Stock Up, Stock Down for Los Angeles Dodgers' Top 10 Prospects for Week 7
This week was a bit of a mixed bag for the Los Angeles Dodgers’ farm system. The back half of the top 10 struggled—as they are wont to do, given that they are not as highly regarded (and therefore not as good) as the players at the top of the list. However, the struggles of pitchers such as Matt Magill and Tom Windle are dwarfed by the incredible performances of Joc Pederson and Corey Seager.
10. Matt Magill, RHP
Last week’s stats: 5.1 IP, 6 ER, 11 K, 7 BB
Unfortunately for Matt Magill, those previous-week numbers are over two starts. He was bad on May 12, but he was disastrous on May 17 when he got just one out. This week continued his recent theme of not being able to demonstrate any sort of command. With seven walks in two starts, he really has to improve his control before he can even be in the consideration for a potential call-up.
If we’re looking for a positive, his 10 strikeouts in his May 12 start versus El Paso were his season-high.
2014 stats: 40.2 IP, 5.53 ERA, 36 K, 25 BB
9. Jose Dominguez, RHP
Last week’s stats: 1.1 IP, 5 ER, 4 K, 4 BB
Like Magill, Jose Dominguez had a rough outing this week. Dominguez’s numbers are skewed by an outing on May 12 in which he gave up five runs in two-thirds of an inning. That’s going to affect his overall numbers for the rest of the season, so it’s worth remembering for the future.
However, it’s not as if Dominguez has been particularly impressive in the rest of his appearances. He’s walked seven batters in his last four outings, so his 15 strikeouts in 9.1 innings looks less impressive than it might otherwise be.
2014 stats: 6.1 IP, 11.37 ERA, 12 K, 6 BB (majors); 9.1 IP, 8.68 ERA, 15 K, 8 BB (Triple-A)
8. Pedro Baez, RHP
Last week’s stats: 2.2 IP, 0 ER, 6 K, 1 BB
After a short stint in the big leagues, Pedro Baez was sent back to the minors—and he’s been excellent. His numbers last week encompass three outings, and no earned runs over any period of time is obviously a positive. Additionally, the righty has gotten his walks under control in recent weeks: His one walk on May 17 was the first he allowed since April 28.
Given the struggles of the major league pen, Baez is likely still one of the top candidates to get called up even with his rough debut.
2014 stats: 17.0 IP, 3.18 ERA, 15 K, 7 BB
7. Tom Windle, LHP
Last week’s stats: 12.1 IP, 9 R (7 ER), 9 K, 5 BB
Tom Windle had a couple of rough outings this week, and it appears the shine is officially off the young lefty. After a brilliant start, Windle has been basically unable to replicate his early-season results. He hasn’t shown an ability to consistently strike batters out, and his pitches have been getting away from him lately.
His most recent start was not particularly atrocious—five strikeouts, no walks and three earned runs—but we’re still waiting for him to string together some solid starts in a row.
2014 stats: 41.0 IP, 4.39 ERA, 36 K, 16 BB
6. Chris Reed, LHP
Last week’s stats: 10.1 IP, 8 R (4 ER), 11 K, 9 BB
Chris Reed followed the pattern set by many of the arms above him on this list: He walked far too many batters. His ERA is spared by the unearned runs, but the performance over Reed’s two starts leaves a lot to be desired.
The lefty is nearly 24, so he’s still young, and the Dodgers will continue to give him every opportunity to start. However, his career 1.86 strikeout-to-walk ratio needs to improve.
2014 stats: 53.1 IP, 2.19 ERA, 54 K, 26 BB
5. Chris Anderson, RHP
Last week’s stats: 5.1 IP, 4 ER, 3 K, 2 BB
The middle of the season is tough for a young pitcher, and Chris Anderson is no exception. The righty from Jacksonville has hit a rough patch after a string of good outings, and he was unable to right himself on May 15 against Modesto. He again was unable to put batters away—although we shouldn’t be worried because his strikeout numbers for the season are excellent. Instead, he has just allowed too many hits.
2014 stats: 39.0 IP, 5.31 ERA, 43 K, 24 BB
4. Zach Lee, RHP
Last week’s stats: 10.0 IP, 7 ER, 10 K, 4 BB
Zach Lee had a rough start against El Paso that continued his poor stretch of outings, but he broke out against Fresno on May 18 to the tune of eight strikeouts over six innings. Over the course of the season, he hadn’t topped four Ks in a single start—so to see eight in one is a positive.
That’s obviously a small sample size, as it’s only one start. But if his strikeout numbers tick up, his big league future looks brighter as well.
2014 stats: 47.1 IP, 4.37 ERA, 35 K, 14 BB
3. Julio Urias, LHP
Last week’s stats: 4.0 IP, 1 ER, 5 K, 2 BB
The young lefty, Julio Urias, again demonstrated why he’s so highly thought of. At just 17 years of age, he continues to hold his own in High-A.
He continues to churn out solid start after solid start. He’s not going deep into games, which is a function of his age, but that doesn’t really matter at this point. Instead, the fact that he remains one of the more effective pitchers in the Dodgers system despite his age is cause for celebration.
2014 stats: 25.2 IP, 4.91 ERA, 29 K, 15 BB
2. Joc Pederson, CF
Last week’s stats: 24 AB, 7 H, 0 2B, 2 HR, 2 SB
In what was likely his worst week of the season, Joc Pederson hit .292. with just two extra-base hits (although both were home runs). If that sounds absurd, it is. He’s been on fire all season, and although he is certainly helped by the hitting environment of the PCL, his numbers are ridiculous.
Unfortunately for him, there remains no place for him in the big leagues.
2014 stats: .356/.464/.650, 8 2B, 13 HR, 12 SB
1. Corey Seager, SS
Last week’s stats: 26 AB, 9 H, 4 2B, 2 HR, 0 SB
A week of hitting statistics is notoriously misleading, but Corey Seager has been excellent all year, and this week’s numbers match up with both his actual and expected output. He’s finally begun to show some power, although worrying that it was nonexistent is ridiculous given he’s 20 and tearing up High-A.
2014 stats: .336/.391/.548, 15 2B, 4 HR, 5 SB
Notes: All statistics courtesy of MiLB.com unless otherwise noted. All statistics updated through May 18 unless otherwise noted. Prospect list courtesy of MLB.com. Nos. 8 and 9, Ross Stripling and Onelki Garcia, are injured, so Nos. 11 and 12, Jose Dominguez and Matt Magill, will take their place.