Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Blog Kios: 3/18/2014 - Dodgers Links - Landing in Australia

Here's a pic of Vin Scully entering the plane to Australia, via @MLB on twitter.  Check out even more pics of the Dodger trip and landing from Jon SooHoo, here.  And here are some pics from their first workout at the Sydney Cricket Ground. 

Sometimes the absence of seeing a player play gets mistaken for upside. This is not the case here. I have watched Guerrero this spring, and although he doesn’t seem to have a great baseball IQ, the guy can flat out hit for power. As a second baseman with a full season of at bats, I wouldn’t be surprised if he led the position in home runs.
"I don't think our vision has really changed," (De Jon) Watson told me as we sat in a golf cart on the third base side of a minor league field where many of the prospects in his charge played an intra-squad game on Friday afternoon. "What's really nice is that we've actually invested into the international market. And it's given us a broader player pool to choose from. Whereas before, I don't want to say we were just domestically-I mean, [Vice President of Amateur Scouting] Logan White was doing internationally and domestic-but we just didn't have the resources to really go out and be aggressive on the international market. 
"It's almost more gratifying than being called up to the big leagues," said Figgins, released twice in the last two years. "The last four years have been hard. I wouldn't say it was life changing, but it makes me appreciate the hard work. I was with my wife when I got the call from my agent, and it was emotional. She's seen me come home the last four or five years, watching video and not playing. Now she sees me smile again."

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