Update: Make no make mistake this is big news. Some have questioned why Dodgers fans have reacted to this news with so much exuberance. To me it speaks to the heart of what really worry's Dodger fans. The future, and with the financial landscape littered with mines, many of us doubted the Dodgers even had the money to compete for this kind of talent until the mines have been removed,. The fact that they were able to make this deal has to give hope to those of us who were worried that our infrastructure would begin to resemble the American banking system, so while the player himself may not make any impact for a number of years, just the fact the Dodgers made a serious investment in their infrastructure is very important today. This was a big day for Dodger fans and should be celebrated.
The big news was the record breaking bonus that Zach Lee got but the Dodgers were busy all day:
Earlier today, the Dodgers signed 11th-round selection Joc Pederson and 26th-round pick Scott Schebler to give them a total of 30 of their 50 selections from the 2010 First-Year Player Draft,
This draft now has serious potential, and should stop all those reports that the Dodgers are dead last in spending money on amateur talent. Much has already been written about Zach Lee so here is some information about Pederson and Schebler.
MLB Player Profile Joc Pederson - wait about 15 seconds for his video to start
"He's out there hitting 500 balls a day during the summer," Paly Athletic Director and football coach Earl Hansen said. "He works, he earns it. It's not magic."
Pederson won the Mercury News Prep Baseball Player of the Year award. In addition, he was named co-MVP in the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League De Anza Division, and "Athlete of the Year" by The Viking.
This is not the first Paly baseball player to earn a Major League selection. Pederson's father Stu also played for the Los Angeles Dodgers for a short stint in 1985...
7-21 from: - link - OF, Scott Schebler, Wichita St, 6'2 210, L/R, this kid runs well for his size and is a FA currently but also committed to Wichita State for 2011. Arm is solid, glove is ok, doesn't get great breaks on balls hit in the gap but makes up for it in his quickness afoot, has a bit of a loop in his bat, not always though, he feels for the pitch at times. Reminds me some of former ML Gary Varsho (Cubs for one of the clubs he played for). May steal a base or two along the way, ran 6.8, 60 in workout.
AAA – Isotopes win 5 - 4 overcoming a horrific start from Haeger who walked five in two innings. Jon Link picked up the win by hurling two excellent relief innings, striking out four of the seven batters he faced. Not much has been written about Justin Sellers but the 23 year old SS is making his mark on this team. He clubbed his 10th home run and is now sporting an OPS of 1.190 since the all-star break. Sellers spent 2009 in AA but found himself back in A to start 2010. However when Hu broke his nose they jumped Sellers from A to AAA and he has responded by being the best hitter on the Isotopes since the All-Star game. As a SS.
AA – Bastardo was demoted to AA after sucking in AAA, and hurled a solid 8 - 2 victory. This is probably where he belongs. Phil fave Javier Solano threw another inning of shutout relief work. Matt Wallach slugged his 1st AA home run and has actually been doing just fine in AA with a .874 OPS since being promoted several weeks ago. The hitting star was Elian Herrera who had four hits (3 doubles) while playing 3rd base. I believe playing 3rd base is a new winkle for Herrera who has mostly been an outfielder. The vaunted outfield went hit-less with Trayvon striking out four times, and walking once, so he never put the bat on the ball in five at bats.
High A – No Game
A – Great Lakes was shutout 4 - 0, while being held to only three hits. Matt MaGill gave up only three hits in his six innings while striking out 7 but he also walked six.
Rookie Ogden – Raptors were crushed 9 -1 with Antonio Castillo taking the beating. If anyone needs to be removed from the Raptor rotation it is Antonio, he is getting crushed on a regular basis.
Rookie Arizona – Dodgers win 6 - 4 with Hunt slugging his 2nd home run in two days. JJ Baldwin had three hits as he continues his renaissance. 19 year old Gustavo Gomez picked up the win but the real pitching was done by 20 year old Andres Santiago who struck out five of the seven batters he faced.
DSL – Off day