The Arizona Fall League and the Dominican Winter League seasons are done, and the Mexican Pacific League and Venezuelan Winter League are wrapping up soon, but the most significant news for this update is the addition of new acquisitions Yasmani Grandal and Enrique Hernandez.
Stats Through 12/28
Dominican Winter League
Joc Pederson – OF – .265/.351/.361/.713, 22/83, 3 2B, 3B, HR, 10 BB, 33 K, 3 SB
If you’re going to freak out about this…
Yasmani Grandal – C – .328/.469/.541/1.010, 20/61, 7 2B, 2 HR, 18 BB, 15 K, 2 SB
…then you also have to be elated about this. Or you could decide that neither mean all that much, which is probably correct.
For me, there wasn’t much to worry about with Joc, at least in terms of things he could solve in the DWL. However, with Grandal, it was more about showing that his knee was all the way back healthy, and this certainly counts as a positive sign.
Puerto Rico Baseball League
Enrique Hernandez – 2B – .250/.295/.357/.652, 14/56, 6 2B, 4 BB, 12 K, 1 SB
Not having the best winter, and unlike others on this list, it would help if he showed something since he’ll be competing for the utility job come spring.
Jon Garcia – OF – .273/.307/.463/.770, 33/121, 8 2B, 3 3B, 3 HR, 6 BB, 33 K, 1 CS
Much of the same from Garcia in terms of power production and swing-and-miss, which doesn’t count as a good thing.
Jose De Leon – RHP – 1.13 ERA, 16 IP, 11 H, 3 R (2 ER), 0 BB, 15 K
Everything De Leon could’ve proven in 2014, he has done. Should be very interesting to see if they assign him to the California League in 2015, and if so, how he handles the environment.
Australian Baseball League
Brandon Dixon – 2B – .246/.277/.410/.687, 33/134, 11 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 3 BB, 33 K, 11 SB, 2 CS
Was already a fringe prospect for me, and this isn’t helping much. The bat-to-ball skills, in theory, are there, and the power could also develop. Those hitting tools are why he’s a prospect, in case you’ve looked at his pro career and wondered why I bother, but at some point you’d like to see progress or results, and I haven’t see much of either so far. Dixon probably deserves another year or so before being labelled a non-prospect, but for a guy without loud tools, the clock has to be ticking.
Kyle Hooper – RHP – 4.86 ERA, 16.2 IP, 22 H, 10 R (9), 2 HR, 7 BB, 18 K
Picked one round after De Leon in 2013, Hooper probably needs to test his gaudy MILB strikeout rate (11.7 K/9) at AA next year to be on the pace of a legitimate prospect. I’m not quite sure he is anyway, though, given that he’s a primarily a fastball/changeup guy that works in the low-90s.
Mexican Pacific League
Josh Ravin – RHP – 1.13 ERA, 8 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 12 K
Ravin will be 27 early next year, and he pitched less than 11 innings at AAA for the Dodgers in 2014. So why the mention? Simply because he throws in the high-90s and will touch triple digits on occasion. Ravin’s go-to breaking ball is the curve, but he’s heat dependent … and control dependent. If he throws strikes, he’s effective and the upside has you dreaming, but he has walked six batters per nine over his career.
Juan Ramon Noriega – RHP – 1.91 ERA, 29.1 IP, 33 H, 8 R (6 ER), 8 BB, 18 K
Essentially a non-prospect, but noteworthy anyway because he’ll be in his age-24 season next year and could move to AAA. Organizational depth is a solid possibility for him going forward.
Lenix Osuna – RHP – 3.09 ERA, 11.2 IP, 11 H, 7 R (4 ER), 2 HR, 7 BB, 9 K
Osuna could need more time in Rookie-ball, but he’s young and has promise. Most importantly, he’s the son of Antonio Osuna.