Podcast: ‘Dugout Blues’ episode 233 – Draft, offense breaks out, Santana debut

On this episode of Dugout Blues, before Jared and I welcome back Prospect Pipeline’s Steve Fiorindo to talk about the MLB Draft … which is today!

We cover mostly prep athletes, as that’s Steve’s forte. He’s seen all the prep players we mention — Ethan Hankins, Parker Meadows, Nick Schnell, Connor Scott, Alek Thomas — and we even talk about some of the better Southern California draft prospects. There’s lots of good draft info right at the beginning of the episode.

After that, we talk about the Dodgers and their winning ways. Apparently, that’s almost all they do now. They swept a 3-game series from the Rockies in Coors Field, and that’s even with Clayton Kershaw coming back on Thursday pumping 87-88 MPH on the radar gun … sigh.

The offense got right, as offenses tend to do in Coors. It scored 10 or more runs in three consecutive games. I cited this tweet on the episode.

The best part is, all the outfielders made it out alive!

Matt Kemp is mashing, as is rectangular lad Max Muncy … just like the front office drew it up in the offseason. Never doubt their brilliance.

Dennis Santana made his MLB debut, and it wasn’t great, but there were reasons for optimism. The slider looked really good, the sinker velocity was solid and he even hit a run-scoring double for his first MLB hit.

Walker Buehler had a bit of a hiccup in one inning in Denver, but he survived five innings in his outing. He’s the real deal, folks.

Before going to Denver, the Dodgers split a series with the Phillies. Ross Stripling continued to be amazing, and we think his not coming on the show before the season is every reason why. Kenta Maeda injured his hip and is on the disabled list, while Kershaw re-injured his back and returned to the DL. Despite the cobbled together throwers, the Dodgers still boast one of the better overall staffs in baseball. Crazy.

On the farm, some guys who continued to perform are Yusniel Diaz and Gavin Lux (still not sure if he’s for real). Mitchell White had a bit of a rebound start after four disastrous in a row. Andrew Toles will be back with OKC this week and I give some love to a couple Rancho starting pitchers in Dean Kremer and Tony Gonsolin.

We close with a solid Q&A. Please keep the questions coming.

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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.