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Monday, August 9, 2010
Dodger Cogs and Dogs: Edition 11



Danny Moloshok/APHong-Chih Kuo reaches the top five.

Well, the Dodgers just keep on adding players, and the Dodgers Cogs and Dogs machine keeps on churning. After using 45 players in 2007, 46 in 2008 and 47 in 2009, the Dodgers are already up to 44 now with an eye on 48 – or even 50, the total from 2005.

Remember that the rankings are partly subjective, and encompass value for the entire 2010 season.

      
8/97/267/12HighLowPlayerComment
111120Clayton KershawHolds top spot despite Nationals' double Dunn.
222214Rafael FurcalStarted only 72 of Dodgers' first 112 games this season.
33515Hiroki KurodaRetired last 17 batters Saturday.
443111Andre EthierOff to good start in August, despite 0 for 3 Sunday.
578718Hong-Chih KuoDunn on Saturday was only fourth batter in '10 Kuo has had to face with bases loaded.
61010612Chad BillingsleyHas allowed 0.5 HR/9 this season.
756524James LoneyTwo homers, one steal away from first career 10-10 season.
812171225Vicente PadillaLeads NL in second-half ERA (1.04).
997413Jonathan BroxtonIf he struggles as games grow more meaningless, that won't help his rep, will it?
1089111Matt KempI'm already anticipating the 2011 Spring Training "Kemp is serious" stories.
1164312Manny RamirezYou can't tell me he isn't missed in the lineup.
121111616Casey BlakeAveraging more than a strikeout a game in second half.
131415215Russell MartinIn first 20 career starts, in 2006, Dodgers went 17-3.
1415131215Blake DeWittHomered off a lefty (Chris Capuano) in first week as a Cub.
1516141321Jamey CarrollMost steals (seven) by a Dodger without being caught in 2010 – until Sunday.
161721721Carlos MonasteriosThird on team in HR allowed with 10.
171312526John ElySeason falling apart? Has allowed 16 runs in past 4 2/3 minor-league innings.
1819181725Ronald BelisarioSo, too early for him to start working on his 2011 visa paperwork now?
1918161522Jeff WeaverJuly torpedoed his season – might be back to non-roster status in Spring Training '11.
202019820Reed JohnsonHis next HBP will be 100th of his career.
2121222124Travis SchlichtingWith Belisario and Weaver awaiting returns, probably won't see him until September.
2222231523Xavier PaulMichael Restovich (.854 OPS) was released when Paul went down, then resigned when Jay Gibbons went up.
232424924Ramon TroncosoHe and Belisario combined for 142 games in '09, might not get 100 this year.
242320723Ronnie BelliardFive HR in 24 games with Dodgers last year, two in 68 this year.
25NRNRNRNRTed LillyEleven strikeouts, no walks in first two Dodger starts? Not Ely, Lilly.
2626NR2626Kenley JansenNo, even with Martin out, his catching career is done.
2725252325Justin MillerReturned to Isotopes with three shutout appearances, lowering AAA ERA to 1.93.
28NRNRNRNRRyan Theriot Carroll has won me over enough that I want him to stay in lineup over Theriot.
2927261927A.J. EllisSecond extra-base hit in 55 at-bats arrived Sunday.
3028272529Jon LinkWouldn't be surprised to see him spend bulk of 2011 in majors.
3129282329Brad Ausmus4 for 20 with a double at the plate this season - just like Padilla.
32NRNRNRNROctavio DotelDotel is one of those guys who came to the Dodgers about 5-10 years after first rumors.
33NRNRNRNRJay GibbonsToday marks third anniversary of last major-league hit before Sunday.
34NRNRNRNRScott Podsednik.536 OPS, two errors, one inside-the-park homer allowed in first 11 games as Dodger.
3530292930Chin-Lung HuAbout to complete his sixth week on minor-league DL.
3635362636George SherrillBelieve it or not, second on team in games pitched behind Broxton.
3731301731Ramon OrtizPitched complete-game two-hitter for Buffalo on July 30; 0.93 ERA in past four starts.
3832312732Nick GreenSigning with Padres in July not enough to keep San Diego from pursuing Miguel Tejada.
393333336Charlie HaegerNow has better minor-league ERA this season than Ely.
4037NR3737James McDonaldHad career 2.78 ERA, 8.0 K/9, .684 OPS as reliever when traded for a reliever.
4134341634Garret AndersonAs pinch-hitter, 12 for 50. Otherwise, 16 for 104.
4236352236Russ OrtizThis space for rent.
4338323238Scott ElbertCan't remember the last time a significant L.A. prospect took a leave of absence like this.
4439NR3939Jack TaschnerFive years from now, I'm going to quiz you on the Jack Taschner Era.