Tuesday, February 25, 2020

2020 Bowman NEXT – Baseball America's Top 100 Prospects - Wave 1

One of Topps newest online exclusive sets is called Bowman NEXT and it features the games top-ranked prospects in limited edition 15-card sets released on a weekly basis. Cards from the "1st Wave" have just arrived on collectors doorsteps, as Topps is currently selling sets from their "4th Wave" (which doesn't include any Dodger younglings) online. Sets cost $40 and you receive a the 15-card set and one autographed card.

There are two Dodgers available here -- Jeter Downs and Josiah Gray. As you know, both players were recently acquired from the Reds, as part of the Yasiel Puig trade. Additionally, Jeter Downs was traded a few weeks back to Boston, as part of the Mookie Betts / David Price trade. Go here for a complete checklist. BTW, a total of 770 set were created.

Wave 1 Base

#Jeter Downs                     #Josiah Gray

Blog Kiosk: 2/25/2020 - Dodgers Links & News - Some Odds and Ends

Here are three custom fantasy Baseball cards I made featuring the Dodgers version of the "Killer B's" -- Mookie Betts, Walker Buhler and Cody Bellinger. All photos were taken by Jon SooHoo during Photo Day this spring. Go here to check out a bunch of pics from the day. Below are some notes from spring training, as provided by a Dodgers press release:
  • The Dodgers and the White Sox played to a tie Monday afternoon as Chicago rallied from a one run deficit to end the game in a 2-2 draw. The Dodgers had another impressive showing from All-Star Mookie Betts as the newly acquired outfielder went 2-for-3 with two put outs. Right-hander Ross Stripling made his Spring debut, firing one inning and striking out two. Dylan Floro, Adam Kolarek, Edubray Ramos, Kyle Lobstein, Edwin Uceta and Michael Boyle helped the cause tossing scoreless frames, while the offense was paced by solo homers from Cody Thomas and Omar Estévez.
  • Dodger left-hander Victor González will make his Spring Training debut and his first ever appearance in a Cactus League game this afternoon. González, 24, has been with the Dodgers’ organization since 2013 after signing with the organization at 17 years old from Tuxpan, Nayarit, Mexico. In six seasons with the organization, he has combined to go 17-27 with a 4.34 ERA (182 ER/377.0 IP) and 364 strikeouts against 138 walks. He put together his best campaign in 2019, going a combined 5-2 with a 2.31 ERA (23 ER/89.2 IP) and 93 strikeouts across three different levels. The lefty was added to the 40-man roster on October 31, 2019.
Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 1994 former Dodger Leo Durocher is is elected by the Veterans Committee to the Hall of Fame. In 2002 84-year old broadcaster Ernie Harwell announced that this season would be his last as the Tiger's play-by-play man. As you may know, Harwell is the only announcer to have been traded for a ballplayer. Branch Rickey, in 1948, needed a substitute for an ailing Red Barber, so he traded catcher Cliff Dapper to the Atlanta Crackers of the Southern Association for his services. Ernie would broadcast in Brooklyn for two years.
  • Happy Birthday, Al HollingsworthAndy PafkoCesar Cedeno & Xavier Paul!