Down On The Farm: July – Barnes, Erisbel, Cotton, Scavuzzo, Verdugo, Keibert

Holy crap, this is late, right? Well, I’ll try to make up for it be being more on time in August, but still, I think I wrote up some interesting stuff that went down in July, no matter how late it may be.

Anyway, the Dodgers system in July has seen a bunch of movement, with Juan Jaime and Erisbel Arruebarrena being promoted to AA, Chase De Jong coming over from the Blue Jays and being placed in high-A, Pablo Fernandez being assigned to A-ball, and Willie Calhoun, Tommy Bergjans, and Joshua Sborz all being promoted to A-ball.

Oklahoma City Dodgers (AAA)

Hitters

Corey Seager – SS – 21 – 84 PA, .203/.274/.419/.693, 10 XBH, 3 HR, 5 BB, 10 K (Month) – 397 PA, .291/.343/.496/.838, 44 XBH, 14 HR, 27 BB, 52 K (YTD)

Seager had a terrible July on face value, especially for a guy who is supposed to be MLB ready. However, a lot of his line is due to a sub-.200 BABIP for the month, as his power stuck around and his plate discipline didn’t erode.

Nothing to worry about, but it does serve as a convenient warning that expecting an immediate impact is unfair.

Austin Barnes – C – 25 – 57 PA, .313/.404/.563/.966, 6 XBH, 3 HR, 7 BB, 7 K, 3/1 SB/CS (Month) – 271 PA, .302/.385/.474/.859, 23 XBH, 8 HR, 30 BB, 30 K, 10/1 SB/CS (YTD)

I feel bad for Barnes. The forgotten man in a major trade, he deserves a spot on an MLB roster but instead serves as one of the best third-string depth options in the league.

Barnes put on another clinic at the plate in July as a catcher, and continues to do what he can even though how he performs at AAA isn’t at all the difference between a promotion or not.

Scott Schebler – OF – 24 – 82 PA, .250/.305/.408/.713, 6 XBH, 2 HR, 4 BB, 17 K, 2/0 SB/CS (Month) – 354 PA, .249/.325/.442/.766, 31 XBH, 11 HR, 28 BB, 69 K, 12/1 SB/CS (YTD)

Schebler is another prospect that the Dodgers probably wouldn’t miss in a big picture, but is also worth taking a flier on by a rebuilding team to see whether or not his profile can translate to the majors. Schebler struggled through a poor July, with his power dropping back down and his batting eye taking a step back. Still profiles best as a reserve outfielder and possible platoon option.

Pitchers

Zach Lee – SP – 23 – 4.05 ERA, 26.2 IP, 25 H, 4 BB, 13 K (Month) – 2.92 ERA, 83.1 IP, 75 H, 5 HR, 16 BB, 57 K (YTD)

Lee made his MLB debut, and as you know by now was basically throwing batting practice, surrendering seven runs on 11 hits in 4.2 innings. However, his ERA in the minors was just 2.05, and the actual concern is that he’s slowly regressing to last season’s strikeout rate, which he’ll need to turn around. Still profiles as a #5 type in the rotation or bust, because I don’t see his stuff thriving in the bullpen.

Joe Wieland – SP – 25 – 4.01 ERA, 24.2 IP, 32 H, 11 BB, 8 K (Month) – 5.42 ERA, 86.1 IP, 109 H, 26 BB, 65 K (YTD)

Wieland is now doing the opposite of what he was before. He had solid peripherals and terrible results earlier in the year, but in July has posted one of his best results-based months and was actually rather atrocious. Wieland walked more men than he struck out and gave up hits like Lee in his MLB debut. Unfortunately, he now seems to have a similar iffy #5 profile as Lee does.

Tulsa Drillers (AA)

Hitters

Erisbel Arruebarrena – SS – 25 – 113 PA, .283/.327/.443/.771, 11 XBH, 3 HR, 6 BB, 31 K (Month) – 118 PA, .291/.339/.455/.794, 12 XBH, 3 HR, 7 BB, 33 K (YTD)

Not much to say about Erisbel, really. Glad he’s finally back to playing instead of doing whatever he was doing before, but his profile doesn’t appear to have changed much. Still swings for the fences, still has a bunch of swing-and-miss, and still doesn’t control the strike zone. The glove is potentially Gold Glove level, but the bat still screams AAAA to me, if that.

