Prospect Watch – Roy Smith

In response to your requests for updates on our prospects, Chad Billingsley, along with Greg Miller probably have as good stuff as anyone in the organization. The most important thing for Miller is to stay healthy and get a full season in.

Billingsley is coming off a very good year in Double-A and we anticipate him starting the season in Triple-A. We will let his performance dictate when he is ready for the Major Leagues. He will get some innings in Spring Training so our new staff can get a feel for him and he can get his feet wet. It is possible that we could see Chad in LA very early, but we will allow him to go at his own pace and try to make sure that he is ready when he is called up.

As for Yhency Brazoban, who you also asked about: He will pitch the 7th and 8th innings along with Danys Baez. Who pitches first and how often will be up to Grady. However it pans out, we feel very good about our ability to hold leads late in games with those two and Eric Gagne.         



    It is well-known that Las Vegas is an extreme hitter’s park. This has two negative effects: (a) it can damage a pitcher’s confidence when his ERA balloons to a very high number, and (b) it can make you overconfident about your hitters. See the effects of Colorado’s ballpark in the major leagues.

    Do the Dodgers worry about the unsuitability of their AAA park with regard to developing prospects? Have they considered moving their AAA affiliate to a place where their pitchers and hitters can be more fairly evaluated?


    the dodgers have a few players who appear to be straddling AA & AAA right now. does the organization has firm answers on where the following players will begin the year?:






    I am intrigued by the numbers that Justin Ruggiano has put up so far. Can you tell me more about him and why he isn’t talked about more as a legitimate prospect?


    Loney had poor AA numbers in ’04 and a .280+ average there in ’05. Therefore, I why doesn’t L.A. convert a much better hitter like Ruggiano or Kemp into a first baseman — inasmuch as that position should provide as much offense as possible.

  5. enchantedTheBeav

    How is it we have so many guys thrown out at home on infield grounders? Who keeps telling these guys to go? Isn’t first and third or second and third better than first and second? Is it me?

  6. enchantedTheBeav

    How is it this thread is for prospect Roy Smith, yet he’s not mentioned anythwhere except the headline? Obviously he never amounted to anything. I do have to congratulate gtcprplus on his exceedingly accurate assessment of Loney some 6 years ago.

  7. enchantedTheBeav

    Shocking. We didn’t scored that inning.
    Why do we have to endure Blake and Gywnn et al. rather than at least having someone to root for in the kids? I know what these turds can do – NOTHING. Why not let the kids have a shot and get their feet wet while there’s no pressure of playing for anything?

  8. enchantedTheBeav

    Last year’s team stunk. This year’s team is absolutely putrid. Rancid would be an improvement.

  9. nedsajerk

    Maybe Ned should’ve signed Downs over the crap Guerrier but that another left handed would’ve been bad.

    • enchantedTheBeav

      The trouble is shad, EVERYTHING Ned touches turns to crap. I’ve no doubt if Ned signed Pujols or Fielder, they too would turn into crap.

      • nedsajerk

        I don’t think Ned could mess that one up with Fielders and Pujols if they were sign.

  10. enchantedTheBeav

    Look at the bright side – at least Kersh gets credit for a complete game.
    How’s that for putting lipstick on a pig?

  11. JhallWally

    You ain’t got enough lipstick for Uribe, Navarro, Blake, and Loney. If you can’t get runners in from 3rd with less than 2 outs, it will come back and bite you.

  12. messagebear

    Kersh deserved that; he’s been screwed so many times by our inept offense.
    I find it ironic that I can count at least three games that Tony Gwynn has won for us, even though he’s not good. Two of the games were when he dive-caught balls in the ninth inning to preserve those wins, and then today’s walkoff.
    Other than that, I was kind of looking forward to at least spending some time in last place in the division, but then, the season isn’t over yet.

  13. Emma

    Greetings from the Twins Ctiy!
    We arrived early Sunday. Hated to miss Kerhsaw’s game but was thrilled that Kershaw won! We gave our tickets to good friends at the stadium.

  14. trublu4ever

    Good Morning. So, McCrook is at it again. Filing the Dodgers for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. Will this allow the jerk too keep the team? Or, is it too little, too late?

  15. nedsajerk

    The weekend culminated an all-around bad two weeks at Dodger Stadium.

