Joc Pederson‘s shoulder? Just fine, thanks. Meanwhile, Julian Leon and Devan Ahart still can’t be stopped down in Rookie-ball. But even their weeks couldn’t compete with Cody Bellinger and Justin Chigbogu, who were on fire in Ogden. Also, Scott Elbert, Justin Turner, Chone Figgins, and Alex Guerrero continued their rehab.
Hitter Of The Day: Julian Leon (R) – 3/4, 2B (5) – Leon turned in a nine-hit week with four for extra bases, which upped his line on the year to .339/.409/.530/.940 in 31 games. Already excited to see what he can do in full-season ball in 2015.
Pitcher Of The Day: A.J. Vanegas (R) – 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K – Vanegas was the 11th round pick in 2014 out of Stanford, and he’s being used in relief due to health woes that would probably prevent him from starting anyway. Vanegas has surrendered one run and struck out nine in his seven innings thus far.
Justin Turner (A+) – 0/3 – Played third base as part of his rehab efforts. Main thing is he didn’t get hurt.
Scott Elbert (A+) – 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K – Bump in the road for Elbert.
Scott Barlow (A) – 2.2 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 1 BB, 5 K, 2 HR – Oof. So ends his streak of building effectiveness. Um … at least he struck out five?
Jacob Rhame (A) – 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K – Rhame keeps rolling along.
Devan Ahart (R) – 4/5, 2B (5) – The real test will come in 2015 at A-ball. At the Rookie-level and in Ogden, he’s not going to be stopped much.
Hitter Of The Day: Felix Osorio (DSL) – 2/4, HR (1), K – Osorio is a 2014 international signing and faces an uphill battle as a player likely relegated to a corner outfield position. However, he has a 6’4″ frame and shows a power stroke already at just 17.
Pitcher Of The Day: Dennis Santana (DSL) – 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 1 K – Santana had one of his bad days, and his command does need work. But chalk that up to being a hitter last year and losing out on experience.
Nothing much going on today.
Hitter Of The Day: Joc Pederson (AAA) – 1/3, HR, BB, 2 K – Shoulder okay?
Pitcher Of The Day: Carlos Felix (AZL) – 4 IP, 3 H, 2 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 5 – A 2013 international signing, Felix is making his American and Dodger debut this year. So far, so good. In 18 innings, he holds a 2.50 ERA and 18 strikeouts to just six walks.
Darnell Sweeney (AA) – 3/4, 2 2B (28, 29), BB – A guy.
Devan Ahart (R) – 2/4, 2B (6) – I expect him to continue this for as long as he’s in Rookie-ball.
Alex Guerrero (AZL) – 0/3 – Played third base, so the Dodgers have him all over. Guessing the short-term plan is to use him as a type of super-utility option.
Cody Bellinger (AZL) – 2/5, 2B (1) – This is just the beginning.
Grant Holmes (AZL) – 4 IP, 5 H, 5 R (4 ER), 0 BB, 4 K, 2 HR – Roughed up a bit, but nothing to be concerned about.
Hitter Of The Day: Tim Federowicz (AAA) – 2/5, 2 HR (7, 8), 2 K – A .317/.372/.533/.905 line in AAA, so the upside is that he can still hit at AAA like the last two times he was here.
Pitcher Of The Day: Kam Uter (AZL) – 1.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K – Uter, the 2014 12th rounder that the Dodgers went over the allotted amount on, made his professional debut in today’s game and had a bit of a rough go of it. Uter has potential with a fastball that already works from 91-93 mph, but he’s a bit raw and his attention had been divided between two sports (Wake Forest WR commit). Should be interesting to monitor how he progresses with his focus all on baseball now.
Chone Figgins (AAA) – 1/2, BB, K – Didn’t explode. Good.
Joc Pederson (AAA) – 1/4, BB, 2 K, 3 SB (21, 22, 23) – Efficiency still needs a bit of work (caught nine times), and the focus is on the bat, but Pederson can steal bases as well.
Scott Elbert (AAA) – 0.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR – Could’ve been worse.
Julian Leon (R) – 2/5, 2 K, 0/3 SB Against – The bat is obvious, but he’s also thrown out 32% of runners. A solid number since he has the arm strength but the mechanics/release were supposed to require a bit of work.
A.J. Vanegas (R) – 2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 K – After five scoreless innings to start his professional career, Vanegas labored a bit through a multi-inning appearance. ERA still sits at a clean 1.29.
Alex Guerrero (AZL) – 1/3, HR (2), BB, K – An MLB bat in a complex league will generally go well.
Jared Walker (AZL) – 2/4, 2 2B (2, 3), 2 K – Sounds about right for him.
