Stock Up, Stock Down for Los Angeles Dodgers' Top 10 Prospects for Week 9
Los Angeles Dodgers prospects had a quality week, with many of the bullpen arms demonstrating that they might be ready to take over in the big leagues should major leaguers such as Brian Wilson continue to struggle. The young bats continue to have fantastic overall lines, and the Dodger front office has to be pleased with the development of their most recent draft picks.
With about two months of statistics now accumulated, we have seen these young players have the opportunity to make adjustments and better themselves.
Notes: All statistics courtesy of MiLB.com unless otherwise noted. All statistics updated through June 1 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.
10. Matt Magill, RHP
Last week’s stats: 2.1 IP, 0 ER, 1 K, 0 BB
Magill has been moved to the bullpen after a relatively disastrous string of starts, and he excelled this week. The lack of walks is obviously encouraging given his historic command issues (3.9 walks per nine innings in his minor league career), but we haven’t yet seen a subsequent uptick in strikeouts. Regardless, seeing some positive value from Magill is certainly a good sign.
2014 stats: 47.0 IP, 4.79 ERA, 39 K, 27 BB
9. Jose Dominguez, RHP
Last week’s stats: 4.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 K, 3 BB
Dominguez has been impressive in the last couple weeks, as he has not allowed an earned run since May 12. However, even in that stretch he has not demonstrated elite strikeout stuff. The lack of command would be forgivable if he were striking a ton of batters out, but he is not. This limits his ceiling simply because it is easier to score runs when balls are put in play.
2014 stats: 6.1 IP, 11.37 ERA, 12 K, 6 BB (majors); 15.1 IP, 5.28 ERA, 20 K, 11 BB (Triple-A)
8. Pedro Baez, RHP
Last week’s stats: 2.1 IP, 0 R, 1 K, 0 BB
Recently promoted from Double-A to Triple-A, Baez has gotten off to a good start with his new club in Albuquerque. Like Dominguez, though, Baez is not demonstrating the elite strikeout numbers that teams like to see from relievers. He has, however, proven very difficult to hit (15 hits allowed in 19.1 Double-A innings), and his overall excellent numbers have helped his rapid promotions through the upper levels of the minors.
2014 stats: 19.1 IP, 2.79 ERA, 18 K, 9 BB (Double-A); 2.1 IP, 0.00 ERA, 1 K, 0 BB (Triple-A)
7. Tom Windle, LHP
Last week’s stats: 6.0 IP, 0 R, 7 K, 0 BB
After a series of rough starts in which the lefty lost his control, this past week saw Windle get back on track. He turned in his third consecutive start without a walk, and—unlike his previous two walk-less starts—he allowed no runs. We also saw the return of his strikeouts.
Windle impressed at the beginning of the season with his high-strikeout, low-walk outings, but those had disappeared of late. It is good to see them return.
2014 stats: 56.2 IP, 4.13 ERA, 52 K, 16 BB
6. Chris Reed, LHP
Last week’s stats: 7.1 IP, 3 R (2 ER), 7 K, 1 BB
Strangely enough, Reed has followed a season-long pattern similar to that of the lefty above him on this list, Windle. After a series of excellent starts to begin the year, Reed lost his command for a stretch. However, his last two starts have seen him get his walk numbers under control.
His start this week was particularly impressive, as it saw him work into the eighth inning for just the second time this year. His strikeout numbers remain impressive, and—as I touched on above—his control was excellent.
2014 stats: 65.2 IP, 2.88 ERA, 66 K, 28 BB
5. Chris Anderson, RHP
Last week’s stats: 0 IP
Anderson did not pitch this week, but he is not on the disabled list. He is scheduled to start next on June 4.
2014 stats: 48.1 IP, 5.96 ERA, 57 K, 27 BB
4. Zach Lee, RHP
Last week’s stats: 5.2 IP, 4 ER, 4 K, 5 BB
Although the righty has not been very good this year, his most recent outing was particularly disastrous. In 2014, he hadn’t showed an elite ability to get Triple-A hitters out, but at least he hadn’t been allowing free baserunners. On May 29, though, he walked more than he struck out for the first time all year.
In the interest of fairness, this comes on the heels of two starts that were much better, including his season-high eight-strikeout performance on May 18 against Fresno.
2014 stats: 47.1 IP, 4.37 ERA, 35 K, 14 BB
3. Julio Urias, LHP
Last week’s stats: 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 K, 3 BB
In a two-start week, the young lefty again showed off why he is so highly thought of. Although he remains on an innings limit because of his age, he continues to impress: His season ERA is down to 3.82, and he has struck out more than twice as many batters as he has walked.
On May 31, Urias even outdueled Lancaster’s Mark Appel, the top pick in last year’s draft.
2014 stats: 37.2 IP, 3.82 ERA, 39 K, 18 BB
2. Joc Pederson, CF
Last week’s stats: 18 AB, 4 H, 1 2B, 0 HR, 0 SB
Pederson is legitimately slumping at this point (he’s hitting just .194 over his last 10 games), but his overall line remains so impressive that it’s tough to even be remotely disappointed. However—and I’m sure this sounds like a broken record at this point—there remains no place for the lefty to play in the big leagues, even with Carl Crawford on the DL and Matt Kemp now in left. Andre Ethier remains a quality outfielder whom the Dodgers keep putting in center field.
2014 stats: .332/.440/.609, 9 2B, 15 HR, 13 SB
1. Corey Seager, SS
Last week’s stats: 24 AB, 4 H, 1 2B, 2 HR, 0 SB
A common theme in this spot of the list throughout the year has been how difficult it is to judge a single week of hitting numbers. Seager struggled to get hits but demonstrated power, but that is not necessarily reflective of his season. Instead of getting disappointed with his low batting average this week, it’s important to remain positive and see the immense positives in his overall season line. The young man remains the Dodgers’ infielder of the future.
2014 stats: .347/.397/.593, 21 2B, 8 HR, 5 SB