Next Man Up!

March 20, 2018

It happens!  Players get hurt… it’s just too bad that it is Justin Turner who went down, but if you stop and reflect… maybe it will be a blessing in disguise. Justin Turner will likely miss a  month or more of the 2018 season for the non-displaced fracture on his left hand.  Really, he could miss two months, but the blessing is three-fold: The Dodgers get to see how others…


The Man Without a Position

March 15, 2018

On November 2, 2017, still reeling from a World Series loss, I wrote this: Kike Hernandez is looked at as a “super utilityman” because he can play anywhere… especially SS, but a lot of people are dismissive of his offense.  Me? I think there is a possibility that he could be a huge offensive force in the future. Quit laughing and listen to this: Through age 25, JD Martinez was…


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…


Grandal and Kemp Lead the Charge by Going 6 for 6

March 12, 2018

It sounds funny to mention Grandal and Kemp in the same sentence because it was not that long ago that they were traded for each other. Yesterday, they were a version of the Bash Brothers as Yasmani Grandal takes back his starting job and Matt Kemp takes over in LF.  If they both stay on this path of hitting, it could be a long season for anyone that doesn’t have…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…