Both Dodger prospects Joc Pederson and Corey Seager are on the 2014 MiLBY's ballot for the top offensive player in the Minor Leagues. Go here to vote on your favorites. The MiLBY's recognize the best teams, players, plays, promotions and more from across Minor League Baseball. The pic above via @Dodgers on twitter (Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2014).
BTW, Dodger/Chattanooga Lookouts hurler Andres Santiago is also up for Best Performance of the Year for his near-perfect game no-hitter. Joc Pederson is also up for Top Home Run of the Year for a monstrous dinger he hit in May against Salt Lake City, and Erisbel Arruebarrena has the unfortunately distinction of being a candidate for the Best Blooper - which I don't really consider a blooper. Arruebarrena started a bench-clearing brawl against Reno that resulted in some emotional ejections. My thought is that if that's considered a blooper then certainly the Alex Guerrero having his ear bit off is one too, but that incident is not being considered.
Below are some links to check out:
- Via Mark Saxon at ESPNLosAngeles.com, "The prime directive: Get younger."
The difficult task of slowing the aging process – on the roster, not in the human body – was a major topic of discussion in the team’s first day of organizational meetings, said manager Don Mattingly.
“You see certain teams and, all of a sudden, you’re old,” Mattingly said. “In baseball, it’s tough to say that because you see 32, 33 in baseball and all of a sudden, that’s old again. It always has been besides one little 10-year or 12-year period when it didn’t seem to matter. Just as an organization, I think it’s something you pay attention to. It’s what ownership and [president] Stan Kasten talked about from the beginning.
- Via Eric Stephen on True Blue LA, "Don Mattingly high on Joc Pederson, but preaches patience."
But Mattingly preached caution when asked if Pederson, who turns 23 in April, was ready for an every day position.
"That always remains to be seen. The one thing I don't like doing, because I've seen it backfire, is just anointing somebody. It's not fair. They don’t get to be a kid. They don’t get to be a rookie," Mattingly explained. "They walk in with this expectation and it’s just not fair because there’s going to be mistakes, there’s going to be struggles, for everyone. But I think he can play in the big leagues, that’s for sure."
- Via Cary Osborne at Dodger Insider, "Matt Magill finds positives in Arizona Fall League."
“It was frustrating because I knew I could pitch better than I was. But I know every pitcher goes through some hardships in their career. I’m just glad the Dodgers saw enough of me to put me in the fall league.”
- Via Nathan Fenno at the LA Times, "Dodgers' Yasiel Puig seeks dismissal of Cuban man's $12-million suit."
- Chris Olds at Beckett shares some preview pics from Topps 2015 Opening Day set; including the Yasiel Puig card on the right.
- Via Mike Petriello at Dodgers Digest, "You Just Watched The Best-Hitting Outfield In Los Angeles Dodgers History."
All of which is to say: Wow, what a mess. But that’s missing the point, somewhat, because this was a good mess. In fact, this was the best-hitting Dodger outfield in Los Angeles history. Really! In the 57 seasons since the team moved from Brooklyn, no outfield group has had a better wRC+ than this year’s 129.
- Via Mark Polishuk at MLB Trade Rumors, "Diamondbacks Hire Chip Hale As Manager."
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