The Dodger starting rotation, if you haven’t noticed, has been excellent. By one measure, you could even argue that it has been the most productive rotation in baseball. It helps when you have a pitcher who is on track to be one of the all-time elites, of course, but there’s also two guys who would be an ace on other teams, and two veterans who have been surprisingly productive...
Hitter Of The Day:
Pitcher Of The Day:
Joc Pederson (AAA) went 2-for-3 with two walks, including his second triple of the year.
Miguel Rojas (AAA) has had a temporary power surge, slugging his third homer of the year.
Darnell Sweeney (AA) went 3-for-5 with his 16th double.
Alex Santana (A) went 2-for-4 with his 11th and 12th double.
Chris Reed (AA) struck out nine...
This is the sixth in my series of 2014 MLB Draft profiles. This is the first college player profiled, as I look at Erick Fedde from UNLV. There’s plenty of risk surrounding him.
6’4, 175 pounds
DOB: Feb. 25, 1993
Las Vegas, Nev.
University of Nevada...
Touki Toussaint, 80-name.
This is the first installment of 2014 MLB Draft big board for the Dodgers. They hold the 22nd pick in the draft and should be able to land a quality prospect, as the draft is considerably deeper this year than last.
These are the Dodgers’ first selections in the Logan White era (2002-present):
2002: James Loney (19)
2003: Chad Billingsley (24)
Photo by Daniel Brim
I wasn’t a fan of the Dodgers selecting Tom Windle in the second round last year. My first thought was, “Oh great, it’s Chris Reed, part two.” Well, Windle has shown me more in his couple of seasons than Reed has in his three-plus years. Yes, I have a bias against Reed, but I think Windle profiles better than Reed, after seeing him in person.
I saw him...
Ever since Chris Reed was overdrafted by the Dodgers in the 2011 MLB Draft, I haven’t been on his bandwagon. Last year, I noticed his solid performance and ate just a small serving of crow.
Well, if his start to the 2014 is any predictor, I might be in line for huge plate of crow before too long. But I’m still skeptical about his long-term success.
Reed threw six innings of no...
What’s the point of all the pre-season prospect coverage if you aren’t up to date on what they’re actually doing in the games, right?
Well that’s what this regular (semi-regular :o) Down On The Farm update will be for. And right off the bat, we got five days worth of stuff to get to.
Hitter Of The Day: Justin Chigbogu (A) is already stuck playing...
The Dodgers even have these guys bunt on the back fields. Exhibit A: Casio Grider. (By: Dustin Nosler)
The Dodgers’ Double- and Triple-A affiliates announced their opening day rosters on Monday and Tuesday (respectively). Like the A-ball affiliates, there weren’t many surprises.
I did my best to project these rosters last week, and didn’t fare as well as I did last year. My...
Stephen Fife is taking his specs to Albuquerque. (By: Dustin Nosler)
The Dodgers announced their first round of camp cuts on Tuesday morning with few surprises.
Pedro Baez, Chili Buss Stephen Fife, Yimi Garcia, Jarret Martin
Reassigned to minor-league camp (5)
Sam Demel, Griff Erickson, Daniel Moskos, Chris O’Brien, Chris Reed
Historically, the Los Angeles Dodgers have been at the forefront of player development and scouting. The team has twice boasted at least four consecutive NL ROY winners. Unfortunately, this rich tradition was cast aside during the dark days of the Fox and McCourt eras, much to the dismay of Dodgers fans. However, the team has seen a resurgence in both the depth and quality of its...
All too predictably, one of the other teams overpaid for Masahiro Tanaka, and he took the money. The Dodgers did the right thing here, saying we’ll pay "X" number of dollars, but no more (where x is probably around six years, $120 million + $20 million release fee).Given his fastball velocity (good, but not elite) and past workload, the Dodgers harbored substantial...
Our latest installment covers the last two weeks or so of Winter League action, including perhaps reason to worry about Alexander Guerrero‘s readiness.
The lack of updates goes hand-in-hand with the lack of relevant prospects still playing.
Dominican Winter League
Alexander Guerrero – 2B
Guerrero has reached safely in just six of his last 22 plate appearances with a pair...
Most Dodger fans are expecting Juan Uribe to return on a 1- or 2-year deal. As the best free agent third baseman available, Uribe has every right to test the market (he'd be foolish not to).But the Dodgers can't wait around forever. It seems Uribe is holding up the Dodgers' offseason moves to some degree -- something that seems highly unlikely just a year ago. The White...
