Stock Up, Stock Down for Los Angeles Dodgers' Top 10 Prospects for Week 10
The Los Angeles Dodgers farm system is a mixed bag. On one hand, many of the pitchers are low-impact arms who will likely end up in the bullpen. Alternately, though, the two position players featured here every week are looking to be important big league pieces down the road.
Overall, this week was a positive one for the men on this list. There were no disastrous outings or slumps to report: Even the players who failed to impress weren’t debacles this week. And, when that is combined with the continued hot hitting of the two position players, that has to be viewed as a positive week for the organization.
Notes: All statistics courtesy of MiLB.com unless otherwise noted. All statistics updated through June 8 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 places.
10. Matt Magill, RHP
Last week’s stats: 3 IP, 0 R, 3 K, 2 BB
Magill had an uneventful week, making just two appearances for Triple-A Albuquerque. Their only significance is that they, like his previous six outings, came out of the bullpen. Given his command struggles, it makes sense that the Dodgers have deemed him incapable of starting.
2014 stats: 50 IP, 4.50 ERA, 42 K, 29 BB
9. Jose Dominguez, RHP
Last week’s stats: 2.1 IP, 0 R, 1 K, 1 BB
Over his two outings this week, the Dominican righty allowed just one hit. He has continued his string of scoreless outings, which dates back to May 12 and now encompasses nine appearances. He still suffers from the occasional command issues (six walks in his last nine innings), but his results are making his case for a call-up to the big leagues.
2014 stats: 6.1 IP, 11.37 ERA, 12 K, 6 BB (majors); 17.2 IP, 4.58 ERA, 21 K, 12 BB (Triple-A)
8. Pedro Baez, RHP
Last week’s stats: 3.1 IP, 1 R, 4 K, 1 BB
Baez finally allowed a run in Triple-A, but, with four strikeouts in his three outings this week, the righty continues to impress. The big league bullpen remains full, but Baez has to be at the top of the short list in case of injury.
2014 stats: 19.1 IP, 2.79 ERA, 18 K, 9 BB (Double-A); 5.2 IP, 1.59 ERA, 5 K, 1 BB (Triple-A)
7. Tom Windle, LHP
Last week’s stats: 5.0 IP, 6 R (4 ER), 4 K, 3 BB
Windle walked a batter for the first time since May 13, and—not coincidentally—this week’s June 2 start was probably his worst start since that outing. The lefty has been up and down this year, which isn’t surprising given the fact he is just 22 years old. His best starts are all flashes of brilliance characterized by high strikeout and low walk totals, and if he can develop into being able to do that consistently, the Dodgers could have a legitimate big leaguer.
2014 stats: 61.2 IP, 4.38 ERA, 56 K, 19 BB
6. Chris Reed, LHP
Last week’s stats: 12.0 IP, 5 R, 12 K, 3 BB
This week’s numbers for the Stanford product are from two different starts, and it was a mixed bag for the lefty. His outings are a great example of the dangers of evaluating performance using just ERA: On June 2, Reed posted a 9:1 K:BB ratio but allowed four runs. However, during his seven-inning, one-run game on June 7, he walked two and struck out just three.
Given Reed’s historic control struggles (career 4.1 walks per nine innings), the Dodgers will be looking to make sure he can manage his walk numbers. If he continues to show the strikeout stuff he’s demonstrated most of the year, that’s an added bonus.
2014 stats: 77.2 IP, 3.01 ERA, 78 K, 31 BB
5. Chris Anderson, RHP
Last week’s stats: 6 IP, 2 R, 3 K, 2 BB
After skipping a turn in the rotation, Anderson returned to toss a quality start for the High-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes. With just four hits allowed, the righty allowed one baserunner per inning—a ratio that the Dodgers would obviously love to see continued.
He was also able to extend himself for one of his longest outings of the year. When the righty can limit the number of free baserunners he allows, he is effective.
2014 stats: 54.1 IP, 5.63 ERA, 60 K, 29 BB
4. Zach Lee, RHP
Last week’s stats: 6 IP, 3 ER, 4 K, 0 BB
Lee turned in a typical start—six innings, ordinary peripherals, and a ton of hits—and he continues to demonstrate that he is not a special talent. Preseason expectations were that the righty would be one of the top candidates to be called up in the event that the Dodgers needed a spot starter, but he has not done anything to separate himself.
2014 stats: 65 IP, 4.71 ERA, 48 K, 20 BB
3. Julio Urias, LHP
Last week’s stats: 3 IP, 1 ER, 4 K, 0 BB
The teenaged lefty remains on an obvious innings limit (five innings is the longest he's gone all year), but his latest outing was another three-inning masterpiece. He avoided allowing any walks, which is a big step for young pitchers, and he is now striking out over a batter per inning.
2014 stats: 40.2 IP, 3.76 ERA, 43 K, 18 BB
2. Joc Pederson, CF
Last week’s stats: 21 AB, 7 H, 2 2B, 1 HR, 0 SB
The left-handed outfielder is heating up at the right time, as struggles from the Dodger big leaguers have intensified fan calls for a Pederson call-up. And, given what he’s done in 2014, he’s probably earned the right to see what he can do in the big leagues.
Unfortunately for him, there remains no place for him. He’s still just 22, so he needs everyday playing time. And, unless one (or, more likely, two) of the four big leaguers gets traded, there is no opportunity for consistent playing time in Los Angeles.
2014 stats: .332/.440/.623, 11 2B, 16 HR, 13 SB
1. Corey Seager, SS
Last week’s stats: 31 AB, 11 H, 3 2B, 4 HR, 0 SB
The two position players on this list have mashed the ball all season, and this week was no exception. The young infielder has been incredible in 2014. His power is coming around, as his slugging percentage over the last three weeks is a remarkable .820. As of now, Seager remains a shortstop, and he is making a case for an early promotion.
2014 stats: .348/.394/.626, 24 2B, 12 HR, 5 SB