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That next wave of Dodger kids must be on the outside break

February 23, 2010 |  4:00 pm
Checking in on Dodgers’ doings on the Web: 

-- The kids just can’t get any respect.

Consistent with other publications, Baseball America has released its annual list of Top 100 prospects for the coming season, and only two Dodgers are on it. Just like USA Today’s and ESPN’s lists.

Baseball America ranks Braves outfielder Jason Heyward and Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg as No. l and No. 2, consistent with other rankings other than USA Today’s.

But you have to fall to No. 46 to find the first Dodger, shortstop Dee Gordon. Right-handed pitcher Chris Withrow is No. 48, and that’s it for L.A.

The Giants fare better, however, with catcher Buster Posey at No. 7 and left-hander Madison Bumgarner at No. 14.

--  A Dodgers pitching check.

Ex-Dodger Chan Ho Park, who last year pitched  for the Phillies, has signed with the New York Yankees,  writes the Philadelphia Daily News.

Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com blogs that the Dodgers remain in contact with free agent right-hander Brandon Looper, but calls the signing a long shot.

Veteran right-hander John Smoltzremains a free agent and is simply waiting for a team’s interest to peak, writes Foxsports.com’s Ken Rosenthal. The Dodgers are one of 10 teams that have reportedly shown interest.

And Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci lists his 13 favorite journeyman non-roster invitees, including Dodgers right-hander Ramon Ortiz. Or was that right-hander Russ Ortiz? Even Verducci gets confused.

-- Steve Dilbeck
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