The Dodgers have an inordinate amount of young pitching prospects in the minor league system and fewer position players, but contrary to the “gloomsters and doomsters,” the Dodgers Minor League system is not barren by any means. On person even wrote this comment:
“Like I’ve said before on more than one occasion, the Dogs got nutten’ down on the farm. Our cupboard is bare and we’re stuck in mediocrity.”
Baseball America ranks them number 12 in talent, even if Keith Law has them much lower (as correctly pointed out by Brooklyn Dodger). I thought that as Spring Training approaches I would discuss a few of them.
There are three, count ‘em, 3 position players who are likely within a year of making the show. Those three are Jerry Sands, Dee Gordon and Trayvon Robinson. I believe that Jerry Sands will be the Dodgers first basemen with a quickness, maybe as soon as THIS year and Dee Gordon will be in the majors by 2012, but Jim Shonerd of Baseball America had this to say about Robinson - “He’ll probably settle in as a solid .270-.280 hitter who gives you 15-20 homers.” Could Robinson mess all the plans up and win the CF job as soon as this year? It’s not likely, but you never know.
Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com reports that the Dodgers are having talks with the Rangers about Michael Young. I would do this deal in a heartbeat: James Loney and Casey Blake for Michael Young! Oh, and the Rangers have to toss in $6 mil a year.
There are options at 1B: Jay Gibbons, Jerry Sands, Andre Ethier, Carlos Delgado. Think about it. I like James Loney, but I think we have seen the best from him. He could be very good in a smaller ballpark like where the Rangers play, but the Ranger already have two LH first-basemen, so maybe Jon Broxton would be the ticket instead of Loney.
On the other hand, Young would probably hit only 15-18 HR if he were a Dodger, but his career BA is .300. Some have said that he’s Casey Blake with a worse contract. Casey Blake is 3 years older and has a career BA% of .265. Michael Young has had 7 seasons with over 600 AB’s. Blake? Not one! Yeah, I’ve read all the stuff about how Blake is actually better than Young. There is such a plethora of baseball statistics available that an astute blogger can argue either side. I prefer to use my eyes. I don’t care what the figures say – the eyes don’t lie. Figures do! Don’t be a lemming and march to the beat – use your eyes.
The Dodgers would be a better team with Michael Young than without him. That’s all. Of course, I’d rather have Blake AND Young – Blake isn’t a chump! The money is the question. Can the Dodgers pay that? Should they? I think $10 mil a year for Young is about right. We’ll see – I say it’s a 30-70 long-shot! Do I think the Dodgers will get him? In a word “NO!”
I also see people get their panties in a bunch about about the signing of Aaron Miles. Calm down! I mean, it’s a minor league deal and who knows? Have you ever seen Carroll and Miles together? I thought not – maybe they are the same guy… or not! Oh, wait! Miles is a switch-hitter, who did hit .293 once… a long time ago. Still, you can use guys like this at AAA – I see Juan Castro retiring as a Dodger, in March and becoming an instructor or special assistant.
Also, here’s a guy who has dropped off your Radar: Josh Lindblom – His velocity dropped into the high 80′s as he was made a starter last season (I TOLD YOU IT WOULDN’T WORK!) and he was brought back to the pen. By season’s end his velocity was back to 94-95 and I look for a big bounce back year for him in 2011. You could see him in the Ravine after the All-Star Break. His stuff is THAT good!