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first_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies A native of Minnesota, where he also played football and hockey in high school, Busch was primarily a first baseman at North Carolina but he also played left field and second base (in the Cape Cod League). The Dodgers plan to “challenge” him to play second base at the professional level.“He’s basically done it in some practice settings. We’ve seen it in the Cape a little bit,” Gasparino said. “We think the kid has the physical skills and the makeup to try it and we’ll move off if needed. We know he can play first. We know he can play left. But we wanted to think in more of a positive mindset and challenge him.”Busch said it was a dream come true just to get drafted and he’ll take that challenge gladly.“I think offensively is the biggest contribution I’ll make,” he said. “Wherever they put me on the field is where I’m going to work hard.”Related Articles The Dodgers powered up with their first two picks in this year’s draft, taking one of the NCAA’s leading home run hitters with their first-round pick and another power-hitting infielder with their second pick.Between them – Tulane third baseman Kody Hoese and North Carolina infielder Michael Busch – hit 39 home runs this season.“We liked that demographic and it just worked out in our favor in this draft. Extremely happy to get both of those college bats,” director of amateur scouting Billy Gasparino said. “We always like to search for those guys first and were happy to get them to come in those first two picks.”Hoese was the Dodgers’ first choice, 25th overall. After hitting only five home runs in his freshman and sophomore seasons at Tulane (the alma mater of Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman), Hoese hit 23 home runs in 58 games as a junior this year. That led the NCAA in mid-May and was tied for fourth-highest at the end of the regular season 2019. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season center_img “That’s a great question. We asked that question ourselves,” Gasparino said of what powered the big jump. “I think it was really a combination of elements – getting a little stronger, getting a little more experience, improving his swing a little bit and really just understanding how to create leverage. All of those things added up to a monster year – 23 home runs, 20 doubles and just really high-end power output.”Hoese finished the season with a .391 batting average, 61 RBIs and a 1.265 OPS. A native of Griffith, Ind., Hoese was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 35th round of last year’s draft but did not sign. His defense at third base is “a real strength,” Gasparino said.“His defense is plus,” Gasparino said. “We like two-way type players. I think he can play other positions. He’s a good athlete. He can run. So not only do we get power with Hoese, I think we can get plus-defense as well.”The Dodgers also had the 31st pick overall as compensation for not signing their first-round pick a year ago, right-hander J.T. Ginn who went 8-4 with a 3.36 ERA as a freshman at Mississippi State.They used the pick on more offense in Busch, who hit .290 with 16 home runs and 57 RBIs for the Tar Heels. Busch also hit .322 in the wood-bat Cape Cod League last summer and was named to the All-Cape Cod League. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco With their final pick of the first day, (78th overall, a compensatory pick for Yasmani Grandal signing with the Milwaukee Brewers), the Dodgers selected Jimmy Lewis, a right-handed pitcher from Lake Travis High in Austin, Texas.“He developed into one of our favorite right-handed high school pitchers,” Gasparino said. “He’s 6-6, 200 pounds, lean and lanky. We feel he took a huge jump in his coordination and the ability to repeat his delivery. He has two plus-pitches – 91-95 (mph fastball), locates down in the zone, the curveball is plus. We think he can really spin it, command it and execute it well.”Lewis has committed to LSU but Gasparino said he was optimistic “we can make him a Dodger.”Lewis went 9-0 with a 0.52 ERA while striking out 83 and walking 15 in 53-1/3 innings this season. He pitched a no-hitter against Hays High in late April, striking out nine.last_img read more


