OKC Dodgers Not Letting Up For First Place, Are A Team To Watch Through July

The month of July shapes up as a critical time for the league-leading Oklahoma City Dodgers. At 49-27, OKC comes into the new month a full eight games ahead of the Omaha Storm Chasers in the America North Division. In all, the Dodgers play 28 games during the month of July, including a stretch of 12 straight days before catching a break with the three-day PCL All-Star break commencing...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Cardinals @ Dodgers June 4, 2015: Looking for a Carlos Frias encore

If there’s anything more surprising over the last week than Carlos Frias having one of the best outings of his career against the Cardinals last weekend, I haven’t heard of it. He played stopper (with the help of a Yasmani Grandal 3-run home run) on Saturday and got the Dodgers their only win in St. Louis. Cardinals Dodgers 7:10 p.m. Los Angeles...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers @ Rockies June 3, 2015: So Long, Coors Field

Hey, the Rockies! Dodgers Rockies 5:10 p.m. Denver, Colo. CF Pederson CF Blackmon 3B Turner 2B LeMahieu 1B Gonzalez SS Tulowitzki 2B Kendrick RF Gonzalez RF Ethier 3B Arenado C Grandal 1B Paulsen LF Guerrero RF Hundley SS ...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Dodgers @ Rockies June 2, 2015: Game 1

Okay, I’m confused. Dodgers Rockies 12:10 p.m. Denver, Colo. CF Pederson CF Blackmon RF Heisey 2B LeMahieu 1B Gonzalez RF Gonzalez 2B Kendrick 3B Arenado 3B Turner 1B Paulsen LF Guerrero C McKenry SS Hernandez SS Descalso ...
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June 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Dodgers @ Rockies June 1, 2015: The Start Of Weird Baseball

It’s ttiiiiiiiimmmmmeeee for Rockies baseball! Dodgers Rockies 5:40 p.m. Denver, Colo. CF Pederson CF Blackmon 3B Turner 2B LeMahieu 1B Gonzalez SS Tulowitzki 2B Kendrick 3B Arenado RF Ethier 1B Rosario LF Hernandez C Hundley SS Rollins...
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June 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Top AAA Starting Pitchers

View image | The New York Mets gave Dillon Gee's spot in the rotation to Noah Syndergaard over Steven Matz, but that was probably the right move as Syndergaard is the higher rated prospect.  Matz tops this list for back to back updates.    The Los Angeles Dodgers went with other options over Zach Lee to fill in for Brandon McCarthy.  Not sure about...
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May 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Down On The Farm: April – Seager, Urias, De Leon, Lee, Holmes, Drake, Barnes, Reed

The now monthly Down On The Farm feature will hopefully provide more details than the old format and will even serve as a venue to answer questions I’ve seen about prospects in mailbags and that are frequently asked on social media and what not. Also, they’ll probably be more timely after this one. Better late than never. Oklahoma City Dodgers (AAA) Hitters Darnell Sweeney ...
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May 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Dodgers @ Brewers May 6, 2015: Joe Wieland’s Dodger debut

Another day, another new Dodger starting pitcher. This time, it’s Joe Wieland, who was one of the pieces acquired in the Matt Kemp trade last winter. Dodgers Brewers 5:10 p.m. Milwaukee, Wisc. CF Pederson CF Gomez SS Rollins 2B Gennett 2B Kendrick RF Braun 1B Gonzalez 1B Lind...
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May 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Scott Van Slyke could benefit from Carl Crawford injury

Yesterday, I wrote about Brandon McCarthy‘s injury being an opportunity for Zach Lee. Now, Carl Crawford‘s injury is an opportunity for someone — but not a prospect. Scott Van Slyke might get his chance to show what he can do. Some folks draw the (probably lazy) comparison of Van Slyke to former Dodger and fellow bearded lumberjack in the offseason (probably) Jayson Werth...
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April 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Brandon McCarthy’s torn UCL means it’s Zach Lee time

Well, it was the worst-case scenario with Brandon McCarthy after he left Saturday’s game. He has a torn UCL and probably needs Tommy John surgery. That would put him out until the All-Star Break next year, and that’s even a little optimistic. And a word to the wise, Brandon: Don’t mess around with trying to rehab the injury. It doesn’t work. I know surgery of any kind is...
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April 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Dodgers’ best pitching prospects impressing early on

I’m not going to steal all of Chad’s thunder from his minor-league updates (which will be monthly this season), but I just want to highlight a few of the Dodgers’ pitching prospects who have gotten off to hot starts. Of course, this post is mostly so I can write about Julio Urias, but there have been other impressive performances thus far. But let’s start with Urias. Julio...
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April 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Zach Lee Was Pretty Good Last Night

I saw zero pitches of Zach Lee‘s Oklahoma City debut last night, so this is probably the worst kind of scouting the stat line. But hey, we’ve all been pretty down on Lee’s prospect potential for a while now, so we might as well take some hope where we can get it. Lee went six innings against Texas’ Triple-A affiliate, striking out six while allowing just two hits and a run...
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April 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Zach Lee shows glimpse of the pitcher he can be