Kyle Farmer – C – 24 – 93 PA, .322/.344/.448/.792, 10 XBH, 0 HR, 4 BB, 25 K (Month) – 342 PA, .328/.371/.487/.859, 39 XBH, 2 HR, 17 BB, 60 K (YTD)

On the surface, Farmer had a nice July, but undoubtedly this type of batting average dependent line is unsustainable. The amount of strikeouts and lack of walks is what likely will hold him back. Still, he is looking more and more viable as catching organizational depth, which every team needs and which the Dodgers lacked any of just a year ago.

Pitchers

Julio Urias – SP – 18 – 4.97 ERA, 12.2 IP, 14 H, 1 BB, 12 K (Month) – 3.51 ERA, 48.2 IP, 39 H, 10 BB, 58 K (YTD)

Guy is terrible or something, right? Not really. Again, this is Urias’ age-18 season and he has almost a 6-to-1 K/BB ratio in AA and is generating a ton of swing-and-misses. All of this while being above-average at run prevention, and while having his rhythm broken via innings limitations and elective eye surgery.

Jose De Leon – SP – 22 – 5.51 ERA, 16.1 IP, 12 H, 8 BB, 25 K (Month) – 3.16 ERA, 94.0 IP, 66 H, 33 BB, 132 K (YTD)

De Leon walked a bunch more guys in July, which wasn’t good, but the ERA is hardly concerning given the lack of hits and the ton of strikeouts. So far in AA, De Leon has technically struggled a bit with an ERA north of four, and the homer rate is spiking along with the walk rate doubling. However, he’s also showing that his stuff is 100% legit against advanced bats, and I would bet on him just needing time to make adjustments back more than any permanent control or homer problem.

Additionally, like Urias, he conveniently missed a bit of time to limit his innings. I’m not sure how badly De Leon’s back was really hurt (maybe it really was and that factors into his July), but it sure seems like it was insurance in case he’s needed in September.

Jharel Cotton – SP – 23 – 2.27 ERA, 35.2 IP, 24 H, 15 BB, 42 K (Month) – 2.06 ERA, 74.1 IP, 55 H, 26 BB, 87 K (YTD)

Cotton is a year older than Anderson and arguably has less projectability, but I feel comfortable moving him a rank above. The main area of concern is his 5’11” frame and whether his fastball will be hittable in the MLB — despite the height, he gets downhill and aggressive extremely well — but for now, he has a similarly plus mid-90s fastball along with a plus change, which is currently one more usable off-speed pitch than Anderson appears to have.

There’s an absolutely real chance that Cotton is a back-end bullpen arm instead of middle rotation starter, but the same goes for Anderson, and at this rate I would be surprised if Anderson was able to put up the level of dominance Cotton has. Like most of the guys that are a step away from the MLB, the fine command still needs to step forward, but he’s another pitching arm on the precipice.

Chris Anderson – SP – 22 – 4.65 ERA, 31.0 IP, 32 H, 10 BB, 22 K (Month) – 3.83 ERA, 110.1 IP, 103 H, 50 BB, 88 K (YTD)

Unlike with Urias and De Leon, Anderson’s performance is a bit more concerning. For the second straight month he’s struggled to generate swings-and-misses, and he’s getting hit progressively harder. From what I’ve watched, it certainly doesn’t seem like a stuff issue, but when his command goes awry, it’s hard to get advanced hitters to offer no matter how hard one throws.

Of course, he’s still just 22 and already in AA, so this doesn’t change his overall profile much at all. But I was looking forward to seeing him leap forward this year instead of basically treading water a bit.

Ross Stripling – SP – 25 – 4.70 ERA, 23.0 IP, 25 H, 9 BB, 22 K (Month) – 4.00 ERA, 36.0 IP, 31 H, 15 BB, 32 K (YTD)

Stripling has a four-pitch mix and has two pitches that flash(ed) plus in his low-to-mid-90s fastball and curve, but he’s now already 25 and doesn’t have a ton of time left. Yes, 2015 is just about him getting healthy again and showing he’s back, but after that he’s looking at a short window to fulfill his back-end starter upside. Stripling could get a look out of the pen if the Dodgers deem it too late for him to be a workable starting option, but given that there’s never too much starting depth, I doubt they’ll do that.

Jacob Rhame – RP – 22 – 4.38 ERA, 12.1 IP, 9 H, 7 BB, 15 K (Month) – 2.68 ERA, 47.0 IP, 28 H, 20 BB, 59 K (YTD)

If more fans knew about Rhame and his upper-90s fastball, they’d have been calling for him in the MLB given how the Dodgers bullpen has been going. However, in July he a showed a bit of why he could still use work. Rhame’s much improved control and command still need to take one more step forward until he faces MLB-caliber competition, but he’s close and it continues to surprise me how many fans just don’t care he exists. It would also be rather nice if his slider would develop more depth as well.

