Do you like the picture? I hope so, because the Dominican Summer League doesn’t have a picture big enough.
Today, I will kick off the 2011 season reviews for the Dodgers minor league affiliates, and I’ll start at the bottom of the food chain with the pitchers of the Dominican Summer League Dodgers.
It’s worth noting that I’ll be picking the prospects for the 2012 Prospective Prospect Profiles list from these reviews, so it might be worth reading. Or not.
Victor Araujo – RHP – 21
After putting up solid numbers in 2010 over 14.2 innings in 8 relief appearances, with a 2.45 ERA/2.25 FIP and a 19/6 K/BB rate, Araujo made the transition to starting in 2011.
Over the course of the season, he started 11 games and relieved in 2, running up 60.0 innings in total. His ERA dropped to 1.80, and he sustained a solid 2.87 FIP along with a 61/13 K/BB rate.
In August, he won in the Dodger Pride Awards, so the organization is taking note of his performance, but at 22 next year, where they place him to start the season should give a clear indication on whether he’ll have even the smallest of impacts.
Jose Agusto Diaz – RHP – 20
In his professional debut, Diaz pitched in 19 games and finished 10 of them, putting up a miniscule 0.67 ERA with a solid 3.05 FIP. In 27.0 innings, he struck out 23 and walked 11, and while he probably should be missing more bats to be a prospect, his sheer performance was notable. At the very least, it should be interesting to see where the Dodgers put him next year.
Jonathan Martinez – RHP – 17
At such a young age, Martinez has a lot of time, but he hasn’t wasted any of it, getting his professional career off to a flying start. In primarily a relief role (2 GS/12 G), he pitched 32.1 innings of 1.67 ERA/2.98 FIP ball, including a 31/12 K/BB rate.
I’m guessing the Dodgers leave him in the DSL for another year unless they see him as a significant prospect, but he should be one to follow.
Jackson Mateo – RHP – 18
Appearing in 17 games and 22.0 innings in 2010, Mateo put up a 1.23 ERA and 3.06 FIP in his professional debut.
For 2011, he converted to a starting role and did not disappoint. In 15 games, he threw 72.1 innings of 1.62 ERA and 3.32 FIP ball with a 52/18 K/BB ratio. Furthermore, Mateo was the June recipient of the Dodger Pride Awards.
I figure the Dodgers almost have to move him to the AZL in 2012, as he has little to prove in the DSL, handling the role switch without a hitch. However, I have no idea what the developmental plan is with him, as far as adaptability and what not, so his assignment next year should say a lot.
Miguel Sulbaran – LHP – 17
Considering his age, handedness, experience, and performance, this might be the most impressive player on the list. In his professional debut, all Sulbaran did was throw 57.2 innings of 2.81 ERA/2.89 FIP ball over 13 appearances with 11 starts, and post a 52/18 K/BB rate.
Essentially, he has hit all the benchmarks that you would want to see out of a player in the DSL. The unknown factor is how ready he is for a transition to America, so a repeat isn’t out of the question. Additionally, he checks in at 5’10″ and 165 pounds, so the Dodgers might wait for him to mature further. Regardless, he’s off to a great start and should be on everybody’s radar.
Abdiel Velasquez – RHP – 18
After putting up a 2.53 ERA and 4.39 FIP in his professional debut last year, Velasquez started 6 more games and pitched 14.2 more innings in 2011.
Over 46.2 innings, he put up a 4.05 ERA and 4.08 FIP with a 38/18 K/BB rate, so despite the ERA spike, he actually took a step forward in development.
Where he lands in 2012 is anybody’s guess, but he seems like a decent candidate for the AZL.
Luis Silverio – LHP – 20
Silverio is already 20, and in 17 relief appearances over 23 innings, he posted a terrible 7.04 ERA.
So why is he here?
Because he’s 6’3″, 190 pounds, and according to Baseball America, he throws 87-89 MPH with a curve and a cutter and has projection.
Furthermore, his 4.68 FIP reflects some bad luck, and his 24/21 K/BB ratio shows that if he can get his control down, he misses more than enough bats to qualify as a player to watch.
Granted, he’s old, so he’ll have to harness his stuff and cash in on that promise of projection soon, but if he does, there are always possibilities for big lefty pitchers.