Down On The Farm: 8/11 – 8/23 – Watch Joc & Urias Be Awesome

Was busy doing mechanical analysis and catching up on sleep, thus I missed the update for a week. So of course lots of stuff happened.

August 11

Hitter Of The Day: Alex Guerrero (AAA) – 2/4, 2B (8) – Has a .990 OPS over his last 10 days, which is a great sign since he’s been struggling since coming back (0.760 OPS for the last month).

Pitcher Of The Day: Zach Lee (AAA) – 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 5 K – On the plus side, he has 14 strikeouts and just three walks in his 16.1 innings this update. On the negative side, he gave up 12 runs.


Joc Pederson (AAA) – 0/5, 3 K – Release him.

Tim Federowicz (AAA) – 2/4, HR (12) – Should add quality depth to the bench in September.

August 12

Hitter Of The Day: Scott Schebler (AA) – 3/3, 3 HR (22, 23, 24), BB – Schebler now ranks third in AA in OPS at .920 and has a 1.045 OPS over the past month. The swing-and-miss and lack of patience still terrifies me, but I think he has the potential to be a Scott Van Slyke-type player except without the walks.

Pitcher Of The Day: Chris Anderson (A+) – 6 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 6 K – Could be turning the corner, striking out 27 and walking just three in his last 20 innings. Anderson’s only allowed five runs over that span and his season ERA has dropped by a quarter of a run.


Joc Pederson (AAA) – 2/3, HR (27), BB, Assist – I can’t see him not being an asset down the stretch, even if it’s just as a power bat off the bench.

Zachary Bird (A) – 0.1 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 0 BB, 1 K – “You guys, I think Zachary Bird is finally putting it together!”

*Checks Today’s Box Score*

Julian Leon (R) – 2/5, HR (6), K – Should be interesting to see how he fares in A-ball next year.

Dennis Santana (DSL) – 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 2 K – Santana is now starting in the DSL and he’s still doing well. Hard to imagine him not in Arizona next year.

August 13

Hitter Of The Day: Joc Pederson (AAA) – 1/4, HR (28), Assist – I mean, what do you say? I’ve run out of points to make with him.

Pitcher Of The Day: Julio Urias (A+) – 5 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 9 K – In the second half of the season, he has a 1.35 ERA and 58 strikeouts in 40 innings.



Corey Seager (AA) – 2/4, 2B (8), K – If he can start showing patience against advanced pitching, his floor will raise significantly.

Ralston Cash (AA) – 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K – Still in his age 22 season, Cash made his AA debut in relief today.

Victor Arano (A) – 3.1 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HR – Arano’s fastball lacks movement but has a nice downward plane, and his breaking ball can flash plus at times.

August 14

Hitter Of The Day: Joc Pederson (AAA) – 1/4, HR (29), BB, K, SB (27) – Put it this way, over the last month, his BABIP is a crippling .209 … and he’s put up a 0.949 OPS.

Pitcher Of The Day: Jharel Cotton (A+) – 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 10 K, 1 HR – Still just 22, Cotton deserves to be highlighted. The 4.24 ERA is not great, but it’s fine in the Cal League, and he has 132 strikeouts in 121 innings.

Fortunately, he has the stuff to support that, with a 91-93 mph fastball that can touch 96 and a quality change that flashes plus. One would think that he could eventually learn to spin a breaking ball as a third pitch, and his command is improving.


Tim Federowicz (AAA) – 3/5, 2B (19) – One on hand, you want to be encouraged that he’s hitting. On the other, we’ve been down this road before and it’s led to nothing in the MLB.

Chris Reed (AAA) – 2 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR – As I said in an article here, I now get why they don’t want to make him a reliever because the system lacks depth, but I still think it’s his future. Fastball command issues become less meaningful, he has a knockout slider, and his fastball could play in the mid-90s range.

Jose De Leon (A) – 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 7 K, 1 HR – First start after a promotion to full-season ball. I gave my thoughts on his stuff in a previous update, and this is another quality start.

Julian Leon (R) – 1/4, HR (7), BB, 2 K – “Out of Ogden! Out of Ogden! Out of Ogden!”

August 15

Hitter Of The Day: Jesmuel Valentin (A) – 3/4, 3B (9), HR (7) – Traded for Fauxto Carmona, and there’s a good chance even if he becomes a MLB player, it’ll be as a utility guy. That said, one would think a glove-first former first-round pick that put up a 123 wRC+ at age 20 in a tough league for hitters would be worth more than a replacement-level starter. I’m not freaking out about it, but I mean he’s not even the only prospect involved.

