Thursday, June 11, 2015

Blog Kiosk: 6/11/2015 - Dodger Links - The Draft, Olivera and Mattingly

Last night's walkoff hero, Howie Kendrick, is seen above signing autographs for fans prior to yesterday's game - photo via Jon Soo Hoo/LA Dodgers 2015

With runners at first and second during a tied game in the ninth inning, Kendrick came up to single in Puig to score the winning run.  Via Steve Bourbon and Earl Bloom at
"The pitch ran up and in, but I was just looking for something out over the plate," said Kendrick,
Below are some more links to check out:
  • I'm not sure if I'll put up biographies for the Dodger draft picks after the 2nd Round. (likely not)  Maybe I'll share some of the cards available for any of the players, but that's a bit iffy.  You can't imagine the amount of time that takes to do.  Instead, here's a few links worth checking out.  Gurnick's story about Pfeifer is especially interesting.
  • Jim Callis at ranks the Dodgers as having the third best draft of 2015.  Check out his story here.
  • Via Jonah Keri at Grantland, "Dodger Dogged: How Don Mattingly Has Shaken Off the Critics and Embraced the Challenge of Managing in L.A."
His Dodgers are in first place in the NL West and poised to mount another playoff run. And he has the front office’s support: “Incredibly favorable from my standpoint, what kind of person he is, what kind of communicator,” says Andrew Friedman, who left the Rays in October to become the Dodgers’ president of baseball operations. “We had a really good back-and-forth and working relationship almost immediately.”
  • Via Eric Stephen at True Blue LA, "Hector Olivera hits first home run in Double-A Tulsa doubleheader sweep."
  • Carson Cistulli at FanGraphs shares his recent, "Fringe Five: Baseball’s Most Compelling Fringe Prospects" that includes Dodger catcher Austin Barnes and pitcher Jose De Leon.

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