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    Baseball America chat wrap

    Erik (Dalton, GA): Jim, please tell me there is some POWER in the Dodgers farm system, somewhere.

    SportsNation Jim Callis: 3B Andy LaRoche, whom you've heard of, and Josh Bell, who was in low Class A this year, have a lot of power. Not a lot of sluggers behind those two, but I like them both.
    ben (boston): Jim, as a transplanted Dodger fan is there any hope next year?

    SportsNation Jim Callis: Yes. Provided they aren't afraid to rely on their young talent, the Dodgers should be right in the thick of the NL West race next year.
    John (Dallas): Jim, A-Rod or Santana to the Dodgers, which if either do you see coming true?

    SportsNation Jim Callis: Neither, don't see them spending the money it would take to sign either long term.
    M (DC): Kershaw or Buchholz as the top pitching prospect in the minors?

    SportsNation Jim Callis: Kershaw for me.

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    I've never thought of Andy LaRoche as being a true power-bat. Not that he has no power, but I don't see him as more than a 10-15 home run per season major-leaguer. His best pro season (2005 with VB A-ball) he hit 21 dingers in 63 AB. His power numbers dropped way off when he started climbing the ladder, but he did hit 18 homers in 73 AB in Vegas last year.


    I think our power numbers will come from two places next year: Loney and Kemp. I wouldn't be surprised to see the two combine for 55+ home runs next season. If we make a big splash in the free-agent market (which I'm not going to hold my breath for), perhaps we'll hit 140+ home runs next season.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyBoeingJets View Post
    I've never thought of Andy LaRoche as being a true power-bat. Not that he has no power, but I don't see him as more than a 10-15 home run per season major-leaguer. His best pro season (2005 with VB A-ball) he hit 21 dingers in 63 AB. His power numbers dropped way off when he started climbing the ladder, but he did hit 18 homers in 73 AB in Vegas last year.


    I think our power numbers will come from two places next year: Loney and Kemp. I wouldn't be surprised to see the two combine for 55+ home runs next season. If we make a big splash in the free-agent market (which I'm not going to hold my breath for), perhaps we'll hit 140+ home runs next season.
    Andy LaRoche is a power bat. 18 HR in 73 games/265 at-bats is a great display of power. Even in a hitter friendly location like Las Vegas.

    Compare those power stats to Matt Kemp's AAA 2006 stats: 3 HR in 44 games/182 at-bats and James Loney's AAA 2006 stats: 8 HR in 98 games/366 at-bats.

    I don't see any reason to assume that LaRoche's power will not transfer to the MLB level.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Die Radio Die View Post

    I don't see any reason to assume that LaRoche's power will not transfer to the MLB level.
    I'm pretty high on LaRoche, probably more so than everyone else on these boards. All he needs is a chance. For me the only thing that's concerning is his already creaky back.

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    Saw an interesting tidbit in one of the Dodger blogs.

    The longest tenured Dodger is now Brady Penny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ASUcruz View Post
    I'm pretty high on LaRoche, probably more so than everyone else on these boards. All he needs is a chance. For me the only thing that's concerning is his already creaky back.
    That back problem is potentially very ****ing scary but so is LaRoche's talent.

    I'd love to see him given a legitimate shot at winning the starting 3B job this Spring.

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    Jim Callis: the anti Joe Morgan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Die Radio Die View Post
    Andy LaRoche is a power bat. 18 HR in 73 games/265 at-bats is a great display of power. Even in a hitter friendly location like Las Vegas.

    Compare those power stats to Matt Kemp's AAA 2006 stats: 3 HR in 44 games/182 at-bats and James Loney's AAA 2006 stats: 8 HR in 98 games/366 at-bats.

    I don't see any reason to assume that LaRoche's power will not transfer to the MLB level.


    For what its worth, my guess as to why Kemp and Loney only had the amount of home runs they had is because of AAA pitchers' reluctance to try and throw a fastball by them. I'm guessing they saw a steady diet of off-speed pitches and were also pitched around a lot too.

    LaRoche, on the other hand, probably saw more fastballs than Kemp and Loney, hence the more home runs.

    As soon as LaRoche adjusts to off-speed pitches at the major league level, I'm sure his home run production will show.

    I'm hoping LaRoche is the third baseman next year

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    Quote Originally Posted by Die Radio Die View Post
    That back problem is potentially very ****ing scary but so is LaRoche's talent.

    I'd love to see him given a legitimate shot at winning the starting 3B job this Spring.
    He should just be given the job as far as I'm concerned. That's how much confidence I have in Nomar actually contributing as an everyday player next year.

    Barring an unlikely signing of A-Rod, if LaRoche isn't our starting 3B next year I'll be fairly disappointed.

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    Keith Law chat wrap

    Craig (PA): After seeing the success of the Rockies and D-backs, do the Dodgers go with their kids next year? Is Kent gone?

    SportsNation Keith Law: (1:30 PM ET ) I hope Kent is gone. Not only is he clearly not a 2b any more, he really showed his true colors by mouthing off at the end of the season. But I think that the Dodgers intend to drop some coin this offseason - in a terrible FA market, no less. Loney, Kemp, and LaRoche should play every day for them, but they don't seem to trust those guys, esp not LaRoche, at all.
    Paddy (St. Louis, MO): Keith, What do you see in LaRoche that I don't? His frequent injuries, especially with his back at such a young age make me a bit tentative as the next thirdbasemen.

    SportsNation Keith Law: (1:46 PM ET ) Because he can really hit - average, patience, power - and plays a good third base. I agree that the back issues are a concern, but it's too soon for me to think of them as a permanent feature. Rolen had back issues early in his career and still banged out about ten years before he fell apart (and he's not 100% done now, either).
    Harry (LA): How long until we see Clayton Kershaw here in LA? That kid's stuff in unreal!

    SportsNation Keith Law: (2:09 PM ET ) 2009, probably middle to late. I hope they don't rush him - best LH prospect in the minors.
    Craig (PA): Billingsley, Broxton, Kershaw, Elbert, Meloan, Miller and McDonald?

    SportsNation Keith Law: (2:36 PM ET ) #1 starter, setup guy/closer, #1 starter, hurt (shoulder), setup guy, non-prospect, haven't seen.
    Craig (PA): So you have no clue on Scott Elbert? And when did Greg Miller become a non-prospect?

    SportsNation Keith Law: (2:41 PM ET ) Elbert has been out all year after shoulder surgery - what he was a year ago (a potential #2) is irrelevant until we see what stuff he has left. Miller hasn't been a prospect for a while now, after multiple shoulder surgeries that cost him velocity and control (89 BB in 76 IP this year).
    Craig (PA): Rather than projecting young guys, can you rank the worthlesses-ness of the old: Nomar,Pierre, Kent, Schmidt, Colletti?

    SportsNation Keith Law: (2:48 PM ET ) Worthless, worthless, can still hit enough to play 1b/dh somewhere but can't field, who knows but probably worthless, and I'm not impressed on balance by the job Colletti's done but I did like the lower risk of the Schmidt (just 3 years) and Wolf (1 year) contracts.
    Dave (Pasadena):What's the best move the Dodgers can make this off season?

    SportsNation Keith Law: If they want to contend in 2008, they'll have to add a starter, but the best thing they can do is keep their kids. Those two things are probably mutually exclusive.

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