Found March 03, 2013 on Feelin' Kinda Blue:
The slider is associated with power. Most times, it's a power pitch thrown by a power pitcher. There are few exceptions to this rule. Clayton Kershaw came up as a fastball-curveball-changeup pitcher. Some, in the back of their mind, wondered if the three-pitch repertoire would work. Well, Kershaw added a slider to his arsenal, and he took off. Not surprisingly, pitchers who throw sliders tend to rack up the strikeouts. The Dodgers traded a couple of pitchers last year who would have qualified for this list: Logan Bawcom and Ethan Martin. Both have at least average sliders, while Martin's can be an above-average pitch at times. Previous entries in this series Power Fastball Speed Starters Matt Magill - Magill's slider is quickly becoming one of the best in the system. He's racked up an 8.9 strikeouts per nin innings in his minor league career thanks in part to a knockout slider. It profiles as an average pitch right now, but it could easily be...

Video of Dodgers' prospect Yasiel Puig's first spring training home run

Everyone keeps (rightfully) saying he won't begin the 2013 season on the Dodgers' 25-man roster, but Yasiel Puig is trying his damnedest to earn a spot. He basically murdered a baseball in Sunday's game against the Indians. Here's the video. Marc Hulet of FanGraphs pointed out something on Saturday while watching Puig. It's an astute observation. Something...

Dodgers’ Chris Capuano continues to lose trade value

If Chris Capuano had any trade value he has done a great job of destroying it in the early days of spring training. The Los Angeles Dodgers have eight starting pitchers on their current roster, three more then the standard rotation. A trade would be the most logical way to trim the Dodgers rotation down but the players the Dodgers want to trade are the least desirable. One player...

Prospect Puig impresses Dodgers GM

PHOENIX Count Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti among those who have been impressed with outfielder Yasiel Puig. "Hes been very exciting," Colletti said of Puig, a Cuban defector who entered Sunday hitting .389 in 18 spring training at-bats. Manager Don Mattingly has another word to describe Puig: "Raw," said the skipper, who has tried to tramp down expectations...

Around The Web: Puig perspective, Ethier platoon, Guggenheim investigated, Umpires improve

Mike Scioscia’s Tragic Illness: Arguing for patience and perspective regarding Yasiel Puig. I know he looks awful impressive, and I’ve liked what I’ve seen as well, but I really do believe people are getting way ahead of themselves. Baseball Prospectus: The Dodgers might have a platoon partner for Andre Ethier internally in Jerry Hairston Jr. —– Eye On Baseball: Fox Sports...

Dodgers’ Carl Crawford questionable for Opening Day

The Los Angeles Dodgers have shut down outfielder Carl Crawford due to nerve irritation, an ailment that could cause the veteran to start the season on the disabled list. Don Mattingly said Carl Crawford's status for opening day is in question. "This challenges that." — Eric Stephen (@truebluela) March 1, 2013 Dodgers manager Don Mattingly...

MLB Injury News: Los Angeles Dodgers OF Carl Crawford shut down for a week

The return of OF Carl Crawford to the Los Angeles Dodgers lineup has hit a snag. The speedy outfielder, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery performed in August has now been removed from the lineup for at least a week after experiencing soreness in his elbow. The team has described in injury as nerve irritation but reports that the repaired ligament seems to be doing fine. Crawford...

Dodgers Capuano struggles with the long ball

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) -- Chris Capuano had problems with home runs for the second straight start. Trying to earn a job in the Los Angeles Dodgers' rotation, Capuano allowed long balls to Mike Zunino and Franklin Gutierrez during a three-run third inning Saturday in a 9-5 loss to the Seattle Mariners. Capuano started with two perfect innings that included three strikeouts before...

Dodgers 5, Indians 1

Cuban defector Yasiel Puig hit his first home run, Josh Beckett threw three more scoreless innings and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Cleveland Indians 5-1 Sunday. Puig signed by the Dodgers to a seven-year, $42 million in June, connected for a three-run shot in the seventh. Beckett has allowed one hit in each of his two starts. He struck out three Sunday to run his total to...

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 153: 2013 Season Preview Series: Los Angeles Dodgers by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Pete Barrett

Ben and Sam preview the Dodgers` season with Jay Jaffe, and Pete talks to Dodgers beat writer Ken Gurnick (at 15:21).
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