Podcast: ‘Dugout Blues’ episode 159 – Draft, Seager, Urias, injuries

On this episode of “Dugout Blues,” Jared Massey (Dodger Blue) and I welcome Steve Fiorindo of Prospect Pipeline to talk MLB Draft and Daniel Castro, because reasons.

The MLB Draft is this week. I’m excited. We talked to Steve and asked him about some of the prominent Southern California prospects. Thursday is going to be a fun day.

After we get drafted out, we move onto Corey Seager, who is really good at baseball. He hit five home runs over the weekend and is separating himself from the rest of the Dodger hitters … except maybe Trayce Thompson.

Carl Crawford was designated for assignment. It was basically inevitable because Crawford could no longer perform at the level the Dodgers needed him to. Also, his left field-only profile just didn’t fit any longer with the club.

Julio Urias made his second start. It wasn’t great, but it was better than his first one. It isn’t an ideal situation for him, but the Dodgers should keep starting him for the time being.

Clayton Kershaw had an off game against Atlanta. That off game resulted in six shutout innings. I bet a lot of guys would kill for that kind of outing. Yet, it was just pedestrian for Kershaw.

Scott Kazmir was OK on Sunday, but left the start early. He had some quad cramping/tightness, which is about the best-case scenario. The Dodgers can ill-afford to lose another starting pitcher at this point.

Injury updates on Alex Wood (bad), Frankie Montas (good), Hyun-Jin Ryu (bad) and Brandon McCarthy (good).

Some of the standout minor-league performers include some familiar names: Willie Calhoun, Cody Bellinger, Brock Stewart, Yaisel Sierra (wha?), Angel German and Imani Abdullah.

To close, a Q&A session that was solid. Please keep the questions coming.

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Programming note: We’ll be doing a live Google Hangout version of the podcast on Thursday for the draft. I think we’re going to start it at 5 p.m. We’ll tweet out the link to it, if you’d like to join, interact with us and hear our real-time reactions to the Dodgers’ first three picks.

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About Dustin Nosler

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Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosted a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He was a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times and True Blue LA. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif.