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Stewart wins award as top starting pitcher in minors

Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

Brock Stewart, recently named the Dodgers’ top pitching prospect, has won the award from Minor League Baseball — the MiLBY — as its top starting pitcher. Stewart, whom we’ve chronicled throughout the year, was the subject of a new feature by Tyler Maun of MiLB.com.

— Jon Weisman

As Dodgers enter offseason, young starters provide foundation for rotation

NLDS-Game 5-Los Angeles Dodgers vs Washington Nationals

By Jon Weisman

In 2015, the combined total of big-league starts by Jose De León, Brock Stewart, Ross Stripling and Julio Urías — not to mention Kenta Maeda — was zero.

This year, the four traditional rookies amassed 38, with Maeda good for another 32. Nearly half the starts for the 2016 National League West champions came from brand new Major Leaguers, with the team going 40-30 (.571) in those games, compared with 51-41 (.554) in games started by veterans.

Just to clarify for the paranoid: Over the coming offseason, the Dodgers will scour the trade and free-agent markets (which includes midseason acquisition Rich Hill) for starting pitchers that might bolster the 2017 rotation.

At the same time, this year’s rookie quintet already puts Los Angeles a step closer to alleviating the reliance on quantity in recent seasons (16 starters in 2015, 15 in 2016).

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Farm fresh: Cody Bellinger and Brock Stewart named 2016 top prospects

Cody Bellinger. Photo by Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

Cody Bellinger. Photo by Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers

By Cary Osborne

The team at MLB.com’s MLB Pipeline announced its organizational Prospects of the Year today for every Major League team. They chose Brock Stewart as the Dodgers’ Top Pitching Prospect and Cody Bellinger as the Top Hitting Prospect.

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Dodger minor leaguers up for a slew of MiLBYS

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By Cary Osborne

The Dodger farm system started the season on top and fans can help make it end the season in the same spot.

Fans can vote here for the 2016 MiLBYS, the MiLB.com awards for the best of the year in the minor leagues.

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Dodgers done in by big-game Hunter

Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images

Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images

By Cary Osborne

In the game after, a 7-1 loss to the Padres in San Diego on Tuesday, it’s the little things we choose to look at.

Away from the fact that the Dodgers struggled with runners in scoring position and rookie Hunter Renfroe, in his sixth career game, became the second player this century to knock in at least seven runs against the Dodgers (the other being another Hunter — Pence — on September 14, 2013), Dodger relievers ignited final week competition for playoff roster spots.

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Dodger farm system became a production company in 2016

Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images

Cody Bellinger (Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)

By Cary Osborne

What good are baseball prospects if they don’t move?

The Dodgers came into 2016 with the top farm system in baseball across the board, according to MLB.com, Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus. They had five prospects in MLB.com’s preseason Top 100 Prospects list. And all five moved.

No. 1 overall prospect Corey Seager will, in all likelihood, be the National League Rookie of the Year. MLB.com No. 4 prospect Julio Uriás graduated from the Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers as a teenager and showed rapid progress in the Majors with Los Angeles. No. 24 prospect Jose De León knocked on the door so hard that the Dodgers answered in September, calling him up and watching him contribute to wins right away. In addition, the Dodgers moved No. 62 Grant Holmes and No. 95 Frankie Montas to Oakland in the deal for Rich Hill and Josh Reddick.

In all, seven Dodger minor-leaguers made their Major League debut this year. Many others raised their game, climbed the ladder and gave the Dodger farm good reason to be highly regarded next year as well.

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As Dodgers sift pitching options, Kazmir to start Friday

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS VS LOS ANGELES DODGERS

Giants at Dodgers, 7:10 p.m.
Howie Kendrick, LF
Corey Seager, SS
Justin Turner, 3B
Adrian González, 1B
Yasiel Puig, RF
Carlos Ruiz, C
Kiké Hernández, CF
Charlie Culberson, 2B
Kenta Maeda, P

By Jon Weisman

Scott Kazmir will follow Brett Anderson’s Thursday start against the Rockies by taking the mound Friday, Dave Roberts said today.

The left-handed Kazmir hasn’t pitched in a Major League game since August 22, when he allowed four runs and nine baserunners in a season-low 2 2/3 innings against the Reds (a game the Dodgers won, 18-9). Kazmir and Anderson both went on the disabled list the next day.

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Joc, Brock and the gang combine the effort

Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images

Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images

By Cary Osborne

This 6-2 win over Arizona on Saturday was one of those games where it’s too hard to focus on one player’s effort. But Joc Pederson has to be mentioned first.

Pederson hit a 3-2 Shelby Miller pitch to the walkway above the seats in right-center field in Chase Field for a 463-foot, two-run home run in the top of the fourth inning, giving the Dodgers a 4-1 lead at the time.

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Stewart to start Saturday, rehab continues for vets

Arizona Diamondbacks vs Los Angeles Dodgers

Dodgers at Diamondbacks, 6:40 p.m.
Chase Utley, 2B
Corey Seager, SS
Justin Turner, 3B
Adrián González, 1B
Yasmani Grandal, C
Josh Reddick, RF
Howie Kendrick, LF
Joc Pederson, CF
Kenta Maeda, P

By Jon Weisman

Though it’s not as dramatic as it was in July and August, when seemingly every start was up for grabs, the Dodgers did have some small tweaks and tidbits to share this afternoon about their starting pitching.

Brock Stewart will make Saturday’s start at Arizona instead of previously announced Bud Norris, according to Dave Roberts, who said Stewart was getting the nod based on “the way he’s thrown” in his recent outings. Norris will remain available out of the bullpen.

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Dodger rookie starters make extraordinary impact

Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images

Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images

By Cary Osborne

Start a bunch of rookies, lose a bunch of games. It’s a formula that dates back to early 1900s, when the St. Louis Cardinals regularly featured rookie starters in the first decade of the century, including a rookie with one of the great names in baseball history — Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown.

In 1902, 1903, 1905 and 1906, the Cardinals had at least three rookie pitchers start at least 13 games in each season. The Cardinals’ combined winning percentage in those four seasons was .363. Eleven of the 67 teams who have had rookies start at least 13 games have lost at least 100 games.

That’s what makes what the Dodgers have done this season with their rookie starters so exceptional. (more…)