Albuquerque Isotopes 2011 Season Review: Hitters

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Albuquerque Isotopes: Pitchers

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Today I continue my off-season recap of the Los Angeles Dodgers minor league affiliates, moving on to the hitters of the Albuquerque Isotopes.

I’ll be picking the prospects for the 2012 Prospective Prospect Profiles list from these reviews, so it might be worth reading. Or not.

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Ivan De Jesus – 2B – 24

Ivan DeJesus Statistics

I’m still not sure if he just wasn’t ever as good as we thought or that the broken leg truly derailed his career, but he certainly struggled after the injury. While the .311/.387/.432/.819 is nice, the league average OPS was .806, so it wasn’t anything special.

That said, it was just nice to see him get some semblance of plate discipline back, as what used to be a clear strength completely evaporated after his injury. He got back to walking a bit at a 9.9% clip in 2011 to go along with a 15.7% strikeout rate. By comparison, prior to his injury, he posted a 13.6% walk rate and a 14.5% strikeout rate in what was arguably a more difficult environment in AA.

His .188/.235/.188/.423 line with a 5.7 BB% and a 31.4 K% in a short trial in the majors certainly won’t help, but it’s not damning. For me, the bigger concern is whether he continues to make progress on his way back from the injury or if this is as good as we’re going to get. As of now, he could be a useful utility player down the road.

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Justin Sellers – SS/2B/3B – 25

Justin Sellers Statistics

After his defensive showing last year, there were ruminations among Dodger fans that he could be a starter, but his struggles with the bat seemed to quiet that train of thought (.203/.283/.301/.583). However, he does have positional flexibility, and has shown gap power, solid contact, and the ability to walk in the minors (.306/.403/.541/.944), so I think becoming a key utility man isn’t out of the question.

Sellers does play solid defense at three infield positions, and if he can make consistent enough contact to keep his batting average closer to .250 than the Mendoza Line, I think he can have usefulness for the team for years down the road.

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Tim Federowicz – C – 23

Tim Federowicz Statistics

Federowicz hit .321/.418/.630/1.048 for Albuquerque, but his .278/.341/.413/.754 line in AA for Portland was probably more indicative of his offensive talent.

He has average contact ability, average plate discipline, and average pop in the minors, all of which project to be below average to poor in the majors. However, what keeps him relevant is his solid catch-and-throw ability and good defense behind the plate.

Since catchers don’t need to hit much to be useful, I suppose the hope is that he can become a below average hitter and thus be a useful regular with his defensive abilities. As you already likely know, I’m skeptical of defense first catchers that have to learn how to hit, because I don’t think it generally works out that way.

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