Down On The Farm Update: Games Of 6/9 – 6/15 – Urias, Elbert, Araujo

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Julio Urias tops the MILB news for the Dodgers, as the teenage pitcher will alternate between three-inning and five-inning limits for starts from now on, which basically confirms that the Dodgers would like to keep him around 100 for the year.

In other major news, Scott Elbert will begin his rehab at Rookie-ball for the Ogden Raptors, and I sure hope it goes better than Chad Billingsley‘s. In 2011 and 2012 with the Dodgers, he posted ERAs of 2.43 and 2.20, so there’s value out of the pen with him if they can get him right somehow.

June 9

Hitter Of The Day: Shakir Albert (DSL) went 2-for-4 on the day, and the 17-year-old is not intimidated at all by professional ball. A part of the 2013 international signing haul, he has an .802 OPS on the year so far.

Pitcher Of The Day: Zach Lee (AAA) showed signs of life by striking out seven and walking two in six innings of work, limiting the opposition to one run (on a homer) and just three hits.


Joc Pederson (AAA) struck out three times and walked once, while teammate Erisbel Arruebarrena (AAA) also struck out three times in four hitless trips. Pederson did steal his 14th base in 19 tries, but his ~30% strikeout rate is a legitimate concern at this point.

Yimi Garcia (AAA) struck out one in 1.1 innings of perfect ball, and teammate Paco Rodriguez (AAA) followed for the final two outs of the game, striking out one and surrendering a single.

Chris Anderson (A+) allowed nine hits in his five innings, but only two of the extra base variety and seven singles. Anderson walked nobody and struck out seven, which helped him limit the damage to two runs.

June 10

Hitter Of The Day: Jesmuel Valentin (A) went 3-for-5 with his 11th double on the year. Valentin is hitting .361 over his last 10 games with an .870 OPS.

Pitcher Of The Day: Miguel Urena (DSL) pitched six shutout innings of one-hit ball in which he walked just one and struck out four. Already 19, so the Dominican is old to be in the DSL, but his potential lies in his 6’8″ frame.


Joc Pederson (AAA) had a rather uneventful day, going 1-for-4 with a walk and stealing his 15th base. However, he also made his second error of the year and it came on a throw, something that was cited as a concern by the Dodgers.

Scott Barlow (A) allowed seven hits and three walks, but only surrendered one run in five innings of work while striking out six. His 4.35 ERA is unremarkable, but he has a 3.05 FIP, and the difference can be explained by his .372 BABIP against.

Daniel Padilla (DSL) went 2-for-4 with his first triple of the year, and he also stolen his second base and two tries.

Shakir Albert (DSL) continued his hot start and put together another 2-for-4 game and finished the night hitting .345.

June 11

Hitter Of The Day: Moises Perez (DSL), the 16-year-old shortstop, went 2-for-4 with his first double and stole his second base in three tries. At 16, he still has a long way to go but the team has seemingly put his development first, handing him the starting job.

Pitchers Of The Day: Pedro Baez (AAA) and Yimi Garcia (AAA) had bad days out of the pen. Baez recorded two outs, including a strikeout, but not before surrendering a solo homer and a walk. Garcia had a nightmare of an outing, as he gave up five runs on five hits: a grand slam, a double, and three singles. He didn’t walk anybody and struck out two batters for the only outs he recorded.


Erisbel Arruebarrena (AAA) struck out twice in five plate appearances … but also collected his first two hits as an Isotope (!!!) … and he threw two balls away for his first two errors as an Isotope as well.

Victor Arano (A) pitched four innings of no-run, no-walk ball, surrendering just four hits while striking out four batters. Ever since his stretch of allowing 19 runs in 14.2 innings, he has only allowed four over his last 18.2 frames of work, including a 17/4 K/BB rate.

