Following the Dodgers and Exploring The Team’s Past
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Baseball America put out their list of Dodgers top ten prospects and there’s little surprise that left handed starter Clayton Kershaw tops the list. The left handed pitcher dominated the Midwest League and then he was just as solid in Double A. Kershaw will probably spend some time back at Double A but it wouldn’t surprise me if we see Kershaw with the Dodgers at some point in 2008.
Andy LaRoche comes in at number two and while the third baseman appears ready, you wonder how confident the team is in him. It’ll be interesting to see how Joe Torre handles this youngster.
Breakout minor leaguer Chin-Lung Hu comes in at number three and he’s another go who appears major league ready although for now, he’s blocked by Rafael Furcal. I’d still like to see Hu get some big league at bats, whether he’s a starter or not with the Dodgers.
Scott Elbert and Blade DeWitt round out the top five. Chris Withrow, the team’s first round pick this past June, comes in at number six and he should start the season with the Loons.
The Dodgers made their first big splash of the offseason when they signed slugging centerfielder Andruw Jones to a two year, $36 million deal. The shorter term deal is probably a win/win for both Jones and the Dodgers because we’ll get to see whether Jones’ poor 2007 season was a fluke or not.
This makes Juan Pierre expendable although initial reports have him moving to left field. Regardless, Jones is a huge upgrade over Pierre and this should give the Dodgers a bit more punch in their lineup.
Also, be sure to check out this cool interview of Ned Colletti. There’s some solid optimism in the column and when combined with this move for Jones, it’s making me fired up to get the 2008 season started.
So far, the Dodgers haven’t done too much since signing on Joe Torre to take over as manager. They’ve made an offer to Hiroki Kuroda but it looks like they’ve pulled away from the Johan Santana sweepstakes. In order to fill in the gap of news here before the Winter Meetings, Ken Gurnick answered reader’s questions in a mailbag column. He talks about everything from the chances of the Dodgers having their own television network to who the Dodgers might lose in the Rule 5 draft.
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