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Posted: 02/11/2013 3:19 PM

2013 Dodgers Spring Training 


The 2013 MLB baseball season is officially about to begin tomorrow with the start of spring training (ST).  I know a couple of regular posters usually attend ST and post pictures and/or summaries on their experience.  This should be an exciting season for the Dodgers.  Lets hope they can stay healthy.  I am also excited with the promotion of Crim who has been doing great things w/ our minor league pitching development such as fixing Zach Lee's mechanics and more so with the hiring of Mark McGwire who should have a huge impact on the Dodgers hitting approach (has been a problem w/ many of the hitters recently) as he did in St. Louis.

"On Tuesday, the excitement shifts to Arizona, where Dodgers pitchers -- plenty of them -- and catchers report to Spring Training.

The first battery workout at Camelback Ranch-Glendale will be Wednesday. Position players report Friday, with the first full-squad workout scheduled for Saturday.

After spending $200 million for winter rotation upgrades Zack Greinke and Korean sensation Hyun-Jin Ryu, the Dodgers open camp with eight well-paid starting pitchers –- Clayton Kershaw, Greinke, Ryu, Chad Billingsley, Josh Beckett, Chris Capuano, Aaron Harang and Ted Lilly.

Combined, they will earn $90 million in 2013, although at least one of them figures to earn his pay elsewhere via trade once the health of Billingsley (torn elbow ligament) and Lilly (shoulder surgery) is established.

Rick Honeycutt returns for his eighth season as pitching coach, but there's been an offseason tweak with the naming of bullpen coach Ken Howell as assistant pitching coach, and the promotion of Double-A pitching coach Chuck Crim to bullpen coach.

While Crawford and Kemp will be eased into their roles, Hanley Ramirez will be thrown into his. The Dodgers want to see dramatic improvement in his defense at shortstop or will move him to third base. The evaluation window will be compressed, because he's leaving to join Team Dominican Republic for the World Baseball Classic, where he'll be playing third base.

If Ramirez winds up at third base for the Dodgers, that turns Luis Cruz into a role player, opening up shortstop for Dee Gordon, whose 2012 was ruined by thumb surgery.

The only position player acquired during the offseason expected to make the Opening Day roster is utilityman Skip Schumaker. Mark McGwire, Schumaker's mentor, is the new hitting coach with John Valentin promoted from Triple-A to assist McGwire."
http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com/news/article.jsp ?ymd=20130210&content_id=41522186&c_id=la

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Posted: 02/11/2013 4:54 PM

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I will once again be heading to Arizona for a few games and posting pictures.  It isn't til the weekend of March 22-24....so I have some waiting to do eek

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Posted: 02/12/2013 11:25 AM

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skwiggy21 wrote: I will once again be heading to Arizona for a few games and posting pictures.  It isn't til the weekend of March 22-24....so I have some waiting to do eek
Looking forward to your post as usual.

Like Brandon League, Chuck Crim is also a good friend of my family.  He played for the University of Hawaii where my step-dad coached when they were a baseball power.  I am fairly certain my step-dad recruited him also since that was also one of his task.  Crim got drafted in 1982 by the Brewers and eventually made it to the majors as a RP.

My step-dad once told me how he had Randy Johnson verbally committed to Hawaii w/ hand shakes and everything.  USC sweeps and does a backstabbing move and convinces him to sign w/ them at the 11th hour.  My step-dad also had Brett Saberhagen and Rod Beck signed.  They of course both got drafted and never played for Hawaii.
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Posted: 02/12/2013 11:29 AM

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Interesting article about CBills....It is true that he is key to staff....he needs to be healthy and if he is ...Cap and Harang will be gone in a nano second by end of ST.
Kershaw, Greinke, Ryu, Beckett and Cbills...i put them in that order so Cbills gets extra rest days as SP...These SP could be best in MLB...
We should easily have top 3 pitching staff in mlb.

http://www.rantsports.com/mlb/2013/02/06/los-angel es-dodgers-chad-billingsleys-health-the-key-to-how -rotation-shapes-up/

I am hoping that Alex C has a good ST and Mattingly gives him a shot vs a vet...
Alex would be perfect as LF,RF  and or 2b/3b sub and could get 300-400abs.

