Rocky Gale:We are searching for a catcher all over the place while the catcher market gets smaller and smaller. I have not given up on Austin Barnes. It seems we often give up on one of our own who has a down year but are ready to jump aboard when a player on another team has a first good year. Barnes needs more play time to get into a rhythm. Also, why does a player like Rocky Gale not get a shot? I suppose he might if Barnes is traded and Realmuto acquired. Realmuto is something of a Gary Carter look alike. Gale has had a good minor league career and some experience with Dave Roberts when he was in the Padres farm system.
Gale is considered to be a cerebral catcher with a strong throwing arm and a knack for managing pitchers. He has a minor league career fielding percentage of .992 and has thrown out 36 per cent of would be base stealers.
“Rocky has had a tremendous year down there. Very good receiver, works well with the pitchers, I knew him over there in San Diego,” manager Dave Roberts said today.”
Dino Ebel:Dino Ebel, as announced some time ago, is returning to the Dodgers as a third base coach to replace Chris Woodward who was hired as the Rangers manager. Ebel played six years in the Dodgers minor league system beginning in 1988 and managed on the Dodgers farm before moving to the Angels in 2005. He has 12 years MLB experience with the Angels including as a third base coach. There was one item that caught my attention while reading about him. He likes players to be aggressive on the base paths which is something that could benefit the Dodgers. That is music to my ears. Another one of his characteristics may well be music to Dodger fans ears at Dodger Stadium. Ebel is known to whistle [loudly]at his players to get them into the right defensive positioning. As a sidelight, Ebel and Vladimir Guerrero were close friends with the Angels. That would be the same Guerrero that the Dodgers did not sign because he was thought to run the bases poorly.
It was that familiarity that led to Guerrero asking Ebel to join him for the Home Run Derby in 2007 at AT&T Park in San Francisco — a contest that the free-swinging Guerrero won with Ebel throwing the pitches.
“Vladimir is one of the greatest, nicest human beings I’ve ever met … a guy who came to the park everyday with a smile on his face, every day, competing and wanting to win,” Ebel said in an interview with The Canadian Press earlier this year.
“This guy was born to be in the Hall of Fame in my eyes, there’s no doubt about it.”
Four Right-Handers to Watch in 2019:
- Morgan Cooper (24)– very slow to recover from TJ surgery
Yet to make first professional ball pitch
- Michael Grove (22)– TJ surgery
Will debut in 2019
- Amaury Telemaco Jr (20)– non-drafted free agent in 2017
Will debut in 2019
- Guillermo Zuniga (20)– signed in December, 2017 when Braves were forced to give up international prospects
Last 10 starts 1.78 ERA, 35.1 IP, 42 K, 11 BB
Hernandez:No not Kike. There were three Hernandez pitchers with the Arizona League Dodgers in 2018.
- RHP Jose (20)– 2.96 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 27.1 IP, 38 K, 14 BB
- LHP Antonio (19)– 1.09 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 24.2 IP, 26 K, 8 BB
- RHP Ricardo (20)– 1.83 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 19.2 IP, 17 K, 8 BB