perennial AS.  There could be some AS performances from some of the higher rated players, but they all have questions that will need to be answered.     Keibert Ruiz – The second of two likely…

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Down on the Farm

May 29, 2018

The Dodgers minor league system is filled with “depth” pieces.  As therealten pointed out, perennially competing for the playoffs and a potential WS takes a toll on the Dodgers draft slot. The last time the Dodgers had a top ten draft slot, they did very well with a HS pitcher from University Park, Texas…Clayton Kershaw.  In 2016, the Dodgers had the #20 selection and drafted HS SS, Gavin Lux.  In…

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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: The Other Side of the Coin

April 27, 2018

Most of the talk re: minor league players on Dodger blogs centers around  those players considered to be top prospects .That is about Walker Buehler, Keibert Ruiz, Connor Wong, Dennis Santana, DJ Peters, Alex Verdugo and other highly ranked prospects. They have, for the most part, earned their recognition by their ascension through the ranks and perhaps some by their draft selection placement or signing bonus. I have no problem…

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Don’t Confuse Yourself!

April 17, 2018

I don’t know if this is where the ship turns around, but I have always said that this team has too much talent to fail very long.  This team is finally figuring out how to work the count and hit as a team… picking each other up. Some of you think the Dodgers didn’t make wholesale moves over the winter because FAZ is from a small market and is not…

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The Dodgers Are Turning Back the Clock to the Future

April 11, 2018

When the Dodgers re-acquired Matt Kemp this past winter, some fans were ecstatic while others felt he would wreck the chemistry of the Dodgers’ locker room.   Ladies and Gentlemen, the old locker room-wrecking malcontent has been replaced by the new, ingratiating and consummate teammate Matt Kemp. Matt Kemp has become fast friends with Justin Turner and even Cody Bellinger.  On Justin Turner, who still has pain in his wrist, Ken…

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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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We Know What We Know and Don’t Know What We Don’t Know

March 17, 2018

Don’t think about that too long.  It might hurt your brain.  I know it did severe damage to mine… well, I’ll blame it on that anyway! Here we are – less than two weeks from OPENING DAY and we know a lot, but we don’t know what we don’t know, and that is the conundrum under which we currently operate. What We Know We Know OK, I’ll get this first…

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