Between packing what seems like an endless number of boxes in anticipation of the big move to New York, Joel Henard and I were able to record a two part ROTOscouting baseball podcast. In episode 9, we talk postseason awards, whether or not they matter and if the right players won. From a highly contested American League Cy Young race between Felix Hernandez and Corey Kluber to Clayton Kershaw winning both the National League Cy Young and Most Valuable Player awards, we cover them all.
When Logan White left the Dodgers front office to join A.J. Preller and the Padres, it resulted in an “ah-ha” moment. In seven years at the ballpark, many looks at the Hickory Crawdads (Single-A Rangers) and Chattanooga Lookouts (Double-A Dodgers) provided insight into similarities between organizations run by Preller and White. And from what’s known about the player development preferences of Andrew Friedman, the new President of Baseball Operations for Los Angeles, ceiling and tools took a back seat to players with high floors. And from seeing many a Double-A Dodgers team, this doesn’t fit White’s style.
Emerging from the late McCourt era which culminated in the team’s bankruptcy, the Guggenheim group poured money into the Los Angeles Dodgers and quickly re-established their place as one of the premier spenders in baseball. Not only did the team aggressively pursue established veterans, but high priced foreign free agents too – the most notable being Yasiel Puig ($42MM over seven years) and Hyun-jin Ryu ($36M over six years). With such an extravagant budget and a win now mentality, it can be difficult to predict when opportunities will arise for minor leaguers within the organization. The Los Angeles Dodgers farm system houses a trio of prospects with impact potential in Corey Seager, Joc Pederson, and Julio Urias. How do the Andrew Friedman-led Dodgers work them into the high pressure, win now atmosphere of Los Angeles?
The minor league season has concluded, but we are far removed from the days of baseball being confined to the summer months. Next week marks the beginning of the six week long Arizona Fall League where top prospects will compete against one another. The six teams form like Voltron with each Major League organization sending seven representatives; players will shuffle on and off of the roster from there. The Arizona Fall League is often the stepping stone from which prospects in the lower minors transition into Double-A the following year.
Triple digit velocity is rare. In six seasons at the ballpark, only one pitcher has hit triple digits. Not a household name, former Dodgers and Braves farmhand Luis Vasquez’s top fastballstouched 100 mph several times as a member of the Chattanooga Lookouts in 2012. An elite, 80 grade fastball is clocked at 97 MPH or higher. And while the Aroldis Chapman’s of the world make velocity look easy, few pitchers are able to push triple digits with top fastballs.
Former Los Angeles Dodgers first round pick Chris Reed is living a prospect nightmare — stagnation. Enduring his third season with Double-A Chattanooga, the left-handed pitcher has watched as others have been promoted, demoted, traded and released. His peripherals are all trending in a positive direction, backing up scouting looks on the field. Outside of prized Single-A prospect Julio Urias, Reed is the only other pitcher in the organization who has met or exceeded 2014 expectations. It begs the question, “why is Chris Reed still in Chattanooga?”
Greetings, and welcome to FAAB Fantasy Baseball Targets for hitters. With the non-waiver trade deadline come and gone, now is a great time to look at minor leaguers who stand to benefit from playing time opening up for them. Once again, bid recommendations are based on a $100 FAAB budget. Players listed are available in the majority of leagues across all major fantasy platforms.
Los Angeles Dodgers prospect Corey Seager’s name has appeared in several speculative deals involving elite starting pitching trade rumors for Phillies star left-hander Cole Hamels and Red Sox Jon Lester. With L.A., the top-100 prospect joins outfielder Joc Pederson (Scouting Report) and pitcher Julio Urias (Scouting Report) as prospects worthy of building around. Will a win now, spend big Dodgers franchise sell it’s controllable assets for more star power? Or, is Seager two talented to pawn off?
The MLB Futures Game 2014 is approaching and rosters were released yesterday. Fortunately, ROTOscouting has recent scouting reports on four, World Team prospects in the game. In addition to those reports, we have notes and scouting information from our writers featured on other sites including Bullpen Banter and FanGraphs. Overall, the rosters boast an impressive collection of talent. From Cubs Kris Bryant to Yankees Luis Severino, all 30 MLB organizations are well represented. Full scouting reports were left as links. Blurbs where players were mentioned have been pulled as quotes.
At 7.5 games out of first place and a 13-19 home record, the Dodgers are playing bridesmaid to the Giants in the NL West. With the league’s highest payroll, expectations couldn’t be higher this season. However the Dodgers’ bullpen has not lived up to the hype, nor justified their $33 million in combined salary. With closer Kenley Jansen throwing harder than ever, is there reason for concern given his short arm action from catching many years? Fantasy baseball owners have to identify future closers before injuries occur, which is why ROTOscouting continues to unearth treasures from MLB bullpens.
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