Down On The Farm: 8/24 – 8/30 – Down With The Sickness

Hey, did you know that getting sick sucks? Yes, yes it does.

So sorry about being late, but this late in the season there’s less interesting stuff going on.

The next update will come soon after this, but it’s playoff time already in the minors anyway.

August 24

Hitter Of The Day: Corey Seager (AA) – 0/4, 2 K, E (10) – All that work he put in to become a better SS in A-ball seems to be getting exposed a bit in AA. Seager appears to be showing less range and has almost as many errors in half the games at AA. Fortunately, he’s hitting.

Pitcher Of The Day: Chris Reed (AAA) – 4.1 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HR – In five starts at the AAA level, he has a 10.97 ERA with a 6.39 FIP. Still continue to think he could contribute as a reliever.

Notables

Erisbel Arruebarrena (A+) – 2/4, 2B (2), HR (1), 2 K – Worst thing that could happen is he starts thinking he’s a power hitter.

Jharel Cotton (A+) – 5.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K – Second half of the season? 2.55 ERA and 94 K/18 BB in 84.2 innings.

Jose De Leon (A) – 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 9 K – His stat lines are basically sabrporn, especially late in the year. By most accounts, his stuff is solid, so this isn’t a fluke. Question becomes how fast the Dodgers push him.

August 25

Hitter Of The Day: Scott Schebler (AA) – 1/2, HR (27), 2 BB, SB (4) – He IS already 23, but a .921 OPS from a corner outfielder is about what you want from a potential MLB contributor. Yes, the low walk rate is a concern, but the strikeout rate is manageable and he squares up the ball often, giving hope that he could be a relevant piece eventually.

Pitcher Of The Day: Matt Magill (AAA) – 5.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 5 BB, 2 K – Not sure what you do with Magill at this point given that he’s had similar results as a reliever and starter. There’s only so many times one can say, “Well, if his fastball command comes back…”

Notables

Zachary Bird (A) – 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 9 K – Much better strikeout rate in the second half. Upside is still there.

Ivan Vela (R) – 2/3, HR (2), BB, E (17) – More on him later, but he’s looking more and more interesting.

Victor Gonzalez (R) – 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R (2 ER), 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR – Starting to feel less dumb for liking him more than Victor Arano of late.

Alex Verdugo (AZL) – 2/3, 2B (13), 3B (3), BB – I’ll be going over him later as well, but AZL is not much of a challenge.

August 26

Hitter Of The Day: Joc Pederson (AAA) – 3/4, 2B (16), HR (33), BB, E (6) – We all know he can hit, with the primary concern being the contact rate. The other concern was his throwing accuracy and decision-making with his arm and he had a bit of an accident today.

But also this:

Pitcher Of The Day: Zach Lee (AAA) – 3.1 IP, 8 H, 9 R (4 ER), 4 BB, 3 K – It’s all the environment. I WANT TO BELIEVE.

Notables

Alex Guerrero (AAA) – 2/5, 2 HR (13, 14), K, E (6) – Just to re-iterate what basically everybody who has seen him play says, but he struggles a lot in turning the double play, especially tougher ones. Not saying he’s terrible, necessarily, but if you’re always complaining about Hanley Ramirez‘s D, you might not want to call for him to be the starter anywhere just yet.

Corey Seager (AA) – 2/4, 2B (15), K, CS (1) – Doubles machine.

Julian Leon (R) – 1/3, HR (12), BB, K – Slowed down a tiny bit of late, but not enough for me to care.

Didn’t even look like he caught that one good. Doesn’t matter, still a homer.

<3 August 27

Hitter Of The Day: Ivan Vela (R) – 1/3, HR (3) – It’s Ogden, his defense is a bit shaky, and he has swing-and-miss to his game that doesn’t have a ton of power yet. That said, he’s a 21st round pick from 2014 in his age 21 season and has put up a .307/.377/.445/.822 line and should be an interesting follow in A-ball next year.

