I'm in love, and i think i really mean it this time!
I'm in love, and i think i really mean it this time!
Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!
Gonzo signed a 1yr/$2MM deal with the Marlins
Keith Law chat wrap
Mike (Albany, NY): Keith, how is Scott Elbert not on your list of Top 5 prospects in the Dodger organization? Is it strictly due last seasons arm injury? Is his ceiling a #2 starter?
SportsNation Keith Law: It was due to the arm injury and the fact that he didn't come back last year. When a pitcher misses significant time with a shoulder injury, I want to see where his stuff is before getting back on board.I was hoping to get a better answer. Oh well...Paolo (Tempe, AZ): Keith, what do you make of the Dodgers moving Meloan back to starting pitching? How do you think he'll pan out?
SportsNation Keith Law: I haven't heard that they are doing that, and if so, they might as well as him to stick his arm in the wood-chipper. The injury risk is the same either way.
Fred (Austin, TX): Everyone feels Kershaw will be a stud. What current SP would compare to his ceiling?
SportsNation Keith Law: How about Erik Bedard, since there aren't many LH starters with similar stuff and the ability to strike out that many hitters?Leo (Los Angeles): Kotchman or Loney?
SportsNation Keith Law: Loney.Dan (NYC): Where would a guy like Kemp rank in terms of players you'd want to start an organization around?
SportsNation Keith Law: Really, really high.Bryan (Valencia, CA): KLaw, always love the chats. You see Kershaw brought up this year, or do you think another year in the minors wouldn't hurt?
SportsNation Keith Law: Another year in the minors is almost a necessity.an (Hell): How about a projection for the 2009 Top 10?
SportsNation Keith Law: Kershaw, Snider, Fernando Martinez, Jennings, McCutchen, Wieters, Wade Davis, Price, Vitters, Triunfel. Candidates to jump to #1 overall would include Martinez, Davis, Price, Wieters, Triunfel, Porcello, maybe Austin Jackso
Kemp getting some really high praise. I'm so glad we didn't trade him.
Hopefully Meloan won't join the ranks of Dodger pitching prospects that had their development set back by shoulder surgery (Miller, Elbert, Morris, etc.)
I will go see the Marlins play just to boo his ass. At least now we can throw at him again.
Glad to hear that Beimel and the Dodgers agreed before going to the arbitrator. The guy really was pretty damned good for us out of the pen last year.
Anything worth shooting is worth shooting twice. Bullets are cheap. Life is priceless.
Is Sammy the only one unsigned?
Scout.com (Tot Holmes) is ever-so-slowly counting down to the #1 prospect in the Dodgers organization. They've finally broken into the top 20, and I found these guys interesting so far:
#18 Xavier Paul - He was considered "the" prospect in the Catfish outfield, despite the presence of Matt Kemp. But then it happened, a sequence of events that would have battered an average young player to the point he might have considered dropping out of the game. He caught a persistent, nagging cold that seemed to verge on pneumonia and defied antibiotics.... "I had worn prescription lens previously but had started the year with contacts that seemed to work well. But, after awhile, they weren't helping..." After the season, the Dodgers sent him to an eye specialist who examined him thoroughly and finally told him he was half-blind in his left eye. The prescriptions lens he'd been using all season weren't the cure for the problem so he was fitted with contacts that solved the problem. Then a back injury slowed him and Hurricane Katrina wiped out his home in Louisiana so his family spent the winter in Tallahassee. He seemed rejuvenated in 2005... In 2006, "X" started slowly. Then, good things began to happen... "I was healthy," he said. "My back doesn't bother me. And I'm playing every day. Last year after my injury, I'd play a day, then sit. Can't get anything going that way..." He topped that in 2007, playing 118 games at Jacksonville and slashing out 34 extra base hits, knocking in 50 and stealing 17 bases. It seems as if, at 23, he is again on the fast track after various delays. He should open at Las Vegas in 2008...
#16 Andrew Lambo, OF - [Logan]White commented, "He reminds me of James Loney with the way he swings a bat. And, like James, he can really pick at first base." And as an aside, like James he was an accomplished pitcher as well but it's that grooved lefthanded swing that attracted the Dodgers. They don't see him at first, though.... The big thing is he's matured off the field. "I owe everything to Logan White," he declares. "He's given me my chance and I don't ever want to do anything that would make him sorry." One scouting report noted, "Strong hitter with bat speed, fluid swing, plate discipline and ability to use whole field giving him unlimited offensive potential. Hits pitchers from opposite side and stays inside ball."
#15 Greg Miller, LHP - His control, never wild, just off the plate a bit, "improved" and he allowed only 43 walks in 48 innings. Still too many by twice, but light years away from the debacle in Las Vegas. "Physically, I feel awesome," Miller said. "My shoulder has been 100 percent the entire season, and this is the first time I could say that. I'm feeling stronger than when I started. Early in the season, [I was] getting mentally exhausted in Vegas and that took its toll. Now my head is in the right place." Throughout the control thing, Miller was never hit hard. He surrendered only 19 hits in 28.2 innings with the 51s and 46 hits over 48 innings with the Suns. Overall he persevered, allowing 7.68 hits per nine innings (sixth on the final charts) and struck out 11.46 per nine innings, third overall.