Hitter Of The Day: Cody Bellinger (R) – 3/4, 2 2B (1, 2), HR (1), K – Bellinger is back in Ogden after spending some time in the AZL after his shoulder injury. How is he doing? Um … his line so far in Ogden is .542/.607/.833/1.440. I’d say he’s healthy.
Pitcher Of The Day: Julio Urias (A+) – 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K – Only thing holding him back is the innings limit. Another reminder that he is 17.
Okay, so in this sequence you can see what I was talking about before regarding his fastball command and missing arm-side up in the zone. It’s a very minor, easily fixable flaw that will probably become more consistent with time. When it does, look out.
Chone Figgins (AAA) – 0/2, 2 BB, K – Getting there.
Joc Pederson (AAA) – 2/4, HR (18), BB, SB (24), Assist – There’s not much commentary to give at this point. He’s an MLB-caliber player that has to wait his turn, I suppose. Today he had a pretty perfect all-around effort.
Stephen Fife (AAA) – 3.2 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 3 BB, 4 K – Fife now has a 7.01 ERA. For all those wondering why Fife wouldn’t get a shot or why I don’t mention him, this is why.
Scott Elbert (AAA) – 0.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K – Back on track.
Jesmuel Valentin (A) – 2/5, 3 SB (19, 20, 21), E (11) – Don’t think he’s a regular on a first-division team, but he does look more and more like he might have an MLB future.
Justin Chigbogu (R) – 4/4, 3 HR (5, 6 , 7) – Yes, three homers. And it didn’t end there either. You’ll see.
Hitter Of The Day: Joc Pederson (AAA) – 1/2, HR (19), 2 BB, E (2) – Perhaps most impressive about this is that it was off a legitimate big-league lefty starter in Tommy Milone, who has a 3.84 career ERA in the MLB and was only demoted due to the trade for two starters by the Athletics.
Pitcher Of The Day: Ralston Cash (A) – 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K – A literally perfect two innings with no balls put in play. This is the first mention for Cash in one of these updates for a while, which is surprising considering he was a second-round pick back in 2010.
Cash has had a bit of a rough go of it, including missing 2011 after a hip injury then a femur cyst and a torn hip labrum in 2012. Now he’s trying to re-invent himself as a reliever at 22 and it’s going quite well. The 3.79 ERA doesn’t pop, but he has 46 strikeouts in 38 innings, and in his last 21.2 innings since the All-Star break, he has a 1.66 ERA.
Chone Figgins (AAA) – 2/3, BB – No setbacks is a positive.
Darnell Sweeney (AA) – 0/5, BB, 3 K – In his last 10 games, he’s hitting .194 with a .619 OPS. I blame Dustin.
Tom Windle (A+) – 4 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR – Windle has now surrendered 16 runs in his last 13 innings.
Jacob Rhame (A+) – 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K – Rhame threw three scoreless innings this week, striking out seven and walking just one.
Devan Ahart (R) – 3/4, 3B (3), BB, K – Ho hum.
Julian Leon (R) – 2/3, 2 2B (7, 8), 2 BB – Leon is hitting .368 in his last 10 games and that has lowered his season OPS. :o
Alex Guerrero (AZL) – 1/4, 2B (1), K – Dodgers are taking it slow with him, but they appear to have a sense of urgency regarding getting him back, and probably want to see him in the big in some capacity.
Alex Verdugo (AZL) – 2/3, 2B (7), E (2) – Verdugo is busy showing why people pegged him as a first-round talent that happened to fall. He’s hitting .366 with a .974 OPS in his last 10 games and has 12 walks to just four strikeouts on the season.
Hitter Of The Day: Justin Chigbogu (R) – 4/6, HR (8), K – Chigbogu started the year in A-ball but struggled in his first 24 games, posting a .522 OPS. Since being demoted to Ogden, he’s done much better, putting up a .306/.371/.556/.928 line. Recently though, he’s been particularly ridiculous, hitting six homers and posting a 1.280 OPS in his last 10 games.
The weird thing? The problem might be the same regardless of location or performance. He struck out 39 times in 90 at-bats in A-ball and has struck out 47 times in 124 at-bats in Rookie-ball.
Pitchers Of The Day: John Richy (R), Abdiel Velasquez (R), Vaughn Hayward (R), Karch Kowalczyk (R), Brock Stewart (R) – 9 IP, 18 H, 19 R (17 ER), 7 BB, 8 K, 2 HR – I mean. That is a thing that happened.
Alex Guerrero (A+) – 1/2, 2B (1) – Now up to high-A with his next stop presumably Albuquerque before potentially getting called up to the Dodgers.
Jesmuel Valentin (A) – 4/5, 2B (18), 3B (8), SB (22) – Just needed a homer for the cycle.
Cody Bellinger (R) – 3/4, 2 2B (3, 4), 2 BB – Four walks and just two strikeouts in 24 at-bats.