Pitcher Of The Day: Grant Holmes (R) – 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 9 K – ERA looks crappy due to his debut outing, but now has 25 strikeouts and just six walks in 18.1 innings in Ogden. Love the mentality he’s shown thus far. Just confidence in his stuff and attacking whoever.

Notables

Tom Windle (A+) – 6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 9 K, 2 HR – Nice to see him get back on track a bit after struggling lately.

Scott Barlow (A) – 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 8 K, 1 HR – Not a great season or anything, but I’m very encouraged that his velocity has rebounded quite a bit and he’s resumed missing bats.

August 28

Hitter Of The Day: Alex Verdugo (AZL) – 2/2, HR (3), BB, SB (8) – Was promoted to Ogden for September, probably because the AZL wasn’t much of a test. The 18-year-old put up a .347/.423/.518/.941 line and had 20 walks to 14 strikeouts. The tools are there and a tough Midwest League environment will be his real test, both physically and mentally.

Pitcher Of The Day: Andres Santiago (AA) – 9 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 12 K – A no-hitter? Oh yeah. As far as his prospect status, Santiago has a 4.47 ERA and 4.73 FIP at AA, and he’s already 24. Performance-wise, he doesn’t really hold up, and he doesn’t have the kind of stuff that makes you think he could be a late-bloomer or something.

Notables

Corey Seager (AA) – 0/2, BB – A WALK!

Chris Anderson (A+) – 6.2 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 10 K, 1 HR – Never the ERA that bothered me, always the control, and he continues to conquer that while missing bats. Bodes well.

Jeff Brigham (R) – 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K – The fourth-rounder from this year has held his own in Rookie-ball in his short starts. Brigham has a 3.58 ERA, has missed a bat an inning, and has walked half that. Actually curious to see what the Dodgers do with him to start 2015.

Jairo Pacheco (AZL) – 6 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K – Pacheco was promoted to Ogden after this performance, and it’s hard to argue. In the AZL, he posted a 2.27 ERA with 54 strikeouts in 47.2 innings to just 16 walks.

August 29

Hitter Of The Day: Corey Seager (AA) – 2/4, 2B (16), BB – “Man, I wonder how long it’ll take Seager to adjust to AA?” Well, that was a dumb concern, since he’s put up a .345/.381/.534/.915 line in AA. Not a finished product as the strikeouts are still a concern, but he’s walked more recently and is hitting the ball hard almost daily.

Pitcher Of The Day: Jose De Leon (A) – 5.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R (0 ER), 1 BB, 12 K – I mean … geez. No need to show off, kid. De Leon has struck out 42 batters in 22.2 innings in A-ball, which is just stupid. Oh yeah, he’s walked just two.

Notables

Chris Reed (AAA) – 5.2 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 2 HR – Just blame this on the environment too?

Darnell Sweeeney (AA) – 2/2, 2B (34), 2 BB – .850 OPS, showed pop, and voted as having the best plate discipline in the league. If he can tighten up in strikeout rate a bit and made his defense passable, that would make him a lot more interesting.

Julio Urias (A+) – 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K – Biggest news here is that De Leon demoted this almost flawless Urias performance to this section. Then again, with Urias, everything is ho-hum.

August 30

Hitter Of The Day: Erisbel Arruebarrena (A+) – 0/3, BB, 3 K – More than just his swing, I think his approach could use work. Arruebarrena tends to get a hold of a few because he’s solidly built, and then he approaches at-bats like he’s a power hitter or something.

Pitcher Of The Day: Victor Gonzalez (R) – 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 3 K – Atrocious looking line overall, but much much better in August, and at only 18, I still like his fastball-change combo from the left side.

Notables

Cody Bellinger (R) – 3/5, 2 3B (3, 4), E (5) – .328/.368/.503/.870 line on the year, and it’s off to A-ball, which will be the interesting test. Already limited to first base (though a very good one), can he show enough over-the-fence pop?

Julian Leon (R) – 3/5, 2 2B (13, 14) – Is a .332/.420/.565/.985 line good? Fifth-highest in Rookie-ball is pretty good at 18.

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