Cody Bellinger‘s development will be hindered for a bit as he’s out indefinitely with a dislocated shoulder, but Corey Seager and Jesmuel Valentin continue to swing hot bats, and a few 2014 draftees have made shining professional debuts. Additionally, Julian Leon, Jairo Pacheco, and Victor Gonzalez are the recent international signees to watch.
Hitter Of The Day: Julian Leon (R) is an 18-year-old catcher signed by Mike Brito, and after posting a .739 OPS in the AZL last year, he’s giving short-season ball a try. Today he went 1-for-4 with a double for a .701 OPS on the season. Leon hasn’t flashed his power yet, but he’s strongly built and has definite over-the-fence pop. With a good arm behind the plate, there’s hope he can stick at the position.
Pitcher Of The Day: Dennis Santana (DSL) pitched two perfect innings with two strikeouts and is doing well after his mound conversion. Santana has now struck out 12 in his 10 innings of work and has a 2.70 ERA.
Joc Pederson (AAA) went 2-for-4 with a walk. Pederson isn’t really lighting it up anymore, but he’s recovered nicely from a brutal stretch of strikeouts and has settled back down to control the strike zone. Again, not a ton left to prove at AAA, but there’s no room for him at the MLB level.
Tim Federowicz (AAA) went 1-for-4 with a walk and his second homer. Um … at least FedEx can hit at Albuquerque? Not taking anything away from him, but it’s worth mentioning AGAIN that Albuquerque leads the entire minor leagues in three-year park factor for offense.
Cody Bellinger (R) went 3-for-4, but two games into his 2014 he has dislocated his shoulder and is back in Arizona to rehab.
Theo Alexander (R) went 1-for-3 with a walk and homer. A seventh-round pick in 2012, Alexander struggled in the AZL to the tune of a .530 OPS as a 17-year-old. But after given the chance to repeat the league, he posted a .910 OPS and showcased his potential. Alexander has the tools with power, patience, and speed … but a huge propensity to swing and miss.
Hendrik Clementina (DSL) went 3-for-4, and the catcher from Curacao is currently toying with the DSL.
Hitter Of The Day: Hendrik Clementina (DSL) went 3-for-4 with his second double. Is a .404/.418/.577/.995 slash good?
Pitcher Of The Day: Matt Magill (AAA) recorded just two outs en route to giving up three runs on two walks and two hits (including a homer), while striking out one. I remain unconvinced his control is improved in shorter bursts, that his fastball plays up enough, and that he has a knockout pitch for a reliever.
Tim Federowicz (AAA) went 2-for-4 with his fifth double.
Daniel Padilla (DSL) went 2-for-4 with his second stolen base. The 17-year-old center fielder has gotten off to a bit of a slow start, posting a .616 OPS in his first 19 games.
Hitter Of The Day: Tim Federowicz (AAA) went 2-for-5 with his third homer. FedEx has a .908 OPS in AAA after posting a sub-.400 OPS with the Dodgers.
Pitcher Of The Day: Scott Elbert (R) started his rehab by recording just two outs and giving up three runs on two hits (one homer) and a walk while striking out one. Most importantly, he didn’t need a fifth elbow surgery. Not joking.
Hendrik Clementina (DSL) went 2-for-5 with his third double.
Hitter Of The Day: Juan Uribe (A+) went 2-for-4 with a double and a strikeout as the DH. Uribe is obviously down there with the Quakes while on his rehab assignment from a hamstring injury, and the positive thing is that he can afford to take his time with Justin Turner hitting.
Pitcher Of The Day: Victor Gonzalez (R) gave up five runs (one earned) on seven hits and two walks in his five innings, striking out three. After his successful debut as a 17-year-old in the AZL, the promising lefty moves to a challenging assignment in short-season ball. How Gonzalez does could depend a lot on the development of his breaking ball, as his 90-92 mph fastball and good change-up are both solid pitches.
Tim Federowicz (AAA) went 2-for-5 with his fourth and fifth homers.
Zach Lee (AAA) pitched seven scoreless innings on three hits and two walks, striking out three.
