Stock Up, Stock Down for Los Angeles Dodgers' Top 10 Prospects for Week 5
More than a month through the season, the performances of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ top prospects have stabilized. We’ve seen some regression away from the extremely impressive early season numbers put up by many of the young starters.
This is not necessarily concerning, of course: Young players are prospects because they still have areas in which they can improve, and consistency is clearly one of those. However, it may indicate that some of these players are not as big league-ready as we might have hoped or expected.
Notes: All statistics courtesy of MiLB.com unless otherwise noted. All statistics updated through May 5 unless otherwise noted. Prospect list courtesy of MLB.com. Nos. 8 and 9 Ross Stripling and Onelki Garcia are out for the season, so Nos. 11 and 12 Jose Dominguez and Matt Magill will take their place.
10. Matt Magill, RHP
Last week’s stats: 6.2 IP, 2 ER, 3 K, 1 BB
Magill continued his solid season this week with another good outing. After debuting in the majors last year, the righty is toward the top of the list of potential call-ups. All he’s had to do is continue to show progress.
His season has been a bit up-and-down, though; he hasn’t been able to consistently demonstrate adequate control, which was his issue in the big leagues last year.
2014 stats: 30.1 IP, 4.45 ERA, 19 K, 13 BB
9. Jose Dominguez, RHP
Last week’s stats: 3.1 IP, 2 ER, 5 K, 1 BB (Triple-A and MLB combined)
Dominguez has continued his up-and-down performance, as he was sent down to Triple-A Albuquerque and was excellent. His scoreless two innings were indicative of his excellent season in the minors thus far, but he has really struggled in the big leagues—and that has continued.
2014 stats: 6.1 IP, 11.37 ERA, 12 K, 6 BB (majors); 6.0 IP, 6.00 ERA, 9 K, 2 BB (Triple-A)
8. Pedro Baez, RHP
Baez had his first truly disastrous outing of the season on April 28, but he rebounded nicely to reclaim his status as one of the premier minor league bullpen options.
In fact, he so impressed the Dodgers that they called him up to the big leagues. He will now get a big opportunity to prove himself.
2014 stats: 12.2 IP, 2.84 ERA, 8 K, 6 BB
7. Tom Windle, LHP
Last week’s stats: 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 7 K, 2 BB
Windle has gotten back to his early season form after turning out a couple of bad outings in the middle of April. His walk numbers have declined again, which is massively important for someone whose command Jason Parks of Baseball Prospectus describes as “needing…refinement.”
Additionally, he has struck out a decent number of batters in all starts except one, demonstrating that he is up to the challenge that the offense-friendly Cal League provides.
2014 stats: 29.2 IP, 3.94 ERA, 29 K, 9 BB
6. Chris Reed, LHP
Last week’s stats: 5.1 IP, 5 R (3 ER), 8 K, 4 BB
After a hugely impressive start on April 26, Reed backslid into the kind of performance he’s demonstrated throughout his career. He struck out a ton of batters, but he also walked far too many. For someone with a career 1.86 strikeout-to-walk ratio, Reed has higher expectations on him this year.
2014 stats: 37.0 IP, 2.19 ERA, 36 K, 16 BB
5. Chris Anderson, RHP
Last week’s stats: 10.0 IP, 6 ER, 14 K, 3 BB
Anderson’s two starts demonstrated both the good and the bad in the young righty. He showed off his strikeout stuff—and his control was actually above-average, as well—but he was too hittable at times. He allowed two home runs in his May 4 start at Stockton, and those were responsible for the majority of his surrendered runs.
2014 stats: 29.2 IP, 4.25 ERA, 39 K, 18 BB
4. Zach Lee, RHP
Last week’s stats: 5.0 IP, 6 R (4 ER), 4 K, 2 BB
Early warnings about Lee’s lack of strikeouts appear to have finally become an issue. He has yet to strike out more than four batters in a game, and after his third blowup start in a row, concerns have to be raised. His season-long 21-to-9 K/BB rate is mildly concerning both for his low number of strikeouts and his inability to demonstrate elite command to go with the lack of stuff.
However, it remains immensely difficult to contextualize the righty’s numbers. After all, he is still just 22 years old, and he is pitching in the cartoonishly hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League.
2014 stats: 31.1 IP, 4.02 ERA, 21 K, 9 BB
3. Julio Urias, LHP
Last week’s stats: 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 8 K, 0 BB
At just 17 years of age, Urias is clearly on an innings limit. The lefty has not gone more than 4.1 innings in a single outing, and his last two starts were just three and four innings, respectively. Those two appearances were quite good, though—he walked no batters for the first two times all year, and his strikeout stuff returned after a brief hiatus.
The Dodgers will likely continue to treat the phenom with kid gloves.
2014 stats: 17.2 IP, 5.60 ERA, 21 K, 12 BB
2. Joc Pederson, OF
Last week’s stats: 32 AB, 12 H, 0 2B, 2 HR, 4 SB
Pederson cooled off from his tremendous start, hitting a paltry .375/.487/.563 over the past week.
He has continued to stake his claim as a big league-caliber outfielder. Unfortunately for him, there remains no place for him on the Dodgers. He is, though, continuing to raise his trade value, and he could potentially be a major part of any haul if the right deal is presented to general manager Ned Colletti.
2014 stats: .373/.479/.619, 8 2B, 7 HR, 10 SB
1. Corey Seager, SS
Last week’s stats: 13 AB, 5 H, 0 2B, 0 HR, 0 SB
Seager played sparingly in the past week after he missed several games with a hamstring injury (h/t Chad Moriyama of Dodgers Digest). However, in the games that he did play, he continued to raise his season-long line. After a mildly slow start, the young shortstop has emerged as a force to be reckoned with, and he continues to look like the future of the left side of the infield.
2014 stats: .306/.355/.469, 6 2B, 2 HR, 4 SB
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