Down On The Farm Update: Games Of 4/22 – 4/27

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Joc Pederson is human, Alex Guerrero continues to make his case, and Erisbel Arruebarrena is not looking so hot.

Corey Seager was placed on the 7-day DL with a hamstring issue and basically missed this whole week.

April 22

Hitter Of The Day: Alex Guerrero (AAA) is absolutely destroying the ball, as he went 3-for-3 with two triples and two walks, finishing the game hitting .467. Swing looks better than it was in Spring Training, though it’ll be interesting to see if his bat speed holds up in the MLB.

The problem? He also made his second error of the year, and I don’t think it’s his bat holding him back from the MLB roster. Guerrero has looked awkward at second to my eyes, sort of like a 2014 Hanley Ramirez-esque hesitancy at the position. Errors are subjective, but just tools-wise, he doesn’t look fluid and is still having trouble turning the double play.

Pitcher Of The Day: Paco Rodriguez (AAA) struck out two in a scoreless inning. A back-end MLB reliever is decent in AAA?! Shocking.

Notables

Adam Law (A+) went 3-for-6 with a double. He’s already 24 and a third baseman, but there’s utility potential and he could move fast if he continues to hit.

Tom Windle (A+) continued to struggle, giving up seven runs (four earned) in four innings of work. The worrisome thing is that his command had been fine in his previous disaster start, but he walked five this time around.

Kyle Farmer (A) went 3-for-5 with two doubles and is one of the few catching prospects in the system with MLB potential despite already being in his age 23 season.

Jesmuel Valentin (A) went 2-for-2 with two walks and two stolen bases.

April 23

Hitter Of The Day: Jesmuel Valentin (A) went 4-for-4 on the day. He’s currently hitting .284/.368/433/.801 in the Midwest League with a 8/10 BB/K ratio and six stolen bases against none caught stealing. If Valentin can continue taking walks with a bit of pop, then there’s certainly an MLB future there cause he can pick it at second.

Pitcher Of The Day: Victor Arano (A) threw four innings of scoreless one-hit ball, walking none and striking out three. Arano now has a 0.66 ERA and 15 strikeouts to two walks in 13.2 innings pitched. I still wonder whether he’ll have a knockout pitch against advanced bats, but he’s rolling along here.

Notables

Erisbel Arruebarrena (AA) went 0-for-4 with a strikeout and an error. I realize he needs time to adjust and what not, but he’s already 24.

April 24

Hitter Of The Day: Scott Schebler (AA) went 3-for-4 and homered twice. His .838 OPS is fine, but his .247/.287/.551 line shows some reason for concern. He already has struck out 25 times compared to just five walks.

Pitcher Of The Day: Chris Anderson (A+) struck out eight and walked one in five innings of two-run ball. Anderson has a 3.66 ERA on the year and is having no problem missing bats (11.4 K/9) but has had control issues (6.9 BB/9).

Despite the numbers, I don’t think we’re looking at the next Chris Withrow yet in terms of great stuff but command issues as a starter. Unlike Withrow, Anderson doesn’t/didn’t have the same mechanical consistency issues, so I have confidence he’ll be better going forward.

Notables

Joc Pederson (AAA) and Alex Guerrero (AAA) combined to go 0-for-7. That’s saying something.

Darnell Sweeney (AA) went 3-for-5 with a homer. More on him in the 4/25 capsule.

Jacob Scavuzzo (A) went 3-for-5 with a double and stole his eighth base. He’s hitting .299/.396/.414/.810 with eight stolen bases and hasn’t been caught. Over the fence power hasn’t arrived yet, but he doesn’t look overmatched at all for a talent that’s supposed to be a bit raw. Swing-and-miss will probably always be a bit of an issue, but other tools can compensate.

April 25

Hitter Of The Day: Darnell Sweeney (AA) had a perfect day at the plate, going 2-for-2 and walking twice. He also stole a base but was caught as well, making him 3-for-8 in stolen base attempts on the year. Fortunately, his overall line of .297/.416/.419/.835 makes up for it, and he has a .969 OPS in his last 10 games. Plus, only two errors at shortstop.

Pitcher Of The Day: Clayton Kershaw (A+) was rehabbing here, you may have heard. Anyway, he turned in a solid performance.

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Notables

Erisbel Arruebarrena (AA) went 1-for-4 with a double and struck out twice, his second consecutive game with a hit. But he also made his second error of the year, which is a bit surprising.

Julio Urias (A) lasted just 0.2 innings and gave up three runs and a hit while surrendering three earned. Uh … yeah. He’s generally been fine when he’s actually gotten to start the game, but I’d like to see him get back on track, especially with his control.

April 26

Hitter Of The Day: Noel Cuevas (AA) went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts, continuing his disappointing campaign against advanced pitchers. I ranked him at the back-end of my top 25 because of his tools, but he has only hit .129/.218/.214/.432 thus far.

Pitcher Of The Day: Chris Reed (AA) is proving that his third time through the league is the charm, going eight innings, allowing one run, and striking out four to lower his ERA to 1.71. Reed is doing his best to prove my reliever prediction wrong, but I still see him as best in that role as it’d be more concerning if he couldn’t finally figure out AA. Maybe the Dodgers can find a trade partner who believes in him as a potential mid-rotation type?

Notables

Joc Pederson (AAA) went 1-for-6 with 5 strikeouts in the doubleheader.

Paco Rodriguez (AAA) threw a scoreless one-hit inning. WOW! IT’S LIKE THIS GUY SHOULD BE IN THE MAJORS!

April 27

Hitter Of The Day: Joc Pederson (AAA) 1-for-4 with three strikeouts. Joc is three for his last 18 with 10 strikeouts. While I’m disappointed I don’t get to be sarcastic about his domination anymore, he’s human and was never going to keep up that pace. OPS has dropped all the way down to 1.115.

Pitcher Of The Day: Tom Windle (A+) gets back on track a bit, striking out six and walking one in five innings of work. Windle gave up four runs (two earned), but his control was more in line with what I had come to expect.

Notables

Zach Lee (AAA) got knocked around, giving up five runs on 10 hits and a walk in 3.2 innings. Lee has a 3.42 ERA in five starts, so he’s holding his own. A bit concerned that he has only struck out 17 in 26.1 innings after he has posted middling but respectable rates up until now.

Erisbel Arruebarrena (AA) went 0-for-3 with a strikeout, dropping his line to .152/.200/.212/.412. Erisbel has struck out 13 times in 34 plate appearances. I’ll just keep telling myself to be patient and the Dodgers know what they’re doing.

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