Down on the Farm: Los Angeles Dodgers May Minor League Update

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Down on the Farm: Los Angeles Dodgers May Minor League Update
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Nobody has been able to get it done for the Dodgers this season.

Frustration. The optimal word to describe the 2011 Los Angeles Dodgers campaign thus far. At 21-27 and currently standing in fourth place, disappointing only encapsulates some of the feelings the Dodgers and their fans have been forced to accept this spring.

With rampant injuries to both the pitching staff and the starting lineup, the Dodgers have trotted out a team more akin to a spring training or Triple-A squad than a true Dodgers team. Now this is no disrespect to Juan Castro, Aaron Miles or Russ Mitchell, but at the end of the day it is far-fetched to expect them to produce at the plate when established cornerstones like James Loney and Juan Uribe are having trouble batting their weight.

With eight men currently on the 15-day disabled list and two more potentially joining them after suffering injuries in Sunday's game against the Chicago White Sox (Andre Ethier and Rod Barajas), it is vital to check up on how the prospects are doing in the minor league system.

More than just a recap of the minor league system for each youngster, you'll also get my quick determination to whether each prospect is ready to move up to the next level, be it the major leagues or even High-A ball from Low-A ball. It's always good to think about the future, and with such a painstakingly tumultuous present, let's transfer some energy into the next crop of Dodger stars. 

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