By Greg Bearringer, AngelsWin.com Columnist - The worst part of this time of year as a baseball fan, and even more as one trying to write intelligently about it, is that the information available to us is incomplete. Even if the Angels have already made all their moves, it’s hard to criticize them because there are so many moves that could potentially still be made. It’s...
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:
If we're being honest, most of us didn't go 10-2 in our lives this year. At our jobs, as fathers, husbands or boyfriends, most of us were lucky if we managed 8-4.
Psychologically, it's probably part of the reason we're so hard on Mark Helfrich and the Oregon Ducks. Watching football is our chance to expect excellence. We live through the kids, mentally rewriting...
Imagine this exciting shortstop prospect on the Mets?
Okay, get your tongues back in your mouth… Did you get a chance to read John Harper’s trade proposals in the Daily News this morning? Harper proposes a string of five hypothetical trades that have the Mets using their presumed pitching surplus to solidify other areas of the team.
With baseball’s GM meetings set to begin...
The Los Angeles Dodgers recently tried to acquire a second baseman, but it wasn't the New York Yankees' Robinson Cano.
No, the Dodgers' target was the Los Angeles Angels' Howie Kendrick, and the two sides held extensive trade discussions before the July 31 non-waiver deadline, according to major league sources.
The Angels proposed a deal that included one of the...
The big news this week is the promotion of top prospect Corey Seager from Low-A Great Lakes to High-A Rancho Cucamonga. Seager absolutely killed Low-A pitching, hitting .309/.389/.529/.918 with a .410 wOBA and 153 wRC+.
He did that as a 19-year-old. The sky’s the limit.
Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes (2-5 & 3-3)
Player Of The Week – 7/29
Scott Van Slyke – 1B
With the Major League Baseball season more than half over, it's time to unveil my midseason Top 25 Dodgers' prospect list.
There are some new faces, some young faces (Julio Urias, right) and some players who have broken out. There are also some who have fallen from their preseason rank. There wasn't as much an infusion of talent as there was in last year's midseason...
Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes (5-1)
Player Of The Week
Nick Buss – OF
.348/.444/.739/1.183, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 2 2B, 2 3B, 5 R, 2 SB, 2 BB, 2 K
Buss, the lone Isotope representative for the Triple-A All-Star Game, had himself a solid week and is having a really good season overall. At best, he’s a fifth outfielder-type, but being able to play center field is an advantage for...
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...
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Edwar Cabrera, LHP Colorado | Placed on the 60-day disabled list in mid-February with shoulder impingement, Cabrera is now targeting an early June return to action (missed his original eligibility date). The 25-year old had a legit opportunity to earn a rotation spot out of spring training prior to the injury, this despite getting shelled in his...
Kiley brings us reports on the two top pitchers from his two days of watching the AA clubs of the Dodgers and White Sox. Inside are reports on White Sox rehabbing LHP John Danks and Dodgers top prospect RHP Zach Lee.
Kiley brings us video of last night's start by Dodgers' top prospect RHP Zach Lee. He faces White Sox prospects OF Trayce Thompson & OF Keenyn Walker in the video from a workmanlike performance over 5.2 IP.
Jesmuel Valentin makes his 2013 debut and walks, Zach Lee struggles and Scott Van Slyke goes yard once again.
Pitching was the story for the Dodgers‘ farm system this week, but one positional prospect stood out and was recognized for his great offensive performance.
It’s nice to see youngsters take advantage of their given opportunities.
Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes (2-4)
Player Of The Week
Alex Castellanos – OF
.417/.417/.667/1.084, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 5 R, 2 SB, 0 BB, 4 K
Kind of a quiet week on the farm for the Dodgers affiliates. The Loons went 4-1, but the other three affiliates didn’t play .500 ball.
The pitching seemed to lack this week more than the offense, but there have been some impressive early-season performances thus far.
Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes (2-5)
Player Of The Week
Scott Van Slyke – 1B
.435/.517/.957/1.474, 3 HR...
Remember that time Shawn Tolleson was put in a 1-0 game in Arizona and attempted not to pour gasoline all over the mound? Well, perhaps he shat the bed for a reason.
Tolleson was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Monday and Josh Wall was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque.
Tolleson came in and promptly walked two batters, both of which allowed runs to score -- and both...
I was able to catch a couple innings of Zach Lee's Wednesday night start against the Tennessee Smokies, and he was dominant.
While no radar gun readings were readily available, Lee was throwing all four of his pitches and kept the Smokie hitters off-balance.
Lee's line: 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 HR, 1 BB (intentional), 7 K, 84 pitches, 55 strikes
That's a great...
In Chattanooga, Top-100 prospects Yasiel Puig and Zach Lee debuted against a Huntsville (Brewers) team with few prospects of note. On paper, both excelled with Puig reaching base in three of four plate appearances and Lee surrendering just one earned run across four innings of work. There’s a reason scouts don’t write reports from box scores though. While each impressed, both...
Yasiel Puig makes his much anticipated debut, along with Zach Lee, Joc Pederson and Matt Magill.
FanGraphs prospect analyst and proprietor of ROTOscouting Mike Newman is the guest on this edition of the podcast. Discussed: Dodgers prospects Zach Lee and Yasiel Puig and other members of the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts. Also discussed: players who’ve made their major-league debuts so far — like Jackie Bradley (for example) and Jedd Gyorko (for other example)...
My Dodgers prospects pre-season rankings for 2013 are here, but it’s a bit of a short and sweet version.
I was planning on re-starting Prospect Profiles again this year, but unfortunately, I got busy and ran out of time.
However, since I still have the information I’ve gathered through watching the games and what not, I think what I’ll do is just release scouting...
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...
Whenever the Padres face the Dodgers it’s always nice to win. No matter what time of the year it is. One team could be way out of contention and the other could be making a push, but one thing is constant: it is always nice to beat the Dodgers. Yesterday the two teams faced each other and the Padres won. Even though it is spring training it felt good to win. What made it even sweeter...
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...
The Dodgers will trot out a formidable wave of big league talent to take on the National League West in 2013 but the strength of the major league club comes at the expense of the minor league system. The organization has flipped its home-grown talent to acquire the likes of Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, and Hanley Ramirez. The new draft and international free agent rules will affect...