Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully shared his thoughts on the 2015 Dodgers in a 38-second clip for SportsNet LA recently. Since most of you don’t get the network, you might have missed it. Here is the unedited clip:
When they were still in high school, Dodgers pitchers Brett Anderson and Clayton Kershaw played for the 18-and-under national team. It was quite a roster — former Dodgers pitcher Shawn Tolleson was on it, too.
So when the Dodgers signed Anderson in December to a one-year contract, it reunited two pitchers who grew up about five hours apart (Anderson in Stillwater, Oklahoma; Kershaw in Dallas).
Wednesday, speaking on a conference call with reporters, Anderson flashed back to the summer of 2005.
“It was kind of right before he became Clayton Kershaw,” Anderson said. “He had some hype. That summer between his junior and senior year, he had a tremendous arm. He flipped that switch. Next thing you know, he’s the Clayton Kershaw we all know now.
“I think he was the third or fourth starter on our 18-under team. Next thing you know, he’s the biggest left-handed prospect in the country. Now he’s arguably the best pitcher in the last decade or so.”
Dodgers pitcher Brett Anderson, whose 2014 season ended prematurely because of a bulging disk in his back, provided a brief progress report on a conference call with reporters Wednesday.
Anderson had surgery August 15 on a herniated disk between the L4 and L5 vertebrae. He still hasn’t begun throwing off a mound, but he’s increased his flat-ground work to approximately 160 feet and recently began throwing breaking balls.
“I feel good,” Anderson said. “I’ve been throwing with Max Scherzer and some other guys at Fischer Sports (a physical therapy institute in Phoenix). I should be good to go come spring training.”
The left-hander said he expects to begin throwing off a mound next week. Last April, Anderson fractured his left index finger when it was hit by a baseball during batting practice, but that is no longer an issue. The back has been his focus this off-season.
“I’m doing a bunch of core stuff nobody likes to do,” Anderson said. “I won’t have a 6-pack but I’m trying to strengthen everything possible.”
More to come from Anderson’s conference call.
In the following video, Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez discusses his walk-up song, “El Mariachi Loco,” with ESPN. In the process, the unofficial record for most mariachi musicians performing in a major league dugout is broken.
DodgersDigest.com is ranking the top 100 prospects in the organization. Here’s their first installment, with prospects 100-76. The list:
100. Ibandel Isabel
99. Romer Cuadrado
98. Hector Rodriguez
97. Trevor Oaks
96. Samuel Ortiz
95. Max Gooding
94. Matt Jones
93. Harlan Richter
92. Carson Baranik
91. Matt Shelton
90. James Baldwin
89. Hendrik Clementina
88. Brock Stewart
87. Dennis Santana
86. Michael Ahmed
85. Kevin Guzman
84. Aaron Miller
83. Jon Garcia
82. J.D. Underwood
81. Theo Alexander
80. Carlos Aquino
79. Osiris Ramirez
78. Lenix Osuna
77. Moises Perez
76. Tyler Ogle
Day 3 of the Dodgers’ 3-day winter development camp is today.
Gabe Kapler, the Dodgers’ new director of player development, discussed his goals for the program in some detail Monday. Kapler was outspoken about making a break from the past — not doing things the same way as a year ago “because they’re the way they’ve always been done,” as he put it.
The plan is to implement a clock at the Triple-A and Double-A levels in 2015. Every club at those levels received a memo from Major League Baseball detailing how the clocks will work, according to a source who has seen the memo.
According to Yahoo! Sports, the Dodgers’ 2015 payroll projects to be an MLB-high $262.6 million. That includes players who are unsigned and eligible for salary arbitration, and players with 0-3 years’ service time who have not yet reached agreement on a 2015 contract.
The $262.6 million an estimate. So is the $275.2 million we estimated recently using a different methodology ($10 million combined for all 0-3 players, rather than $500,000 per player). As with all estimates, take each of those numbers with a grain of salt. Gather enough grains together, and you get a sense for the bigger picture.
The bigger picture is that the Dodgers are still baseball’s biggest spenders. From the Yahoo! piece:
Nearly two-thirds of the teams in baseball could start the season with $100 million-plus payrolls, with the Dodgers, Yankees ($210.9 million) and Red Sox ($180.5 million) all certain to exceed the $189 million luxury-tax threshold. Rounding out the top five payrolls are Detroit ($168.8 million) and World Series champion San Francisco ($160.7 million).
The biggest salary jump comes in Seattle, where the Mariners’ offensive additions bumped their payroll to an estimated $122.5 million, more than $30 million ahead of 2014. The Dodgers are second at $27.3 million, though in reality they’ll actually be spending less on players in their uniform this year: they’re paying a combined $37.5 million to cover the salaries of the released Brian Wilson and the traded Matt Kemp and Dan Haren.