Down On The Farm Update: Games Of 4/15 – 4/21

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Joc Pederson continues to mash the baseballs. Corey Seager showed his power. Jacob Scavuzzo is red hot.

April 15

Hitter Of The Day: Joc Pederson (AAA) continues to crush the ball, going a perfect 4-for-4 with a walk. Those hits included two bombs and a double. Because of course.

Pitcher Of The Day: Matt Magill (AAA) pitched six innings and got the win. But most importantly, he struck out eight and walked only one. If he can get his command back, he’s ideal organizational depth. The type of pitcher that can give you solid but not great innings at the back of a rotation.

Notables

Brandon Dixon (A+) went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts and his average dropped to .091. Many saw the 2013 third-rounder shooting up rankings this season despite already being in his age-22 year, but his start isn’t helping much.

Justin Chigbogu (A) homered and walked twice on his way to a 2-for-6 day.

Alex Santana (A) homered, stole a base, and walked three times while going 2-for-5.

Zachary Bird (A) finally put together a solid outing. Bird gave up two runs in seven innings of work while only surrendering five baserunners.

April 16

Hitter Of The Day: Jacob Scavuzzo (A) only went 1-for-3, but had a homer, three walks, and three stolen bases, which gives you a taste of why some (including me) like him as a lot as a prospect.

Pitcher Of The Day: Chris Reed (AA) is going through the level for the third time, but when he has his fastball command, he can be effective anywhere. This time he threw six no-hit innings and struck out nine.

Notables

Alex Guerrero (AAA) had another two-hit day with a double. Ho hum.

Zach Lee (AAA) is impressive so far, putting up the type of numbers we might expect in the majors. Today he went six scoreless innings, allowing five baserunners, while striking out only three.

Corey Seager (A+) is helping ease the worry of his 2013 Arizona Fall League and California League struggles so far, and he went 2-for-4 with a double, walk, and his fourth stolen base today.

Tom Windle (A+) gave up six runs on nine baserunners in 2.2 innings, which was a bit of a surprise after his dominating start to the year.

Alex Santana (A) is getting hot now. Santana put up a 3-for-5 day and added another homer.

April 17

Hitter Of The Day: O’Koyea Dickson (AA) is a long-shot to be a regular at this point, but he’s doing his best to stay relevant in the system with a 3-for-4 day and a double.

Pitcher Of The Day: Victor Arano (A) went five innings of one-run ball (zero earned) and gave up only two hits and two walks. Arano struck out eight to continue his great start to the year, and makes me think I underrated him even in my ambitious ranking.

Notables

Joc Pederson (AAA) went 2-for-4 with a walk, and at the rate he’s going, he’ll only make this list on days he DOESN’T get multiple hits.

April 18

Hitter Of The Day: Griff Erickson (AAA) had himself an amazing day, going 4-for-4 with a homer and three doubles from the catcher’s spot. Erickson once had a bunch of promise but stalled a bit and now sits behind Miguel Olivo on the AAA depth chart.

Pitcher Of The Day: Chris Anderson (A+) finally showed his stuff, going six scoreless, striking out seven and only allowing two hits. The four walks do tell a story in terms of what he’s struggling with right now.

Notables

Joc Pederson (AAA) went 3-for-5 with a double. Running out of things to say when he makes this list.

Corey Seager (A+) bombed his first homer in a 1-for-5 performance, and he had been hitting fine up until this point but hadn’t shown off his over-the-wall power.

Jacob Scavuzzo (A) continues to rake, going 3-for-4 with a double and a walk, upping his average to .316. But teammate Joey Curletta (A) is even hotter than Scavuzzo, going 3-for-5 and is now batting .404.

April 19

Hitter Of The Day: Jacob Scavuzzo (A) went 3-for-5. Please be real. Please be real. Please be real. If he continues to hit something close to this, I could vault him into the top five or so. I was literally just waiting to see how he would do in full-season ball and to prove he was not a toolsier Jon Garcia.

Pitcher Of The Day: Paco Rodriguez (AAA) pitched a scoreless inning. Must be great for opposing scouts to watch how their top prospects perform against him, a back-end quality MLB reliever that was demoted because he had options.

Notables

Joc Pederson (AAA) went 2-for-4 with two double and is now hitting .441. This is stupid.

James Baldwin (A+) went 2-for-3 with a homer, double, and walk, but is still batting .238 and most of his prospect luster is gone.

April 20

Hitter Of The Day: Erisbel Arruebarrena (AA) made his season debut and collected two hits, including a double. He also struck out twice, but looked smooth in the field.

Pitcher Of The Day: Yimi Garcia (AAA) struck out two in a perfect 1.1 innings. I think he’s close if Jose Dominguez falters and the Dodgers need a reliever.

Notables

Joc Pederson (AAA) went 1-for-5. Bro, what is wrong? Need to demote him to Rookie-ball.

Alex Guerrero (AAA) went 3-for-5 with a double and is now hitting .440. Give him another week or two, and if he’s still hitting, they have to call him up to make him the right-handed part of a second base platoon with Dee Gordon, right? Then Justin Turner can go back to a utility role permanently in place of Chone Figgins. I hope.

Matt Magill (AAA) gave up seven runs in 3.2 innings on eight hits. Remember that thing I said about how he could be a valuable asset if he regains his control? Well he walked four and was all over the place. Sigh.

O’Koyea Dickson (AA) flashed his over-the-wall power, bombing two homers in four trips to the plate, walking once.

April 21

Hitter Of The Day: Joc Pederson (AAA) went 2-for-4 with a double and a walk. He stole his sixth base in seven tries, which is in addition to having a 1.295 OPS. If I had to find a negative, again, it’s his performance against lefties. His OPS is just .611 against them on the season, and it’s something to watch going forward.

Pitcher Of The Day: Zach Lee (AAA) gave up five runs but only two earned over six innings of work. He surrendered seven hits and two walks while striking out four, so it’s safe to say he wasn’t at his best, but that still brings his season ERA to 1.99.

Notables

Darnell Sweeney (AA) totaled four hits in seven trips during an extra-inning affair, doubling twice and walking once.

Erisbel Arruebarrena (AA) went 0-for-7 with strikeouts. Considering his age, he needs to be able to hit at least AA pitching, but his bat has always been the question mark.

Corey Seager (A+) hit his second homer on a day he went 2-for-5 and now has a .293/.341/.480/.821 slash. He’s flashing much better power now and is progressing pretty much as expected so far in 2014.

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