On this episode of “Dugout Blues,” Jared Massey (Dodger Blue) and I attempt to amuse you with as little Spring Training play-by-play as possible. Jared is the worst.
Is this the year Yasiel Puig gets back to being a dominant player? If his Spring Training performance means anything (which it really doesn’t), then he just might be. He looks like a different hitter so far — more fluid, less stiff. That could mean big things for him in 2017, provided he puts in the necessary effort and time in to honing his craft and continuing to improve.
Hyun-Jin Ryu and Trayce Thompson are back. Both made their Cactus League debuts over the weekend. Ryu sat in the 86-88 MPH range and touched 91. Thompson played six innings instead of the originally planned four because he was feeling good. While I’m skeptical both break camp with the team (especially Ryu), both should have some kind of impact on the Dodgers this season. I’m still cautious about Ryu, but Thompson should be good to go soon.
Some other players in camp have been battling some nagging injuries: Brock Stewart (shoulder tendinitis) and Andre Ethier and Scott Kazmir (sore hips). I’m not overly concerned about Stewart or Ethier, but Kazmir’s ailment could be a little more worrisome, mostly because the MRI didn’t turn up anything definitive. We’ll see how that plays out.
We talk about my recently concluded Top 10 prospects. Jared gives me crap for my Grant Dayton ranking (even though it’s right), but don’t be surprised if he copies my Top 9 with his list.
The episode closes with a decent Q&A session. Please keep the questions coming.
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