Dodgers Prospect Notes: Duensing & Fisher clutch in relief, Ryan shoves, Pages goes deep & continues to make contact

Andy Pages (Photo: Cody Bashore)

June 10th, 2022 Scoreboard

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Cole Duensing entered the game for Great Lakes in a tough situation, and he navigated it incredibly well:

It has been a while since Duensing has been mentioned here in the Prospect Notes, so here’s a little refresher:

Duensing was drafted by the Angels back in 2016, and after several years of his velo holding in the 90-92 range, and his walks remaining unacceptably high (15.0% and 13.0% in ’19 and ’21), he was released after the 2021 season.

From there, Duensing went to Driveline Baseball to refine his mechanics a bit:

The Dodgers came calling, and well, as you can in the K video above, Duensing’s FB velo sits in the mid 90s now, but that’s not all — the walks are down pretty dramatically. For Duensing’s career with the Angels, he walked batters 13.6% of the time. With the Dodgers, that figure is 7.0%.

So, the Angels dump him, the Dodgers sign him, velo’s up, walks are halved, outings are clutch. Credit certainly goes to Duensing here, as he got released, and got to work, but the Dodgers continue to leave no stone unturned.

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Duensing was followed in relief by Braydon Fisher, who shut Dayton down in dominant fashion:

https://twitter.com/jokeylocomotive/status/1535458475903356928

Fisher, who missed the 2019 season after having Tommy John surgery, has had some inconsistency with his stuff and command. Neither of these are rarities — it took years for Michael Grove to really find it, and for his stuff to make it all the way back.

When Fisher’s right, this is what it looks like — mostly short, sharp, hard sliders at 87-90, and a fastball with good life up to 97. Still just 21, there’s definitely reason for optimism for this former 4th round pick.

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River Ryan showed out for Rancho Cucamonga:

Apropos of nothing, the first time Ryan is likely to appear in a streamed game is at Lake Elsinore, which just so happens to be a San Diego affiliate. Stay tuned!

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Here’s another Andy Pages dinger:

Pages went 1/3, also reaching via a walk, and it was another game without a strikeout. This just might be a developing situation.

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Lastly, Saturday’s starting pitchers for the full season affiliates:

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Enjoy your Saturday, folks.

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