The Dodgers have given a trio of players promotions recently, with Chris Reed promoted from AA to AAA just as he’s been scuffling recently, Ralston Cash moving up to AA from A due to his dominance, and Jose De Leon going to A from R.
That, of course, is not indicative of his talent, but it’s probably the reason he’s not being promoted despite the injuries.
Pitchers Of The Day: Matt Campbell (A), Victor Araujo (A), and Jacob Rhame (A) combined to throw 6.1 innings of scoreless, four-hit ball. The trio walked one but struck out 12 and continued their excellence out of the pen.
Hitter Of The Day: Alex Verdugo (AZL) – 3/5, SB (6) – Verdugo is perfect in stolen base attempts and has a .333/.405/.450/.855 line. But the reason you generally wait until they get out of these leagues to judge players is that he’s still 59th in Rookie-ball/complex league competitions in OPS.
Scott Barlow (A) – 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 7 K, 1 HR – 11 innings and two runs for Barlow in his two starts this week.
Ralston Cash (A) – 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K – Cash was prompted to AA, probably because he has pitched 17.2 scoreless innings with 26 strikeouts in his last eight appearances.
Hitter Of The Day: Corey Seager (AA) – 2/4, HR (1), 2 K – Not trying to be a wet blanket, but when you see people gushing about his numbers in AA so far, remember he has 23 strikeouts and two walks.
Zachary Bird (A) – 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 7 K – A quality start, and his improvement this year is command related.
But spinning his breaking pitches with consistency would go a long way to better K rates since his velocity is there.
Victor Gonzalez (R) – 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K – I still like Gonzalez as a prospect regardless of his struggles this year, but a strong finish and further adjustments certainly wouldn’t hurt.
Johan Mieses (DSL) – 4/6, 2B (10), 2 BB, SB (25) – A productive doubleheader for the center fielder who’s showing power, patience, and speed in his age 18 season. Just waiting to see him in the AZL next year, really.
Dennis Santana (DSL) – 3.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K – Speaking of guys I’m waiting to see in the AZL, Santana lowered his ERA to 1.16 after this game. 91-94 mph with solid command is going to do well in complex leagues.
Hitter Of The Day: Justin Chigbogu (R) – 0/4, 3 K – Last week, I mentioned that despite his HR streak, Chigbogu might not have been showing the progress the Dodgers wanted due to his plate discipline issues. Well, since the homer outburst ended, he’s gone .190/.294/.397/.691 with 24 strikeouts in 68 plate appearances. The raw power was never the problem, and showing it in Ogden isn’t the goal.
Pitcher Of The Day: Jairo Pacheco – 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 9 K – After dominating in the DSL last year, Pacheco has impressed in the AZL with 38 strikeouts in 30.2 innings. Still in his age 17 season, he’ll probably begin to start more often instead of relieving 3-4 innings at a time, but relief might be his long-term role.
Corey Seager (AA) – 1/4, 2B (6), BB, K – Not a noteworthy game (or hit), but I’ll show you video whenever they put it up.
Julio Urias (A+) – 4 IP, 3 H, 3 R (2 ER), 2 BB, 5 K, 1 HR – Urias struggled more than usual and still struck out five and four innings.
Devan Ahart (R) – 3/4, 3B (4), HR (2) – Continues to impress (me) with his ability to make solid contact. Keeps the ball on the ground and won’t prove a thing until he’s in A-ball, but is doing what he needs in Ogden.
Hitter Of The Day: Joc Pederson (AAA) – 3/5, HR (25), BB, SB (26) – In the last 10 days, Pederson has a .185 BABIP … and a .951 OPS. Part of the reason why if his strikeout rate stays below 30% in the MLB, he should find some level of success in the majors.
Hell, expand it to the last 30 days, and he has a .210 BABIP with a .940 OPS. The strikeout rate is 23% as well, so he’s still making necessary adjustments. Can’t imagine he doesn’t see the majors at some point in 2014.
Pitcher Of The Day: Jose De Leon (R) – 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 11 K – The start that earned him the promotion to A-ball. 77 strikeouts in 54.1 innings, yes, but only 19 walks as well. 91-94 mph with sinking movement that helps keep the ball on the ground, and his slider has been better. I do wonder about a third pitch, but he’s clearly a player to watch.
Tim Federowicz (AAA) – 3/4, HR (11), K – Could he provide the Dodgers with better offense as a backup? Probably. Will the Dodgers give up basically the only depth they have to promote him? No. Come on, you knew that.
Yimi Garcia (AAA) – 2.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K – With most struggling with command, Garcia has managed to combine staying in the strike zone with dominance. As a fly ball pitcher in the worst environment for fly ball pitchers in the minors, he still carries a 3.02 ERA. Yimi’s breaking ball still needs work, but I can’t imagine why he’s yet to get a shot.
Scott Elbert (AAA) – 0.1 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 0 BB, 0 K – Is that bad?
Corey Seager (AA) – 2/4, 2B (7) – Seager is decent at hitting.
Cody Bellinger (R) – 2/5, 3B (1), SB (5) – A .552 OPS in his last 10 days counts as cooling off significantly.
Grant Holmes (AZL) – 5 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 3 K – One of his “bad” starts.
Hitter Of The Day: Joc Pederson (AAA) – 1/4, HR (26), 2 K – Taking bets on when he gets called up.
Pitcher Of The Day: Chris Reed (AAA) – 5.1 IP, 4 H, 5 R (3 ER), 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HR – “Welcome to the PCL!” – Zach Lee, probably.
In all seriousness, it was sort of weird timing to promote Reed since he was regressing in AA.
Hitter Of The Day: Corey Seager (AA) – 2/6, 2 K, 2 E (3, 4) – Nothing is wrong with what Seager is doing, but I do feel compelled to point out the warts in his game because people were seriously asking for him to be promoted recently.
Pitcher Of The Day: Matt Magill (AAA) – 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 4 K – Not sure what to read into this, but Magill got a start and Red Patterson is making pen appearances now. Either way, in the end, what it actually means is that the state of rotation depth for the Dodgers is dire.
Bruce Billings (AAA) – 2.2 IP, 9 H, 7 R (6 ER), 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR – Another nice PCL welcome for the team’s newest starter.