If you want to dive into some serious Dodger prospect details, you could do worse than Kevin Goldstein's new report at Baseball Prospectus or Brandon Lennox's ongoing countdown at True Blue L.
Today, I happened across a list that Baseball America put out a few weeks ago of the top 100 college players for the 2012 draft. Four of the top 15, it turns out, were previously drafted by the Dodgers:5) Kevin Gausman, RHP, Louisiana State — 2010 round six6) Brian Johnson, LHP/1B, Florida — 2009 round 2713) Richie Shaffer, 1B, Clemson — 2009 round 2514) Stephen Piscotty, 3B, Stanford — 2009 round 45Gausman, the highest-rated of the four, was taken five rounds after the Dodgers picked Zach Lee, whom they stole away from the same school, LSU.
Funny one-line intro ... Here's video of John Candelaria no-hitting the Dodgers in 1976. Check out how excited color commentator Bob Gibson is alongside play-by-play man Al Michaels for the final out.
While I was parked at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, many of my online colleagues were out at Dodger Stadium for media day at the Dodgers' Winter Development Camp.
From the Dodgers:The Dodgers’ fifth annual Winter Development Program, which helps prepare minor league players for the Major Leagues both on and off the field, kicks off this weekend and will include workouts, community visits, informational seminars and visits to different areas of Los Angeles.
Ahead of the deadline to protect players from the Rule 5 draft, the Dodgers outrighted pitchers John Ely and Carlos Monasterios to Triple-A Albuquerque in order to make room for five first-timers on the 40-man roster.
What, the Dodgers still have a future?Despite the callup of John Ely when Rubby De La Rosa went on the disabled list, Tony Jackson of ESPNLosAngeles.
Alex Castellanos"... A 25-year-old right-handed hitter, he has mediocre tools but has put up big numbers this year. His plate discipline needs work, and despite the line at Springfield I'd rate him a Grade C prospect at this point, with a chance to be a bench asset.
This is a pretty quick-and-dirty post and doesn't incorporate any scouting reports. It's, like, kind of a top prospect watch, but from Mars.CatcherGorman Erickson, 23.
Dodgers at Rockies, 5:40 p.m.Matt Kemp a late scratch with hamstring tightness. Dee Gordon, SS Trent Oeltjen, LF Andre Ethier, RF Casey Blake, 3B James Loney, 1B Juan Uribe, 2B Dioner Navarro, C Tony Gwynn Jr.
So, let's say, just hypothetically ...... just hypothetically, mind you ...... that the Dodgers don't reverse their ugly 2011 start and reach the playoffs.
It says something about Clayton Kershaw that he allowed back-to-back doubles leading off the first inning and loaded the bases in the third inning and still ended up pitching shutout ball.
Hot starts from Dodger minor leaguers:Trayvon Robinson, 23, OF, Albuquerque63 plate appearances, .429 on-base percentage, .661 slugging percentage, four homers, six walks, 19 strikeoutsJon Link, 27, RP, Albuquerque12 1/3 innings, 16 baserunners, 10 strikeouts, 2.
That wasn't the injury bug in Albuquerque on Wednesday – those were injury locusts. From Christopher Jackson of Albuquerque Baseball Examiner:The Albuquerque Isotopes' 10-7 victory over the Iowa Cubs on Wednesday night may go down as the costliest win in team history.
Maury Wills sings "Crawdad Hole." Thank you, Blue Heaven. Elsewhere ... One of the lesser-known but valuable defensive statistical tools is PMR (Probabilistic Model of Range), by David Pinto of Baseball Musings.