There weren’t a lot of bright spots in Monday’s 4-1 loss to the Giants.

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There weren’t a lot of bright spots in Monday’s 4-1 loss to the Giants.

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However , one of the silver linings was the performance from right-hander Tony Gonsolin."There weren’t a lot of bright spots in Monday’s 4-1 loss to the Giants. However, one of the silver linings was the performance from right-hander Tony Gonsolin. Gonsolin, 24, was a ninth round pick in the 2016 draft out of St. Mary’s. He spent 2018 between Rancho Cucamonga and Tulsa. In 26 starts, Gonsolin went 10-2 with a 2.60 ERA. He had 155 strikeouts in 128 innings. So far this spring he has made three appearances. He’s thrown six innings without allowing a run while striking out five. Opponents are hitting only .190 off of him. According to the latest prospect rankings, Gonsolin is the No. 5 prospect in the Dodgers’ system and the No. 2 pitcher. He was lights out on Monday, throwing three innings. Nine hitters stepped up to the place, and all nine got out, three coming courtesy of the strikeout. “I was throwing a lot of strikes, trying to pound the zone with all four pitches, results speak for themselves,” Gonsolin said after the game. After playing in double-A last year, Gonsolin will either start the season in Tulsa again, or be promoted to Oklahoma City. Either way , he’s motivated to find his way onto the big-league roster, and wear the Dodgers across his chest in a major-league game.“It’s been fantastic,” he said on wearing the Dodgers jersey. “Every day I get to represent this organization. I’m just trying to get better and do what I can to work up the ladder and hopefully one day play in Dodger Stadium.”The Dodgers are high on Gonsolin. His name was included in a lot of trade rumors, but LA made sure they held onto him. Dave Roberts is high on him as well, giving the pitcher a lot of praise following his outing.“Just his composure on the mound against good big-league hitters,” Roberts said. “The way he can command three to four pitches. It was a very efficient three innings from him.”—————Earlier in the day, Roberts spoke about his expectations for Caleb Ferguson for the 2019 season. He said the plan is to stretch him to three innings. With a starting rotation already crowded, this gives Ferguson a chance to rack up innings, and eventually prepare him for the workload of a starting pitcher. Following his outing on Monday, I spoke with Ferguson. He said that he hasn’t spoken recently with Roberts in regards to him throwing three innings at a time. “We had a conversation early in camp,” he said. “Since then we haven’t talked about anything. He says to keep me ready for 2-3, that’s what I’m doing.” This isn’t something new for Ferguson, though. After being converted into a reliever last season, majority of his appearances were multiple innings. “When I got moved to the pen last year it was a similar thing Roberto Perez Jersey , I’d go 2-3 with a couple days off. Never prepared for a season this way.”Ferguson knows that the pitching is crowded on the Dodgers. There are 13 spots, and he might not have one of them. If sent back to Oklahoma City, he’ll likely be a starter, racking up innings while he waits for his shot in the big leagues again. “It’s part of the game,” he said about being sent down. “You go down there and keep competing. Show them you’re ready to pitch. It’s just the way goes, when you’re in an organization as good as the Dodgers, it’s part of it. There’s arms everywhere. There’s guys that got sent down to minor-league camp that could pitch for a different team. Everybody is so talented, when you get your opportunity, you better capitalize on it.”—————One of the biggest surprises this spring has been the play of Austin Barnes. After a dismal season in 2018, Barnes has been one of the best hitters for LA so far. He’s hitting .304, and has driven in eight runs, which is tied for the team lead. “Just being more athletic,” Barnes said about his success. “Seeing the ball well. Putting some good swings on balls in the zone.”After spending the last few seasons competing for the starting job, Barnes will have new competition in 2019. 36-year-old Russell Martin Eddie Robinson Jersey , who was acquired from the Blue Jays, will battle Barnes for at-bats this season. “He’s a great resource,” Barnes said. “Just the way he gets after it, you can learn a lot from that. He really takes advantage of how athletic he is behind the plate. It’s great to have him and it’s fun to work with him.”Speaking of competition, there are two catchers in the farm system that can make appearances on the big-league roster as soon as this season. Will Smith (No. 6) and Keibert Ruiz (No. 2) are both top-10 prospects, and both catchers. “They’re great people,” Barnes said. “I really like both of them a lot. They’re hard workers. It’s not an easy position being a catcher, so I think they understand how much work goes into it. They’re great to have here, and they are really good ballplayers.” SEATTLE (AP) — When manager Andy Green walked to the mound on Monday night, the plan was set in motion.He congratulated Chris Paddack on finishing off his brilliant spring training with the San Diego Padres by throwing 2 2/3 shutout innings against the Seattle Mariners. Green then turned to Eric Hosmer, Ian Kinsler and Manny Machado as they surrounded the young pitcher and posed a question to the veteran infielders.“He asked us what we were all doing Sunday and we said we would be right behind this guy playing,” Hosmer said. “I think he got the message.”The 23-year-old Paddack, a promising right-hander, will be part of San Diego’s rotation when the regular season begins. He’ll make his first major league start Sunday against the San Francisco Giants after capping his eye-opening spring with a dominant — but brief — performance in Seattle.Green and his staff had already seen enough over the previous month to know Paddack had earned his spot two years after Tommy John surgery nearly derailed his career.“(He) earned it. He really did. He did it the way you want to see everybody do it. He knocked the door down ,” Green said.Green was correct. Paddack was impressive all spring. The game Monday was his fifth appearance, and he finished with three earned runs in 15 1/3 innings while striking out 24. His fastball and changeup were already major league quality, but the addition of a curveball was a big difference in his progression this year.Paddack had Tommy John surgery in 2016 after throwing just 42 innings in the minors. He missed the entire 2017 season while rehabbing and split last year between Class A Lake Elsinore and Double-A San Antonio as built up arm strength. He threw a total of 90 innings in 2018 and was shut down.There was optimism he could break through during spring training, but no guarantee it would happen.“Just the whole moment. Coming in today knowing this was my first opportunity to pitch in a big league stadium. Going into it I had no idea that was going to happen,” he said.Paddack broke into a smile on the mound as he realized the news being shared. He tried to stay stoic as he walked off the mound. But by the time he reached the dugout, the emotions had hit. He connected with his family and his best friend. He made video calls and relished in making the big league club.“Tears of joy. Tears of hard work,” Paddack said. “Just reflecting on everything that happened, soaking it all in. They gave me some time to call the family. If you were in the hallway you probably heard me screaming.”Paddack is just another addition to a young but promising Padres pitching staff. His innings will be closely monitored throughout the season and there will be times he might be skipped or regulated considering his limited usage a year ago.But on this night, all that was secondary.“The road hasn’t been straight,” Paddack said. “We’ve had some bumps in the road coming back from Tommy John surgery, first full season back last year. I had some adversity I’ve faced, but it’s a special moment for me and my family.”

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