Friday, March 20, 2015

Blog Kiosk: 3/20/2015 - Dodger Links - Guerrero Making Strides and Ryu Shut Down

It was crowded in the Dodger clubhouse when spring training started, and it was especially cramped on the infield.  With all four infield positions taken by able veterans, all that remained were a handful of reserve spots on the bench.  So, it didn't seem likely that there would be room for Alex Guerrero to make the team.   Fast forward a couple of weeks and it now appears the Dodgers can't afford to not keep him in Los Angeles. 

Alex Guerrero has had a great spring.  He's looked good at the plate (no surprise since he was coveted for his bat), and has improved measurably on the field.  Don't be surprised if he pushes his way onto the Opening Day roster.

Photo above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2015.  Below are some more links to check out:

Indeed, one of the storylines of spring training has been this generation of multi-dimensional young shortstops. Anyone and everyone who passes by the Dodgers is drawn to 20-year-old Corey Seager, 6-4, 220, with the John Olerud swing, great hands and exchange and big arm on defense and what players, coaches and the manager describe as “a unique internal clock.”

And with Jimmy Rollins clearly the heartbeat of this renovated Dodger team, Seager is going to triple-A for a year. “There’s no doubt in my mind he can stay at short,” says Don Mattingly. 
"On Yasiel, nobody should tag and Albert’s not a burner, so he’s basically anticipating that Yasiel’s going to be taking something for granted, so he’s taking advantage of the way he plays," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "That’s what he did. It was a good lesson for Yasiel."
"The more I catch them, I get a little bit better with them," Grandal said. "For now, it's really just talking game plan and things they like to do in different situations, counts. ... I think that's, for now, the one thing we can do the most."

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