Pitcher Of The Day: Grant Holmes (R) – 3.1 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 2 BB, 4 K – Grant Holmes! Congrats on the promotion! Welcome to Ogden!


Jacob Rhame (A) – 2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K – Now has 12 K/9 and 2 BB/9 on the year. Not sure he’ll be this dominant against advanced bats, but in terms of me picking a sleeper prospect, I feel safe in saying he worked out.

August 16

Hitter Of The Day: Corey Seager (AA) – 2/4, BB, SB (1), 2 E (7, 8) – Mixed bag of the day, right? Before I say anything, he’s 20 in AA. But he has a .347/.372/.521/.893 line now and people are pining for him in the MLB. I loved Seager more than most from two years ago, but now it’s getting ridiculous. Seager can hit, we knew this, but he also has a .451 BABIP in AA and a 31/6 K/BB ratio. Defensively, he’s nowhere close to ready at short and may never be at the position. The brakes, pump them.

Pitcher Of The Day: Zach Lee (AAA) – 5 IP, 11 H, 6 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR – “Why not just call him up?” But if he did this on the Dodgers, everybody would say the Dodgers aren’t making the playoffs and start crying and shit.


Jacob Scavuzzo (R) – 2/4, 2B (1), K – Demoted to Ogden.

August 17

Hitter Of The Day: Devan Ahart (A) – 3/6, 2B (1) – Figured he was going to be promoted to start 2015, but they did it early to give him experience at the level. Ahart carries a .306/.324/.389/.713 line so far, and he’s not overmatched, striking out just four times.

Pitcher Of The Day: Chris Anderson (A+) – 7 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 10 K – The Dodgers desperately need their recent starting pitching picks to work out, and if Anderson’s command has really taken a leap, he could definitely start moving fast. As I’ve said throughout his struggles, the positives were that his raw stuff never waned, and if he finishes strong he could be in AA next year.


Jacob Rhame (A) – 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K – Actually surprised he hasn’t gotten a promotion yet.

August 18

Hitter Of The Day: Julian Leon (R) – 2/4, HR (8), BB – Beware the .372 BABIP before thinking he’s complete as a hitter, but the 10 homers and 10% walk rate show that he’s not just a product of Ogden.

Pitcher Of The Day: Julio Urias (A+) – 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 9 K – If the Dodgers can get him to keep his front-side closed on his fastball, his command would take another leap. Might be sample size, but I think at least half of the time he misses location, it’s up and away. An easy fix for somebody with his feel for mechanics.


Joc Pederson (AAA) – 1/3, HR (30), 2 BB, K – Three true outcomes.

Corey Seager (AA) – 2/5, 2B (10), K – His trial at AA has been impressive.

Chris Perez (A+) – 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K – Hey guys! He’s coming back! What’s with all the tears?

Justin Chigbogu (R) – 2/4, 2 HR (15, 16), BB, K – I’m pretty concerned, actually. Lots of homers, but the same 34% strikeout rate as last year, which led to a 40% strikeout rate in A-ball.

August 19

Hitter Of The Day: Darnell Sweeney (AA) – 2/6, HR (13), 2 K – Haven’t heard anything on him lately, right? Yeah, cause he’s had a rather quiet .757 OPS over the last month. Nothing really to criticize, but nothing much to note either.

Pitcher Of The Day: Jose De Leon (A) – 6 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 14 K – In 12 innings after his promotion, he has 21 strikeouts, no walks, and one run allowed.


Chris Reed (AAA) – 4 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 3 BB, 7 K – At least he’s striking out guys again?

Scott Schebler (AA) – 2/6, 2B (21), HR (26), K – Not that the team needs more outfield depth, but they do need better trade pieces aside from the top three guys.

Corey Seager (AA) – 2/4, 2B (11), BB, K – Has turned into a doubles machine in AA.

Jharel Cotton (A+) – 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 8 K – Another quality start for Cotton.

Devan Ahart (A) – 2/5, 2 2B (2, 3) – Actually very encouraged that his contact skills have carried over to A-ball.

August 20

Hitter Of The Day: Alex Guerrero (AAA) – 3/4, 2B (9), 3B (4) – The right time to get hot is a week before he’s about to get called up to contribute at the MLB level.

Pitcher Of The Day: Grant Holmes (R) – 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K – After a rude welcome to Ogden, Holmes settled in and turned in a solid performance. Not even sure what his ERA on the year is at this point, and I don’t really care. The combination of present stuff and command is worthy of getting excited about. If Holmes continues to make progress, there’s no reason he can’t continue his trend of dominance and command as he moves levels.