Juan Jaime – RP – 27 – 2.13 ERA, 12.2 IP, 8 H, 11 BB, 22 K (Month) – 3.04 ERA, 23.2 IP, 16 H, 26 BB, 39 K (YTD)

An upper-90s fastball, hit prevention, and a ton of strikeouts are the name of the game for Jaime. Unfortunately, control usually isn’t. Jaime doesn’t even need fine command to be a MLB-level pitcher, he just needs to not walk a batter an inning. While I would like to be optimistic, he’s 27 now and still scuffling, and guys like this don’t tend to magically turn it around. There’s always hope though.

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (A+)

Hitters

Cody Bellinger – 1B – 19 – 116 PA, .200/.296/.490/.786, 15 XBH, 7 HR, 12 BB, 33 K (Month) – 427 PA, .245/.318/.493/.811, 51 XBH, 20 HR, 39 BB, 128 K (YTD)

The good news? Bellinger’s power is still showing up in spades and the reason for his low average this month is a .213 BABIP. The bad news? He’s now hitting .203 and has a .281 OBP over the last two months, and he’s struck out in 34% of his plate appearances.

That said, I’m still more optimistic than anything else. Bellinger’s missing tool in a first-division regular profile was his raw power, and he’s skipped the step of showing plus raw power in batting practice and just jumped to showing it in the game in 2015. It’s still a bit pull-dependent for my taste, but he’s shown the ability to make more consistent hard contact in the past, so finding a happy medium is a distinct possibility given the changes he’s already made in an off-season.

Bellinger will be only 20 when he likely enters AA next year assuming he finishes strong, which puts him on a top prospect path. Given a bit more luck down the stretch, I suspect he should finish with a flurry and be right on time.

Johan Mieses – OF – 19 – 86 PA, .244/.271/.524/.765, 13 XBH, 5 HR, 2 BB, 26 K (Month) – 330 PA, .260/.303/.444/.747, 34 XBH, 10 HR, 17 BB, 74 K (YTD)

Mieses did his best Bellinger impersonation, smacking the ball with authority by striking out a ton and not doing much of anything else. Mieses seems more likely to repeat high-A, but in somewhat of a breakout year he’s continuing to make progress.

Jacob Scavuzzo – OF – 21 – 94 PA, .360/.415/.593/1.008, 11 XBH, 4 HR, 6 BB, 15 K (Month) – 337 PA, .295/.332/.483/.815, 35 XBH, 10 HR, 14 BB, 62 K (YTD)

Don’t want to get overly excited and declare him breaking out over a couple good months, but it sure as hell seems like he’s figured things out a bit, which is only backed by the Dodgers promoting him. For a while it seemed like I was too hyped about him two years ago based on his potential, but as I’ve said for a few years now, the tools for him to be a first-division regular always existed, it’s just that there was so much risk involved because he was still such a raw prospect. Also, now that the farm system has improved exponentially, Scavuzzo has fallen off the radar a bit, but I don’t see a way to ignore him if this continues.

Devan Ahart – OF – 22 – 6 PA, .000/.167/.000/.167, 0 XBH, 0 HR, 1 BB, 1 K (Month) – 142 PA, .280/.383/.390/.773, 7 XBH, 2 HR, 20 BB, 20 K (YTD)

Ahart missed a bunch of time for injury and only played in two games rehabbing in the Arizona League before getting hurt again. He’s back to playing now, but the injury did unfortunately cost him development time.

Ahart isn’t mentioned on any prospect lists because he’s probably not a regular, but I like his overall skill set in terms of being a potential fourth outfielder in the future. Ahart needs to continue to hit, but he hasn’t shown any problems controlling the zone and making hard contact yet.

Pitchers

Chase De Jong – SP – 21 – 4.11 ERA, 15.1 IP, 10 H, 5 BB, 21 K (Month) – 3.28 ERA, 101.2 IP, 85 H, 23 BB, 98 K (YTD)

De Jong was recently acquired from the Blue Jays for basically nothing (international slot money) and was immediately promoted to high-A. De Jong struggled in his first two starts as a Dodger, lasting just 5.1 innings and giving up seven runs. He settled down rather quickly though, closing out the month by going 10 shutout innings and striking out 17.

