Corey Seager has earned a promotion to AA by setting A+ on fire, Joc Pederson and Alex Guerrero both return from injuries in impressive fashion, and 2014 draftees Grant Holmes and Matt Campbell are off to quick starts.
Hitter Of The Day: Corey Seager (A+) – 2/4, 2 2B (31, 32), BB, 2 K – Seager earned his promotion to AA with performances like these, and he basically forced the team’s hand by putting up a 1.520 OPS in the last 10 days. Oh yeah, he led the A+ level in OPS.
Basically the only flaw is that he could stand to walk more, but that’s one of the reasons a promotion was necessary, because it’s hard to learn to take pitches when you’re drilling everything. That said, all accolades in A-ball aside, AA will be a harsh test for a 20-year-old, and if he starts slow I wouldn’t be too concerned.
Pitcher Of The Day: Hector Rodriguez (DSL) – 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K – Rodriguez struggled as an 18-year-old last year in the DSL, putting up a 7.67 ERA and a 20/19 K/BB rate over 29.1 innings. But the 6’3 righty has improved this year while repeating the league, posting a 1.83 ERA in 39.1 innings, including a 27/7 K/BB rate.
Scott Schebler (AA) – 2/4, 2B (18), HR (17) – Much more optimistic on Schebler now than I was before the season, as he’s maintained his walk rate and power while reducing his strikeout rate from 26% to 22%. A big concern of mine was that his K rate would move in the opposite direction. At 23, he’s still looking at a probable platoon role at best, especially since he has such little room for error as a corner outfielder with an average hit tool and mediocre plate discipline. However, he’s progressing nicely, should destroy Albuquerque, and I could see him as a bench bat.
Ibandel Isabel (AZL) – 0/3, 2 K – I liked Isabel because of his potential with the bat, and since this is his first year in America, it’s hard to be too reactionary. A .491 OPS so far isn’t the best start, but it’s only been 37 PA.
Dennis Santana (DSL) – 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K – Now has a 1.47 ERA and 24 K in 18.1 innings. Converting him to the mound was a great decision and hopefully he sees time in the AZL next year.
Hitter Of The Day: Jesmuel Valentin (A) – 2/3, 3B (7), K, SB (18) – Been a solid overall year for Valentin, who came in with questions about his bat lingering. He hasn’t blown anybody away, but he has an above-average walk rate, strikeout rate, and OPS, has handled second well, and has shown gap power. Should be fine at A+ next year.
Pitcher Of The Day: Grant Holmes (AZL) – 4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K – Continued to look sharp in his second outing, and while AZL is a tough league for pitchers, I expect him to do well. In 2015, I assume he skips Rookie-ball and goes straight to full-season A-ball.
Chris Anderson (A+) – 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 7 K – Command still a concern, but dominance and stuff is not the issue.
Alex Verdugo (AZL) – 2/5, K, E (1) – Playing center with shaky moments. Has an .871 OPS and 10 walks to three strikeouts.
Scott De Jong (AZL) – 2/4, HR (3), K – Striking out in almost a third of his plate appearances, but a 1.044 helps ease that.
Jared Walker (AZL) – 2/5, HR (1), K, E (4) – As expected he’s off to a bit of a slow start in everything, with defensive questions and a .569 OPS. Improvement is what you want to see.
Carlos Felix (AZL) – 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 5 K – An international signing from 2013, Felix is an 18-year-old with a 2.50 ERA and an 18/6 K/BB rate in 18 innings.
Daniel Padilla (DSL) – 3/5, 3B (2) – Still struggling a bit with the bat, but this is better from him.
Hitter Of The Day: Joc Pederson (AAA) – 3/4, 2B (12), 3B (4), BB, K – Pederson made the AAA All-Star team and had a hell of a day to welcome himself back to action, but who knows if it even counts. The stats still count it, but given that the game was forfeited, I’m not sure that’ll be forever.
Pitcher Of The Day: Scott Barlow (A) – 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K – The swings and misses have returned and his command is getting better and better the further he gets away from surgery.
Tim Federowicz (AAA) – 3/5, HR (6), K, PB (4) – At least the passed ball might not count.
Zach Lee (AAA) – 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 5 BB, 5 K, 1 HR – Yuck.
Julio Urias (A+) – 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K – Smart to baby him, but man I want to see him unleashed over a full season.
Matt Campbell (A) – 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K – The 2014 ninth-round pick is having an outstanding debut campaign that I’ll look at further below.
