Archive for the ‘Down on the Farm’ Category

Facing Kershaw isn’t always a bad thing So Cal native DJ Peters fulfills dream of hitting against 'The best pitcher on the planet'

Let’s face it, if you’re a major league hitter in a must-win game, the absolute last guy you would want to face is six-time All-Star, three-time Cy Young award winner and 2014 NL MVP Clayton Kershaw. I mean, we’re talking about a guy with a career record of 126-60 and a career ERA of 2.37 over […]

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Update: Lindsey Caughel teaches us a lesson in perseverance After being released by Dodgers, right-hander earns another opportunity to make it to The Show

Updated: February 22, 2017 4:00 pm PT   *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *  *   (Re-posted from December 2, 2016) It was one of the lowest moments of my blogging career. It happened during spring training 2016 while I was at Camelback Ranch covering the Dodgers. Late one afternoon […]

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New Dodger Ryan Moseley – A player of interest

Going into Spring Training the Dodgers needed to clear a 40-man roster space to accommodate outfielder Franklin Gutierrez whom they had recently signed as a free agent. They had a number of ways to accomplish that, but chose to trade left-hander Vidal Nuño – whom they had acquired from the Seattle Mariners on November 7, […]

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Meet the new guys

On Monday, January 23 and Wednesday, January 25, the Dodgers made two acquisitions getting players from the Oakland Athletics and the Tampa Bay Rays. Both trades added key pieces for the team going into spring training, which is less than a month away. So, let’s meet the new guys and talk a little bit about how […]

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Dodgers acquire outfielder Brett Eibner from Oakland

The Dodgers have acquired outfielder Brett Eibner from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for minor league infielder Jordan Tarsovich. Eibner, who was selected by the Royals in the second round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Arkansas, made his major league debut in 2016 hit a combined .193 with 10 doubles, […]

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The 2017 Dodgers 20 and under team Part Three of a three-part series

(Editor’s note: This is the third of a three-part series by ThinkBlueLA’s minor leagues staff writer Harold Uhlman of his annual 20-and-under team. This year it is broken down into infielders, outfielders and pitchers. The age given is the age as of today’s writing). (Author’s note: The 2017 Dodgers 20 and under pitching staff is […]

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Zach McKinstry – An important spoke in Loons championship wheel

The Great Lakes Loons had a season for all seasons in 2016 coming away with the Midwest League Championship in convincing fashion by winning seven of ten play-off games. Many factors played into the championship run with perhaps the most significant being that a number of players got hot at the right time and that […]

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Spring training likely to offer good look at ‘Man in Blue

With college football’s National Championship game now behind us – and an outstanding one it was – and with the NFL’s Super Bowl game pretty much all that stands between us and spring training, it’s time that we once again start hearing the proverbial and often kidded-about phrase “I’m in the best shape of my […]

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Dodgers sign Fabio Castillo to minor league contract

The Dodgers have signed free agent pitcher Fabio Castillo to a minor league contract. The 27-year-old right-hander began his professional baseball career 11 years ago, when he was signed by the Texas Rangers as a 16-year-old. At that time, the native of Samaná, Dominican Republic had also been on the watch list for the Yankees, […]

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Drew Maggi – No pressure, No diamonds

The Dodgers have re-signed infielder Drew Maggi to a minor league contract for 2017. He will be heading into his eighth minor league season with his third MLB organization. Maggi was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. He attended Brophy College Preparatory School in Phoenix being one of four Maggi siblings to attend Brophy. After […]

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