Offseason Review Chat Transcript: Los Angeles Dodgers By Mark Polishuk | March 22, 2023 at 2:47pm CDT In association with our Dodgers-related Offseason In Review post, we held a live chat so MLBTR’s audience could share their opinions about the Dodgers’ winter moves. Click here to read the chat transcript.
The dodgers system is really talented and deep, they need to trust the kids. They’ve built the system up so much they now there’s 2 websites devoted only to dodgers prospects, Dodgers Daily and Dodgers 2080. Both of those guys interview kids at Rancho Cucamonga and Oklahoma and I’m impressed with how polished the next wave of guys are. The front office has done a good job of changing that culture after having players like Puig, Bellinger, and Joc, who weren’t known for their work ethic.
Lumping Belli and Joc in with Puig makes your whole comment seem irrelevant.
Bellinger won an MVP and Joc tears up RHP. Seems a fine addition
“ who weren’t known for their work ethic.”
He was complimenting them… does no one read anymore? Three people jumped on paddy as if he said Bellinger and Joc were subpar. He was defending their work ethic!
He wasn’t complementing them.
“…. I’m impressed with how polished the next wave of guys are.”
Then he goes onto to say, “ The front office has done a good job of changing that culture…” as in the culture has helped develop these “next wave of guys” that has impressed him.
He then adds, “ after having players like Puig, Bellinger, and Joc, who weren’t known for their work ethic..”. He mentions three players who are no longer on the team and to whom the Dodgers made no attempt to keep or bring back once they reached free agency.
Furthermore, Puig’s lack of work ethic, at least in the few seasons of his Dodger tenure, is well-documented but the writer somehow put Joc and Cody in that same t list headlined by Puig.
It was not a complement even though I’d don’t believe any of us have heard that Cody and Joc took working at the game for granted.
Puig is probably a better player than both and I’m not a drama queen making personal judgements on peoples off field life. I get the feeling you are though paddy
As good of a track record that the Dodgers have and as good of a talent pool that they currently have, it is still very much a crapshoot as most talented prospects don’t amount to much. So, we will see how the Dodgers top prospects (Miller, Stone, Vargas, Outman, Busch, etc.) turn out.
I’m not betting on Trayce Thompson as a full reclamation project. Between the small sample size and past injuries that is too much to ask for as an everyday player. That said, he can be a serviceable weak side of a platoon. Perhaps they platoon him with either Outman, Heyward or Peralta. I think he’s best served as a corner outfield but may get pushed to CF out of necessity.
If the Dodgers are to make the playoffs they need Outman and/or Vargas to perform, Taylor to bounce back and a Peralta to at least put up serviceable numbers. Rotation also needs to stay intact physically (Kershaw/Gonsolin). Getting Thor to bounce back and May to get back to pre-injury form plus polish will also help.