Found February 06, 2013 on
Feelin' Kinda Blue:
On this episode of "Dugout Blues," Jared Massey (L.A. Dugout) and I interview Dodgers' pitching prospect Ross Stripling. He was the team's 2012 fifth-round selection and gives us a lot of insight to his increased velocity, his first season as a pro and what he did on draft day.
We examine the Dodger prospects who made Keith Law's Top 100 list. There were only two, and one omission might surprise you.
We talk about two Dodger prospects who are moving to the bullpen -- both of which were expected moves. One is Chris Withrow, the other Pedro Baez. Withrow was the Dodgers' 2007 first-round pick and once had a ton of promise. Baez is a former third baseman who just couldn't hit enough to make it as a position player.
Jared and I also touch on non-roster invitees who could potentially make the Opening Day roster or remain in the organization in some capacity.
Finally, we close with listener questions. How old is Yasiel Puig, really? What other...
BEST OF MAXIM
The 2013 projection for the Dodgers from Dan Szymborski‘s ZiPS system was released last week, and given that it’s probably my favorite forecasting tool, it’s worth a look to see how the team fared.
Forecasting is not a complete science, obviously, and I’ll address some of the potential pitfalls as we go along, but it’s better to use objective tools like these than the hopes...
The Dodgers have officially converted former starting pitcher Chris Withrow to relief and former third baseman Pedro Baez to pitching.
Personally, I’ve seen both Withrow and Baez in those roles for a couple years now (maybe Baez for longer given his swing), and I think most evaluators began to agree within the last year, so it’s good to see the Dodgers follow suit.
This is the third in a four-part series projecting the Dodgers' full-season minor league teams. Up next, the Chattanooga Lookouts.
Part 1 of 4: Great Lakes Loons
Part 2 of 4: Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
Of all the Dodgers' minor league teams, this one should be the best. Once you see the roster, you'll see what I'm talking about.
The Lookouts were the only...
The Los Angeles Dodgers came to spring training a year ago with a myriad of issues: Ownership was in flux, right fielder Andre Ethier wanted a contract extension and skeptics wondered if Don Mattingly could do much with his team. This year is a very different story.
Since being sold last April, the Dodgers have become the Yankees of the West, seemingly spending however much it takes...
Goodbye, Boston! In two seasons with the Red Sox, Carl Crawford played just 161 games. In those 161 games, he hit 14 homers, stole 23 bases, scored 88 runs, and tallied 75 RBI with a paltry .260 batting average. That’s not quite what Red Sox fans were expecting from a player who was marketed as “dynamic” by Boston’s brass.
After missing the beginning of last season with a...
The 2013 MLB Fan Cave contest is well under way for its third season. Last month, Major League Baseball revealed it’s list of the top 50 candidates out of the tens of thousands of submissions.
Every team has at least one representative, but this isn’t about them. This is about the Dodgers, their fans and more importantly their fanatics. This is about having a Dodger fan represent...