Dodgers Report: Cuba

Can the Dodgers bank on Alexander Guerrero?

December, 18, 2013
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An air of mystery still surrounds the man who might be the Los Angeles Dodgers' starting second baseman next season.

The Dodgers are contributing to that by keeping a tight lid on information about Alexander Guerrero, perhaps in an effort to tamp down the hype, perhaps because they’re hesitant to divulge the remainder of their off-season plans to other teams?

I asked their international scouting director, Bob Engle, for a scouting report and was referred to general manager Ned Colletti. I asked the Dodgers media relations staff if they could help me get in touch with special assistant Jose Vizcaino, who recently worked with Guerrero in the Dominican Republic, and was told the team would prefer I not interview Vizcaino about Guerrero.

So, for now, all we’re left with is this comment from Colletti: “Hard worker, wants to be great, learning second base, good shortstop.”

The Dodgers were hoping to get a head start on determining if Guerrero was ready to play every day this winter, but Guerrero injured his hamstring playing for Gigantes del Cibao in the Dominican winter league. According to the team’s roster, Guerrero is out again, listed as day-to-day. He hasn’t played since Dec. 12.

He has played exclusively second base and, in 12 games, is batting .289 with three doubles, a home run, two walks, seven strikeouts and an error. Again, not a lot to go on.

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Stocking up on international scouts

November, 12, 2012
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The Dodgers seem intent on scouting every part of the world where baseball is played.

Two days after winning the bidding rights to Korean pitcher Hyun-jin Ryu, the Dodgers announced Monday they’ve hired six new scouts to work under Bob Engle, the VP of international scouting.

Pedro Avila will handle Venezuela; Gene Grimaldi is in charge of Europe; Patrick Guerrero will work Latin America; Pat Kelly will oversee operations in the Pacific Rim; Jamey Storvick will also work in the Pacific Rim and Mike Tosar will be in charge of finding players in Cuba and Mexico.

The Dodgers made a couple of other tweaks to their front office. They hired former major league catcher Josh Bard to be a special assistant in player personnel and hired scouts Willie Fraser and Scott Groot. Former batting champion Bill Mueller will switch from being a special assistant for player personnel to scouting.

It’s not uncommon for scouts to switch teams at this time of year, as typically their contracts expire in November.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Yasiel Puig
BA HR RBI R
.296 16 69 92
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Gonzalez 27
RBIA. Gonzalez 116
RY. Puig 92
OPSY. Puig .863
WC. Kershaw 21
ERAC. Kershaw 1.77
SOC. Kershaw 239