By: Enrique Medina
The Dodgers made headlines yesterday as they signed top international prospect, catcher Diego Cartaya, to a $2,500,000 bonus. The 16 year old Venezuelan catcher, Cartaya, has been known to be an advanced hitter for his age as he has a rating of 60 for contact, according to MLB Pipeline’s scouting report. He shows decent power to the gaps, but what may have impressed the Dodgers the most was his presence defensively as a catcher, his leadership, and high baseball IQ. It is reported that the catcher is good with handling pitchers and also possesses a great arm and good hands behind the plate. Many scouts have even compared him to possibly becoming another Salvador Perez type player. On a side note, in recent years the Dodgers have aquired talented players from the international pool including Yasiel Puig, Julio Urias, Yusniel Diaz, and Yadier Alvarez. They hope to add Cartaya to the list and add him to a young catching core that already includes Keibert Ruiz and Will Smith.
By: Enrique Medina
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The Dodgers beat the Giants 3-1 on Saturday night in the 2nd game of a 3 game series. Again the 2 rivals met up in the 2nd game of a 3 game series as Alex Wood took the mound for the Dodgers versus Madison Bumgarner, making his 3rd start since coming off the DL.
The scoring started off with a solo home run by Matt Kemp in the bottom of the 2nd inning, his 12th of the season. Not until the top of the 5th inning were the Giants able to counter with a sacrifice fly by Alen Hanson after leadoff hits from Mac Williamson and Joe Panik.
Prior to Saturday’s matchup Kike Hernandez had a history of success against the star lefty Madison Bumgarner, with 3 homeruns and 14 hits in 30 at bats prior to Saturday’s matchup. His presence in the lineup, hitting 2nd, paid off well as in the bottom of the 5th inning he hit his 4th career home run off Bumgarner, a 2-run shot that gave the Dodgers a 3-1 lead.
The Dodgers never looked back as with thanks to 5 ⅔ innings of solid work from starter Alex Wood and a sharp day from the bullpen the Dodgers picked up their 37th win of the year (37-32). In the win Alex Wood picked up his 2nd win of the year after a few rough starts prior to Saturday and Kenley Jansen picked up his 17th save of the year.
Since the start of June, the Dodgers lead the majors in home runs with 34 and are now 21-6 since May 16th. The win now leaves the Dodgers 1 ½ games back of the first place Arizona Diamondbacks.
Sundays matchup kicks off at 1:10 pacific time as Caleb Ferguson (0-0 record) takes the hill for the Dodgers looking for the 3 game sweep of the Giants versus Chris Stratton (7-4 record).
By: Enrique Medina
This years ball club looks to finally win their first World Championship since 1988 that they were oh so close to winning last year.
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Following a tough loss in game 7 of the 2017 fall classic, the Dodgers did not look to dwell upon the disappointing end to the season. Immediately, General Manager Farhan Zaidi, president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman, and the rest of the front office went right back to work. The offseason was a rather compelling one as the front office was able to bring in new assets despite some key faces leaving from the 2017 roster. Despite these key losses, the Dodgers have still put themselves in a position where they can compete for the World Series title in 2018. Let's take a look back at the losses and acquisitions from the 2017-2018 offseason as the regular season is just around the corner.
For the most part, the Dodgers come back with almost the same pieces from last years World Series team. For those who left, the Dodgers have found capable replacements. The Dodgers also have a few key returners coming back this season like outfielder Andrew Toles and starter Julio Urias, who can be back some time during the 2nd half of the season. The Dodgers also have prospects like starter Walker Buehler and outifielder Alex Verdugo who can produce big time down the stretch, it is just a matter of when they get the opportunity. The strategy of keeping depth on the roster over the past couple of seasons, and relying on smaller contracts has provided the Dodgers to have a lot of options they can turn to for the upcoming season. With another season of Dodgers Baseball almost here, the front office has put itself in the best position possible for 2018 and for seasons to come. The only thing to see now is if the front office has truly done enough to finally bring back a championship to Los Angeles.