Down On The Farm: The End Of The Road – Guerrero, Seager, Leon, Holmes, Bellinger

Sure, sure, nobody cares about this now, but I wanted to get some thoughts down on certain players to end the year.

Okay, to be honest, I forgot to publish this like last week. Ok?! Ok.

August 31

Hitter Of The Day: Alex Guerrero (AAA) – 2/5, HR (15) – So he can hit at the highest level that’s not the majors, posting a .329/.364/.613/.978 line. While he has some concern about plate discipline and contact, he doesn’t have a ton left to prove at AAA with the bat.

That said, reports are nearly universal in questioning his ability to even handle second at an adequate level, much less play third or short like some fans want. And it’s telling that the Dodgers are still only willing to play him in left even during his call-up. It should be an interesting off-season for Guerrero, who basically either needs to learn an infield position that’s not first base or become very highly paid trade bait.

Pitcher Of The Day: Onelki Garcia (A+) – 0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 0 K – Performance is important for most, but for him right now it’s about getting back on the mound with regularity. I assume he’ll be sent to play in a winter league to compensate for him basically missing all of 2014. Assuming his stuff hasn’t deteriorated, he still should be a solid lefty pen option.


Corey Seager (AA) – 3/5, HR (2), 2 BB, K – An ideal doubleheader against advanced pitching, and he’ll be covered later.

September 1

Hitter Of The Day: Corey Seager (AA) – 2/4, 3B (3) – Posted an outstanding 1.044 OPS in high-A, then did almost as well in AA with a .915 OPS. The Dodgers seem intent on making him stick at short despite every scouting report to the contrary, and given that they might not have one in 2015, it’ll be interesting to see what they do with him. Most likely he ends up being Juan Uribe‘s replacement in 2016, but if Erisbel Arruebarrena can’t hit, it’s wide open at short under the “well if Hanley Ramirez/Derek Jeter can play short for a decade…” theory.

Pitcher Of The Day: Grant Holmes (R) – 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 7 K, 1 HR – Interested to see how he does in A-ball. Besides a few disaster starts in extreme offensive environments, he’s shown a combo of swing-and-miss stuff, command, and aggressiveness that’s hard not to like.


A.J. Vanegas (A) – 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K – An ERA of 0.00 in 8.1 innings in A-ball, along with seven strikeouts and no walks. If he can stay away from injuries to his core, he projects as a valuable bullpen piece. If.

September 2

Hitter Of The Day: Julian Leon (R) – 3/3, HR (12), 2 BB – As a catcher, he posted a .332/.420/.565/.985 line as an 18-year-old. Yeah, it’s Ogden, but he’ll be a very interesting follow in A-ball as a guy with legit power, budding plate discipline, and bat-to-ball skills. Also, for a raw catcher, 30% caught stealing and eight passed balls on the year isn’t bad.

Pitcher Of The Day: Nope.



September 3

Hitter Of The Day: Cody Bellinger (R) – 2/4, 3B (5) – Ends his 18-year-old season with a .328/.368/.503/.870 line, and the main question for him is still whether the power will continue to show up as he rises through the ranks. I’m not personally convinced he’ll ever be that type of guy at first, but with the depressed offensive environment, there’s value in doubles power if it comes with plate discipline and defense. Bellinger still needs work on the former, however.

Pitcher Of The Day: Nah.



September 4

Hitter Of The Day: Cody Bellinger (R) – 2/4, 3B (6), K – I swear he’s not that fast despite the six triples and perfect 8-for-8 in stolen base attempts.

Pitcher Of The Day: Nope.




Ogden Raptors – 0 | Orem Owls – 2

Cody Bellinger – 4/9, 2B, 3B, 4 K, E

Jacob Scavuzzo – 2/3, SB

Alex Verdugo – 1/7, K

Julian Leon – 0/8, 4 K

Grant Holmes – 1.1 IP, 4 H, 6 R, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Chattanooga Lookouts – 3 | Huntsville Stars – 2

Corey Seager – 3/17, 6 K

Scott Schebler – 2/17, BB, 5 K, CS

Darnell Sweeney – 1/18, 2B, 2 BB, 6 K

Daniel Coulombe – 4 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 7 K

Ralston Cash – 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K

Chattanooga Lookouts – 0 | Jacksonville Suns – 3

Corey Seager – 3/11, HR, BB, 6 K, E

Scott Schebler – 3/11, 3B, BB, 4 K

Darnell Sweeney – 2/13, 2 2B, BB, 5 K

Ralston Cash – 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K

Daniel Coulombe – 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K

As you can see by the amount of playoff games played by Dodgers affiliates, they won a whole ton in 2014…

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