Kyle Farmer (A) went 3-for-6 with his fourth triple.
Julian Leon (R) went 4-for-5 with a walk in the doubleheader. Also, I think everybody was instructed to work on their stealing, because Leon was 8-of-12 at throwing out runners in the second half of the doubleheader, including two pick-offs and two throwing errors.
Hitter Of The Day: Corey Seager (A+) went 2-for-4 with a walk and his 25th double. I thought he would cool down a bit after his unconscious run, but he’s still at a 1.005 OPS in his last 10 games, including going 9-of-19 with four walks and two strikeouts since the All-Star Break.
Pitcher Of The Day: Jairo Pacheco (AZL) gave up three runs in three innings on four hits and two walks while striking out three. An unimpressive performance, but Pacheco was making his American debut after dominating the DSL (1.24 ERA, 9.3 K/9, 2.7 BB/9) at 16, so it’s not the stats that are important. The six-foot lefty out of Venezuela has a solid-average fastball with potential for more as he fills out, but doesn’t have a ton of projection. Pacheco also has a curve and change that he’s working on, and both show potential.
Juan Uribe (A+) went 0-for-3, but the main thing is that he continues his road back to the Dodgers.
Tom Windle (A+) is starting to show the promise the Dodgers saw in him with greater frequency, pitching five innings of one-run ball, giving up five hits (including a homer) and two walks while striking out seven. Windle still needs to make progress with a breaking ball (I think his slider can flash plus), but the fastball control and command in the zone are slowly improving, which makes his other stuff play up.
Hitter Of The Day: Jared Walker (AZL) went 2-for-4 with his first double in the professional debut for the 2014 fifth-rounder. Speculation when he was drafted was that he would eventually move off shortstop, and he has already done that, playing at third in the Dodgers organization. Nevertheless, the important thing is that Walker is projected to hit well due to his ability to square up pitches. And while he doesn’t yet have over-the-wall power, that projects to come with maturity and off-season work.
Pitchers Of The Day: The prospects of the Isotopes bullpen had a day, with Yimi Garcia (AAA), Pedro Baez (AAA), and Paco Rodriguez (AAA) combining to throw 3.1 innings, giving up just one hit and one walk while striking out six.
Chris Reed (AA) pitched seven scoreless innings with three strikeouts and only surrendering four hits, but he also walked four.
Juan Uribe (A+) went 2-for-4 as he continues his rehab stint.
Corey Seager (A+) went 2-for-5 with his 26th double and 13th homer.
Scott Elbert (A+) looked a ton better in his second rehab appearance, pitching a perfect inning with two strikeouts. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for Chris Anderson (A+), who pitched out of the pen and gave up three unearned runs on three walks and a hit.
Jesmuel Valentin (A) went 1-for-3 with a walk and his fourth homer. In his last 10 games, his OPS is a whopping 1.053. Valentin has been a bit of a surprise in that he’s not only played defense well but has been efficient on the bases, controlled the strike zone, and has even flashed present gap power.
Michael Ahmed (R) went 4-for-5 with his first triple, but as a college product the 20th round pick from this year’s draft should be dominating.
Stephen Fife (AZL) has not been demoted, he’s just there trying to fix his arm. Fife started and threw six innings of one-run ball, walking none and giving up just three hits while striking out five.
Hendrik Clementina (DSL) went 1-for-4 with his second homer and made two throwing errors.
Hitter Of The Day: Alberto Estrella (AZL) was signed for $600,000 in the last international signing period, and the 17-year-old third baseman went 1-for-3 with a walk and his first homer.
Pitchers Of The Day: 2014 15th rounder Joe Broussard (R) and 2014 sixth-rounder Brock Stewart (R) made their professional debuts for Ogden, with both pitching scoreless ball in multiple inning appearances. Broussard went 2.2 innings and struck out three while only giving up a hit, while Stewart went two innings, surrendering two hits and a walk, but striking out four.
Julio Urias (A+) didn’t have his best command, walking three and giving up two hits over three innings and only striking out one, but he managed to limit the damage (no runs).