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Saturday, November 9, 2013

A Few Winter League Notes, RoundBall Debut for Preston

What to do on a autumn evening, post-World Series?  Watch the Arizona Fall League between two teams with Non-Dodger prospects?  Try to find a transmission of Dominican League baseball?  Watch a lot of college football?  Nothing seems too appetizing, but there is NCAA  roundball on, and with a Dodger connection.

(basketball photo captures from Fox Sports 2)

I have the Butler vs. Lamar NCAA basketball game on the TV tonight.  I haven’t really paid much attention to it nor do I have much interest in this matchup, but it is Preston Mattingly’s NCAA basketball debut and he is getting some playing time.   The play-by-play broadcasters mentioned that his coach Wade Knight claims he is already a valuable addition to his Lamar team, bringing an “outstanding work ethic and leadership skills with him.”

Preston is a 26 year old freshman and the lone guy on the team with “a lot of money in the bank and a decent car to drive,” say the announcers.  Butler is running away with this thing (65-44 lead in the 2nd half) and Preston isn’t seeing much playing time, but it’s the closest thing to a Dodger in action on the tube tonight that can be found. 


Through three games of Dominican League action, playing for the Gigantes del Cibao, newest Dodger Alexander Guerrero has played a game at second base, another at third base and tonight he was a late insertion into the lineup at shortstop.  So far he is 3 for 11, with a double, no walks and 3 strike outs.  
Dee Gordon in last year's Winter League action for Licey in the Dominican Republic.

Guerrero's opponent tonight was the Licey Tigers and Dee Gordon led off for them, playing center field.  Gordon went 1 for 3 and so far in in seven games he is 11 for 29, batting .414 with a .464 OBP. I'm looking for reports on his defensive performances this far and am coming up empty.  It'll be interesting to see how he does in that pressure packed Winter League that Dominican fans take very seriously.  So seriously that former Dodger organization manager Dino Ebel (currently Mike Scioscia's bench coach with the Angels) was fired today as manager of Estrellas Orientales after his team started 6-12.

It was reported today by a few twitter sources that Ted Lilly has reported to Venezuela in an attempt to salvage his career and get a Spring Training invitation.

Former Dodger farmhand Ivan DeJesus Jr. is off to a scalding start in Puerto Rico for Ponce, at 6 for 13 with a .588 OBP.  Ivan is currently Pittsburgh Pirates property and toiled the entire 2013 at AAA Indianapolis.

In that same Puerto Rican League, Albuquerque starter Matt Magill was shelled in his two starts for Mayaguez.  In two games he has pitched 6.1 innings and surrendered 5 earned runs.


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