We should start hearing stuff about Lilly and Cbills w/in a few weeks...
Kemp and Crawford being ready by Opening day is critical as well.
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Posted: 02/12/2013 11:35 AM

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With Agon, Ramirez and Cruz gone to WBC it is a great opportunity for Gordon-SS, Alex C at 2b/3b or maybe some 1b? to get playing time.
Mattingly would be wise to play Alex C at 3b (where he played last yr and some in LF and 1b - if he practices ahead of ST at that position) to give him abs that he never got last yr.
Wouldn't it be great if Gordon....could bunt, not K much  and play SS well enough to push Ramirez off ss.!!
A good ST by Gordon eliminates a lot of issues of top of order...SS defense etc.
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Posted: 02/12/2013 11:47 AM

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colobrowns wrote: Interesting article about CBills....It is true that he is key to staff....he needs to be healthy and if he is ...Cap and Harang will be gone in a nano second by end of ST.
Kershaw, Greinke, Ryu, Beckett and Cbills...i put them in that order so Cbills gets extra rest days as SP...These SP could be best in MLB...
We should easily have top 3 pitching staff in mlb.

http://www.rantsports.com/mlb/2013/02/06/los-angel es-dodgers-chad-billingsleys-health-the-key-to-how -rotation-shapes-up/

I am hoping that Alex C has a good ST and Mattingly gives him a shot vs a vet...
Alex would be perfect as LF,RF  and or 2b/3b sub and could get 300-400abs.

We should start hearing stuff about Lilly and Cbills w/in a few weeks...
Kemp and Crawford being ready by Opening day is critical as well.
I disagree that Bills is the make or break. Tough to say that a guy with a partially torn elbow is the key to a season. IF Bills is healthy and stays healthy, and if he can match his in-season peripherals (like he did the 2nd half of last year), then LA is in very good shape with him projected as the #3 or #4

The make or break is Greinke. That was the one spot where LA has lagged behind SF for the past few years. Now, we arguably are better than them at the #2. Frankly, Kershaw and Greinke alone can give us what Randy Johnson and Curt gave Arizona a decade ago. If those two live up to expectations, everything else is absolute gravy.
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Posted: 02/12/2013 4:29 PM

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Greinke is going to be healthy and put up good numbers..not an issue. The only unknown is it 2.8 or 3.5 Era?
CBills is a ??? if he is healthy then we do not need Cap or Harang and Cbills will give us his usual 3.5 era.
He is more of a key cuz of health issues but  can be less of an issue IF lilly can be ready by late may /june..Then CBills becomes less of an issue and Lilly can take his slot.
We have three guys Lilly,Cbills and Beckett who are not going to give us 200 ip each..
hopefully we can get 400 ip from 3 of them.
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Posted: 02/12/2013 5:47 PM

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I agree with marinated, Billingsley is not the key to our success. I think the Dodgers are skeptical of him and are prepared to move on if he ends up having surgery. Kershaw is and will for the foreseeable future be the key to our staff. On paper the same could be said Greinke. This team is deep and the only glaring weaknesses are 3base and 2base, but Hairston provides some decent depth.

Go Dodgers!
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Posted: 02/12/2013 7:17 PM

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Dodgfan wrote: I agree with marinated, Billingsley is not the key to our success. I think the Dodgers are skeptical of him and are prepared to move on if he ends up having surgery. Kershaw is and will for the foreseeable future be the key to our staff. On paper the same could be said Greinke. This team is deep and the only glaring weaknesses are 3base and 2base, but Hairston provides some decent depth.

Go Dodgers!
The Dodgers has some other issues that I hope improve that made the team deficient.  On paper, one would wonder how the Giants beat the mighty Rangers in 5 games in 2010 and sweep a potent Detroit Tigers team last year.  Pitching, defense, disciplined and timely hitting and playing smart.  Most of those were things the Dodgers sorely lacked at times.  Many of the Dodgers were and may still be undisciplined hitters.  There were many times where guys made bone-headed fundamental type mistakes on the base paths and in the field.  I really hope we see a noticeable improvement as the year goes along.  Also, we need the key guys to stay healthy.
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Posted: 02/12/2013 9:38 PM

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IMO, the Giants have won with pitching, timely hitting and some luck. In reference to the latter, guys like Uribe, Scutaro, Renteria, Ross, Huff, Burrell, etc overreached in key situations during their 10' and 12' run.

While they deserve a lot of credit for winning 2 titles over the last 3 seasons, pitching aside, can we expect this team to duplicate what guys like Scutaro did down the stretch? I think there is a greater chance of the Dodgers' offense out performing the Giants offense than that occuring again; however, I believe their pitching will rival, if not, superceed our staff in 13'. Cain will once again put up solid numbers and Bumgarner is going to take another step towards becoming the ace of that staff. A major concern for them is going to be Lincecum. If he bounces back, I think they will be difficult to beat, not  of because of our chemistry issues but because of their pitching.

