Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Catching up on Dodgers' news: Kerhsaw, Greinke, Sanchez, prospects

Clayton Kershaw is one of the three finalists for the National League Cy Young Award. He's competing against the Mets' R.A. Dickey and the Nationals' Gio Gonzalez.

Kershaw, the reigning winner, wasn't as good in 2012 as he was in 2011, but his 2011 was quite dominant.

Good money says Dickey will win, but Kershaw was the best pitcher in the NL this season.

Greinke, Sanchez among Dodger rotation targets

Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times reported the Dodgers will try to land at least one starting pitcher, and the name Zack Greinke has come up.

He's by far the best starting pitcher available and the Dodgers have lots of money to spend.

I penned a post in September that the Dodgers would sign Greinke to a mega deal this winter. I still stand by that prediction. He'd be the perfect No. 2 starter to slot in behind Kershaw.

Jayson Stark of ESPN tweeted the Dodgers could also look to Anibal Sanchez to fill the rotation need. Sanchez was traded to the Tigers from the Marlins in July and pitched relatively well. He wouldn't be the big-name pitcher Greinke would be, but he'd be a solid backup option.

Garcia makes AFL debut

Dodgers' prospect Onelki Garcia made his long-awaited debut in the Arizona Fall League on Tuesday. His status was in doubt due to a potential oblique injury.

If that was the case, Garcia showed no ill effects of the injury. His line: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 26 pitches, 17 strikes.

Garica, 23, was the Dodgers' third-round draft pick this year.

Another 2012 draftee chimed in on Garcia's potential. From John Sgromolo, 37th-round draft pick: 
"(F)aced him in a sim game, electric stuff! Great guy too!"
Dominguez suspended 25 games

Prospect Jose Dominguez, a favorite of Jared Massey's (LA Dugout), was suspended 25 games for violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

No word on if it was a recreational drug or a performance-enhancer.

Dominguez, 22, threw 72 of his 79 innings for the Loons this season in Low-A before a late-season promotion to Double-A. He averaged nearly 10 strikeouts per nine innings while boasting an upper-90s fastball.

Silverio outrighted, re-signed

The Dodgers outrighted outfielder Alfredo Silverio to Triple-A and was subsequently re-signed. The move was made to clear a spot on the 40-man roster.

Silverio, coming off a breakout 2011, was in a car accident in January that resulted in him needing Tommy John surgery.

The Dodgers must have been rather confident they could re-sign him, otherwise they wouldn't have risked losing him. Then again, how many teams would be lining up to sign a 25-year-old minor-league outfielder coming off a lost season?

Photo credits
Kershaw: Dustin Nosler, Feelin' Kinda Blue
Greinke: Jninja, Wikimedia Commons

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