If your favorite team is looking for a decent veteran pitcher with good MLB experience and cannot seem to find one, you might want to direct them to the Los Angeles Dodgers. They have six solid MLB ready starters if you don’t count recently signed Paul Maholm. Last season certainly proved that the Dodgers are far from foolish for stocking up on starters but what does this look like to a hot pitching prospect in the Dodgers system?
Chances are good that we could ask prospective starter Ross Stripling that question and get a good answer. The truth of the matter is that Stripling likely has time left in the minors anyway. Still it must be a tad daunting to know that they have a ton of starters right now and really no place to add a young starter at any time during this season. What will the young guys strive for?
The only thing they can do is what they should do anyway. Stripling should bust the doors open and blow everyone away during Spring Training. He should make sure there are more people whispering about his progress than Clayton Kershaw’s. Well let’s not get carried away. You get the idea though; Stripling needs to show the Dodgers he is MLB rotation caliber and that he is on the way.
One glance at his minor league numbers will tell you that anyway. For a hitter it is said that you can get a good idea if he is going to hit at the MLB level if he hits at every level on the way up. The same could be said in relation to pitchers and how dominant they are on the way up. So far Stripling knows everything about minor league baseball except what an ERA over 2.94 feels like. Let’s see just how much noise he can make this spring.