On this episode of “Dugout Blues,” Jared Massey (Dodger Blue) and I are back to discuss the week that was for the Dodgers. Turns out it was pretty good on the field.
A.J. Ellis was traded. That sentence just sounds weird, but it’s also true. He was sent to Philadelphia with “prospect” Tommy Bergjans for Carlos Ruiz. It’s a good baseball trade, but it still made my heart hurt.
Clayton Kershaw is close to going on a rehab assignment. Considering we weren’t expecting him to come back (and it’s still not a sure thing), this is definitely encouraging news.
Julio Urias is great. He’s going to be shut down soon, but he might have another couple starts. This is just a sign of things to come. (We spend a lot of time talking about this youngster).
In the minors, Walker Buehler made his pro debut with the AZL Dodgers, and he was then promoted to pitch with Great Lakes. While he’s still a ways off, it’s just nice to see him pitching. Yadier Alvarez continues to be dominant. If there were more time remaining this season, he’d likely be promoted to Rancho Cucamonga. Keibert Ruiz is a switch-hitting catcher to keep an eye on. He’s producing in Rookie-ball, but we’ve been fooled by that profile before (Julian Leon). Carlos Rincon, a cheap signing during the last international signing period, might be guy. Perhaps. We still don’t know, but he is hitting quite well. Finally, Ibandel Isabel is hitting for power with Great Lakes, but he’s also swinging and missing frequently.
Finally, we get to the Q&A session. Please keep them coming.
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