One of the new faces for the Lookouts this season is manager Jody Reed. He enjoyed an eleven year career in the big leagues, and he can't wait to lead the Lookouts. Said Reed,"I'm very excited about it. This is I would say my first venture at the upper levels. When I say that, Triple-A and Double-A."
No wonder Reed is excited. He has stud prospect Yasiel Puig, plus five of the Dodgers top seven prospects, according to Baseball America. Said Reed,"Up and down the roster, there are players that we fully expect to see time in Los Angeles at some time in their career." Said outfielder Joc Pederson,who was ranked the Dodgers 4th best prospect after the 2012 season,"I mean we have a bunch of talented people. So hopefully we can all mesh, and we'll have a great year."
Anchoring the pitching staff will be Zach Lee. He went 4-3 last year after joining the Lookouts at the midway point of the season. Said Lee,"Because I don't have that transition phase that I had going into last year when I got called up. I probably had a two or three week period where I was really trying to figure out what my role was, and trying to improve some things. We kind of made some strides three or four weeks in, that really helped me and kind of built my confidence going into the off-season."
The Lookouts made the playoffs last season, and they're hoping for a repeat performance in 2013. Said infielder J.T. Wise,"Especially in our organization, they preach winning. They want to win championships. So yeah, playoffs are talked about." Added Reed,"Isn't winning a by-product of player development? If you develop high quality players that know how to play the game. Winning almost comes naturally doesn't it.?"