Just my 2 cents. 

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Posted: 02/13/2013 9:26 AM

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Dodgfan wrote:

IMO, the Giants have won with pitching, timely hitting and some luck. In reference to the latter, guys like Uribe, Scutaro, Renteria, Ross, Huff, Burrell, etc overreached in key situations during their 10' and 12' run.

While they deserve a lot of credit for winning 2 titles over the last 3 seasons, pitching aside, can we expect this team to duplicate what guys like Scutaro did down the stretch? I think there is a greater chance of the Dodgers' offense out performing the Giants offense than that occuring again; however, I believe their pitching will rival, if not, superceed our staff in 13'. Cain will once again put up solid numbers and Bumgarner is going to take another step towards becoming the ace of that staff. A major concern for them is going to be Lincecum. If he bounces back, I think they will be difficult to beat, not  of because of our chemistry issues but because of their pitching.

Just my 2 cents. 

I read that the Giants asked Lincecum to put on some weight over the offseason to help offset the wear and tear on his body which they believe attributed to his decrease in velocity.  I believe he has put on close to 15 lbs. and I expect him to bounce back somewhat like he did in the last month of the season and into the post season.

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Posted: 02/13/2013 10:20 AM

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DodgerBlueWarrior wrote:
I read that the Giants asked Lincecum to put on some weight over the offseason to help offset the wear and tear on his body which they believe attributed to his decrease in velocity.  I believe he has put on close to 15 lbs. and I expect him to bounce back somewhat like he did in the last month of the season in into the post season.
They've asked him to do that for pretty much 5 straight years now. I remember three years ago, the Giants were so desperate on having him put on weight that he went on a straight In N Out diet.

To put it bluntly, the Giants have won it with pitching and defense. That's how they get by in the regular season. Crawford and Pagan were as key as any player for them in terms of saving runs and getting wins for that ballclub last year, which is part of the reason why I'd much rather just move Hanley to 3rd right now and get somebody like Brendan Ryan (or Gordon/Cruz platoon) to man short.

I've always maintained that the postseason is a crapshoot, and the Giants have gotten lucky. Really, they've gotten hot hitting from the likes of Juan Uribe, Edgar Renteria, Marco Scutaro, and Angel Pagan. If you've got a great staff and bullpen, then you just need timely hitting in the postseason. You'd like to think LA has that shot, now. I just hope injuries don't wreck this season like it did for the Lakers, and I hope the defense is at least above-average up-the-middle.
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Posted: 02/13/2013 10:25 AM

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I just want to say one about this thread.

 YEEEEEEEE HAAAAAAWWWW!!!!




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Posted: 02/13/2013 1:27 PM

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Just curious as to how you guys are hoping the bullpen plays itself out.

Here is what I hope:
CL League- I hope his mechanical adjustment lasts another year (or 3)
SU Jansen- Only because I'd rather he come to put out the fire, as he should be used
SU Belisario- Nasty option for the 7th
LOOGY Howell- splits say enough, and something we sorely lacked last year
LOOGY #2 Paco- Really, REALLY like this kid
MR Moylan- Assuming he is healthy, of course. I have no issue if this spot goes to Tolleson, as I think Tolleson is in line for a breakout year
LR Capuano- Always been an above-average pitcher earlier in counts and earlier in seasons. Thus, the bullpen makes sense

With Tolleson, Lowe (perhaps accepting), Guerra, Wall, Lilly, a healthy Elbert, and I guess Gregg accepting a role in Albuquerque. In other words, we go 4 deep in the bullpen beyond the ML roster with guys who can fill the 6th and 7th innings, go 2 starters beyond the starting 5 (with Capuano on the ML roster and Lilly in AAA).

I just hope the team doesn't go with the likes of Gregg (especially) and Lowe just because the other guys have options. We have the potential to have an even nastier bullpen than last year, that should keep fresh given that our starters can and should get to the 6th or 7th inning with regularity.
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Posted: 02/13/2013 7:46 PM

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LOS ANGELES DODGERS FIRST WORKOUT FOR PITCHERS AND CATCHERS
Gordon still looking like a rail.  Kemp looking lean right now.   That looks like Gordo Uribe in the background of Kemp's back.

