Stock Up, Stock Down for the Los Angeles Dodgers' Top 10 Prospects for Week 11
As the Los Angeles Dodgers heat up at the big league level, their farm system is struggling through a bit of a midseason swoon. Players at the top of the list continue to excel, but low-impact arms are failing to blow away the competition at their respective minor league levels.
Notes: All statistics courtesy of MiLB.com unless otherwise noted. All statistics updated through June 15 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, 1 K, 2 BB
Magill’s career as a reliever is off to an inauspicious start. Even though he has not allowed a run in his last eight appearances, he has allowed four walks in his last six innings. Unfortunately for him, the shorter outings have not led to improved performance. Instead, he continues to struggle with his command.
2014 stats: 53 IP, 4.25 ERA, 43 K, 31 BB
9. Jose Dominguez, RHP
Last week’s stats: 2.2 IP, 0 R, 3 K, 0 BB
Dominguez has been quite good recently, as he has not allowed an earned run since May 12. His command is not elite, but he is proving that he may develop into a solid middle reliever. Throughout his minor league career, he has demonstrated an ability to strike out batters, and if he can translate some of that to the big leagues, he could be useful.
2014 stats: 6.1 IP, 11.37 ERA, 12 K, 6 BB (majors); 20.1 IP, 3.98 ERA, 24 K, 12 BB (Triple-A)
8. Pedro Baez, RHP
Last week’s stats: 2.1 IP, 3 R, 2 K, 2 BB
After a rough week, Baez’s Triple-A numbers have inflated, but he was so good just after his call-up that he still has a decent ERA—particularly given his presence in the hitter-friendly PCL.
2014 stats: 19.1 IP, 2.79 ERA, 18 K, 9 BB (Double-A); 8.0 IP, 4.50 ERA, 7 K, 3 BB (Triple-A)
7. Tom Windle, LHP
Last week’s stats: 7.0 IP, 0 R, 4 K, 1 BB
Windle returned after skipping a turn in the rotation, and the rest appeared to help the lefty tremendously. With just three hits, the 22-year-old allowed only four baserunners. His strikeout number was low, but after his rough stretch, it’s good to see the uptick in performance.
2014 stats: 68.2 IP, 3.93 ERA, 60 K, 20 BB
6. Chris Reed, LHP
Last week’s stats: 5.1 IP, 7 R (4 ER), 5 K, 2 BB
It was a rough week for Reed. He proved both hittable and erratic, as he allowed two walks and seven hits (including one home run). He is 24 and a college product, so he should probably be a bit more polished than he is. As it is, though, this start is coming on the heels of several solid ones, so it’s not worth overreacting.
2014 stats: 83 IP, 3.25 ERA, 83 K, 33 BB
5. Chris Anderson, RHP
Last week’s stats: 10 IP, 4 R (3 ER), 12 K, 4 BB
Overall, the numbers from Anderson’s two starts are excellent. However, a deeper look provides a bit of concern.
The righty’s first start of the week came with seven strikeouts and no walks, but he allowed nine hits in just five innings. That strange combination of swing-and-miss stuff and being hittable is difficult to comprehend.
In his second start, he allowed just four hits, but his old bugaboo—command—came back to bite him. He walked four batters in his five innings.
2014 stats: 64.1 IP, 5.18 ERA, 72 K, 33 BB
4. Zach Lee, RHP
Last week’s stats: 11 IP, 7 ER, 9 K, 3 BB
Lee’s two-start week was a bit more straightforward to analyze. His first start was very good: seven strikeouts, two walks, three hits and one run. He proved able to dominate a lineup with his stuff, which is something he’s struggled to do over the course of the year.
In his second start, though, he was bad. He was as hittable as ever—seven hits, two home runs—and he couldn’t strike out anyone (just two). Even if he’s supposed to be a back-of-the-rotation starter, he needs to be able get more swings and misses.
2014 stats: 76 IP, 4.86 ERA, 57 K, 23 BB
3. Julio Urias, LHP
Last week’s stats: 2 IP, 0 ER, 4 K, 0 BB
In the interest of preserving the youngster’s arm, the Dodgers have limited Urias’ exposure the last week or so. He has made just one appearance, and it was a short relief outing on June 14.
2014 stats: 42.2 IP, 3.59 ERA, 47 K, 18 BB
2. Joc Pederson, CF
Last week’s stats: 22 AB, 6 H, 0 2B, 1 HR, 5 SB
Pederson hit another home run this week, but that’s the extent of the power he showed. He did, however, draw six walks, helping him post a weekly OBP of .407 despite getting just five hits. The lefty outfielder continues to bide his time in the minors, waiting until a trade either opens up a spot for him or sends him elsewhere.
2014 stats: .324/.440/.599, 11 2B, 17 HR, 18 SB
1. Corey Seager, SS
Last week’s stats: 20 AB, 6 H, 0 2B, 0 HR, 0 SB
The young shortstop was named a Cal League All-Star, and he deserves the spot. A quiet (but not bad) week does nothing to take away from the excellent year the 20-year-old is having. There doesn’t appear to be much of a challenge left in High-A for Seager.
2014 stats: .344/.390/.600, 24 2B, 12 HR, 5 SB