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Countdown to Spring Training

  • Pitchers and catchers report to Camelback Ranch on February 21st and the position players report on February 27th.  The first full-squad workout will be on February 28th.
  • Todd Coffey cost the Dodgers Russ Mitchell… uh, no it didn’t.  Who knew no one wanted Mitchell?  He’s back at AAA.  We at least we still have Jamie Hoffman… oh, wait – he is gone!
  • Jamey or is it Jamie? Wright has a real chance of making the team, especially if someone gets hurt.

The Dodgers may be heavily tilted in favor of arms, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have any interesting hitters in their farm system. Dee Gordon made the leap to the Major Leagues last season, but the next-best hitting prospects are still considered a few years away.

Joc Pederson, an 11th-round draftee in 2010, broke out with a .353 batting average at Ogden in the rookie-level Pioneer League last year. And James Baldwin, a fourth-rounder in 2010, slugged .480 at Ogden last year, giving the Dodgers a pair of outfield prospects on which to dream.

“With Pederson and Baldwin, if they stay healthy and continue to progress, they have a chance to be everyday big leaguers,” said Watson.

Angel Sanchez is another starter with potentially plus stuff, and the Dodgers also have high hopes for right-handers Ethan Martin and Garrett Gould. Watson is especially excited about impact reliever Juan Rodriguez, who joined the Dodgers in a three-way trade last summer.

“He’s got sleeper written all over him,” he said. “We tightened up his delivery and he’s throwing 100 mph, and it’s swing-and-miss 100. It’s not put-it-in-play 100. He’s not as tall as Kenley Jansen, but he’s a big body guy. Kenley has pure arm swing; this guy is just really loose.”

Jonathan Garcia has shown that he can hit for average, but he hasn’t been able to control the strike zone thus far in his brief career. The 20-year-old hit .305 at Ogden in 2010, and he came back to hit 19 home runs in the Class A Midwest League. Now, he needs to show consistency.

The Dodgers also have a potential breakout reliever in Yimi Garcia, who has struck out more batters (144) than he’s allowed hits (130) in his first three professional seasons. Garcia, 21, works between 90-95 mph with heavy sink and has allowed just five homers in 137 innings.

  • Keith Law has the Dodgers Farm System ranked at Number 12.
  • Baseball America has the Dodgers Top 10 like this:
  1.  Lee
  2. Webster
  3. Eovaldi
  4. Silverio
  5. Reed
  6. Gould
  7. Withrow
  8. Lindblom
  9. Peterson
  10. Fed-Ex

I published my TOP 10 in November and here it was:

#10 Tim Federowicz – A true defensive specialist, Fed-X has a decent arm, but excellent footwork and an amazing release,  make him a great catch-and-throw catcher.  He’s smart and is a leader.  He has below-average speed, but is a solid base-runner.  His hitting is the question, but it’s not unusual for a catcher to mature a little later.  He’s 25 years old.  I see him as a .250 – .260 hitter who might hit 12-15 HR, but who will be outstanding defensively.  Maybe not Gold Glove…. but close.

#9 Garrett Gould –  He improved his mechanics last year and was outstanding at Great Lakes.  His velocity was better than the year before and you have to remember that he’s just 21, but his curveball is major-league ready.   He is developing a “man’s body” and I see him as a workhorse #4 starter in a year or two.

#8  Chris Withrow – This guy has the stuff to be a #1 or #2…. sometimes!  Other times, his pitches are flat and lack “bite.”  His control is erratic because of poor mechanics.  If he can ever consistently replicate his release point, he’ll be a horse.  If not, he’s a RH Greg Miller.

#7  Scott Van Slyke – Many discount his success last season because he’s nearly 25 years old, but I think he’s just starting to “get it.”  I see him as a 1B and maybe a platoon partner for the #6 Top Dodger Prospect (next).

#6 Angelo Songco –  He’ll have to play 1B or LF in the majors and I see him as a platoon partner who will own RH pitchers, but fail to hit lefties.  He’s a guy who can get 400 AB’s and hit 20 HR while hitting .270.   Not a star, but a solid pro.

#5  Shawn Tolleson – Good slider, fastball that touches 97 and maybe higher next year.   The thing is:  he has excellent control and could make the team as early as next season as a middle reliever.

#4 Alex Castellanos – This guy can hit… for a 2B, and while he is older, he won’t be the first 26 or 27 year-old to finally make the show.  He’s a reserve unless he can play 2B and I believe the Dodgers will move him there next season.    .280 and 20 HR are a possibility.

#3 Alfredo Silverio – I’ll call him Tommy “HITMAN” Hearns because this guy is a stone-cold hitter.  His style reminds me of Cal Daniels.  He won’t walk much, but he will swing the bat and get on base.  He could be a LF or a 4th outfielder.

#2 Zach Lee – This guy is a number 1 on any staff not having Clayton Kershaw.  He’s likely to make the show in 2013, which is the only reason I have Allen Webster ranked #1.   Lee has the makeup of a champion and is mature beyond his 20 years.  Control, power, curve, change-up, slider – he does it all.  #2 at worst!

#1 Allen Webster – He only has pitched for about 3 years, but he has four pitches, an excellent “short” delivery, a 95+ MPH fastball and will be ready next season.  If he improves his curve-ball, he will be devastating.  He is my dark-horse to make the team next season and he’s the reason I would not waste money on Hiroki Kuroda.  Again, he’s a number #2.

Many bloggers do not like or recognize Fed-Ex, Silverio or Castellanos… for a variety of reasons that I won’t get into.  Watch and see who gets it right.

I also didn’t include Eovaldi or Lindblom because they already have shown they can play in the majors.   For the record, I had Chris Reed at #11.


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12 Responses to “Countdown to Spring Training”

  1. Jae says:


    Are you going to be at Camelback Ranch this spring?

    I am thinking about going in late March. Is there any time that is better than another?

  2. RogerCraig says:

    I am anxious to hear more about Juan Rodriguez.

  3. El_Che_ says:

    baseball already damn that was quick ..

  4. Bball says:

    Already… I say never soon enough

  5. Anonymous says:

    I hope we start the season with an owner who is better than the last one. I am fearful that he could be worse. I truly hope not.

  6. Mike Dixon says:

    What ever happened to Ethan Martin?

  7. Mark_Timmons says:

    Ethan Martin has Greg Miller Syndrome – filthy stuff with no control.

    If it were up to me, I\’d switch him back to 3B where he might become an All-Star!

  8. AnewBlueDay says:

    Jae – on Spring Training — check when the minor league camp opens. It has been about March 15th or so in the past — I would not want to be there prior to their camp or back field opening.

  9. mike dixon says:

    Thanks Mark…..waste of a first round pick….that’s too bad…


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