According to multiple sources, Vicente Padilla will have surgery to repair a nerve/muscle problem in his arm. He could miss the whole season, or not. However, he can’t be included in the Dodger’s plans this season. Padilla was a key part of the pitching staff, so we can’t minimize his loss.
So, now it on to PLAN C (Plans A & B included Belisario and Padilla). It’s a good thing Ned signed a whole stable of pitchers. I’d say Kenley Jansen, Scott Elbert and Blake Hawksworth just saw their chances of making the club just improve quite a bit. Eric Stephen of TrueBlueLA has a great article on Hawksworth today.
Baseball America includes only 3 Dodgers in their TOP 100 Prospects, and Jerry Sands is not on the list. Here are the Dodgers on the list and their rankings:
#26 Dee Gordon
#89 Zach Lee
#90 Rubby DeLaRosa
Here are their rankings by organization (number of prospects in BOLD):
|4||Blue Jays, Indians, Nationals, Phillies, Reds, Twins|
|3||Angels, Diamondbacks, Dodgers, Mariners, Mets, Padres, Pirates, Rangers, Red Sox, Rockies, Tigers|
|2||Astros, Athletics, Cardinals, Cubs, Giants, Orioles, White Sox|
On Sands absence, Jim Callis was asked the following and provided his answer:
Q. No Jerry Sands? What are the reservations that justify keeping him off the list, and was there any disagreement regarding Sands?
A. Jim Callis: Sands was on the short list of 10-15 guys who just missed. Two of us had him on Top 100s, and we all had him on our Top 150s. I had him ranked at No. 136. I respect Sands (No. 136 still puts him in the top 1 percent of minor leaguers), but it’s hard to make it as a righthanded-hitting first baseman. I think he’s good, just not good enough to crack the Top 100.