Tim Federowicz (AAA) – 3/5, HR (15) – They’re not going to replace A.J. Ellis this year, but if FedEx could just turn into a glove-first backup that flashes pop with a mid-600 OPS or something, I would take that for 2015 and beyond.

Darnell Sweeney (AA) – 1/2, HR (14), 3 BB, K – The evolution of his patience this year has been surprising and part of the reason he’s become a worthwhile piece.

Cody Bellinger (R) – 3/4, 2B (11) – Been quiet recently, but he’s still hitting well.

Alex Verdugo (AZL) – 3/5, 2 2B (11, 12), 3B (1) – Continues to show he’s probably too good for the AZL.

Johan Mieses (DSL) – 2/3, 2B (13), K, SB (29) – Mieses is still the primary guy I’m watching at his level. He’s providing an intriguing skill-set, but the adjustment to America can be rough.

August 21

Hitter Of The Day: Joc Pederson (AAA) – 2/4, 2B (15), HR (31), BB, K, E (5) – Can’t wait for next week.

Pitcher Of The Day: Tom Windle (A+) – 6 IP, 11 H, 5 R (4 ER), 2 BB, 2 K – As Chris Anderson has risen, Windle has struggled a bit. In the second half of the season, he’s posted a 4.73 ERA. A reason for that is his plummeting strikeout rate, which was 7.9 K/9 in the first half, but has dropped to 5.8 since.


Alex Guerrero (AAA) – 2/4, 2 2B (10, 11), K – Really would like to see him get some starts for the Dodgers, because I think he could be a postseason roster asset, but he won’t get that chance if he doesn’t get to show something.

Cody Bellinger (R) – 2/5, 2B (12), HR (2), 2 K – Slowly coming back alive.

Julian Leon (R) – 2/5, HR (10), 2 K – Dingers.

August 22

Hitter Of The Day: Joc Pederson – 2/4, HR (32), 2 BB, 2 K, SB (29), CS (13) – People don’t want to talk about potential flaws, which I understand, but missing in the 30/30 coverage is that he’s hasn’t been all that efficient as a basestealer outside of April.

Pitcher Of The Day: Chris Perez (A+) – 0.1 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 0 K – Please mentally prepare yourself for him to be on the postseason roster so I don’t have to hear it on Twitter. Yes, I know. I agree with you. No, I don’t make decisions.


Tim Federowicz – 3/5, 3 2B (22, 23, 24), BB, K – Albuquerque is a helluva drug.

Corey Seager – 2/5, 2 2B (12, 13), 2 K – Doubles machine keeps on doubling.

Chris Anderson (A+) – 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 11 K – Stellar performance, but I already covered him and had to get jabs at Perez in.

Victor Araujo (A+) – 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K – Recently promoted from A-ball after posting a 1.32 ERA and 74 strikeouts against 15 walks in 68 innings. Been told in convos that his fastball is up a tick (92-93 mph) and his breaking ball has improved after converting to relief from starting. Honestly, I was one of those that was confused when he was immediately sent to A-ball, but the organization does usually know best.

A.J. Vanegas (A) – 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K – Making his full-season debut after posting a 1.89 ERA in Ogden with 26 strikeouts in 19 innings. Control was still an issue, though, as he walked 14. Vanegas is a 2014 draftee out of college, but is still just 21 and should continue to move fast as a reliever if he can throw strikes and not destroy his back again. Why? Cause he sits mid-90s, can touch higher, and has a power slider that fits relief perfectly.

August 23

Hitter Of The Day: Alex Guerrero (AAA) – 4/5, 2B (12), 3B (5), K – “Now pinch hitting for the Dodgers…”

Pitcher Of The Day: Jairo Pacheco (AZL) – 6 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K – A relatively uncovered prospect that is putting up a hell of a season so far in a tough environment. Worth following.


Joc Pederson – 1/4, BB, K, SB (30) – Not actually a special day, but he did hit the 30/30 mark.

Corey Seager (AA) – 3/5, 2B (14), BB – Probably needs to prove he can handle advanced pitching over a full season in 2015 … but if he gets past that, he could start to learn at the MLB level. I’m curious as to whether the fans who want all these prospects called up immediately are then also willing to let them go through the learning process, which may take up to a couple years (especially if they’re rushed). I’m guessing no.

Julio Urias (A+) – 5.1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 9 K – AA at 18 in 2015 should be fascinating to watch. I assume he’ll be on an innings limit again (130, maybe?), but what if he continues to roll and deserves a September look?

Jacob Scavuzzo (R) – 4/5, 2B (4), BB – Demoted to Ogden after posting a .588 OPS in Great Lakes. Scavuzzo’s tools are all still there from my view, he just struggled with making enough contact and carried a 29% strikeout rate.

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