Devan Ahart (R) – 2/5, 2B (3), 3B (2) – Ahart is playing center field and currently has a .870 OPS and a 7/7 K/BB rate.
Theo Alexander (R) – 4/4, 2B (2) – Slow start so far for the raw prospect, but days like these should get more frequent.
Hitter Of The Day: Alex Guerrero (AZL) – 3/5, HR (1), K – He’s back and his ear is alive. With the emergence of Dee Gordon, the Dodgers will be in no rush with him. Only after Guerrero feels comfortable in Arizona will he make his way back to Albuquerque.
Pitcher Of The Day: Victor Arano (A) – 5 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 7 K – A mediocre 3.88 ERA on the year in a league that favors pitching, but a 19-year-old with 66 K and just 13 BB in 65 innings is good for a 3.37 FIP and 3.02 SIERA. Arano has also given up just four runs in his last 22 innings.
Corey Seager (A+) – 1/4, HR (14) – Seager did a good thing. Shocking.
Clint Freeman (AZL) – 2/5, 2B (3), 3B (1) – Off to a solid start in the AZL (.857 OPS), but at 23, he’s gonna need to move fast if he wants an MLB future.
Hitter Of The Day: Alex Guerrero (AZL) – 2/3, BB – Part of me wonders whether they’ll just punt this year for him and keep him in the minors all year just for the sake of his long-term projection. The other part of me really wants him to get back to AAA as fast as possible (before September), because I think he could be a bench option during the playoffs.
Pitcher Of The Day: Scott Elbert (A+) – 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K – Elbert continues to pass obstacles on his way back from his eleventy trillion surgeries, and he certainly could be an asset to the bullpen down the stretch.
Jacob Rhame (A) – 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K – 53 K and 11 BB in 42.2 innings. Again, low-90s fastball limits his upside and that’s why nobody talks about him, but could be one of those guys who sticks around as valuable depth and sees time in the MLB pen.
Lucas Tirado (AZL) – 0/3, 3 K – Tirado is only 17, but the touted international signing has hit .140/.234/.193/.427 in 16 games thus far, including 27 strikeouts in 62 plate appearances. Additionally, he has committed 13 errors at short for a .790 fielding percentage. Nothing to freak out about, but it’s been a nightmare debut.
Hitter Of The Day: Cody Bellinger (AZL) – 0/3 – Bellinger returns from a separated shoulder suffered about a month ago, and he does so in the AZL instead of Ogden where he started. Assuming once he gets back to 100%, he’ll be sent back up.
Pitcher Of The Day: Matt Campbell (A) – 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K – In 12 innings, the 2014 draftee hasn’t surrendered a run, and has struck out 14 to just two walks. Campbell can run it up in the mid-90s, but will sit a tick lower. And while he has a change, he’s been using a hard slider/cutter in the high-80s that’s been effective thus far.
Joc Pederson (AAA) – 2/4, 2B (13) – Boom. I mean, I want to write but there’s nothing really left for him to prove.
Chris Reed (AA) – 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 5 K, 1 HR – You know, slowly but surely, Reed is regressing to a league-average pitcher. I still like him in relief.
Devin Ahart (R) – 2/4, 2 2B (4), 2 BB, K – Ahart continues to hit.
Julian Leon (R) – 2/3, 2B (4), BB – Not a flashy week for Leon like last time around, but he’s looked fine at the plate.
Takumi Numata (AZL) – 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R (0 ER), 2 BB, 4 K – Solid performances so far and he’s showing the ability to miss bats and command his pitches. Understandably, the team is keeping him a complex league for his American debut, but I’m curious as to where he goes next year, as it’ll show what the Dodgers think of him. I’m hoping A-ball.
Hendrik Clementina (DSL) – 3/4, 2B (6), K – After a fast start, he has a .466 OPS in his last 10 games, but more days like this will hopefully help him get back on track.
Hitter Of The Day: Alex Verdugo (AZL) – 2/4, BB, SB (3) – Verdugo has produced so far, and that was the hope out of somebody as talented as him. Arguably though, the reports on his makeup coming back positive are just as important, especially as he moves up to more advanced ball. Remember, makeup isn’t whether some guy is an asshole or cocky or whatever, it’s worrying about whether they’ll put the work in or not.
Pitcher Of The Day: Chris Anderson (A+) – 4 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 3 BB, 6 K, 2 HR – It’s frustrating, honestly.
Justin Turner (A+) – 1/2, 2 BB – The rehab corps are providing nice boosts to whatever team they end up at.