Down On The Farm Update: Games Of 5/26 – 6/1 – Lee, Magill, DSL Prospects

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As you may have noticed, I haven’t had the time to do the Prospect Profiles the way I’ve wanted yet again. So to compensate for that shame, I decided that I would throw my observations in the Down On the Farm pieces over the course of the year instead, so it’s far more than just statistical updates.

Feel free to let me know on Twitter or whatever if there are any prospects you’d like my thoughts on. If I have notes on them, I’ll relay it. Thanks.

May 26

Hitter Of The Day: Darnell Sweeney (AA) went 4-for-9 with his 12th double and a walk in the doubleheader. Sweeney now has an .884 OPS on the year and he’s been moved to shortstop on a seemingly permanent basis. Probably reflects the lack of depth at short in the system more than confidence in his ability to play the position, but it’s worth a shot.

Pitcher Of The Day: Pedro Baez (AA) surrendered three runs on four hits and a walk while only recording one out. He struck out a batter but his ERA rose to 3.38 in one outing. Oops. Regardless, the Dodgers made the decision to call him up to AAA later in the week. Might he have advanced past Jose Dominguez at this point? I think so.

Notables

Joc Pederson (AAA) went 2-for-3 with his ninth double and a walk.

Corey Seager (A+) went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts. He’s human.

Julio Urias (A+) went four innings of two-run ball and struck out four. Urias gave up five hits and walked two. The change-up continues to improve and draws raves, but I still like his slider the best because it always seems to come out of the same arm action and release point as his fastball. That kind of stuff can cause your stuff to play up against advanced hitters, sort of like Hyun Jin Ryu accomplishes with his assortment.

Victor Arano (A) continued to bounce back after a rough stretch of a few starts, hurling five scoreless and striking out three. Arano gave up three hits and a walk.

May 27

Hitter Of The Day: Scott Schebler (AA) went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. He struggled today but came up big later in the week. His 27 XBH at AA reflect his power, but plate discipline is still a concern (13 BB/60 K). At 23, he seems about barely on pace for a potential backup role.

Pitcher Of The Day: Yimi Garcia (AAA) pitched a perfect inning, striking out one. His ERA sits at 2.30, he’s missing bats, and he’s not walking many. I remain interested to see whether his stuff will play in the MLB or whether MLB hitters will expose his fly ball tendencies for a brutal HR rate.

Notables

Nah.

May 28

Hitter Of The Day: Miguel Rojas (AAA) went 2-for-5 with his first homer of the year. Rojas hit his second homer later in the week, putting him on a bit of a power surge. Still don’t have confidence in his bat, but he can play defense and the Dodgers have done weirder things with the utility role.

Pitcher Of The Day: Matt Magill (AAA) went 1.1 innings in relief, giving up two hits and striking out one. I’ve been asked about the potential of him in relief, but I’m not all that confident. Maybe his mechanics can finally shore up in shorter bursts, thus making him MLB viable again at least, but he doesn’t have the profile like a Chris Withrow or even a Chris Reed because he doesn’t have a knockout breaking ball or plus velocity. I’m also not seeing his stuff play up significantly in relief, but need larger sample.

Notables

Trayvon Robinson (AAA) went 3-for-4 with a double and his third homer. A former top prospect struggling (.600 OPS) to hit in Albuquerque is not great.

Paco Rodriguez (AAA) pitched a perfect inning, striking out two. Am I worried about him? Not really.

Corey Seager (A+) went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts like basically the rest of his team, as they were no-hit.

Tom Windle (A+) continued to be up-and-down, but luckily it was up this time, as he pitched six scoreless, giving up only four hits. Windle walked none and struck out seven.

May 29

Hitter Of The Day: Corey Seager (A+) went 1-for-3 with his seventh homer and a walk, but does it really count if it was at High Desert? Either way, his OPS is now .979 for the year, and he probably deserves a shot at AA later in the year even if he comes back down to Earth a little.

Pitcher Of The Day: Zach Lee (AAA) got pulled after 5.2 innings. Lee gave up four runs on four hits and five walks while striking out four. His ERA on the year is now 4.73, which isn’t bad at Albuquerque, but there’s reason for concern.

Lee’s FIP is 4.20 and his SIERA is 4.17, so he’s deserved his performance thus far, but my primary concern is that the things I thought he would struggle with at the MLB level (missing bats/being able to be aggressive in the zone) is causing him problems at AAA. I still think he’ll be a rotation guy, but his struggles are now beyond pretending everything is normal and smooth.

