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NL West Top 10 Prospects 2015

The calendar has flipped and spring training has arrived once again, meaning it is time for the baseball world to go crazy over prospect rankings for the forthcoming season. Based primarily on stats and potential, below is our list of the NL West’s top 10 prospects for 2015. 1. Joc Pederson OF – Dodgers: Pederson leads a trio of Dodgers prospects, who are perhaps the most...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Don’t Judge The Health Of The Dodger Rotation On Disabled List Trips

What’s the biggest potential weakness of the 2015 Dodgers? Everyone who just said “right-handed power” can go sit in the corner. Stop. Just stop it. That’s not it. That doesn’t matter. It is, probably without a ton of controversy, starting rotation depth. We’ve been over this a bunch of times. All five members of the 2015 rotation — Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Hyun...
Via Dodgers Digest
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #32: Yasiel Puig | OF | LAD

The 2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide is here! Get your copy for FREE! Last season Yasiel Puig quietly had one of the more confusing seasons in baseball. Take a look at his batted ball profile and tell me what BABIP you’d expect from this player: 14.8 LD%, 51.7 GB%, 33.4 FB%, 7.6 IFFB%, 11.2 IFH%. Just eye-balling it I’d expect something around .290. This player didn’t...
Via Baseball Professor
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers Prospect Profile: Joc Pederson

When the Los Angeles Dodgers traded superstar Matt Kemp to the San Diego Padres last winter, many thought they were simply creating space in an over-crowded—and arguably overpaid, outfield. There was no way, L.A., smack dab in the middle of a world championship window, would dump a former MVP candidate and hand the reigns of the spacious centerfield of Dodger Stadium to a 22-year...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Joel Peralta’s sore shoulder could open Dodgers’ closer spot for others

Shoulder injuries for pitchers are about the worst possible scenario. Shoulder injuries for 39-year-old pitchers are just downright terrifying. From Ken Gurnick: “Dodgers reliever Joel Peralta, sidelined by shoulder stiffness, said he is hopeful he will be able to throw off a mound by next week. That will put Peralta nearly two weeks behind the rest of the team’s pitchers and...
Via Dodgers Digest
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Episode 82: Ryan Walton Talks Dodgers With Brent Cardy

Good friend of Baseball Hot Corner Ryan Walton joined Brent Cardy to discuss the Los Angeles Dodgers. Ryan has a huge announcement about his baseball endeavors that is awesome! We discuss if Don Mattingly is the right guy to lead the Dodgers. We also talk about Tim Wallach and if has gotten a fair chance in managerial searches. We touch on the Padres and much more. Count on Ryan...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
2 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 MLB Predictions: Los Angeles Dodgers

Hollywood is known for its big stars and big spending, and its baseball team is no different. The Los Angeles Dodgers will head into 2015 with the highest payroll in Major League baseball (a little north of $268 million) and even higher postseason expectations. Ever since their monumental 2013 season, which saw them go on […]
Via Full Scale Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Andre Ethier wants to start - for Dodgers or someone else

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Andre Ethier wants to play every day, either in Los Angeles or somewhere else. His chance to earn a starting role in the Dodgers' crowded outfield begins Thursday with their first full-squad workout. During a meeting Monday after Ethier arrived at camp, manager Don Mattingly, president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman and general manager Farhan Zaidi told...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

An Attempt to Explain Yasiel Puig’s BABIP

Been talkin’ about BABIP lately. Let’s talk about BABIP again. Let’s talk about Yasiel Puig, and his BABIP. Last week, I wrote a post on Starling Marte, in which I examined his extraordinary high batting average on balls in play. I had a hypothesis, and that hypothesis was confirmed. It was far from revolutionary. I […]
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Brandon Beachy, and a Sort of Depth-Hack

I don’t think the Dodgers deserve that much credit for signing Brandon Beachy. It’s not like it’s a particularly innovative idea, and a whole host of teams were interested in landing him. The Dodgers beat out almost everyone in available resources, and they beat out almost everyone in immediate outlook, and they had this other […]
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

A look at Dodgers’ pitchers and ‘pace of play’

Pace of game is all the rage, or something. While the average pace between which pitchers has increased over the last six years, it’s really not that big a deal in my eyes. I’m not one who wants a “faster” baseball game. I understand the reasoning behind it, but it isn’t an absolutely necessary thing for me. Where do the Dodgers pitchers stack up? Let’s first look at...
Via Dodgers Digest
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #43: Adrian Gonzalez | 1B | LAD

The 2015 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide is here! Get your copy for FREE! Editor’s Note: Gonzalez ranked 47th overall in our 2015 Draft Guide and comes in as player number 43 in our Top 200 Countdown (rankings originally compiled in November). Adrian Gonzalez may be old in baseball terms (age-33 season), he may be boring in fantasy terms, but he’s certainly not washed up like...
Via Baseball Professor
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers' Brett Anderson working on a comeback

