Archive for the ‘Down on the Farm’ Category

Jacob Rhame FP

DOTF – TBLA August Hitter and Relief Pitcher of the Month Awards

HITTERS Dominican Summer League Dodgers Carlos Aquino: Aquino has quietly progressed well this summer. He started with a .167 batting average in June and improved significantly in both July and August. The eighteen year old second baseman hit .353 in August from the lead off spot while scoring 12 runs in 16 games. He stole seven […]

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Andres Santiago FP

DOTF – TBLA August Starting Pitcher of the Month Awards

Dominican Summer League Dodgers Miguel Urena: Urena, 19, is from Licey, Dominican Republic. He is in his second year with the DSL Dodgers and although not a true strikeout pitcher, he had an exceptional year in 2014. In August he made four starts, pitched 19 innings in which he gave up 16 hits. He struck […]

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3-3-14 Jarrett Martin FP

The Dodgers don’t need to look very far for bullpen help

It’s not a pleasant thought but it’s a painful truth – the Dodgers bullpen is no better today than it was on opening day. In fact, it may be even worse. The back end of the bullpen is fine with J.P. Howell, Brandon League, Kenley Jansen and (gulp) occasionally Brian Wilson. Newcomers Pedro Baez and […]

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Arizona League Dodgers toss a combined No-hitter

The Arizona League Dodgers ended their 2014 season with a bang on Thursday – with a rare no-hitter. It is rare because of the youth on the AZL teams and also because it was accomplished by four pitchers. A personal favorite of mine, Jairo Pacheco, who had a slow start to his season after being […]

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Jose De Leon - Stephen Smith FP.

Down on the Farm – Playoff chase update

Ogden Raptors The Rookie League Raptors are one half game up on the second place Grand Junction Rockies after taking a double header from the Rockies yesterday. The first game was the completion of the rain delayed game from Tuesday, August 26. The Raptors have won eight of their last ten games, seven of them […]

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2014 Arizona Fall League preliminary rosters announced Four Dodgers prospects named to Glendale Desert Dogs roster

It’s the day that true die-hard minor league baseball fans have been waiting for – the day that the 30 MLB teams announce who will represent their respective franchises in the prestigious Arizona Fall League (AFL), which begins play on Tuesday, October 7, 2014. Representing the Dodgers for the second year in a row is […]

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Jose De Leon FP

Is Jose De Leon the next Clayton Kershaw?

There is a buzz beginning to circulate among baseball fans who diligently follow the Dodgers minor league teams. No, it’s not the buzz about ‘The Untouchable Three’ (Joc Pederson, Corey Seager or Julio Urias), it’s a buzz about a 22-year-old right-hander named Jose De Leon who the Dodgers selected in the 24th round of the 2013 […]

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Matt Campbell FP

Is Matt Campbell the next Paco Rodriguez?

The game of baseball has been around as America’s favorite pastime for 169 years. During that time there have been many changes to Alexander Cartwright’s game. In my 62 years as a Dodger fan there has been the inclusion of the DH in the American League, the increased use of Sabermetrics – of which I […]

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Jose De Leon
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Jose De Leon – A game to remember

On Tuesday evening I listened to the Great Lakes Loons game against the Fort Wayne TinCaps. I was particularly interested in the game as just turned twenty-two year old Jose De Leon started for the Loons and was a bit disappointed it wasn’t being carried by MiLB.TV. The game was delayed by rain for 53 […]

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8-17-14 Dan Haren - FP

In the Dodgers world some days are like that

Sunday was supposed to be a day for me to simply enjoy baseball. My wife left at noon to go to our daughter’s, as they are off on a mother-daughter shopping trip to Bangor, Maine. So, I settled in for a day of relaxing baseball. It turned out to be a little less than relaxing […]

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