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Kenta Maeda is authoring his own special story

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Dodgers at Rockies, 5:10 p.m.
Chase Utley, 2B
Corey Seager, SS
Yasiel Puig, RF
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
Howie Kendrick, 3B
Kiké Hernandez, LF
Joc Pederson, CF
A.J. Ellis, C
Kenta Maeda, P

By Cary Osborne 

By now you know the story of the Rockies shortstop Trevor (Story) and his incredible first four games (six home runs). The pitcher he is facing today has the opportunity to write his own incredible four-game legend.

Kenta Maeda has allowed one earned run in his first three starts/19 innings. It has Owen Watson of Fangraphs already thinking of Fernando Valenzuela’s rookie season. Valenzuela began the 1981 season with five consecutive complete games. He allowed just one earned run in the 45 innings. Valenzuela allowed four earned runs in his first 72 innings.

As you see in Watson’s article, Maeda has quite a ways to go to reach El Toro, and there are dozens of pitchers above him in the category of pitchers with most consecutive games started with one earned run or less to start their career.

Here’s where Maeda differs from many of them. Maeda began his Major League career as a starter. Valenzuela pitched 10 games in relief in 1980.

No pitcher whose first four games were as a starter has allowed less than two earned runs with a minimum of 20 innings pitched.


Young Dodgers in the 21st century

Clayton Kershaw makes his MLB debut on May 25, 2008.

Clayton Kershaw makes his MLB debut on May 25, 2008.

Dodgers at White Sox, 1:05 p.m.
Kiké Hernandez, SS
Howie Kendrick, 3B
Scott Van Slyke, 1B
Alex Guerrero, DH
A.J. Ellis, C
Austin Barnes, 2B
Trayce Thompson, CF
Elian Herrera, LF
Rico Noel, RF
(Clayton Kershaw, P)

By Jon Weisman

Clayton Kershaw is somehow 28 years old today, which is only slightly more believable than my youngest son turning 8 years old Sunday. My guess is that Kershaw isn’t renting a game truck this morning, though what do I know?

Anyway, just for fun, here are the youngest Dodgers to make their MLB debuts in the 2000s, with their ages at the time.

  • Edwin Jackson (September 9, 2003): 20 years, 0 days
  • Clayton Kershaw (May 25, 2008): 20 years, 67 days
  • *Adrian Beltre (April 3, 2000): 20 years, 362 days
  • Jonathan Broxton (July 29, 2005): 21 years, 43 days
  • Jose Peraza (August 10, 2015): 21 years, 102 days
  • Corey Seager (September 3, 2015): 21 years, 129 days
  • Paco Rodriguez (September 9, 2012): 21 years, 146 days
  • **Dioner Navarro (July 29, 2005): 21 years, 170 days
  • Nathan Eovaldi (August 6, 2011): 21 years, 174 days
  • Joel Guzman (June 1, 2006): 21 years, 189 days

*First game of the 2000s — actually debuted June 24, 1998, at 19 years, 78 days
**Made MLB debut September 7, 2004 with Yankees, at 20 years, 211 days

Julio Urias, who was optioned to the minor leagues Thursday, turns 20 on August 12 this year. If he gets his big-league callup before then, he will move ahead of Jackson.

Andre Ethier and the 1988 draft

Ethier Grantland

By Jon Weisman

And with the 1,390th pick in the 1988 amateur draft, the Dodgers select 6-year-old outfielder Andre Ethier …

Well, not exactly, but over at Grantland, Ben Lindbergh did something I’ve always wanted to do but never attempted — see how far back you can trace the acquisition of a given player.

Amazingly, he’s done it for all 30 MLB teams, and as you can see above, he routes Andre Ethier all the way back to the 1988 draft, when the outfielder wasn’t quite two months past his sixth birthday. (Click the image to enlarge.)


Hanley Ramirez rejects Dodger qualifying offer, will explore free agency

Los Angeles Dodgers vs Arizona Diamondbacks

By Cary Osborne

Hanley Ramirez assured he would be a free agent this offseason when he rejected the Dodgers’ qualifying offer on Monday.


The 2008 draft’s impact on the Dodgers’ 2013 and 2014 success


Juan Ocampo/Los Angeles Dodgers

By Cary Osborne

A significant building block to the construction of the 2013 and 2014 National League West champion Dodgers can be traced back to the 2008 First-Year Player Draft.

Interestingly, only one player who was selected that year by the Dodgers has made an impact on both division championship teams by playing in games for the Dodgers — Dee Gordon. However, the success of a draft isn’t always measured by how many guys make an impact with the team they were drafted by, but how a team utilizes those pieces.

Three players from that 2008 draft brought in Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Hanley Ramirez.

“The one thing we’ve done a really good job of is we still manage to do a really good job of keeping our key players — like out of that draft we kept Dee Gordon,” said Dodger vice president of amateur scouting Logan White. “I look at it like this — for Ned (Colletti) to have the ammo of having players to be able to utilize in trades is huge. You can take on money, but teams still need to get a player or get something in return.”