Monday, January 14, 2019

Blog Kiosk: 1/14/2019 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

As you know, this weekend Jaime Jarrin received the Pioneer Award at the 16th annual Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation awards dinner, and our very own Justin Turner was on-hand to present it to him. BTW, former Dodger VP of Amateur Scouting, Logan White, was also honored at the scouts dinner - being one of eight scouts honored.

Photo above via @Dodgers on twitter. Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodgers HistoryIn 2006 the Dodgers, with closer Eric Gagne on the DL due to Tommy John surgery, traded starting pitcher Edwin Jackson and minor league pitcher Chuck Tiffany to Tampa Bay for relievers Danys Baez and Lance Carter.
  • Happy Birthday, Art DecaturDerrel ThomasTerry ForsterTroy BrohawnLogan Forsythe!
  • Video: Dodgers prospect Keibert Ruiz discusses his season in the Minors and looks ahead to 2019 at the Rookie Career Development Program (video link).
  • Video: Justin Turner explains why he was happy to join Ryan Braun and Christian Yelich at the California Strong Celebrity Softball Game (Video Link).
  • Video: A liner to Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner ends the celebrity softball game for California wildfire victims (Video Link).
  • Per, both Justin Turner and Chris Taylor are ranked in their leagues Top-10 list for third and second baseman. Turner is ranks as the second best third baseman and Taylor is ranked the leagues fifth best second baseman.
  • ICYMI, per Blake Harris at True Blue LA; "Dodgers avoid arbitration with seven players."
  • Per Ethan Marshall at; "Eric Gagne Promoted to New Role as Texas Rangers' Triple-A Bullpen Coach."
  • Via Bill Shaikin at the LA Times; "UCLA to celebrate Jackie Robinson's 100th birthday with jazz concert."
  • In case you're interested, Eric Longenhagen at FanGraphs takes a closer look at the two prospects we traded away for Russell Martin -- Ronny Brito and Andrew Sopko.
Sopko is the more likely of the two to wear a major league uniform, as his skills are constantly desired among teams seeking to build starting pitching depth at Double and Triple-A in the event of big league injuries. He’s an efficient strike-thrower with spot starter’s stuff; a fastball that resides in the 88-92 range, an average changeup that flashes above, and a slurvy breaking ball with enough depth that it will be an issue for hitters who struggle to square up break.
“There’s something about putting that Dodger uniform on that can bring out some magic in you, and hopefully I can get some of that magic this year,” Martin said. “The team is great. I just want to be a part of it, and just win.”
“I’ve always been a competitor. My whole life I’ve loved to compete. I don’t want this to be my last year. Coming off a year where I felt like I kind of underperformed, especially offensively, I’m looking for a bounceback year, and I’m looking for a change. I’ve never won a championship and I’m still hungry for that. I’ve gotten close a few times, but I’ve never been to the big dance, and that is something that keeps me motivated. It would definitely be nice to finally get a ring. I know the team in LA got really close last year, and they’re hungry for it, too. That’s very exciting for me and definitely helps me push a little harder in the weight room and gives me a little more gas in the tank.”
Meaux Landry -- "It's probably the best raw power we've ever seen at a workout," Gasparino told Dodgers Insider. "It would be better than any power in our system now, based on some of the measurements we have. If you go through exit velocity, he has better exit velocity than any minor or Major Leaguer we have in our organization. He's 6–4 and he's 225 pounds. It's just a fun guy to watch, because he has extreme power."

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