Grant Holmes continued to miss bats and show off his plus stuff, while Joc Pederson struggled but still found ways to impress. Julian Leon was back to impressing, and while Corey Seager‘s off to a good start at AA on paper, trouble does lurk.
In transaction news, the Dodgers lost Jonathan Martinez to the Cubs as the PTBNL in the trade for Darwin Barney, who is basically redundant for the big club and I assume it was a move made to block him from the Giants. Regardless, while I’ve never been all that high on Martinez, it does seem like a bit much to give up for Barney. Martinez’s velocity was more in the 90-91 mph range than 88-90 this year, which led to an improvement, though his slider and change still lagged behind. Martinez showed his usual quality command (1.6 BB/9), and his strikeout rate rebounded nicely (7.7 K/9), something that was a major concern going into 2014. I doubt the Dodgers miss him in terms of impact potential, but he showed potential as rotation depth, and if his fastball kept developing, he may have been a trade piece for something better.
Hitter Of The Day: Erisbel Arruebarrena (A+) – 0/4, 3 K – Arruebarrena had been hitting better in AAA recently, but it’s not like they reworked his swing completely or anything, so the improvements would (hopefully) come slow and steady. And while he went 5-for-18 during his stop at high-A, he also struck out nine times and didn’t walk.
Erisbel held his own in limited time in the MLB, but I’m just saying that he has a .678 OPS on the year between all levels, along with a 31% strikeout rate and a 6% walk rate.
Pitcher Of The Day: Grant Holmes (AZL) – 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 6 K – Sitting 93-95 mph with a fastball that has cutting action, and the slider should easily develop into a plus pitch. Change-up is still a work in progress, but batters don’t have much of a shot against him at this level when his command in the zone is on.
Scott Elbert (AAA) – 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K – Elbert has actually looked quite good at AAA, posting an 0.96 ERA and striking out 10 in 9.1 innings. Now with Paco Rodriguez probably out for the year, it looks like he made a good decision to stay with the Dodgers after being designated as he might get a call as a lefty.
Michael Johnson (A) – 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K – The 2013 14th rounder had a perfect week, throwing three scoreless innings of no-hit, no-walk ball with seven strikeouts.
Cody Bellinger (R) – 2/2, 3 BB – Patience has deteriorated a bit recently, but still has nine walks and only 16 strikeouts in 94 plate appearances.
Hitter Of The Day: Joc Pederson (AAA) – 2/5, HR (23) – Pederson has been scuffling a bit lately, and if you want something to worry aout now, his OPS on the road is down to .851 on the year.
Then again, his problems against lefties might not be much of one anymore.
Pitcher Of The Day: Jharel Cotton (A+) – 9 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 11 K – Still just 23, Cotton has been showing flashes this year, and today’s performance was an absolute gem. That continues a trend for him, as he scuffled during the first two months, but in nine starts after the All-Star break, he has a 3.05 ERA.
In 101 innings on the year, he has a 4.72 ERA on 110 strikeouts and 28 walks. Organizational depth as a starter or relief is a possibility, and while that might not seem great, the Dodgers rotation woes in 2014 should make you rethink that.
Corey Seager (AA) – 0/4, 3 K – Panic.
Chris Reed (AA) – 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 2 K – Quality start, but his peripherals really are regressing as the season trudges along.
Greg Harris (A) – 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 7 K – Harris continues to show dominance in A-ball, and he’s also showing improved results as the season has gone along. If he can’t get stretched out to maintain a starter’s role, then relief is a definite possibility.
Hitter Of The Day: Julian Leon (R) – 3/3, 2B (11), HR (5), 2 BB – Leon has a .913 OPS with an impressive 19% strikeout rate considering his power. His 10% walk rate isn’t great, but it’s adequate considering the amount of hard contact he’s making.
Hitting mistakes is one thing, but hitting a fastball on the black out to the opposite field is what’s impressive.
Pitcher Of The Day: Dennis Santana (DSL) – 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K – ERA is 1.17 on the year and he hasn’t given up a run in his last 13 innings. The arm backs the results.
