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So far the offense of the AAAA and AAA players taking over for the Dodgers in the WBC are not showing a lot of positivity.  Starting lineup for Thursday:

  • Jason Heyward
  • Miguel Vargas
  • Steven Duggar
  • JD Martinez
  • Michael Busch
  • Luke Williams
  • Yonny Hernandez
  • Bradley Zimmer
  • David Freitas

No Rojas, no Muncy, no CT3, no Outman.  5 of the 9 starters have no chance of making the roster out of Camp, and 2 figure to be starters.   Not a lot of depth on the offensive side.

Steven Duggar, Luke Williams, Bradley Zimmer, and David Freitas are AAAA players that do not figure to get added to the roster at any point during the season.  Michael Busch is making contact, just not for hits.  2 hits in 19 PA, both singles.  He has 5 BBs against only 4 Ks.  It looks like he is pressing right now.  I am convinced that Busch can be a ML hitter, it just does not look as if it will be as a Dodger.  He will start the year at OKC.

It was great to see Miguel Vargas slug the first pitch he saw today for a double…his first swing of the Spring.

Diego Cartaya looks overwhelmed at the plate.  He does show decent plate discipline with 3 walks in 8 PA.  Plate discipline is a positive trait that Cartaya has shown in his career.  He strikes out more than his fair share, but he also draws a lot of walks.  Just a quick observation that means absolutely nothing…Cartaya does not look as advanced or as polished as Keibert Ruiz at a younger age.  Cartaya just does not have enough game experience due to the pandemic lost season and the number of injuries he has incurred. He will be at AA this season, and he is going to need to stay on the field and perform.  This will be a big season for Cartaya.

So while the offensive depth is not apparent, the pitching has been outstanding for the most part.  Both Michael Grove and Ryan Pepiot pitched a scoreless 3.0 innings.  Pepiot has 9 Ks and 1 BB in his 6.0 IP, while Grove has 5 BBs and 0 walks.

Victor Gonzalez still shows signs of serious rust.  He will obviously need to head back to OKC to find his command and control.  If he can return to his 2020 version, VGon will be a good late season addition.

AAAA pitchers Scott Tayler and Wander Suero continued their good springs.

Evan Phillips and Caleb Ferguson had uncommon innings with multiple runner traffic, but both were able to get out of the threats unscathed.

Alex Vesia and Jimmy Nelson both had perfect innings in relief.

Phil Bickford had his second consecutive outing with a perfect inning while Adam Kolarek followed up a rough outing with a positive one.

It is clear that this is a different team without Mookie, Freddie, Smith, Rojas, Muncy, and CT3.  Heyward has been playing most games, while Outman has not been getting regular playing time.  Heyward has started the last three games.  He is 0-8 with 1 walk and 4 strikeouts.  OTOH, Outman has started one game.  He is 0-2 with 1 walk and no strikeouts.  Have the pitchers found holes in Heyward’s adjustments?  With Betts and Thompson out with their respective teams in the WBC, it would seem that this would be a perfect opportunity for James Outman to prove whether or not he can succeed at the MLB level.

Outman played in 4 out of 5 games (03/01, 03/03, 03/04, and 03/05).  During the 4 games he was 5-8 with 4 RBIs, a HR and triple, 2 walks and 1 K (questionable called third strike).  His reward…he has played in one game since.






Virginia Zakas of Inside Injuries looked at injuries to Joe Musgrove, Tyler Glasnow, Yordan Álvarez, Gavin Lux, and Aaron Ashby.  I only focused on Lux’s injury.

If this was an isolated ACL tear 9-12 months would be a realistic timeline to return. Because Lux is also dealing with additional damage his recovery is likely to bleed into the 2024 season. He could be available by Opening Day but won’t be 100%.

Per Zakas:

Last season Ronald Acuña Jr. returned about 10 months after tearing his ACL. At times he looked like his old self, but there were stretches where that knee was clearly bothering him. Acuña should now be back to normal as he approaches the two year mark. Expect Lux to have a longer timeline than Acuña due to the LCL damage.

If Lux is not going to be ready for 2024, and with his lateral movements certainly in question, do the Dodgers make a serious effort to find a top shelf SS?  That presents another problem.  If Lux cannot play SS, would he move back to 2B?  What if Vargas takes to 2B without a hitch?   Move him back to 3B?  Lux’s injury is going to be a concern for multiple years.






The 23rd player drafted in 2017, outfielder Jeren Kendall, informed the Dodgers last winter that he was retiring from baseball. Signed for a $2.9 million bonus, Kendall hit just .209 with a 34% strikeout rate in five minor league seasons. While 20 of the 22 players drafted ahead of him in 2017 have reached MLB, Kendall never advanced past Double-A.






