State of the Farm

November 26, 2018

I am sitting continuing to try to understand how the Board of Trustees and the AD at USC have chosen to retain perhaps the most over his head coach in all of NCAA Football, Clay Helton. Rudy mentioned that both Westwood and South Bend are cheering loudly, but my radar has all of the Pac 12 and South Bend laughing at this. Oh well, enough pity party for me. It’s…

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All Stars In Waiting

September 28, 2018

Dodger Chatter: All-Stars in Waiting – Position Players   By now you all know I am a huge fan of minor league baseball. Naturally in following the Dodgers minor league system I have favorite players that may not be highly rated prospects or all-stars. However, they put in all of the same hard work as the more highly rated players and are battling much greater odds than the more gifted…

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2018 Ogden Raptors Year in Review

September 27, 2018

In 2017 the Dodgers affiliate in Ogden won their first Pioneer League championship  since the Raptors were born in 1994. They were after a repeat championship in 2018 and came oh so close qualifying for a play-off berth with a 26-12 record in the first half of the season. They finished the season with a league best 46-30 record. However, a second consecutive championship was not to be. They dropped…

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Roster Expansion

August 28, 2018

So, who is coming to help on Saturday when rosters CAN expand?  The current 40 man is filled with players on the DL.  How many of those are legit, who knows?  Well I guess FAZ does.  Another consideration might be how many of the Rule 5 eligible draftees do the Dodgers want to take a look at in September.   Current Dodger relievers on the 40 man:   Julio Urias…

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Dodger Middle Infield Prospect Upgrade

August 4, 2018

What a difference a couple of years makes when it comes to middle infield prospects for the LAD.  Prior to the 2015 amateur draft, there was one regular SS (Jimmie Rollins), one regular 2B (Howie Kendrick), one utility (Kike’ Hernandez), and one prospect (Corey Seager) at SS.  Chase Utley was added later in the year.  There really was no other prospect.  In the 2015 draft, Gasparino’s crew selected:   Willie…

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Chicks (and FAZ) Dig the Long Ball

July 21, 2018

There has been a lot of discussion about the state of the game with respect to Home Runs and Strikeouts. Many of us remember when hitting wasn’t so much hit or miss as it is today, and for many of us remember the game was more enjoyable when teams were “producing” runs.  But the HR has always been the attention grabber.  The first and arguably the most prodigious HR hitter…

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Dodger Chatter: School is Out

March 20, 2018

During the 2017 First-Year Player Draft the Dodgers selected five players from the high school ranks. FAZ has shown they are not afraid to select a high school player with their first overall pick having chosen  shortstop Gavin Lux in the 2016 June Draft. They also have an interesting high school history with their 11th round picks.            2015   right-hander Iman Abdullah            2016   right-hander A.J Alexy            2017   shortstop…

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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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