Down On The Farm Update: Games Of 5/5 – 5/11

(Via Dustin Nosler)
(Via Dustin Nosler)

Corey Seager closes the week red hot, Joc Pederson continues to shine, Julio Urias is average but acceptable, Jacob Scavuzzo bounces back, and Paco Rodriguez/Jose Dominguez struggle mightily.

May 5

Hitter Of The Day: O’Koyea Dickson (AA) hit homers four and five as he tries to remain a relevant prospect in the system. Dickson currently has a .796 OPS despite 15/18 BB/K rate, primarily due to his .220 BABIP.

Pitcher Of The Day: Scott Barlow (A) pitched six innings of no-run, one-hit ball, striking out six and walking none. Barlow still has a starter’s repertoire when everything’s right and he’s healthy, and he certainly looked the part today as he continues his march back to health.

Notables

Joc Pederson (AAA) struck out three times on his way to an 0-for-5 game. Fight another day.

Jose Dominguez (AAA) surrendered four hits (including a homer), a walk, and four runs (three earned) in his inning of work, en route to blowing the save and taking the loss.

Julio Urias (A+) pitched four innings of two-run ball, striking out three and walking none.

Kyle Farmer (A) went 3-for-4 with a double and his fifth stolen base. A rare catching hopeful in the Dodgers system.

May 6

Hitter Of The Day: Alex Guerrero (AAA) went 2-for-4 and bombed his fourth homer of the year. He was always expected to hit, but a .940 OPS is still impressive, and it’s certainly not the bat that’s holding him back.

Pitcher Of The Day: Yimi Garcia (AAA) pitched a perfect scoreless inning, striking out one. Just waiting for him to get a shot, because I like him more than most and I want to see if his riding fastball can play in the MLB.

Notables

Nope.

May 7

Hitter Of The Day: Darnell Sweeney (AA) went 2-for-5 with a double and smacked his third homer of the year. Already 23, but has quietly put up a .288/.399/.417/.815 line while reducing the strike out problems and increasing his plate discipline. His K/BB ratio went from close to 4:1 last year to more like 1:1 in 2014.

Pitcher Of The Day: Chris Reed (AA) struck out seven and walked just one over six innings of scoreless, one-hit ball. Reed has been in control more often than not this year, which is honestly a relief more than anything.

Notables

Joc Pederson (AAA) went 1-for-4 and hit his eighth homer of the year.

Matt Magill (AAA) gave up six hits, four runs, and walked five in five innings of work. He struck out six, but the control problems are popping back up.

Corey Seager (A+) didn’t start the game, but entered as a sub and went 2-for-3 with a double.

Alex Santana (A) went 3-for-4, which he needed to keep his average above the Mendoza Line. It’s been a struggle.

Zach Bird (A) pitched six innings of one-run ball, surrendering just three hits and a walk while striking out four. Bird continued his strong string of performances lately after a rough start, as he’s given up just three earned runs in his last 17 innings.

May 8

Hitters Of The Day: Joc Pederson (AAA) went 2-for-3 with his ninth homer and three walks, while Alex Guerrero (AAA) went 4-for-5 with a double, his first stolen base, and drove in six runs.

Pitcher Of The Day: Victor Arano (A) gave up eight runs on eight hits (including four homers) in 2.1 innings. Silver lining is he walked none and struck out three, but still, yikes. That ended his outstanding start to the year in rough and violent fashion.

Notables

Paco Rodriguez (AAA) and Jose Dominguez (AAA) combined to allow eight baserunners in three innings, including two runs (off Paco). Most concerning is the four walks, as both pitchers allowed two apiece.

Jacob Scavuzzo (A) went 2-for-5 with his second homer of the year. Let the bounceback begin.

May 9

Hitter Of The Day: Jacob Scavuzzo (A) had two hits, including a double, in four trips along with a walk.

Pitcher Of The Day: Chris Anderson (A+) gave up six runs (five earned) on seven hits and four walks in four innings of work and only struck out one. Gotta admit, Anderson has been more up and down than I expected in high-A, as he appears dominating with his plus stuff at times, but also appears very hittable in other starts.

Notables

Brandon Dixon (A+) went 3-for-5 with a double and his third homer. It’s something.

May 10

Hitter Of The Day: Joc Pederson (AAA) went 2-for-5 and smacked his 10th and 11th homers. OPS is 1.125 on the year and he’s starting to show signs of life against lefties. Uh oh.

Pitcher Of The Day: Julio Urias (A+) pitched four innings, giving up two runs on five hits and a walk, striking out three. Not outstanding, but ever since he’s gotten back to starting games exclusively, he’s given up four runs in 11 innings with 11 strikeouts and only a single walk.

I was initially impressed by the release point and sharpness of his slider, but his change is starting to allow him to separate from the pack.

Notables

Erisbel Arruebarrena (AA) went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. His OPS is .450 and he’s a half year younger than the average AA player … which includes the non-prospects.

Corey Seager (A+) went 3-for-4 with two doubles. Another top prospect starting to catch fire is a welcome sight.

May 11

Hitter Of The Day: Corey Seager (A) pounded three hits in five trips, including two doubles, but got caught stealing and made his fifth error of the season.

Pitcher Of The Day: It was not a great day.

Notables

A.J. Ellis (AAA) went 1-for-2 and drew a walk. Ellis looking healthy is the reason he’s now back up with the Dodgers.

Darnell Sweeney (AA) went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk … and got caught stealing for a seventh time along with making his fourth and fifth errors. His improvements ARE coming, but they aren’t wholesale like they might need to be if there’s a future regular here.

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