June 12

Hitter Of The Day: Joc Pederson (AAA) went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts and a walk. You already know the strikeout rate is a concern despite his patience, but he also has a pretty average batted ball distribution and a .444 BABIP. The good? He has a .939 OPS against lefties and a 1.094 OPS against righties. Also, while his 1.171 OPS at home is absurd, his .915 OPS on the road is still very good, despite it being the PCL.

Pitcher Of The Day: Tom Windle (A+) pitched seven scoreless innings, scattering just three hits and a walk while striking out four. His 3.93 ERA is not impressive, but he has a 3.03 FIP and 3.65 SIERA in a Cal League that averages both a 3.95 FIP and SIERA. Windle isn’t showing as much dominance as you’d like, but his command has been generally solid. Primary concern is that if his strikeout rate deteriorates against advanced pitching, he doesn’t have much of a rotation projection left.


Chris Reed (AA) struck out five and walked two over 5.1 innings of work in which he surrendered seven runs (four earned) on seven hits, including a homer.

Dennis Santana (DSL) struck out three in his two innings of scoreless work, allowing just one hit and one walk. Santana is 18 but just switched to pitching this year after putting up a .568 OPS in 210 PA in the DSL as a shortstop last year. Santana always had promise as a two-way player due to his arm and I’m told he can touch 93 but sits in the low-90s.

June 13

Hitter Of The Day: Darnell Sweeney (AA) went 2-for-4 and smacked his fifth and sixth homer of the year. And he also made his 17th and 18th errors of the year. Now up to an .865 OPS against advanced arms, but the story is the same as his defense continues to be poor, especially at short.

Pitcher Of The Day: Zachary Bird (A) struck out five in his five inning of one-hit, one-run ball, but he also walked four. For Bird, the stuff is there, but it hasn’t converted into results yet, and a 6.5 strikeout rate paired with a 4.3 walk rate is non-prospect level if it wasn’t for the scouting reports.


Joc Pederson (AAA) went 1-for-2 with two walks and his 16th and 17th stolen bases in 22 tries.

Scott Schebler (AA) hit his 12th homer of the year as part of a 3-for-4 day. His OPS now sits at .861.

June 14

Hitter Of The Day: Hendrik Clementina (DSL) is a catcher signed in the previous international period playing in his age 17 season. Clementina went 4-for-5 with his first homer of the year.

Pitcher Of The Day: Julio Urias (A+) twirled two perfect innings, striking out four while appearing in relief. As mentioned above, he’ll soon be put on a strict innings limit in the second half of the season. Urias’s numbers (3.59 ERA/3.08 FIP) don’t sound as ridiculous as you’d expect out of the #1 prospect in the system, but always remember he would’ve just finished his junior year of high school and is outpitching a 22-year-old second-rounder drafted out of college on the same team.


Joc Pederson (AAA) went 2-for-4 with his 17th homer. After his four strikeout performance, he’s rebounded nicely by going 6-for-13 with five strikeouts and five walks.

Zach Lee (AAA) gave up six runs in five innings to increase his ERA on the year to 4.86. Lee allowed seven hits (including two homers) and one walk while only striking out two.

Paco Rodriguez (AAA) and Yimi Garcia (AAA) bounced back from a terrible game earlier in the week by striking out five batters combined in their two perfect innings of work.

Moises Perez (DSL) went 2-for-3 with a walk and doubles #3 and #4.

June 15

Hitter Of The Day: Clint Robinson (AAA) went 4-for-4 with a walk and his 17th double, bringing his season line to .307/.395/.529/.924 including a 1.237 OPS in his last 10 games. But no, the 29-year-old career minor-leaguer is not going to help the Dodgers. Robinson is doing exactly what he’s around here for: emergency depth.

Pitcher Of The Day: Victor Araujo (A) is a 21-year-old pitcher that struggled mightily in the AZL and Rookie leagues, but was promoted to A-ball anyway … as a reliever. Well, Araujo has excelled in that role pitching two perfect innings today with two strikeouts to lower his season ERA to 1.01.



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