Despite the unusually high number of player trades orchestrated by president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman and the Dodgers over the winter months, many of the deals, excluding the acquisition of Logan Forsythe, have been that of the low profile variety. Yet after continuing to add to the bottomless pit of talent on the Los Angeles farm, many fans are beginning to wonder if the management crew may be on the verge of cashing in on a potential blockbuster.
Even though the best available arms at Oklahoma City will undeniably be called upon more than once during the upcoming campaign, if the big league starting rotation of the Dodgers somehow stays relatively healthy for the majority of the season, the projected Triple-A rotation certainly has both the required talent and potential to be among the most elite in recent history.
When we initially decided to take our first look at the Oklahoma City rotation at this point last year, all spots were seemingly up for grabs, with nine different pitchers contending for starting slots at the highest level on the Dodgers‘ farm. The big league pitching staff was still in rough shape, as the front office crew was working diligently to finalize deals with veteran lefty Scott Kazmir and Japanese sensation Kenta Maeda as the final days of 2015 dwindled away.
For fans of the Dodgers who follow the farm system relatively closely, infielder Tim Locastro‘s name probably first appeared on the prospect radar when he destroyed the Lancaster JetHawks’ pitching staff last May, accomplishing the rare feat of hitting for the cycle in Rancho‘s 12-1 blowout victory. About six months prior to that, however, he was a lower-level prospect in the Blue Jays organization, ultimately being acquired by Los Angeles along with pitcher Chase De Jong in exchange for three international slots in July of 2015.
Another big set of decisions by the Los Angeles Dodgers front office crew will foreseeably be made this week, as every MLB club has until Friday to make last minute additions to their 40-man rosters or else risk losing qualified players to the Rule 5 draft, which will be held during the Winter Meetings early next month in Maryland.
While many fans of the Dodgers are feeling a touch of stress regarding several of management’s upcoming roster decisions during the winter months, a little bit of relief can be found in realizing the multitude of talent flourishing on almost every level of the farm, setting up a seemingly secure future for the entire organization in terms of player personnel.
After sacrificing more than a handful of their most productive contributors to the big league squad when rosters expanded a few weeks ago, the Oklahoma City Dodgers have stayed focused and fought hard, and are now ready to embark upon their final crusade of the 2016 season — a meeting with El Paso in the Pacific Coast League Championship.
From the very first day the injury bug began biting the Dodgers‘ starting rotation early in the season, many fans have been chattering about a big league promotion for pitching prospect Jose De Leon. Now, after a long anticipated wait and just 27 games remaining on the regular season schedule, those same fans will get their wish as the 24-year-old righty is set to make his Dodgers debut in the series finale against the Padres on Sunday.