Not much has been written about Zach Lee by, well, anyone this spring — or since the beginning of last season. But his performance in relief of Clayton Kershaw showed some of what he could bring to a big league team. Let’s preface this by stating the obvious: This was a spring training against the Royals’ B-squad (after the starters were lifted), so it isn’t like he was...
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April 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Dodgers Sign Freddy Garcia, Because You’re Never Too Old To Dream

Are you sick of talking about “pitching depth” yet? I know I am. I also know that it’s not exactly out of the ordinary that news breaks when I’m asleep in the east, but then again, is signing 38-year-old Freddy Garcia to a minor league deal, as the Dodgers apparently have done, “news?” I’m writing about it, so, fine, I guess it is. Garcia spent a bunch of years as a...
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March 31, 2015  |  Discuss

More camp cuts: Dodgers option Zach Lee, Joe Wieland and others

The Dodgers made their first round of cuts on Saturday, when they sent Chris Anderson, Ryan Buchter, Josh Ravin and Julio Urias to minor-league camp. They did the same on Monday with five others. Dodgers option pitchers Zach Lee, Chris Reed, Mike Bolsinger, Carlos Frias and Joe Weiland. — Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) March 16, 2015 They were technically optioned because they...
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March 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Mailbag #20: Zach Lee, Alex Guerrero, Stats Brainwashing, Corey Seager … Now?

Send us moar questions using the form to the right! Or just pester us on Twitter. ===== Powder Hound: Many Dodger prospect lists are down on Zach Lee. At the same time, he is on the 40-man roster, is going to be a starter, and is few injuries from being called on. What are the positive and warning signs you would look for from him in spring training and early season? Dodgers...
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March 11, 2015  |  Discuss

A Guess At the 2015 Oklahoma City Roster: Pitchers

After having already checked into the likely position players on the first iteration of the Oklahoma City Dodgers, let’s check out the pitchers. Rotation SP Zach Lee SP Joe Wieland SP Chris Reed SP Carlos Frias SP Red Patterson or Matt Shelton   You know, as Triple-A rotations go… that’s not too bad, is it? Lee’s stock has clearly fallen — he was Dustin’s No. 8 Dodger...
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February 09, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Dodgers Top 100 prospects: The Top 10

This is it. This is the best of the best in the Dodgers’ farm system. There are future bench players, role players, stars and superstars on this list. All of the names should be familiar — even some of the players making their first appearances after strong 2014 seasons. For the Top 30, I’ve included Overall Future Potential grades and risks. For example, if a guy gets a ...
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February 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Four Dodgers Make Keith Law’s Top 100 List

It’s prospect ranking season, and that’s good, because the Dodgers have some prospects. (Dustin’s organizational countdown will continue with 30-21, coming later this morning.) Among my favorite prospect writers is ESPN’s Keith Law, who put out his Top 100 prospects today. If you want to read the full writeups, you can pay for Insider. (I’m biased here. Obviously.) But...
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January 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Mailbag #18: Rotation Depth, Arruebarrena, SNLA, Spring Training

Mailbag! Email us through the form at the right or at thedodgersdigest at gmail dot com. Kirk: I am not too concerned about the #4 & #5 starters and spot starters during the year. The Dodgers should hold up through some patchworking. I am more concerned of a shortage in the play-offs. Perhaps that is too early to be an issue. The old theory of getting 3 top starters to get you...
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January 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Dodgers should protect three prospects from Rule 5

The deadline for protecting players from the Rule 5 Draft is Thursday, and the Dodgers have a few players they will add without question. Unlike last year, there don’t appear to be any players who will surprise by being added. First, let’s look at the rules for players who need to be protected. “Players who were signed when they were 19 or older and have played in professional...
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November 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Ned Colletti was a lame duck GM & Andrew Friedman now moves the Dodgers forward

Zach Lee was an “untouchable” prospect at this year’s deadline. That concept from a recent article in the Los Angeles Times seemed ridiculous enough to write about on its own, but the deeper implications of it were far more significant and interesting. Essentially, yes, Zach Lee was labeled untouchable. But no, it wasn’t for anything he necessarily earned. Rather, Ned Colletti...
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October 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Resetting the Dodgers 40-Man Roster For The Winter

So I delayed this by a few hours to talk about Ned Colletti, and then Eric at TBLA beat me to it by doing the exact same thing, almost exactly. I mean, to be expected, and Eric’s great and all. So at the risk of looking like this is completely a facsimile even though it was written 48 hours ago, hey, let’s roster! Remember, you can always find this information on our payroll...
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October 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Dodgers set to finalize all minor-league affiliates through 2016

Things are happening with the Dodgers’ minor-league affiliations. There are three organizations that extending their player development contracts with the Dodgers, while two levels are changing their affiliations. The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes and Great Lakes Loons announced this week that they were extending their agreement with the Dodgers through the 2016 season. The Ogden Raptors...
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September 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate moving to Oklahoma City, maybe

This one kind of came out of nowhere, but, according to a report from The Oklahoman, the Dodgers’ are relocating their Triple-A affiliate from Albuquerque to Oklahoma City of the Pacific Coast League. From the article: “The Dodgers reportedly have been searching for a city more suitable to evaluate their top prospects. Starting last season, the Dodgers have required Isotopes...
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August 22, 2014  |  Discuss
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