De Jong could probably end up at AA next year, where he’ll get a real test from advanced bats. If he can continue generating swinging strikes with his stuff there, he’ll be a much better rotation candidate, because right now the realistic outlook is more of a Zach Lee path for similar stuff. The one advantage is that I think De Jong’s breaking ball could develop into a much better weapon, but we’ll see going forward whether he ends up as more than rotation depth.

Scott Barlow – SP – 22 – 4.00 ERA, 9.0 IP, 8 H, 4 BB, 11 K (Month) – 2.72 ERA, 49.2 IP, 43 H, 21 BB, 50 K (YTD)

Barlow’s numbers come in three rehab starts in the Arizona League, but it couldn’t be a better sign because a guy with his injury history missing the two previous months had me worried that something more serious might’ve been in store for his future. At this point, with the rotation prospects the Dodgers already have, the need for quality bullpen depth, and Barlow’s good but not great starter performance, I’d like to see the team fast-track him as a fastball/slider reliever as his stuff could play up.

Great Lakes Loons (A)

Hitters

Alex Verdugo – OF – 18 – 125 PA, .345/.371/.474/.845, 9 XBH, 3 HR, 5 BB, 9 K (Month) – 398 PA, .293/.325/.391/.716, 27 XBH, 4 HR, 16 BB, 51 K (YTD)

That’s two excellent months in a row for Verdugo, and given his talent, it’s safe to say that he’s finally turned the corner after an adjustment period. I said early in the season that he was likely to turn it around, but admittedly I was getting a tad concerned that his approach was breaking down in full-season ball. Luckily his bat-to-ball talent finally played and he’s finally hitting for the averages I expected from the start. The power has to yet to fully emerge and he’s not controlling the zone as well as he can yet, but he’s certainly headed in the right direction.

Willie Calhoun – 2B – 20 – 127 PA, .266/.362/.486/.848, 15 XBH, 4 HR, 17 BB, 13 K (Month) – 179 PA, .273/.369/.506/.875, 21 XBH, 7 HR, 24 BB, 19 K (YTD)

Given the power he showed and the complete domination of the strike zone, Calhoun was actually very unlucky to have a line this low in Rookie-ball. The Dodgers recognized as much, which is why they promoted him to A-ball a little over a month into his professional career.

Calhoun has enough bat speed and raw strength to make his plus pull power play (not intentional, I promise), though his 5’9″, 180 pound frame doesn’t exactly scream projectability. Of course, if he was 6’2″, he probably wouldn’t be a Dodger right now anyway. Amazingly though, despite his pull tendencies and pop, he maintains an advanced approach and consistently barrels the ball, generating power through leverage and strength, not length of swing.

Calhoun’s actual problem is finding a position. He’s playing second right now and third remains a possibility, and his chances of becoming a regular in the majors increase exponentially if he can find a way to stick at either position. However, he might profile best in a corner outfielder position, which would put a ton of pressure on his bat.

Julian Leon – C – 19 – 98 PA, .211/.276/.300/.576, 6 XBH, 1 HR, 6 BB, 30 K (Month) – 264 PA, .200/.255/.282/.536, 14 XBH, 3 HR, 14 BB, 80 K (YTD)

Boy this has been a surprisingly bad season for Leon. Some struggles were expected in the transition from a hitters’ paradise like Ogden to full-season ball, but a ton of strikeouts and hardly any walks with no power and struggles to barrel the ball make for an awful profile. If anything, I expected maybe a league-average offensive season as he concentrated to refining his receiving behind the plate, but this has to be seen as worrisome. Leon will repeat the league next year, where he’ll have to show improvement in making contact to progress.

Pitchers

Grant Holmes – SP – 19 – 1.21 ERA, 29.2 IP, 26 H, 14 BB, 31 K (Month) – 2.59 ERA, 87.0 IP, 70 H, 44 BB, 105 K (YTD)

Holmes continues to do what he has to do, and I’m actually a bit surprised the Dodgers didn’t push him to high-A this year. His control still has to take a step forward, but he continues to miss bats with his plus stuff and I’m just looking forward to his 2016 now.

