Friday, June 15, 2018

Blog Kiosk: 6/15/2018 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

Prior to yesterday's Second Annual Poker Tournament sponsored by Puig's Wild Horse Foundation, Vin Scully present Yasiel with an 2018 Inspiration Award.

Photo above via the Dodgers on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
It's not just the whiffs, either. Of 148 starters who have allowed 100 balls in play, Stripling's 21.6 percent hard-hit rate is the lowest. What's going on here? Stripling reportedly was told to throw his curveball harder, though that hasn't really shown up in the data. Instead, this appears to be about effective use of his four pitches; only four regular starters have thrown fewer fastballs.
“That’s the best I’ve felt all year,” he told reporters. “I can feel the way the ball is jumping out of my hand. It’s coming out so much easier than it did in spring training and the first two months of the season.”
Hill added that longtime Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt had noticed on video that his alignment toward the plate seemed a bit off and recommended that he try transferring the weight on his back foot from his toe to his heel. 
  • Via Ryan Gosset at the Star Telegram; "To go to college or turn pro? That's the question for this local baseball prospect" the Dodgers drafted in the 38th round -- Connery Peters.
“I was at a friend’s house playing MLB The Show,” Peters said. “I got the call from a Los Angeles area code. It was someone in the front office. I don’t remember his name since the whole night was a blur as soon as he said I was drafted.”
It came as a shock because Peters knew what his decision was going forward. 
“I had talked to a few teams who had a lot of interest in me, but a week before the draft I called them and said I wanted to go to college and improve my game,” Peters said.
“I see both sides. That's why I'm the big DJ. I have my Spanish music and I have my English music. I have guys in there from the Dominican and stuff like that where sometimes they can't get their point across or can't communicate, but I'm here. I can help them with that, so it's awesome just to be able to help others and translate. It's all of that hard work my parents put in for us.”

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