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51 Pickup
2003-04-21 09:22
by Jon Weisman
Note: The Dodger Thoughts blog has moved to the Los Angeles Times.

I've added to the template a link to the Las Vegas 51s stats, courtesy of Baseball America.

Two guys who are hitting well are Larry Barnes (.980 OPS), who made a big impression in Spring Training, and Bubba Crosby (1.529 OPS), who did not. Crosby, who appears to be mainly DH-ing, is batting .489 and slugging 1.000 in 47 at-bats.

Not much to report from the other hitters. Joe Thurston is getting on base (.383 OBP) and playing errorless ball but has only two extra-base hits in 70 at-bats - not really enough to get him promoted, at least while Jolbert Cabrera is on his fluke power surge. Chin-Feng Chen's numbers are similar to Thurston's. No one else is really worth mentioning.

On the mound, the big news is that Wilson Alvarez threw six perfect innings in his first start. Steve Colyer is 1-0 with three saves and a 2.84 ERA in six games. Another castoff, Andrew Lorraine, a player I interviewed for the Daily News when he was at Hart High School, is 3-0 with a 1.62 ERA in three starts, but is averaging only 5 2/3 innings per game. Victor Alvarez and Bryan Corey have not allowed a run in a combined 17 2/3 innings.

Jason Romano, who made the Opening Day roster, has an OPS of .456. If the Dodgers go back to 11 pitchers, Barnes looks like the first callup, first baseman or not. But I guess we need to keep our eye on Crosby, a former first-round pick who has never done much in the minors to get excited about up to now.

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