Viva Las Vegas – Roy Smith
In response to one of your posts about our Triple-A affiliate, the Las Vegas 51s, it is true that Las Vegas is very much a hitters park and pitching there can be difficult at times. We in the Dodger organization are cognizant of this and we take these factors into account when evaluating our players. These factors include both statistics and scouting. Many of our professional scouts, Ned Colletti, Kim Ng, Logan White, Terry Collins, myself and members of our development staff evaluate our players at various times during the year. I personally like to see the team both at home and on the road for some of the reasons that are mentioned. Each ballpark and league bring with them different conditions and variables. It is up to us as an organization to make educated evaluations and make sure that our players are at the right levels in order for them to fulfill their potential. We value our relationship with the Las Vegas organization, and the fact that they are only a short plane flight away makes it an ideal spot from a logistical sense.
As for the questions on Greg Miller, Andy LaRoche and Justin Orenduff, these players have all time at Double-A and are talented. Where they start the season has yet to be determined, but given good health, we hope all three will be in Triple-A at some point during the season.