Archive for the ‘Down on the Farm’ Category

9-7-15 Alex Verdugo FP

The 2016 Dodgers 20 and under team

On January 25th, 2015 I wrote an article in which I listed the players in the Dodgers minor league system whom I felt might have the most potential at their respective positions. Those youngsters were part of a 20-years of age and younger team. From that team pitchers Zachary Bird and Kevin Guzman were traded […]

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Dodgers sign 17-year-old Nicaraguan shortstop Mike Loaisiga International signing has special meaning for one longtime Dodger fan

When it comes to submitting blog articles, I hate getting personal. Travel logs? Yeah, I’ve been guilty of submitting a few of those. Maybe they are interesting to some, or to my family, but the average Joe could care less. So with that in mind I have tried to contain my excitement over a personal […]

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Cody Bellinger – The Dodgers newest untouchable prospect

When MLB.com’s Jim Callis released his list of top first base prospects late last week, many Dodger fans were both surprised and elated that a Dodger prospect had cracked the top-10. But for those who closely follow the Dodgers minor league teams, the elation was there but not necessarily the surprise. Coming in at sixth on […]

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8-24-15 Willie Calhoun & Bill Haselman FP

Dodgers announce minor league managers for 2016

The Dodgers have announced managers for their minor league affiliates for the 2016 season, with Bill Haselman at Triple-A Oklahoma City, Ryan Garko at Double-A Tulsa, Drew Saylor at Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, Gil Velazquez at Single-A Great Lakes, Shaun Larkin at Rookie-advanced Ogden and John Shoemaker skippering the Rookie-level Arizona League Dodgers. Haselman continues his […]

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While it is a surprise to no one that Baseball America named Corey Seager, Julio Urias and Jose De Leon as the Dodgers top three prospects, it's great to see 20-year-old Cody Bellinger and 19-year-old Alex Verdugo ranked number five and seven respectively.
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Few surprises on Dodgers 2016 Top-10 prospects list With six of Top-10 under 23 years of age, Dodgers fulfilling Friedman's promise to 'get younger'

Although there are hundreds of top prospects lists posted annually by the many baseball publications and websites out there, it is impossible to argue that the gold standard is the annual Top-100 Prospects list posted by Baseball America. Without question, what sets Baseball America apart from the rest is the hard work and dedication of national writer Ben Badler, who […]

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John Shoemaker – Proof that nice guys do finish first

Anyone who has ever had the pleasure of meeting longtime Dodgers minor league manager John Shoemaker has had the pleasure of meeting the nicest guy on the planet. As such, it should come as a surprise to no one that contrary to popular belief (and Leo Durocher), nice guys do finish first. On Tuesday afternoon it was […]

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It’s a good time to be Jose De Leon

Several times during Thursday afternoon’s press conference in which Andrew Friedman and Farhan Zaidi repeatedly tried to convince the media that Don Mattingly wasn’t fired and had left on his own accord, they yet again made reference that it is their ultimate long-term goal to “get younger” as opposed to spending even more money on aging veterans. […]

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Quakes’ Jacob Scavuzzo wins AFL Hitting Challenge

Prior to each year’s All-Star Game, Major League Baseball holds its annual Home Run Derby. In fact, this past season the popular event featured an all-new format that was a huge hit (no pun intended) among the participants and fans alike. But even with its new format, the contestants still hit balls that were served up to […]

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Dodgers name Lee and Verdugo 2015 Branch Rickey Award winners

The Dodgers have named right-handed pitcher Zach Lee and outfielder Alex Verdugo as the Minor League Pitcher and Player of the Year respectively. Lee, who turned 24 on September 13, is a two-time recipient of the prestigious award, having won the honor in 2013 as well. This season he ranked among the Pacific Coast League leaders in wins […]

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9-17-15 Tyler Ogle & Bill Haselman FP

Don’t do it Dodgers … Don’t do it Dodgers front office would be ill advised to mess with Quakes coaching staff

There is no way to describe it. It was something that you couldn’t put your finger on but immediately felt the instant you saw the team together for the first time back on Opening Day. No, it wasn’t the Dodgers, but rather their Advanced Single-A affiliate Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. You could feel right then – on April […]

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