Category Archives: 2017 Dodgers

Edwin Rios is blowing up

Edwin Rios kind of took the scouts by surprise last year when he slugged twenty-seven home runs between three levels. His 110 strikeouts in only 418 at-bats gave his critics plenty to find fault in his game. Plus the 3rd baseman didn’t seem likely to stay at the position so you wouldn’t have found Rios …

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The LAD just got way younger, did they get better?

With 21-year-old LAD 2017 top prospect Cody Bellinger joining the Dodgers today and 20-year-old 2016 top prospect Julio Urias set to join the team on Thursday the LAD 25-man roster just got a whole lot younger. But will it make them better? Joe Davis said tonight that Dave Roberts said Urias is here to stay …

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Masterson masterful

I’m not normally going to do a daily minor league recap but yesterday had so much going on I felt the need to write about it. One time successful major league pitcher Justin Masterson was signed to a minor league deal to provide rotational depth at AAA and so far he’s looked good. Last night …

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Staring up at the Rockies

may look daunting but with the right equipment and the right personnel they can be climbed and conquered.  Remember the Rockies love April. August not so much. 2014 – On May 7th they were 22 – 14 and in first place. That would be the last time they were in 1st place 2015 they were …

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Will Smith heats up

and wins the LAD Farm Factory Award for the week. Smith hit in every game this week, collecting eleven hits, three home runs, five walks, and stole three bases.  For the season Smith now has a robust .333 / .421 / .625 triple stat line.  Baseball America prospect report pointed out something I had missed.  Smith …

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Justin Turner closing in on LAD double record for April/March

With nine doubles already on the books, Justin Turner has a good shot to match the most doubles ever hit in the April/March time frame by a LAD. Player Split Year 2B PA OPS Rafael Furcal April/March 2008 12 130 1.063 Hanley Ramirez April/March 2014 11 110 .834 Cesar Izturis April/March 2002 10 107 .708 …

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Arizona delivers a spanking

When I did the Diamondback preview I mentioned that their long-term problem would be the bullpen. If the Diamondbacks can stay healthy this team might compete all summer if they can do something with the bullpen. Maybe I should have written that about the Dodger bullpen.  Headed into this weekend the team with the best …

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AJ Alexy turns 19 in style

When it comes to Dodger pitching prospects AJ Alexy doesn’t get the attention that the higher ranked pitching prospects get but if he keeps pitching like this, he might start drawing some attention to himself. Alexy turned nineteen today and celebrated by pitching three scoreless innings and threw in an extra out as icing on …

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Brandon McCarthy going back to the cutter

Part of McCarthy’s success this year has been his strand rate of 86% but he has made changes to how he pitches this year. In the past, he didn’t use his cutter this much but in 2017 he is using the cutter at almost the same rate (22%) as his curveball (24%).  For context, he used …

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Dodger DL moves in 2017 so far

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table Generated 4/20/2017. Courtesy of rotowire: Given we have heard little about Andre I would be pushing that estimated return date. Same for Scott Kazmir. Logan Forsythe is expected to miss several weeks since it is a hairline fracture so I’d expect that estimated return to be put further out. …

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