In minor news, Luis Cruz signed a deal with the Chiba Lotte Marines for $750,000 and will be headed to Japan for 2014. Sort of surprising since he looked impressively bad in 2013.
Dominican Winter League
Alexander Guerrero – 2B
Guerrero returned from his thigh injury Monday to play in his first game since Nov. 12. He went 1-4 and most importantly seemed to get through the game...
It's been a while since the Dodgers farm system has been something to brag about. It used to be commonplace to see Rookie of the Year Awards handed over to men in Blue year after year.
But Frank McCourt put a a kink in the system and finally the cream is rising to the top for the Dodgers.
Here are the top 10 prospects pers Ben Badler at Baseball America:
The Arizona Fall League and Australian Baseball League have wrapped up, while Alexander Guerrero has still not returned from his thigh/hamstring injury. He is close to returning, but time is running out.
Winter is coming … to an end.
Dominican Winter League
Dee Gordon – CF
Gordon’s time in the DWL has come to an end, as he last played a week ago and has returned stateside...
Alexander Guerrero injured his wrist during DWL play, and the Dodgers have made it clear they don’t want him playing unless he’s 100%. Guerrero’s DWL trainers have cleared him to play, according to Guerrero himself.
Clearly, a smart move by the club to protect their newest investment.
Arizona Fall League
Corey Seager – SS
Corey was impressive in his final AFL game...
I attended the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes game on August 22. For a recap with some pictures, videos of both Corey Seager and Lindsey Caughel, and autographs of those two I picked up, head over here.
Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes (4-3)
Player Of The Week – 8/19
Scott Van Slyke – 1B/OF
.462/.696/.769/1.465, 6 RBI, 8 Runs, 1 3B, 2 2B, 10 BB, 2 K, 1 SB
Seriously, how does SVS...
Since Logan White took over as scouting director (now vice
president of amateur scouting and assistant general manager), the Dodgers have
been known for drafting high school players.
White’s first draft pick was James Loney in 2002, a high
school first baseman (who some viewed as a pitcher) from Texas.
While White’s crew has selected prep players in the first...
All I really care about is Julio Urias, but there were a couple prospects who had solid weeks for their respective Dodger minor-league teams. With Yasiel Puig having been promoted from Double-A, the Lookouts’ offense now runs through Joc Pederson. The Dominican Summer League started play this week as well, and some of the bigger international signings should log ample playing time...
The Dodgers have really started to focus on their MLB team with the new ownership, so the improvements to the farm system might go un-noticed. Several prospects have taken steps forward, which was something they have struggled with the last few years.
Note: Avg ranking takes the average of any site I could find that had team rankings (sum of ranks divided by total sites). Comp ranking...
Months of speculation here at Dodgers Rumors about putting Chase Headley into Dodger Blue. Two weeks ago the Padres agreed to a one-year $8.575MM deal with Headley avoiding arbitration. Most fans and MLB execs expected the Padres to work hard to lock up Headley in a multi-year extension this winter. Though that hasn’t worked out very well at all. San Diego GM Josh Byrnes recently...
The Dodgers have invited 12 players to their Winter Development Camp, which, after operating for its first five years of existence at Dodger Stadium, will move to Camelback Ranch due to construction at Chavez Ravine.
Zach Lee, Joc Pederson, Chris Reed, Onelki Garcia, Paco Rodriguez, Chris Withrow, Steven Ames, Matt Magill, Tim Federowicz, Matt Wallach, and newcomers Jeremy Moore...
In 2012, four left-handed pitchers touched 93-plus on my radar gun. In Onelki Garcia and Chris Reed, Dodgers prospects accounted for half the list. This is nothing new. Two minor league baseball seasons living in the Atlanta area has yielded many hard-throwing Dodgers prospects. What’s new is every top prospect I’ve seen from the Dodgers has been right-handed before this.
Chris Reed isn’t your typical top-rated prospect. Born in London, England, he has a record of just 1-9 since the Los Angeles Dodgers drafted him 16th overall in 2011. A closer in his junior year at Stanford, the 22-year-old southpaw transitioned to a starting role this season with High-A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Chattanooga. Limited to 77 innings, Reed proceeded to make 11...