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Gus Varland and 2023 Dodger Draft Pick Player Update

As STB mentioned, Gus Varland is going to have his contract purchased by the Dodgers to join the team today.  He is coming to LAD to replace Joe Kelly.  Some speculated that it would be Emmet Sheehan to get the call.  I suppose that it is due to the Dodgers wanting Sheehan to continue to start at OKC.  Same with Pepiot and Stone. It is wait and see on Michael Grove once he returns from the IL.  Will he start or relieve?  Long-term, IMO, Michael Grove could be a worthy multi-inning reliever.

As a reminder, Milwaukee selected Varland in the 2022 Rule 5 draft, somewhat of a surprise.  He had a somewhat of a decent ST, and made the opening day roster.  He did not allow a run in his first four MLB appearances (4.2 IP).  He allowed 2 earned runs in his next 3 appearances (3.1 IP).  He then got rocked badly in his next outing (May 15);  9 runs (all earned) in 0.2 innings.  Next day he was DFA’d, and once he was passed over by all 30 teams, he was offered back to the Dodgers (per MLB rules).  The Dodgers brought him back into the fold, assigned him to OKC, where he has been very good, though not elite or dominant.

Varland has appeared in 30 games for OKC, 33.1 IP.  He has 5 holds, 2 saves in 5 save opportunities.  He allowed 12 runs (8 earned) for a 2.16 ERA.  He allowed 29 hits and 8 BB for a 1.11 WHIP.  He had 36 K.

  • 10.53 K/9
  • 2.16 BB/9
  • 0.54 HR/9
  • 13 inherited runners – 3 scored
  • 3 bequeathed runners – 0 scored

He has a 3-pitch arsenal mid 90’s four-seamer, slider, and change (almost exclusively to LH batters).  His four-seamer is his best pitch, and his slider was not very good his 1st time in MLB.

I have no idea what to expect from Varland, but am hopeful.  He seems to throw strikes.  Pounds the zone.  If his command is on, he should execute.

Here is an 12/05/2021 article from Casey Porter (Dodgers Daily) on Gus Varland.

Gus Varland: Staying Above the Radar

 

 

 

 

The Dodgers drafted 22 players in the 2023 amateur draft.  They signed 19.  First look at where each of the draft picks have been assigned.  Do not put much stock (positive or negative) in their 1st look at professional ball.

1st round – Kendall George – High School OF – Assigned to LAD Arizona Complex League (ACL) – 42 PA, .412/.500/.471/.971, 2 doubles, 6 SB, 3 CS, 7 BB, 8K.

2nd round – Jake Gelof – Virginia – 3B – Started in ACL (4 games).  Hit his first professional HR while in the ACL. Now assigned to Rancho Cucamonga – 37 PA, .242/.324/.424/.749, 4 doubles, 1 triple, 4 BB, 11 K.

3rd Round – Brady Smith – High School – RHP – Assigned to LAD ACL – Has not appeared in game as of yet.

4th round – Wyatt Crowell – Florida State – LHP – Assigned to LAD ACL – Has not appeared in game as of yet.

4th round compensatory – Dylan Campbell – Texas – OF – Started in ACL (4 games).  Now assigned to Rancho Cucamonga – 18 PA, .176/.222/.176/.398, 0 BB, 4 K.

4th round compensatory – Eriq Swan – Middle Tennessee State – RHP – Assigned to LAD ACL – Has not appeared in game as of yet.

5th round – Joe Vetrano – Boston College – 1B – Started in ACL (2 games).  Now assigned to Rancho Cucamonga – 56 PA, .308/.357/.423/.780, 3 doubles, 1 HR, 4 BB, 14 K.

6th round – Bryan Gonzalez – Puerto Rico Baseball Academy – SS – Assigned to LAD ACL – 23 PA, .200/.259/.200/.459, 1 BB, 6 K, 2 SB.

7th round – Patrick Copen – Marshall – RHP – Assigned to LAD ACL – Has not appeared in game as of yet.

8th round – Jaron Elkins – High School – OF – Assigned to LAD ACL – Has not appeared in game as of yet.

9th round – Ryan Brown – Ball State – RHP – Assigned to LAD ACL – Has not appeared in game as of yet.

10th round – Sam Mongelli – Sacred Heart University – SS – Started in ACL (2 games).  Now assigned to Rancho Cucamonga – 43 PA, .225/.279/.250/.529, 1 double, 2 BB, 13 K.

11th round – Carson Hobbs – Samford University – RHP – Assigned to LAD ACL – Has not appeared in game as of yet.

12th round – Noah Ruen – Tyler JC – RHP – Assigned to LAD ACL – 1.0 perfect IP, 1 K.  Only Dodger pitcher draft pick that has appeared in a game.

13th round – Alex Makarewich – Northwestern State – RHP – Assigned to LAD ACL – Has not appeared in game as of yet.