LOS ANGELES DODGERS FIRST WORKOUT FOR PITCHERS AND CATCHERS
Kemp, Crawford and McGwuire

LOS ANGELES DODGERS FIRST WORKOUT FOR PITCHERS AND CATCHERS
Puig looking like a monster w/ Mota.  The rumors of him being out of shape when the Dodgers signed him were obviously waaay off.

LOS ANGELES DODGERS FIRST WORKOUT FOR PITCHERS AND CATCHERS
Ryu (in not too bad shape), Capuano, Lilly, Kershaw and ?.  All big boys.
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Posted: 02/14/2013 12:51 PM

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Hyun-Jin Ryu struggled to make it through his first conditioning workout in Dodgers camp, according to beat writer Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times.

Hernandez writes that Ryu "appeared completely unshaken" by how poorly he did and told reporters that workouts for baseball players are very different in his native Korea. "I'm still really healthy and all that matters is how I pitch," the left-hander said through his interpreter. The Dodgers paid a total of $61.7 million for Ryu this offseason between the posting fee and MLB contract
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Posted: 02/15/2013 10:11 AM

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Posted: 02/15/2013 10:31 AM

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SPORTFREAK wrote: Magill embraces first big league camp
Anybody have a good scouting report on Magill? I know we're deep in SP, but could he be a potential bullpen guy? What kind of stuff does he have?
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Posted: 02/15/2013 10:50 AM

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http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/prospects/watch/y2013/#list =lad

Scouting Grades* (present/future):
Fastball: 5/6 | Slider: 4/5 | Changeup: 3/4 | Control: 4/5 | Overall: 4/5

The Dodgers have allowed Magill, a high school draftee in 2008, to develop at his own pace and the end result might be a guy who can sit in the middle of a big league rotation in the very near future. He can sometimes touch the mid-90s with his fastball but will sit in the 92-93 mph range. His slider is his out pitch, a hard, sharp breaking ball he’ll throw at any time to any hitter. His changeup is below-average but he does show some feel for it at times. He’s inconsistent with all of his stuff, as well as his command, but he’ll also be pitching at the highest level of the Minors all season at age 23.

 

 

 

 

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Posted: 02/15/2013 12:06 PM

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Also, this is what I posted in the Prospects thread from the Baseball America Dodgers Top 10 Prospects:

9. Matt Magill, rhp Born: Nov 10, 1989 B-T: R-R Ht.: 6-3 Wt.: 190
Drafted: Royal HS, Simi Valley, Calif., 2008 (31st round).  Signed by: Chuck Crim
Matt MagillBackground: Magill had a below-average fastball and rough mechanics as a high school senior in 2008, but area scout Chuck Crim persuaded Los Angeles to invest a 31st-round pick and $75,000 in him. A former big league pitcher, Crim shifted to coaching in 2009, and the two have reunited at several stops, including last season in Double-A. Magill led the Southern League in strikeouts (168) and strikeout rate (10.3 per nine innings), and the Dodgers give Crim much of the credit for his development.

Scouting Report: Magill has added mass to his frame and smoothed out his delivery over the years, adding velocity to his fastball. He can hit 94-95 mph early in games and sits at 91-92 as he gets deeper into outings. He pounds the strike zone with his fastball, which runs in on righthanders. Magill has a legitimate strikeout pitch in his sharp, late-breaking slider, which he can also throw for a strike in any count. His changeup is rudimentary but does have some fade. He draws raves for his blend of pitching smarts and aggressiveness, showing the right demeanor to be a big league pitcher.

The Future: Los Angeles added Magill to its 40-man roster to protect him from the Rule 5 draft and will send him to Triple-A Albuquerque in 2013. He has the ceiling of a No. 3 starter and could be ready to pitch in the majors by the end of the season.

Year Team W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB SO AVG
'08 Dodgers (R) 1 2 3.34 11 3 1 30 30 16 11 2 9 25 .252
'09 Ogden (R) 6 3 4.00 15 15 0 72 59 43 32 7 30 55 .215
'10 Great Lakes (LoA) 7 4 3.28 24 20 2 126 87 50 46 13 52 135 .187
'11 R. Cucamonga (HiA) 11 5 4.33 26 21 0 139 156 78 67 15 52 126 .272
'12 Chattanooga (AA) 11 8 3.75 26 26 0 146 127 71 61 8 61 168 .224
Minor League Totals 36 22 3.81 102 85 3 513 459 459 217 45 204 509 .230

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