Dodgers Roster: Who Will Be the High-Upside Players in 2018?

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The Think Blue gang has spent a lot of time in the prediction and prospect business over the past week. And why not? With spring training just a few days away and the Los Angeles Dodgers’ roster, for the most part, camp-ready (with a pair of major exceptions in Matt Kemp and Chase Utley), there’s not much more to talk about.

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Dodgers 2018 Roster: Is Brock Stewart a Better Fit as a Starter or Reliever?

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While there are plenty of question marks surrounding the impending relief crew for the Dodgers heading into 2018, there are many options for the club to consider for the bullpen as the season approaches. A handful of arms who can contribute as either a starter or a reliever could play into the team’s roster plans, and Brock Stewart is certainly right at the top of that list.

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Some Preliminary Thoughts on the 2018 Oklahoma City Starting Rotation

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As most Triple-A rosters normally don’t start taking shape until later in the spring when the big league squads become firm, it’s probably a bit too early to take a stab at guessing Oklahoma City‘s 2018 Opening Day starting pitching rotation. However, with the departure of veterans Brandon McCarthy and Scott Kazmir last weekend, the major league rotation is developing earlier than usual, giving us at least some kind of idea as to how most of the system’s starting pitchers fit onto the organizational ladder.

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Coors Field Probably Isn’t the Best Place to Audition for a Playoff Roster

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All week long, most of the discussions around the Dodgers blogosphere have been surrounding the impending 25-man roster for the upcoming NLDS. While the majority of the key decisions certainly have already been made, there are a few spots which have come down to the final series of the regular season, with a few of them involving the prospective starting rotation and bullpen. Unfortunately for the pitchers doing the auditioning, Coors Field isn’t exactly the ideal spot to plead a case.

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Dodgers Add Brock Stewart, Wilmer Font to Expanded Roster

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The Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday morning recalled right-handed pitcher Brock Stewart and selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Wilmer Font from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

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The Current State of the Dodgers Starting Rotation

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At this particular juncture of the 2017 campaign, it’s a bit difficult to provide a general outlook regarding the starting rotation of the Dodgers, mainly because of its present instability. Yet, although the pitching hasn’t been the sole culprit of the club’s first four-game losing streak since May of 2016, it has indeed been ugly as of late, especially in the current series against the Diamondbacks at Chase Field.

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Dodgers Recall Kyle Farmer, Option Brock Stewart to Oklahoma City

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The Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday recalled catcher/infielder Kyle Farmer from Triple-A Oklahoma City and optioned right-handed pitcher Brock Stewart back to Oklahoma City.

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Dodgers Recall Stewart and Ravin, Place Wood and Bellinger on Disabled List

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The Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday recalled right-handed pitcher Brock Stewart from Triple-A Oklahoma City and placed left-handed pitcher Alex Wood on the 10-day disabled list with left SC joint inflammation.

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The Current State of the Dodgers Starting Rotation

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While there are several factors which could potentially contribute to the dynamics of the Dodgers pitching rotation over the coming week, the club still continues to take a conservative approach on a day-to-day basis, protecting themselves from one or two outcomes that may determine the fate of the starting five moving forward.

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Dodgers Bullpen: Brock Stewart Settling into New Relief Role Nicely

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When pitcher Brock Stewart was initially recalled to the major league roster this year on June 18, many fans of the Dodgers believed that the 25-year-old righty was merely an extra body in the perpetual carousel of the Los Angeles bullpen, setting the stage for yet another roster move when the next Dodger regular became healthy.

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