Dodgers Prospects: A Closer Look at Will Smith

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As spring training games for minor league affiliates of the Dodgers are slated to begin on Monday, we thought it would be an opportune time to scatter in a few more profiles of some of the best prospects on the organization’s farm. Today, we turn our attention to 21-year-old Will Smith, who many pundits believe to have the highest ceiling of all the catchers in the entire system.

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Dodgers Prospects: Trevor Oaks Discusses Early Days of Spring Training

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Even though he had the opportunity to suit up in a pinch and sit in the bullpen at one Cactus League game last year, righty pitching prospect Trevor Oaks is still excited for his first official non-roster invite to the big league camp of the Dodgers, and hopes to take advantage of every single moment.

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Dodgers Management: A Quick Look at Oklahoma City’s Bill Haselman

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Continuing along with our winter profiles of a few select members of the Dodgers‘ coaching and management crew, today we cruise down to the Triple-A level, where we take a quick look at Oklahoma City manager Bill Haselman.

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Dodgers Prospects: A Quick Glance at Walker Buehler

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For those who are very familiar with the farm system of the Dodgers, they’ll know that there are three different tiers when categorizing the levels of starting pitching talent throughout the organization. The top tier, consisting of young, MLB-ready premium throwers like Julio Urias, Jose De Leon, Ross Stripling and Brock Stewart, sets the standard across baseball. The intermediate tier features names like Trevor Oaks, Chase De Jong, Carlos Frias and Scott Barlow — all pitchers considered to be right on the fringe, but could probably assume No. 5 big league spots for almost any team in the league. Then there’s the third tier, which is made up of future stars like Yadier Alvarez, Mitchell White, Josh Sborz, Imani Abdullah and Andrew Sopko. This lower tier puts an exclamation point on how strong and incredibly deep the Dodgers’ minor league system has actually become.

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Dodgers Prospects: A Closer Look at Tim Locastro

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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.

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Dodgers Prospects: Edwin Rios Drawing Attention

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If there’s one spot in the Dodgers‘ farm system that’s considered a void, it’s probably third base. Yet after the year Edwin Rios had last season, the Florida International University product opened the eyes of many followers of the organization, and could very well be roaming the hot corner while on the fast track to the highest levels of the minors.

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My Story

“If I told you my story
You would hear Hope that wouldn’t let go
And if I told you my story
You would hear Love that never gave up
And if I told you my story
You would hear Life, but it wasn’t mine”

~Big Daddy Weave

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Dodgers Prospects: Brock Stewart Rapidly Progressing

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As a player who wasn’t even on the radar of the Dodgers‘ prospects list at the beginning of 2016, pitcher Brock Stewart zipped through the Single-A scene and has now vaulted himself to the top of the Double-A Tulsa starting rotation.

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Dodgers Prospects: Quakes’ Locastro Hits for Cycle

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If you’re a close follower of the Los Angeles Dodgers‘ minor league affiliates, you probably had a very busy evening Tuesday night. You were likely watching righty Zach Lee throw seven-plus innings of solid ball for Triple-A OKC, but if you happened to check on the High-A Quakes game to see Yaisel Sierra pitch or Alex Guerrero bat cleanup, the final at-bat in the eighth inning for shortstop Tim Locastro certainly provided the most excitement of all.

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Oaks Wins First Double-A Start, Sierra Set for Quakes Debut

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Just three days after earning a promotion to Tulsa from Rancho Cucamonga, right-handed starter Trevor Oaks earned the victory in his Double-A debut while helping lead the Drillers to a 2-1 victory over Arkansas in an early game on Wednesday.

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