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The Dodgers finally have great catching depth

The acquisitions of catchers Yasmani Grandal and Austin Barnes last winter were some of the most important moves that the Dodgers front office has made so far during its tenure. Bolstering the catching depth was a necessity overlooked for far too long. The Dodgers lost a slew of catchers throughout the organization last offseason and went years without a top caliber catcher. Ramon…

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2015 Positional Review: Catchers

We’re taking a different approach to 2015 player reviews. Seeing as Mike has a newborn, Daniel basically lives in China and Chad and I are pretty busy with life in general, we’re going to do positional reviews. Just be happy you’re getting any kind of reviews. I’m just kidding. I’m not that big a jerk. =====…

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A.J. Ellis Picking Up The Slack For Yasmani Grandal

It hasn’t been an easy year for A.J. Ellis. It got so bad that by the second week of May, when his wRC+ was 6 (!), I was having to write articles trying to justify his roster spot, basically saying that because catcher is a very unique position, the mild offensive upgrade you might get…

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Dodgers @ Braves July 20, 2015: No More Yay-J

So, one day after a pretty fascinating Zack Greinke / Max Scherzer matchup, we get… Brandon Beachy and Matt Wisler. Dodgers Braves 4:10 p.m. PT Atlanta, Ga. CF Pederson 2B Peterson 2B Kendrick CF Maybin 1B Gonzalez RF Markakis 3B Turner C Pierzynski LF Ethier 3B Uribe RF Puig 1B Terdoslavich SS Rollins LF Perez…

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Padres @ Dodgers May 23, 2015: Hot Catcher Talk

Hey, let’s talk about catchers! Padres Dodgers 7:10 p.m. Los Angeles 1B Solarte CF Pederson 3B Spangenberg SS Rollins RF Kemp 2B Kendrick LF Upton 1B Gonzalez CF Venable 3B Turner 2B Gyorko LF Ethier SS Middlebrooks RF Van Slyke C Hedges C Ellis P Kennedy (R) P Bolsinger (R) ** Yasmani Grandal is hurt. After leaving…

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Don’t Worry About A.J. Ellis Just Yet

As Clayton Kershaw had another outing that wasn’t quite up to his usual standards yesterday — and while I know no one wants to hear “BABIP,” realize that like four of those Rockies hits traveled something like a combined 100 feet — a lot of the conversation seemed to turn to A.J. Ellis, who has…