We have not seen Bobby Miller yet this Spring, however based on discussions with director of player development Will Rhymes, the final stages of Miller’s development will come with refinement.


Rhymes told The Athletic this winter that Miller’s greatest strides at Triple A came down to how he attacked hitters. Game plans became more focused on allowing Miller’s pitches to play off one another, and with it, Miller gained a better understanding of what can work against certain hitters.

“I dove a lot more into the game-planning last year, so it was a big learning year for me,” Miller said.


Those strides were tempered a bit down the stretch when Miller said he started to feel a bit sluggish after muscling up to around 245 pounds. This spring, he’s at 230 and “moving a little quicker” and easier than a year ago.

This figures to be the year Bobby Miller makes his MLB debut.






Check out this Edwin Ríos HR:





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AAAA players ARE supposed to make the roster at some pt, right?


Jeren Kendall was a huge mistake. Who did we pass up for that guy?

Edwin Rios is a player I was really interested in seeing hit often for the Dodgers. I had him in a platoon with Turner for what seemed like several years in a row. I wish him well, but not too well. Rios and Alvarez. And Kendall. Oh well.

Speaking of Kendall, Jake Vogel?

How come I didn’t know Duran had surgery? Did we talk about that here and I forgot? His K/9 last year was 12.5.

I still have Vargas at third. If he was there now, working as hard as he has been at second, he would look just as good.

Does anyone know where Lux will play next year? With that knee, would he be better off in the outfield?

Bruns: Scouting grades: Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 60 | Slider: 60 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 40 | Overall: 45 

I guess control is that important.

Boring games lately.

Last edited 1 year ago by Badger

Both Duran and Henriquez had TJ surgery at the end of last year.


I think Lux will play 2b and Vargas will move to 3b.


That’s where I had them with Rosario at short.


With all the pitching injuries, some team may sign Bauer. Phillies or Yankees.


If Clevinger has a place in the league, Bauer can still play.


Probably comes down to what the sponsors say.


…”Outman played in 4 out of 5 games (03/01, 03/03, 03/04, and 03/05). During the 4 games he was 5-8 with 4 RBIs, a HR and triple, 2 walks and 1 K (questionable called third strike). His reward…he has played in one game since.”

Roberts gets criticized a lot for benching hot hitters. It’s annoying.

Heyward is likeable but if he continues to flail he could flail himself off the 26. If so and Outman makes the 26 as a result, Heyward would be keeping the Dodgers from being veteran foolish.

Last edited 1 year ago by Bumsrap

I’ll go record and say I’d rather have Outman.

Last edited 1 year ago by Badger

I really feel bad for Lux. He might wind up being a 2nd baseman afterall or maybe his bat will put him in left if his knee won’t let him play 2nd prior to 2025.

Yankees due to injuries need pitching and they have shortstops Also due to injury, they need a center fielder, at least for one or two months.

May and Heyward for Oswald Peraza.


May? Why not Busch? Peraza is the third rated Yankee prospect in the 12th ranked system. Busch is the 4th rated prospect in the second ranked system. Trade simulator says Yankees win that trade. And nobody wants Heyward.

Last edited 1 year ago by Badger

I thought we weren’t supposed to make personal attacks on here but the suggestion to trade Heyward might be the stupidest idea I’ve ever read on a blog. (Unless it was that one time that one blogger suggested we might leave Muncy off the postseason roster.)


You like him that much do you Sandy? I don’t think it’s a bad idea. I’d trade him today if I thought somebody would give us a decent return. I don’t.

Last edited 1 year ago by Badger

I am capable of making stupider ones. If Heyward were not going to put Outman back to AAA then I would like to have him a insurance or until he resembles his last few years.


I would love to make a Busch for Peraza trade. I worry about May staying healthy but I am sure Friedman will block that trade if May is an overpay.


I’m concerned too. But I see him as an important starter this year. Peraza appears to be the Yankee starting SS so I doubt they move him unless overwhelmed.


Peraza is their #3 prospect but Anthony Volpe is their #1 and is also a shortstop. They still have Gleyber as well. I would be happy with either Volpe or Peraza.


I would take either as well. Fangraphs has Peraza starting and batting 9th, with Volpe as an NRI. Peraza is a year older. They don’t need both of them.


I credit two unearned runs for the victory.


Is anyone watching WBC? I’m not. Recorded the Panama game to see Ramos but never watched it.


I haven’t been. But maybe I should. These Dodger games have been snoozers.


Jeff, Moustakas signed a deal the other day with the Rockies. With Rogers going down, they are short on infielders.


Profar might be next


Rockies are looking at him also. And the Kiner-Falefa rumors still out there. Saying the Yankees have talked to the Dodgers about him. Makes little sense to me. No power, a little less defense than Rojas. Might hit for a higher average. But not enough of an upgrade to waste prospect capital on.


You nailed it Bear.

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