Notables

Joc Pederson (AAA) went 1-for-5 with two strikeouts. At the end of the week, Joc was six for his last 32. Mini-slump.

Pedro Baez (AAA) made his first appearance with the Isotopes after being promoted from AA. He allowed a hit in his inning and struck out one.

Fabio Martinez (A+) continues to be hilariously frustrating, as he walked TEN and struck out three over five innings of work. Miraculously, despite walking 10 and giving up five hits, he only allowed four runs.

May 30

Hitter Of The Day: Joey Curletta (A) went 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts. Curletta started out the year on fire and the hope was the over-the-wall pop would eventually come. Instead, he has a .406 OPS in his last 10 games and his struggled for longer than that.

Pitcher Of The Day: Scott Barlow (A) went five innings, struck out six, and walked none. However, he gave up five singles, a double, and was victimized by two errors en route to surrendering four runs (three earned). Hard not to like what Barlow has done so far (2.88 FIP).

Notables

Paco Rodriguez (AAA) pitched a perfect inning, notching a strikeout in the process.

Scott Schebler (AA) went 2-for-4 with his ninth homer.

Jesmuel Valentin (A) went 3-for-5 with his 10th double.

May 31

Hitter Of The Day: Jon Garcia (A+) enjoyed his time at Lancaster, as he blasted three homers in his five trips to the plate to put him at eight on the year. The scary part? Even after that game, his OPS on the year is .669. Garcia couldn’t hit advanced pitching, and now he’s struggling in the Cal League. He’s basically run out of “well he’s still young” years.

Pitcher Of The Day: Julio Urias (A+) started the game, going three scoreless while scattering three hits and a walk. Urias struck out one, and he wasn’t particularly impressive on the stat sheet, but consider the hitting environment and the fact that ready-for-the-majors draftee Mark Appel started opposite of him and gave up 10 runs in 1.1 innings of work.

Notables

Miguel Rojas (AAA) went 2-for-4 with his eighth double and stole his seventh base.

Johnny Monell (AAA), the new acquisition, went 2-for-3 with his first triple and a walk. All he needs to do is not bite off Joc’s head and he’s an upgrade.

Scott Schebler (AA) collected two hits in four trips, including his tenth homer.

Corey Seager (A+) went 3-for-5 with his 21st double and eighth homer.

Jacob Scavuzzo (A) went 2-for-4 with his 12th and 13th stolen bases.

Spencer Navin (A) went 2-for-3 with his third double. Along with Kyle Farmer, he’s who I’m referring to when I say the prospect catching depth with the Dodgers consists of two guys who might project as backups down the road.

Daniel Padilla (DSL) is a 17-year-old outfielder making his professional debut. Padilla went 1-for-4 and stole his first base, which should be a regular occurrence since he’s a burner. He has the speed to play center and the frame at 6’2″ to hit with authority, even if it’s not over-the-wall power for a while.

Moises Perez (DSL) is a shortstop that’s still in his age 16 season but figures to get a bunch of playing time. Like Padilla, he was a signing during the last period, and he should be able to handle the position. Perez went 1-for-3 in his pro debut, and it’ll be interesting to see how he hits in the long run.

Max Gooding (DSL) is an 18-year-old left-handed pitcher who also made his professional debut. Gooding signed during the last period like the others and pitched two perfect innings, striking out one. When he signed, he was a fastball/curve guy only, but the complex leagues are about development and he’ll likely add to his arsenal.

June 1

Hitter Of The Day: Kyle Farmer (A) went 3-for-4 with his second homer, along with his eighth stolen base. Converted to catcher from shortstop due to his athleticism, Farmer now has an .831 OPS with solid peripherals. His 36% caught stealing rate shows his aptitude, but he’s 23 in the Midwest League so he needs to perform.

Pitcher Of The Day: Jose Dominguez (AAA) pitched a no-run, no-hit inning but walked a batter. In 15.1 innings, he has a 5.28 ERA. Dominguez has struck out 20, but he’s walked 11, and there doesn’t seem to be any type of adjustment happening. Simply put, he has all the upside because he can touch 100, but if he can’t command it in the zone (much less throw strikes, period), he will continue to get hammered at the MLB level.

Notables

Joc Pederson (AAA) is back from the flu and went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts.

Scott Schebler (AA) hit for the cycle in five trips, including his 11th homer, eighth double, and seventh triple.

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