Tyler Ogle (A+) – 1/4, HR (7), BB, K – Ogle’s a catcher that has posted a .278/.393/.444/.837 line on the year, and his main drawbacks are that he’s already 23 and there’s questions as to whether he can stick at the position. That said, it’ll be interesting to see how he does at AA.
Devan Ahart (R) – 2/5, 2B (9), HR (1) – Ahart’s keeping the strikeouts down, controlling the zone, and making consistent hard contact. Now he’s mixing in a bit of gap power as well, and like I’ve said before, he’s not really gonna be tested until full-season ball.
Hitter Of The Day: Michael Medina (AZL) – 4/5, 2B (7), HR (5), K – Medina has a 1.305 OPS in his last 10 games, which brings him up to .910 on the season. Medina, an outfielder, is still just 17 and in his first year in America, so it’s safe to say the adjustment’s going well so far. If he keeps hitting, he could be sent to full-season ball next year, but since he’s probably still in adjustment phase, Ogden seems like a safer bet.
Pitcher Of The Day: Zach Lee (AAA) – 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR – People think I hate Lee or something, but I realize he’s still just 22 and is in AAA. All I’m saying is that the upticks in velocity and the development of a knockout breaking ball haven’t come in four years despite predictions, so don’t expect that to jump at you all of a sudden. Also, don’t pretend he’s totally fine and it’s just the environment that’s causing this.
Corey Seager (AA) – 2/4, 2B (4) – Not excelling or anything, but he’s holding his own with an .833 OPS, and that’s probably the goal.
Tom Windle (A+) – 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1 HR – This ends a four-start stretch of giving up four or more runs.
Justin Chigbogu (R) – 3/5, 2 2B (5, 6), HR (12), K – Not worried about him hitting at this level, but five walks and seven strikeouts for the week is improvement in the plate discipline aspect.
Hitter Of The Day: Tim Federowicz (AAA) – 2/4, 2B (15, 16), E (6) – FedEx has an .896 OPS on the year, but has just a .788 OPS against righties. The Dodgers would never do it, but one has to wonder if FedEx could be any worse for the Dodgers at this point.
Pitcher Of The Day: Victor Araujo (A) – 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K – Araujo continues his stellar work out of the pen, pitching 3.1 scoreless innings on the week, lowering his ERA to 1.41.
Tyler Ogle (A+) – 3/4, 2B (12), 3B (2), PB (19) – Okay, maybe I understated that catching problem last time.
Hitter Of The Day: Corey Seager (AA) – 2/4, 2B (5), E (2) – Seager has 17 strikeouts and just one walk at AA so far. Can’t say I’m shocked, and it should be interesting to see how quickly he can adjust.
Pitcher Of The Day: Julio Urias (A+) – 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K – At this point, there’s nothing that he can prove until he pitches deeper into games and gets tested at AA. Hard to believe I’m saying that about a 17-year-old, but that’s reality.
Jacob Rhame (A) – 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K – His last 10 games? 14.2 innings, nine hits, zero runs, three walks, and 20 strikeouts.
Justin Chigbogu (R) – 2/4, 2B (7), HR (13), BB, K – Like I said, he can hit homers.
Dennys Chica (DSL) – 4 IP, 5 H, 1 R (0 ER), 0 BB, 5 K – Chica, a 6’3″ 18-year-old lefty, has a 2.30 ERA on the year. He’s struck out 41 in 43 innings, but perhaps most impressive is that he’s only walked six.
Hitter Of The Day: Scott Schebler (AA) – 2/5, 2 HR (19, 20), K – Not gonna be Scott Van Slyke from the left side because his plate discipline is not as good, but the pop is certainly there and he should hit enough to be a reserve outfielder.
Pitcher Of The Day: Grant Holmes (AZL) – 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 8 K – Runs don’t bother me because Holmes has been everything he was billed as thus far. Do wish he would throw his change-up more though since it’s just a complex league and performance isn’t a priority.
Joc Pederson (AAA) – 1/4, HR (24), BB, K – For the week, Pederson went 4-for-29 with a walk and 12 strikeouts, posting a .511 OPS.
Buuuuuttttt he hit homers and played quality defense.
Chris Reed (AA) – 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR – I suppose you could spin this into “he’s learning how to pitch” or something because he’s getting the results for now, but would like to see dominance rebound at some point.