Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Podcast: 'Dugout Blues' No. 6 -- Dodgers' hot streak, top offensive prospects, plus other news and notes

In this episode, Jared Massey and I talk about the Dodgers' current hot streak (before last night's epic comeback victory), the strong pitching from Ted Lilly and Chris Capuano and our top five offensive prospects after nearly two months of the season.

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Next week, we'll be talking draft. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask us.

Links from around the Web

Ten years ago, Shawn Green set a Major League record and tied another, courtesy of Chris Jaffe at Hardball Times. I was at work when my dad called me and said, "Did you see what your boy did?" I hadn't heard anything yet, but I was pleasantly surprised to hear about his record-setting day.

Andre Ethier, the subject of a post here earlier this month, told Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times he and his agent won't put any kind of deadline on potential contract extension talks.

Jim Shonerd, who has written the Dodgers' Top 30 prospects for Baseball America the last two years, had a nice blog post about Ethan Martin's encouraging season so far with the Lookouts.

More Ethan Martin love here from Chad Moriyama. Martin was his No. 21 prospect heading into the 2012 season.

And more from -- my latest piece on the Dodgers' minor league week in review for the week of May 14. Here's an excerpt:
"Player Of The Week

Blake Smith – OF

Unlike the choices for Albuquerque, this one was a no-brainer. Smith was named the Southern League Player Of The Week, so he naturally wins this week’s award (his second overall). Smith went 8-for-18 (.444) with two home runs, two doubles, a triple, and 11 RBI.

Smith has struggled in Double-A so far, posting a .255/.335/.453 line with a 27.7 strikeout percentage. However, he’s shown some on-base ability (9.7 percent walk rate) and some pop (.453 slugging). He just needs to focus on making more contact."

Mike Petriello has a post letting us know the Dodgers' "patchwork" lineup is making a name for itself in the all-time Dodger record book.

#AJ2KC: If this isn't the best website these days, I don't know what is. This was developed by Dodger fan Stephen Caver, who also redesigned Petriello's website, Mike Scioscia's Tragic Illness. Also follow the Twitter account, @AJ2KC.

Ron Cervenka puts things in perspective for fans who are a little too amped up during Dodger games.

Jon Weisman is having a hard time explaining the Dodgers' recent success.

1 comment:

  1. Dustin what do you make of MMagill??
    has he added fb velocity or other offspeed pitches gotten a lot better..he is smoking in AA...