14th round – Jaxon Jelkin – South Mountain CC – Did not sign.

15th round – Jordan Thompson – LSU – SS – Assigned to LAD ACL – 18 PA, .118/.111/.118/.229, 0 BB, 4 K.

16th round – Javen Coleman – LSU – RHP – Did Not Sign.

17th round – Luke Fox – Duke University – LHP – Assigned to LAD ACL – Has not appeared in game as of yet.

18th round – Sterling Patick – South Hills HS – Same school as Jacob Amaya – Assigned to LAD ACL – Has not appeared in game as of yet.

19th round – Spencer Green – Richland HS – RHP – Assigned to LAD ACL – Has not appeared in game as of yet.

20th round – D.J. UiagaleleiOregon State – Two Way Player – Did not sign.

 

 

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Badger

August:

6.62 runs scored
2.92 runs allowed

Can that pace be maintained to the finish line?

Not likely, but what a stretch.

Bumsrap

Maybe that 3.7 run differential will shrink to 3.0. Only 12 games played in August so far so a small sample size. I like this team. Only Muncy and Taylor are three outcome players.

Bluto

I, even in retrospect, to be mystified by this draft. I can’t figure out what the philosophy or thinking was.

obviously, through comments, we know all the players they wanted with the first pick were taken, but….

who knows maybe it’s because they have optimism over the International market?

shrug

Badger

I think it’s about body type and psychological makeup, The Dodgers draft clay and mold it into what they want. Pitchers are tall and strong, position players are athletic. Everyone is fast twitch and all take the Myers-Briggs-Dominique test, the T.M.E.E. test (Timmons Moron Evaluation Exam) and RVOS exams (Reliability, Validity, Objectivity, and of course Standardization. It’s science. And it’s all been peer reviewed.

Last edited 9 months ago by Badger
Bumsrap

T.M.E.E. Has it ever been self-administered by the originator? Would the results vary based on how the day was going?

Last edited 9 months ago by Jeff Dominique
Badger

Yes and Yes.

Badger

It’s my opinion #36 is a second round pick. And we are both lucky and good to maintain such high organizational rankings when picking behind everyone else round after round. It’s good to be a Dodger fan.

nonicnamebumfan

Varland has appeared in 30 games for OKC, 33.1 IP. He has 5 holds, 2 saves in 5 save opportunities. He allowed 12 runs (8 earned) for a 2.16 ERA. He allowed 29 hits and 8 BB for a 1.11 WHIP. He had 36 K.

53 K/916 BB/954 HR/913 inherited runners – 3 scored3 bequeathed runners – 0 scoredAbove is what you posted for Gus Varland in your opening article, could you explain?

Last edited 9 months ago by nonicnamebumfan
Bumsrap

That was already interpreted yesterday by Singing The Blue. It means “spectacular”. Bluto embellished that analysis with “real and spectacular”.

nonicnamebumfan

53 K/9. ?16 BB/9 ?54 HR/9 ?13 inherited runners – 3 scored3 bequeathed runners – 0 scored????

Last edited 9 months ago by nonicnamebumfan
Singing the Blue

Ya gotta admit, 53K/9 is pretty spectacular.

Looks like Marisnick will be moved to the 60-day IL to make room for Mr. Varland on the 40-man roster.

Last edited 9 months ago by Singing the Blue
nonicnamebumfan

So is 54 HR / 9 😝
even 5.4 is pretty spectacular👎

Last edited 9 months ago by nonicnamebumfan
nonicnamebumfan

No, thank you for conducting a beautiful site with a lot of information.

Singing the Blue

Question is would we be ready to trade something like Sheehan, Cartaya plus Pepiot/Knack/Grove for one season of Glasnow? That’s what the Simulator says it would take. Glasnow is a local guy and might be very happy to let AF extend him or at least sign back here in free agency but that’s a steep price to pay for one year since, as we all know, pitchers get hurt.

Last edited 9 months ago by Singing the Blue
Bumsrap

identifying what guys can do to expand their weapons.”

Bumsrap

“It’s just amazing what they do,” Hill said. “They identify what guys do well, and have them do what they do best. They just have the ability of opening players’ minds to a little bit of creativity. Sometimes we get shoe-boxed in certain ways of doing things whether a hitter or a pitcher, but they do a really good job identifying what guys can do to expand their weapons.”

Bluto

Who is Hill in that quote?

Singing the Blue

Looks like Yarbrough is becoming our version of Andrew Miller. If he can keep this up, he’ll be a huge addition to the roster.

Dave

I find it super interesting that the Dodgers don’t immediately put draftees on minor league teams. Instead it seems they take them to Arizona and prep them. Do all organizations do this? I know the Angels of Anaheim are known for rushing players to the majors, what about other clubs?

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