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Let’s Get To Know Austin Barnes

Austin Barnes is one of the prospects that was acquired by the Dodgers in the Dee Gordon-for-Andrew Heaney-for-Howie Kendrick swap with the Marlins and Angels, and like the other players acquired by the Dodgers in the deal (Chris Hatcher, Enrique Hernandez), he’s a legitimate asset. Barnes was a ninth-round selection of the Marlins back in…

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Be Happy Julio Urias Isn’t Randy Johnson

Dan Szymborski’s ZiPS projections came out for the Dodgers this week, and as always, they’re worth looking at. For my money, ZiPS and Steamer are the two best projection systems out there, and I’m only partially saying that because I work for FanGraphs and those are the two systems FG uses. It’s worth your time…

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2014 Dodgers In Review: RP Scott Elbert

G IP K% BB% ERA FIP xFIP WAR MLB 7 4.1 11.1% 5.6% 2.08 2.90 4.33 0.0 What Happened In 2014: Actually threw pitches! In major league games! And in the playoffs, improbably and unhappily. I’m pretty sure that after a while, I simply forgot that Scott Elbert existed. And why not? Though he’d been…

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2014 Dodgers In Review: RP Daniel Coulombe

G IP K% BB% ERA FIP xFIP WAR MiLB (AA/AAA) 49 65.1 33.7% 9.9% 2.89 ? n/a n/a MLB 5 4.1 18.2% 9.1% 4.15 5.67 3.81 -0.1 What Happened In 2014: Dominant in High- and Double-A, which led to an unexpected late-season call-up. There isn’t much fanfare for a guy drafted in the 17th round of the…

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A Note On Starting Pitcher Depth

The Dodgers will need starting pitchers beyond their current rotation of Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Hyun-jin Ryu, Brandon McCarthy, and Brett Anderson. All teams need more than that (there’s no such thing as a number five starter, as Baseball Prospectus likes to say) and the Dodgers have more health questions than most. Anderson hasn’t thrown more…

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2014 Dodgers In Review: SP/RP Kevin Correia

G IP K% BB% ERA FIP xFIP WAR MLB (LAD) 9 24.2 15.7% 7.0% 8.03 6.33 3.85 -0.7 What Happened In 2014: That could have gone better. When the Dodgers traded for Roberto Hernandez, Andrew Grant posted this tweet: Gonna go with "at least it's not Kevin Correia" on this one — Biden Eating Cream (@realandrewgrant)…