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Dodgers pitcher Brett Anderson looks at Los Angeles ace Clayton Kershaw and thinks of what might have been. ''In a perfect scenario, I'd be like my guy over here,'' he said as he looked at Kershaw in a nearby dressing stall in the Dodgers' clubhouse. The scenario has been anything but perfect. Injuries have always seemed to prevent Anderson from reaching the...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers place Brandon Beachy on 60-day DL

The Los Angeles Dodgers have placed right handed pitcher Brandon Beachy on the 60-day disabled list. Beachy is working his way back from a second Tommy John surgery and will not be ready to return to action until June at the earliest. The move to shift Beachy to the 60-day disabled list opens up a spot on the 40-man roster for Dustin McGowan who was signed to a one-year deal this...
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw ready for redemption

The 2014 baseball season for Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw saw the highest of highs, but ended with the lowest of lows. The height was a regular season in which Kershaw posted a 21-3 record with a 1.77 ERA making him the only player in MLB history to lead the league in ERA four straight seasons. He also became only the 11th player to win both the Cy Young and MVP award in...
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers: Kenley Jansen Injury

Baseball season has finally taken off. The Los Angeles Dodgers find themselves back out in Camelback Ranch, Phoenix, Arizona for spring training. The players will soon start reporting for practice, but there will be one player missing. The twenty-seven year old closer, Kenley Jansen, will not be reporting to any further spring training practices after having surgery on his left foot...
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers: Keys to 2015 World Series

The 2015 baseball season is officially underway. Pitchers and catchers reported for spring training Thursday, Feb. 19th, and the rest of the team is set to join them on Wednesday Feb. 25th. After a disappointing end to the 2014 season, the Los Angeles Dodgers and their fans are very much in need of a fresh start. With all the new additions to the team, fans are very much looking...
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Baseball Team Preview: Los Angeles Dodgers

The Giants might have won the World Series, but the Dodgers won the NL West in 2014. In 2012, Los Angeles acquired Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez, and Yasiel Puig. Now, Jimmy Rollins, Yasmani Grandal, and Howie Kendrick have been brought onboard. The names might not be as big, but the need met. ALSO SEE: TEAM PREVIEWS ARCHIVES Key additions: Jimmy Rollins, Yasmani Grandal, Howie...
Via Fox Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers prospect Julio Urias lost 20 pounds by limiting tacos

Los Angeles Dodgers pitching prospect Julio Urias has dropped about 20 pounds this past offseason through hard work and dedication … and cutting back significantly on tacos. Urias, an 18-year-old prospect with seemingly limitless potential, worked with a nutritionist in his native Venezuela and overhauled his diet, ultimately dropping from 222 to 203 pounds. The...Read More The...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
8 days ago  |  Discuss

How many good baseball players were good prospects?

Usually you see this the other way around — how many good prospects became good players? It’s the foundation of any worthwhile prospect analysis, and based on the research, what we indeed observe is that higher-ranking prospects have worked out better than lower-ranking prospects, thereby granting validity to the prospect rankings themselves. If we didn’t […]
Via Fangraphs
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Jay Z thought David Wells was Curt Schilling at SNL afterparty

The only thing better than the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special might have been the SNL40 afterparty. The biggest names in comedy, music and sports came together at the star-studded affair, and according to Jay Z, that outrageous list of celebrities included one former baseball player who most definitely was not in attendance. The rapper got his retired pitchers...
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Kenley Jansen may start the year on the DL after foot surgery

The Dodgers got some bad news on Tuesday – closer Kenley Jansen is expected to miss 8-12 weeks following foot surgery. That timetable puts his return, at the earliest, a week into the 2015 season. Here’s the official press release from the club via Dodger Thoughts. This morning at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, Dodger pitcher Kenley Jansen underwent surgery to remove a growth...
Via The Outside Corner
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Giants analyst calls Yasiel Puig ‘young and dumb’

Giants broadcaster Mike Krukow has never been afraid to say something controversial. Last May, he speculated that the best explanation for Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki hitting .571 at Coors Field was stealing signs. Months later, Krukow accused the Cubs of deliberately preventing its grounds crew from rolling out the tarp during a downpour to nab a rain-shortened 2-0 win...
Via Awful Announcing
24 days ago  |  Discuss

SportsNet LA cable deals likely won’t be done by Opening Day

As the year-long SportsNet LA saga continues in southern California, it’s becoming more and more clear that the network won’t have a deal done with DirecTV and other holdout providers before Opening Day. However, many of the issues getting a deal done have little to do with the network or the Dodgers – it’s all about the pending mergers of DirecTV/AT&T and Comcast/Time...
Via Awful Announcing
January 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Yasiel Puig shares funny ‘I will not be a distraction’ cartoon

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig has been criticized a ton over the past year, and he obviously has a great sense of humor about it. On Thursday, Puig shared part of an old FOX Sports cartoon on his Instagram page. You can see the original illustration here. The cropped version that Puig passed along...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
January 09, 2015  |  Discuss

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