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#421 West Coast

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Posted June 04, 2013 - 10:35 PM

^ Bryce Harper was 19. Mike Trout as well.

 

Bryce Harper also left high school after his sophomore year to fast track his playing career.  He still played over 120 games in the minors before getting the call up.  

 

Mike Trout played nearly 200 minor league games before getting called up, struggling in his time in the majors, batting .220 in about 35-40 games, before breaking out the year after.

 

Puig has played under 100 games in the minors. 

 

The thing you said is the exact issue with the situation.  People see what Trout did and assume Puig can do what he did, but Trout had a historic season not seen in the history of the game.  Trout and Harper are fantastic talents, but it doesn't mean Puig would duplicate their success.   For every Harper and Trout, there are plenty of prospects who flop in their first go around like a Jackie Bradley Jr. (Red Sox prospect) who tore up spring training then started the season batting .097 and getting dropped back down or prospects who flop, lose confidence, and never pan out.  

 

For the Dodgers, a perfect example of that is Joel Guzman, who they signed out of the Dominican Republic.  At 6'6, 225 lbs, scouts projected this power hitting prospect as a Miguel Cabrera or Juan Gonzalez type player.  He lasted two years with the Dodgers before disappearing off the face of the earth when they sent him to Tampa Bay. 

 

I'm glad he's finally up with the big club but the decision to keep him in the minors was still a wise one based off history.   I didn't envision him getting called up because of injuries, I figured they would trade Ethier sooner than later and bring him up to take his spot in RF.  You may be seeing that happen at the moment too. 



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Posted June 04, 2013 - 10:37 PM

Do you think Ethier has somewhat mentally checked out already?

 

Also, good to see Cruz finally get a hit today, and a double at that. Doesn't hurt to raise that lovely 112 batting average up a bit.


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Posted June 04, 2013 - 10:37 PM

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Posted June 04, 2013 - 10:39 PM

^ Wow, haven't seen you in years. Good to see you man. Don't be too much of a stranger.


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Posted June 04, 2013 - 10:40 PM

1370323957000-06-03-2013-Yasiel-Puig-130Kelenna_Azubuike-2.jpg :blowup:

 

Except Puig's forearms are bigger than Azubuike's arms. 



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Posted June 04, 2013 - 10:40 PM

Do you think Ethier has somewhat mentally checked out already?

 

Also, good to see Cruz finally get a hit today, and a double at that. Doesn't hurt to raise that lovely 112 batting average up a bit.

 

I think Ethier knows his days in LA are finished and he's just being the little [expletive] that he is known to be.  



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Posted June 04, 2013 - 10:50 PM

^ Wow, haven't seen you in years. Good to see you man. Don't be too much of a stranger.

Been busy, but my activity shall pick up once the finals are over. Best time of the season is the off-season..



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Posted June 05, 2013 - 01:02 AM

^ Bryce Harper was 19. Mike Trout as well.

 

Puig wasn't ready.  Plus, by keeping him in the minors for the first 21 days of the season, the Dodgers just delayed Puig's FA eligibility by a full year. 

 

He was going to get a chance this year at one point or another, the injuries just accelerated his opportunity.  And it's pretty clear after just 2 games that he will have to F up majorly to get sent back down.  He will stay in Los Angeles for the rest of the season, barring an injury to himself. 

 

If I were Ethier I'd be putting my house up for sale right about now...


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Posted June 05, 2013 - 02:46 PM

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Posted June 05, 2013 - 09:09 PM

And he goes 0-4.

Baseball for ya. Can look great one day and horrible the next.

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Posted June 05, 2013 - 09:12 PM

Mehh, he was nervous that's all.

 

No run support as usual for Kershaw, what's new?


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Posted June 05, 2013 - 09:14 PM

Mehh, he was nervous that's all.

No run support as usual for Kershaw, what's new?

He needed run support but he was pretty brutal tonight himself.

Whole team was bad tonight. Looked like the Dodgers we love.

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Posted June 05, 2013 - 09:16 PM

^ Which team has more issues in your opinion? Dodgers or Angels and why?


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Posted June 05, 2013 - 09:20 PM

^ Which team has more issues in your opinion? Dodgers or Angels and why?


Dodgers because of injuries to key offensive players, pitchers, and they have a brutal bullpen outside a couple solid options.

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Posted June 05, 2013 - 09:23 PM

^ It's pretty close though right? Couldn't you say though perhaps the Angels have it worse since their division is probably tougher?


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Posted June 05, 2013 - 09:35 PM

^ It's pretty close though right? Couldn't you say though perhaps the Angels have it worse since their division is probably tougher?

 

Could make an argument for that.  Texas and Oakland are having solid seasons as expected but Arizona & Colorado have been very solid themselves and the defending champs are in third.  The superiority of the AL West isn't as great as it was last year but I would still give them the edge. 

 

The Angels starting staff is not very good outside of Weaver and Wilson.  They really blew it in the off-season by not keeping that staff strong and instead opting for another hitter in Hamilton which was unnecessary. 

 

Both teams are in bad shape but the Dodgers have it worse IMO just because the injury bug is reaching that of Lakers proportions. 



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Posted June 06, 2013 - 08:35 PM

Real deal Yasiel!!! Grand slam!

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Posted June 06, 2013 - 09:27 PM

Simply unreal.


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Posted June 07, 2013 - 10:24 AM

kid is amazing, which they put more Dodgers' games on TV 


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Posted June 07, 2013 - 06:51 PM

He is going to make the dodgers relevant again




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