Winter Leagues Update #1: The Score So Far

Baseball never ends, and the ongoing Winter Leagues are evidence of that. The Dodgers have sent a bunch of relevant prospects to play in the Winter Leagues this year, and while one probably shouldn’t look too far into the numbers here, it’s always interesting to get more data.

Stats Through 10/26


Arizona Fall League

Corey Seager – SS – .255/.345/.412/.757, 13/51, 6 2B, 3B, 7 BB, 16 K

It’s almost impossible for Seager to have a worse AFL stint than in 2013, back when he hit .181/.253/.306/.559. And Seager is indeed doing better this time around, but he’s not setting the world on fire either. There honestly isn’t much to say about him, because no matter how he does, his future still projects the same.

Darnell Sweeney – 2B – .368/.442/.526/.968, 14/38, 3 2B, HR, 5 BB, 7 K, SB, 3 CS

Unlike Seager, Sweeney still has things to prove in order to be taken seriously as a potential MLB regular, and his AFL campaign to date certainly helps his case. Sweeney has somehow managed to maintain a solid walk rate but cut down on strikeouts (a problem of his), which is apparently much easier to do when you’re spraying hard-hit balls all over the place.

Well, at least one thing has remained consistent throughout: Sweeney is 1-for-4 on stolen base attempts.

Scott Schebler – OF – .308/.378/.487/.865, 12/39, 2B, 2 HR, 4 BB, 9 K

If Sweeney is trying to prove he can be a regular, Schebler is trying to prove he can fit into that Scott Van Slyke mode in the outfield. I still don’t see Schebler as a potential MLB regular, but all he’s done in his career is continue to produce. In the AFL, Schebler has controlled the zone well and has continued to hit for power, so he becomes a better and better candidate to find a signficant reserve outfielder role in the majors with every game that passes.

Daniel Coulombe – LHP – 0.00 ERA, 3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 6 K

Coulombe was a bit of a surprise call-up in September for the Dodgers, but he acquitted himself in the majors relatively well for a pitcher that started the year at High-A. Coulombe still has to fine-tune his command, especially in the zone, but the breaking ball is absolutely legit and his emergence was a pleasant surprise for the depth of the system if nothing else. Thus far in the AFL, his dominance has translated well, but he’s been having control problems.

Mike Thomas – LHP – 0.00 ERA, 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K

The 25-year-old lefty is now noteworthy, both because of his dominant performance so far in the AFL and because I now believe any lefty with potential is a candidate to be summoned to the Dodgers bullpen (for better or worse). Thomas struck out 76 in AA this past year in 59.1 innings, but also walked 41, so it’s not hard to figure what his primary issue is.

Unlike others on this list, you’ve probably never seen a scouting report on Thomas, so let me provide a quick one based on the AFL. Thomas is 90-92 mph with the fastball and tops out at 94, and he also has a mid-70s curve and a low-80s changeup. Occasionally he’ll mix in a slider, but the three-pitch mix is the safest bet for now, especially in relief.

Dominican Winter League

Joc Pederson – OF – .286/.355/.321/.676, 8/28, 2B, 2 BB, 11 K, SB

Nothing he does here really affects anything. Though if his goal was to make more contact, that’s not working right now.

Mexican Pacific League

Lenix Osuna – RHP – 3.86 ERA, 7 IP, 4 H, 6 R (3 ER), 4 BB, 2 K, 2 HR

Osuna is not having the best of starts to the season in the off-season, but he held his own as an 18-year-old in Ogden, so there’s promise there.

Juan Ramon Noriega – RHP – 0.00 ERA, 6.1 IP, 7 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K

Noriega put together a solid season in AA for the Dodgers, but I’m most fascinated by the fact that he’s 5’7″ and 145 pounds. Don’t see many (any) of those in the MLB, so he’ll go into his age 24 season with a lot still left to prove on the field.

Venezuelan Winter League

Nothing of note.

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