first_imgWith 10 teams off and only one preseason ace taking the hill, Monday’s SP rankings leave much to be desired. Finding one pitcher for FanDuel contests is doable, but finding two you like on DraftKings could be a challenge, especially with our top two guys pitching in the same game. UPDATE: The Tigers-Red Sox game has been postponed, so ignore the rest of this paragraph. You’ll see it again tomorrow. We had to note “preseason ace” in the last paragraph because Chris Sale (vs. Tigers) has pitched like anything but this year. In fact, his opponent tonight, Detroit’s Matthew Boyd (@ Red Sox), has outpitched him by every metric. Still, we know Sale has the talent to figure it out, and his matchup on paper is just about as good as it gets. We give him the nod over Boyd, but Boyd is priced higher on both DraftKings and FanDuel, making this one of the few times you can qualify Sale as a “bargain”. MORE: Monday DraftKings Lineup Jeremy Hellickson (@ Rockies) is one of the few pitchers with the numbers in his favor, but we know the Rockies are going to start hitting righties better eventually, especially now that they’re back at home. You could make a case he’s a good candidate for a cheap win, but he’ll need to make it through five innings first. In Colorado, that’s never guaranteed.Today’s Starting Pitcher Rankings: Monday, April 22RankPitcherTeamOpponentOpp. wRC+ vs. LHP (rank)Opp. wRC+ vs. RHP (rank)1Chris SaleRed Soxvs. Tigers58 (29th)N/A2Matthew [email protected] Red Sox83 (19th)N/A3J.A. [email protected] Angels71 (23rd)N/A4Jack FlahertyCardinalsvs. BrewersN/A104 (15th)5Yonny ChirinosRaysvs. RoyalsN/A107 (T-11th)6Jake [email protected] MetsN/A101 (17th)7Joe MusgrovePiratesvs. D-backsN/A96 (18th)8Zack [email protected] PiratesN/A86 (21st)9Brad [email protected] RaysN/A117 (T-5th)10Brad PeacockAstrosvs. TwinsN/A122 (T-3rd)11Steven MatzMetsvs. Phillies111 (11th)N/A12David HessOriolesvs. White SoxN/A102 (16th)13Jake [email protected] AstrosN/A117 (T-5th)14Manny BanuelosWhite [email protected] Orioles88 (15th)N/A15Mike [email protected] A’s124 (7th)N/A16Jeremy [email protected] RockiesN/A57 (30th)17Adrian [email protected] CardinalsN/A116 (T-7th)18Chris BassittA’svs. RangersN/A113 (9th)19Matt HarveyAngelsvs. YankeesN/A122 (T-3rd)20Tyler AndersonRockiesvs. Nationals119 (8th)N/AwRC+ is defined by Fangraphs as “[measuring] how a player’s wRC compares with league average after controlling for park effects. League average for position players is 100, and every point above 100 is a percentage point above league average. For example, a 125 wRC+ means a player created 25% more runs than a league average hitter would have in the same number of plate appearances. Similarly, every point below 100 is a percentage point below league average, so a 80 wRC+ means a player created 20% fewer runs than league average.” For more on the stat, click here. Watch ChangeUp, a new MLB live whip-around show on DAZNJack Flaherty (vs. Brewers) was a borderline ace in preseason rankings, and while his K-to-BB ratio is a stellar 22/4, he’s already allowed four HRs. Three of those have come against tonight’s opponent, and while the Brewers are only 15th in wRC+ against righties, Christian Yelich alone is enough to make you consider fading Flaherty. It’s worth noting both of his starts this year against Milwaukee came in Miller Park, and for his short career, he’s been much better at home (3.03 ERA) than on the road (4.52). It’s not easy to identify many more worthwhile DFS sleepers/season-long streamers just by looking at the matchups on paper. It’s tempting to get excited about Zack Godley (@ Pirates), who seems due for a bounce back and is in a pitchers park on the road, but his career road ERA (4.50) is almost identical to his home mark (4.51), so there isn’t much to go on there. Yonny Chirinos (vs. Royals) has been dominant in three of his four outings this year, but he’s also only gone more than five innings once. Steven Matz (vs. Phillies) couldn’t record an out when he faced the Phillies last week, so the Law of Averages is in his favor, if that’s your thing.last_img read more