Josh Sborz – SP – 21 – 4.50 ERA, 4.0 IP, 2 H, 4 BB, 4 K (Month) – 4.50 ERA, 4.0 IP, 2 H, 4 BB, 4 K (YTD)

Sborz started in Rookie-ball, but has already been promoted up to high-A. I guess the Dodgers will try to use him as a starter, but if he goes the relief route he could be fast-tracked to the bigs. Sborz primarily relies on his low-90s fastball with deceptive life, and he can get it up into the mid-90s. He also has an above-average slider, but can also throw a changeup, which he’ll need to develop to remain a starter. Sborz could start 2016 in AA, but he’ll likely start the year in high-A. Personally? I’d prefer him fast-tracked as a reliever since I think there’s a better chance he ends up as a 7th or 8th inning guy anyway rather than a back-end rotation starter.

Ogden Raptors (R)

Hitters

Michael Medina – OF – 18 – 77 PA, .243/.286/.471/.757, 11 XBH, 2 HR, 3 BB, 30 K (Month) – 131 PA, .250/.290/.508/.798, 17 XBH, 6 HR, 5 BB, 49 K (YTD)

Medina’s power is still shining through, but striking out in like 40% of plate appearances with no control of the strike zone probably isn’t the best way to make an impression. The power is nice, but he needs to make more contact at some point.

Pitchers

Andrew Sopko – SP – 20 – 5.14 ERA, 7 IP, 9 H, 0 BB, 8 K (Month) – 5.14 ERA, 7 IP, 9 H, 0 BB, 8 K (YTD)

Sopko got murdered by balls in play this month in limited action, but he should fare fine in Ogden for the short remaining time. He’s a lefty that can sit in the low-90s and with a slider that flashes plus, so even if he doesn’t work out as a starter, a relief role for a guy with his profile and 3/4 release point is in the cards.

AZL Dodgers (R)

Hitters

Mitch Hansen – OF – 19 – 77 PA, .159/.234/.217/.451, 3 XBH, 0 HR, 6 BB, 21 K (Month) – 99 PA, .148/.232/.193/.426, 3 XBH, 0 HR, 9 BB, 31 K (YTD)

Hansen has looked pretty terrible thus far, but he’s too good bat-to-ball for this to continue too much longer. Chalk it up to an adjustment period or whatever, but for me, the actual thing to watch is whether his power will come or not.

Brendon Davis – SS – 17 – 30 PA, .276/.300/.276/.576, 0 XBH, 0 HR, 1 BB, 10 K (Month) – 30 PA, .276/.300/.276/.576, 0 XBH, 0 HR, 1 BB, 10 K (YTD)

Davis is still just in his age 17 season, so he’s young even for the Arizona League, but there’s a lot of promise in his 6’4″ frame. Like Seager (not comparing them), he figures to move off shortstop eventually but can handle the position for now. The biggest thing to watch is whether the power fills in with his frame.

Jordan Paroubeck – OF – 20 – 15 PA, .214/.267/.286/.552, 1 XBH, 0 HR, 1 BB, 4 K (Month) – 15 PA, .214/.267/.286/.552, 1 XBH, 0 HR, 1 BB, 4 K (YTD)

Paroubeck finally got underway, and the main obstacle right now between him and higher prospect status is actually playing baseball. An injury delayed his debut until 2014 after he was drafted, and even in that year he only got 157 PA. Now in 2015 he’s basically been delayed until August again and should probably end up playing winter ball just to get reps in.

Gersel Pitre – C – 18 – 41 PA, .457/.537/.543/1.079, 3 XBH, 0 HR, 4 BB, 4 K (Month) – 60 PA, .388/.500/.469/.969, 4 XBH, 0 HR, 9 BB, 5 K (YTD)

A bat-first catcher with passable receiving and throwing at this early development stage? Sounds good to me. Pitre was a surprising promotion from the Dominican Summer League after he put up a .593 OPS as a 17-year-old in 2014, but the Dodgers clearly knew what they were looking at because the Arizona League poses little opposition for him. Pitre has been a bit lucky on balls in play thus far, but he’s dominating by taking quality plate appearances and controlling the zone at this level, so a promotion seems in the cards.

Ariel Sandoval – OF – 19 – 89 PA, .329/.341/.518/.859, 7 XBH, 4 HR, 2 BB, 20 K, 5/0 SB/CS (Month) – 121 PA, .342/.350/.538/.888, 12 XBH, 5 HR, 2 BB, 28 K, 7/3 SB/CS (YTD)

A somewhat prized international signing, Sandoval seems to be working out swimmingly thus far. He’s shown nice power and quality contact, and though his aggressiveness doesn’t lead to a lot of swings and misses, he’ll need to adjust quickly to higher level pitching who have the tools to take advantage of his free-swinging ways. Sandoval does appear to need to be tested at a higher level at this point.