    Frank McCourt’s contract with Fox TV was rejected, which was probably his last lifeline for saving his ownership of the team. It’s reportedly doubtful he will make the payroll on June 30, and commissioner Bud Selig is expected to pay the bills, seize the team, and order him to sell.

    Attendance was awful again—even against the Angels. Previously, there was only one time, since the start of interleague play in 1997, that a “Freeway Series” game at Dodger Stadium failed to generate at least 50,000 fans.

    This weekend, the attendance was announced at 43,460 on Friday, 41,108 on Saturday and 43,104 on Sunday. The key word is announced. Lots of sold tickets, which are what’s counted, went unused. By most estimates, the count of those actually watching the game was 15 percent to 25 percent below the announced total.

      • nedsajerk

        C Dioner Navarro picked off two runners and threw out two runners trying to steal in Friday’s loss to the Angels. According to Elias, the last catcher with two or more pickoffs and caught stealings in a game was Ron Hassey on June 8, 1986 against the Orioles. Navarro has four pickoffs this year. He’s thrown out 6-of-14 would-be base base stealers for the season.

        By The Numbers: 9.38—Strikeouts per nine innings for LHP Clayton Kershaw through 100 games started in the majors. That ranks eighth best in baseball history. The best is Randy Johnson’s 10.61 and ninth is the 9.28 by Sandy Koufax. Kershaw struck out 11 in nine innings Sunday, giving him a majors-leading 129 in 116 2/3 innings this year.

  16. enchantedTheBeav

    Interestingly in his bankruptcy filing, Frank listed 13 creditors he owes more than $1 million to, all players:
    (Nice to know we’re still paying Kaz Ishii and Marquis Grissom!!)
    HOWEVER, how is it the guy’s $500+ million in debt and these are the 13 creditors he lists? Me thinks Frank doesn’t want anyone to know just who he owes the REALLY big money to.

  17. selltheteam

    Lineup for Bankrupt Dodgers
    Gwynn lf
    Blake 3b
    Ethier dh
    Kemp cf
    Loney 1b
    Uribe 2b
    Oeltjen rf
    Ellis c
    Gordon ss
    Billingsley SP

  18. enchantedTheBeav

    OK, time to kick this up a notch. I CALL FOR THE PLAYERS TO QUIT.
    Oh wait, they already have.

  19. GM Ned Colletti

    Hey boss, even I’m disgusted with you now. Will I still get paid? Where’s the new bankruptcy thread?

  20. selltheteam

    I can’t wait for the Bankruptcy judge to start cutting the fat. That has to include Charlie Steiner.

  21. enchantedTheBeav

    With today’s turn of events, I’m more thoroughly disgusted than ever. I hope that all of you are as well. In addition to financially bankrupt, IMO Frank is morally and ethically bankrupt as well.
    THEREFORE, I’d like to call for a BOYCOTT OF ITD. I personally want nothing to do with Frank or his happy-faced minion, and I hope you’ll join me.
    Boycotting ITD for the duration of Frank’s tenure doesn’t however mean I want everyone to throw away the comaraderie and friendships we’ve made here. Ergo with Dodgereric’s permission, I’d like to suggest we move over to his Dodger Lyrics website:
    and use it as our new venue. If Eric doesn’t have a new thread available (which wouldn’t surprise me), we can start off on the You & Me thread for today’s game.
    Hope to see you all there!!

  22. vl4eccjr

    When will this tragedy come to an end?
    All this day to day drama has taken it’s toll on the players, and fans.This is so depressing. Days of our lives soap writers couldn’t top this story line.
    This just adds to the excruciating pains of the ITD gang, along with the millions other Dodger fans world wide. I feel as if we are just barely clinging on to the rim after this latest ‘Big Flush’ from McCrook. 😦

  23. lbirken

    Folks, I am usually not at a loss for words but today’s filing, while not surprising, leaves me with little more to say that has not already been said. But I do know this: I am not happy that the one little thing we had going was the ITD blog (remember we were called a cult sometime back?) and even that is fading away by constant movement to other threads. In addition, I now realize Jimmy Dykes (Tom Hanks in A League of Their Own, was wrong when he said there is no crying in baseball. I have a hard time believing Tommy, Vinny and maybe a few other old time Dodgers did not shed a tear or two today.

    • trublu4ever

      I’m still here! It’s way too much trouble getting anything to post there. I don’t think we should blame Josh for this mess. If we leave ITD, we may never get it back and, that would be very sad.

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