Today is an off day, but if everything goes right, I will have photos and the inside story of the Camelback Ranch Minor League Complex. It should be pretty cool and I think you will be
amazed at the facility.
A LOT WHEN ON YESTERDAY – Charlie Haeger pitched 5 or 7 strong innings against minor league competition (they were all over-matched) and Carlos Monasterios got mixed reviews (although his stuff was pretty good). Jason Repko didn’t do Carlos any favors by dropping what would have been a Sportscenter Top Catch (there’s a reason why he’s a career minor leaguer). Clayton Kershaw looked good in 5 strong innings (79 pitches after 27 pitches in the first inning), and so did Russ Ortiz (arrrrggggggahhhhh!)
There are a few things to settle, not the least of which is the starting 2B job. It appear to be Blake DeWitt’s job to lose. While not as accomplished as Jamey Carroll on defense, his LH bats fits well in the Dodgers lineup. I would expect that Blake will win the job even though Carroll is hitting a cool .400.
Who will the subs be? Here’s what I see
- Carroll – 2B, SS, 3B, LF, CF, RF
- Belliard – 3B, 2B, 1B
- Anderson – LF, RF
- Johnson – LF, CF, RF
- Ausmus – C
- Mientkiewicz - 1B (maybe 3B, LF & RF – depending upon his shoulder)
Mientkiewicz could be the odd man out if the Dodgers want to keep Hu as a true backup SS, or Belliard could be the odd man out (doubtful) if his belly doesn’t get smaller (he’s not at 209, but no one knows how close he is). I think Carroll will a real key component for us this year. He can backup Raffy for a game or two at a time, so I see Hu going to AAA again along with Xavier Paul. Garrett Anderson looks strong, smooth and healthy.
The biggest questions surround the #5 starter. It’s any body’s guess. Here are that stats (which is not how the decision will be made). You have to factor in minor league games, stats and options. If I had to guess, right now I’d say that Charlie Haeger will be the #5. That’s my opinion. What’s yours?
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