Pitchers

Miguel Urena – SP – 20 – 2.63 ERA, 24.0 IP, 22 H, 8 BB, 17 K (Month) – 2.38 ERA, 34.0 IP, 30 H, 8 BB, 23 K (YTD)

My favorite 6’8″ upside deep sleeper prospect is having a good run so far despite not actually being much of a prospect yet. He’s old for the league, not showing much domination, and is still raw, but prospects like Urena can make progress extremely quickly if things click in development (or fall apart extremely quickly).

Imani Abdullah – SP – 18 – 4.26 ERA, 6.1 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, 6 K (Month) – 4.26 ERA, 6.1 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, 6 K (YTD)

Abdullah was only an 11th-round draft pick, but he was paid over $600,000 to sign away from San Diego State because of his upside. I’ve read earlier reports that he’s already up around the mid-90s, but from what I’ve heard and seen he still works more in the 88-91 mph range and touches 93 on occasion. The upside is that at a lanky 6’4″, there should be room eventually with development for him to sit closer to that mid-90s range.

Abdullah already shows advanced feel and control of his curve, which is important, but it currently has a hump and isn’t a sharp swing-and-miss pitch. While it’s great that he can get it over, right now that’s mostly all it is, and I’d rather just see that he can spin it at this stage. The same goes for a change that has good deception due to a natural release, but lacks any type of depth. The upside is definitely there, but he’s far from a finished product and may take some time to starting flying through the system.

DSL Dodgers (R)

Hitters

Keibert Ruiz – C – 16 – 66 PA, .350/.409/.417/.826, 3 XBH, 0 HR, 5 BB, 5 K (Month) – 132 PA, .301/.348/.382/.731, 7 XBH, 1 HR, 8 BB, 13 K (YTD)

Not as heralded as basically anybody else in this feature, Ruiz might be a rising prospect if the scouting reports match his production. He is the youngest qualified player in the DSL as the ONLY 16-year-old, and he had a bit of a breakout month in July and is now well above the league average OPS of .680.

Ruiz is 16 and shows a better control of the strike zone than basically everybody else on his team. And he’s a catcher. And he’s throwing out 36% of baserunners. At 6’0″ and 165 pounds, the frame doesn’t seem unrealistic to stick behind the plate either, so I’m curious as to whether the scouts agree with the promise that the numbers show.

Now check out these videos from when he was 14:

Jefrey Souffront – SS/2B – 18 – 111 PA, .258/.339/.423/.762, 8 XBH, 3 HR, 12 BB, 22 K (Month) – 196 PA, .266/.330/.390/.720, 13 XBH, 3 HR, 16 BB, 46 K (YTD)

There’s no rush with Souffront, but ideally you’d prefer to not have 19-year-old international prospects still playing in the Dominican Summer League, so his leap in production this month was a nice sign. He’s seeing the ball better and exhibiting some of his pop, and Souffront seems to handle second better than short at this stage, but might be a bit young to move him off the position.

Cristian Santana – SS – 18 – 81 PA, .303/.338/.461/.798, 8 XBH, 2 HR, 4 BB, 15 K (Month) – 177 PA, .293/.341/.396/.737, 13 XBH, 2 HR, 12 BB, 25 K (YTD)

Another middle infield prospect to keep an eye on, Santana makes a lot of contact, but has to work on the consistent quality of it. In July he took a step forward, and like with Souffront, the best-case scenario is he never sees the DSL again.

Pitchers

Leonardo Crawford – SP – 18 – 0.90 ERA, 20.0 IP, 18 H, 2 BB, 26 K (Month) – 1.28 ERA, 49.1 IP, 41 H, 8 BB, 58 K (YTD)

If he’s ready off the field, I don’t see any reason why he wouldn’t be pushed to at least Ogden next year. Crawford’s results are excellent, he’s missing a ton of bats, and doesn’t walk anybody. There is nothing left for Crawford to accomplish at this level, and I don’t think going to another complex league is gonna do much for him. Ogden is brutal, but I’d like to see how he adjusts.

Gregorio Sequera – SP – 17 – 1.71 ERA, 21.0 IP, 19 H, 5 BB, 25 K (Month) – 2.59 ERA, 24.1 IP, 25 H, 7 BB, 29 K (YTD)

I know absolutely nothing about him, but he’s a year younger than Crawford and doing a decent impersonation of him. Could be another candidate to promote to American shores next year.

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