Down On The Farm Update: Games Of 6/2 – 6/8 – Rojas, Seager, Anderson

Miguel Rojas‘ hot stretch earns him a promotion, Corey Seager is proving he has nothing to prove, and Chris Anderson continues to be puzzling.

June 2

Hitter Of The Day: Miguel Rojas (AAA) has had a temporary power surge, slugging his third homer of the year. In his last 10 games in the minors, he had an OPS of 1.144 to bring his season OPS to .787. Does this mean he’s figured it out? Of course not, but Erisbel Arruebarrena needed time to actually develop and Rojas earned his call-up with a hot couple of weeks.

Pitcher Of The Day: Chris Reed (AA) struck out nine in five innings of work but surrendered four runs on nine hits, including two homers. Reed walked only one but has become a bit hittable recently.

Notables

Joc Pederson (AAA) went 2-for-3 with two walks, including his second triple of the year.

Darnell Sweeney (AA) went 3-for-5 with his 16th double. Sweeney made the Southern League All-Star team and has an .825 OPS on the season.

June 3

Hitter Of The Day: Adam Law (A) went 3-for-4 with a single, his eighth double, and his first triple. The over-the-fence power simply isn’t there and probably never will be, but he can square up the ball consistently, is patient, and can handle a variety of positions. Probably not MLB material, but potential organziational depth as a utility man, which is about as high as I go for 24-year-olds at high-A.

Pitcher Of The Day: Paco Rodriguez (AAA) pitched to two batters and struck them both out. In his last six innings of work, he’s struck out 11 and walked just one. Rough patch of a few games in the middle of last month, but he’s been as expected otherwise.

Notables

Miguel Rojas (AAA) went 2-for-4 with his fourth homer. All dat power.

Zach Lee (AAA) got his command game back on track, walking none and striking out four over six innings. Lee allowed three runs and seven hits, but looked better. His ERA is now 4.44 on the year and he has a 55/22 K/BB ratio in 71 innings.

Gregor Mora (DSL) pitched two scoreless innings, giving up only one hit and striking out five.

June 4

Hitter Of The Day: Corey Seager (A+) went 3-for-4 with his ninth homer. Seager was named to the California League All-Star team for being ridiculous and posting a 1.155 OPS in May.

Pitcher Of The Day: Chris Anderson (A+) pitched six innings of four-hit, two-run ball, but he walked two and only struck out three. From the reports I’ve read and the things I’ve seen, nothing is wrong with Anderson’s stuff. That could be concerning or a relief.

The knockout stuff is still there and it’s not like he’s walking a ton of guys, but his fastball command within the zone is mediocre and is making him more hittable than he should be. Not like it’s time to panic, but one has to wonder about a guy who was supposed to be a quick mover but is getting easily outperformed by a 17-year-old.

Notables

Jacob Scavuzzo (A) went 1-for-4 with his fourth homer.

June 5

Hitter Of The Day: Corey Seager (A+) went 2-for-6 and stroked doubles 22 and 23. More on him further down.

Pitcher Of The Day: Julio Urias (A+) only went three innings due to innings limit, but struck out four and walked none. Urias did give up four hits, including a homer, which led to the only run he surrendered. He hasn’t been lights out dominant like some may have expected, but he has a 3.76 ERA, 3.27 FIP, and 3.50 SIERA at 17 with solid swing-and-miss. All that coming in the California League, where the average is 4.47, 3.93, and 3.95, respectively.

Notables

Matt Magill (AAA) pitched 1.1 innings of no-hit, scoreless ball and struck out two, but walked another batter. 1.86 ERA as a reliever, so this is a success, right? The seven strikeouts and six walks say the problem is basically the same so far, just in shorter bursts.

Jacob Scavuzzo (A+) went 2-for-5 with doubles 12 and 13. After posting a horrific .504 OPS in May, he’s showing signs of life with a .788 OPS in June so far.

June 6

Hitter Of The Day: Corey Seager (A+) went 3-for-5 and hit home runs 10 and 11. His season line is now .342/.388/.615/1.004, and the only real question is whether or not his below-average (5.9%) walk rate gets exposed as he moves levels. But we probably won’t find that out in high-A, where there’s little reason to develop that when he can crack everything they throw him in the zone.

Pitcher Of The Day: Pedro Baez (AAA) struck out two in 1.1 innings of no-run ball and is adjusting to Albuquerque quite well.

Notables

Joc Pederson (AAA) went 2-for-3 with doubles 10 and 11. Still decent.

Johnny Monell (AAA) went 2-for-3 with is fourth double. In the second game, he went 3-for-3. Monell now has a 1.089 OPS in Albuquerque and will inevitably hit seven homers for the Dodgers in their World Series run. It’s destiny.

Scott Schebler (AA) went 3-for-4 with doubles 10 and 11. Schebler made the Southern League All-Star team with his .833 OPS, and he appears destined for a shot at a reserve outfielder role at the MLB level.

Samuel Ortiz (DSL) went 1-for-2 with three walks and his second stolen base.

June 7

Hitter Of The Day: Jesmuel Valentin (A) went 4-for-7 with his fourth triple and third homer. All glove and no bat? A .279/.351/.406/.757 with solid plate discipline in a pitcher’s league is doing just fine. Valentin’s transition to second base is going as smoothly as one would expect for a guy who think could still handle short.

Pitcher Of The Day: Chris Reed (AA) pitched seven innings of one-run ball, allowing five hits and two walks while striking out three. Also, he made the Southern League All-Star Team with a 3.01 ERA in 77.2 innings along with a 78/31 K/BB ratio. Reed’s peripherals indicate a guy who has pitched more in the mid-3 ERA range, and it’s his third time through the league, but he’s performed well thus far.

Notables

Joc Pederson (AAA) went 1-for-3 with two walks and his 16th homer.

Darnell Sweeney (AA) now has eight errors at short, more than he had a second in almost half the time. His offense is coming along nicely, but his baserunning and defense so far are different animals.

Corey Seager (A+) went 2-for-5 with his 24th double.

Aaron Miller (A+) went 4-for-4 with homers five and six. The former pitcher converted to outfielder is now 26 and still in high-A, but he does have an .844 OPS and raw power.

Kyle Farmer (A) went 4-for-5 with his 16th double. Farmer was named to the Midwest League All-Star team with an .815 OPS and has handled his catching duties well. Farmer is already 23 and has borderline MLB potential, so I wonder if he’ll get promoted at some point this season.

Joey Curletta (A) also made the Midwest League All-Star team, but his OPS by month has gone .844, .735, .536. And that’s a reflection of his surprising inability to drive the ball despite his massive frame.

Samuel Ortiz (DSL) went 2-for-4 with his first triple. The 17-year-old is off to a quick start in the DSL.

June 8

Hitters Of The Day: Erisbel Arruebarrena (AAA) and Joc Pederson (AAA) combined to go 0-for-10, with the latter striking out three times.

Arruebarrena is 0-for-9 with three strikeouts with the Isotopes, and he hasn’t shown any ability to hit so far. Pederson is fine, but he’s slowed down a bit after his torrid start, posting “just” an .872 OPS in his last 10 games. Pederson HAS struck out 79 times in 230 at-bats, so that’s something to monitor as well.

Pitcher Of The Day: Chad Billingsley (A+) resumed his rehab and gave up a run, two hits, and two walks in his 1.2 innings of work, striking out two. Billingsley’s arm didn’t asplode, which made it an instant win.

Notables

Adam Law (A+) went 3-for-4 with his ninth double.

Corey Seager (A+) went 1-for-4 with his 12th homer.

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