Dodgers Attend Mark Lowe Throw Day; Sign Minor Leaguers You’ve Never Heard Of

This is what counts for news these days:

That would be Mark Lowe, Ryan Rowland-Smith, & Kip Wells. I’m guessing that since they shared the throw day, not all of the teams were interested in all of the three players, and that’s convenient, because here’s my simple analysis on Wells: no. Hey, a guy heading into his age-36 season who got DFA’d by the Padres in August after a 5.85 FIP and two years out of baseball? Where do I sign up?

Rowland-Smith is somewhat more interesting, since he only just turned 30 last week and had some good years as a lefty swingman for the Mariners between 2007-09 before completely imploding in 2010, going 1-10 with a 6.55 FIP around time missed to a back strain. He spent the last two seasons in the minors for the Astros & Cubs, generally pitching poorly, and his brand of flyball homer-happy pitching would be a hilarious fit for Albuquerque, so here’s to hoping that’s not likelyl.

Then there’s Lowe, who is the only one I believe the Dodgers actually have interest in, given that not only did we hear reports of such interest in December, but all the way back in 2009. Lowe came up through the Seattle system with heat that touched triple digits, but missed much of 2006 and 2007 after undergoing microfracture surgery on his right elbow. He made it back to spend most of 2008 and 2009 in the bigs, then had back surgery in 2010 and went to Texas as part of the Cliff Lee deal while on the disabled list. Lowe pitched decently if not exactly fantastically (4.32 FIP) for Texas in 2012, though he did miss more than a month with a right intracostal strain. It should be noted that he carried a 2.00 ERA into September, but a brutal month (seven earned runs in four innings) pushed that up to 3.43. ERA! For relievers!

Lowe doesn’t turn 30 until June and still carries some potential in that big arm, though strictly as a ROOGY thanks to a big platoon split. While I wouldn’t mind adding him to the mix, I assume he can probably land a big-league deal somewhere, and with a Dodger bullpen group that already has Javy Guerra, Shawn Tolleson, Peter Moylan and others pushing for what may be only one spot behind certainties Kenley Jansen, Brandon League, Ronald Belisario, Matt Guerrier, J.P. Howell, and a probable deposed starter, I’m not sure I see the opportunity for him.

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In other news, the Dodgers signed two more minor league free agents, per Matt Eddy of Baseball America — righty pitcher Kyle Cofield, late of the Pirates, and outfielder Jaylen Harris late of… well, more on him in a second. The 6’5″ Cofield was an 8th round pick of the Braves in 2005 and spent a few seasons as a starter in the Atlanta system before being shifted into relief when he was traded to the White Sox for Scott Linebrink after the 2010 season. He spent part of 2012 with the Pittsburgh Double-A affiliate in Altoona before being released on June 29 for unknown reasons; he’s not a prospect and I’m guessing he’s ticketed for the Chattanooga bullpen in 2013.

Harris is a little different, because he’s not even listed on baseball-reference; as far as I can tell, he’s never played professional baseball. A fair amount of Googling brings us to this site, which indicates he’s 5’9″, graduated from a Texas high school in 2011, and that he lists Razor Shines as one of his “mentors”. Oddly, it does list Shines as being with the Mets, for whom he was the first base coach in 2009-10, but I’m guessing it’s not a coincidence that Harris signed with the Dodgers now that Shines has moved on to their Single-A team in Great Lakes. Harris probably spends the year in the complex leagues, and chances are we never speak of him again.

397 comments
TexasTiger70
TexasTiger70

Jaylen Harris is going to surprise allot of people with his talent and athleticism.  He has blazing speed, is a switch hitter and has a great glove!  I am willing to bet that if given the right opportunity to develop he's going to be an assest to the dodgers organization for years to come... 

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

HEAR YE, HEAR YE

 

THERE IS A NEW POST.

Dang88
Dang88

Aw Headley got almost 9 mill in arbitration that's too much we take him off your hands

craigary
craigary

I have to say, Razor Shines has always been one of my favorite baseball names.

 

Though I wish he had a brother named Rainer. 

Batted Bob
Batted Bob

How do I submit #RBImachine to the glossary?

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

February hosting costs, paid up. You can now gab for whatever you like for at least another month!

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

 "@jphoornstra: Remember yesterday's Jackie Robinson "Google Doodle"? The Dodgers, and JR's family, had no idea it was coming: http://t.co/D5fRfkd7"

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

heh, from the BPro Cardinals prospects review, on Oscar Taveras:

 

"one pro scouting director said Taveras’ biggest weakness is that he doesn’t play for the scouting director’s team"

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

okay. so I've got an odd question. What color Lego is Matt Kemp? and yes yes insert obligatory thats racist gif if u want. But seriously.

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@Mike Petriello Moving up in the world. Dilbeck referred to the recent Bills article in the L.A Times in his Starting Rotation article

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@Mike Petriello And we live to fight another day.

Iron Brian
Iron Brian

 @GordonMoody Besides Manny Ramirez, has any other Dodger been linked? More importantly, any current Dodger?

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

 @GordonMoody not that I really think Arod is clean, but I have a problem with this whole story. We're going on hand-written notebooks from some shady guy. That's what passes for proof these days?

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@EephusBlue @Mike Petriello SARGLE BLARGLE

Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

 @IBBFTW  Bleacher Report linked to me too.

 

They also approached me about a job recently. Bahahahah.

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

Dodgers signature "baseball weiner" font 

da fuq

Vin_Skully
Vin_Skully

 @AnotherBrian  @GordonMoody LoDuca was in the Mitchell report as getting deliveries while he was with the Dodgers... They got rid of him right before the report went public.

baeksu
baeksu

 @Mike Petriello  @GordonMoody Would they prove anything more if Bosch had typewritten them on his computer vs. writing them down by hand in his personal notebook?To me, the weirdest thing in the whole story was the supposed report taht A-Rod once kicked him out because he had trouble locating a vein.  Steroids/HGH don't require tapping a vein so what would that all be about?  Either Bosch is just flat making stuff up (possible) or they were doing something else with an IV.  Fluid replacement?  A-Rod denies even having ever been in contact with Bosch, so if he's lying then it's one heck of a whopper. 

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@Bob Meripol @Mike Petriello Tell them T.V show or GTFO

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

eh. close isnt it though

EephusBlue
EephusBlue moderator

How about that. There is a font called ballpark wiener which is close to the Dodgers script.

baeksu
baeksu

 @FunToBe  @AnotherBrian I hadn't heard of Piazza's suspicion.  In fact, I've heard that he's been conspicuously left off of a lot of these accusation and suspicion lists.

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@Dang88 @EephusBlue will he have those DREAMY EYES?