Down On The Farm: Week Of May 14th – Federowicz, B. Smith, Eovaldi, Dickson

The Lookouts were the best team of the week in the Dodgers farm system, going 5-1 while allowing just 19 runs in those six games. Outfielder Blake Smith was also named league player of the week. The Quakes and Loons both scored the most runs this week at 34.

The Isotopes were carried by two of the three players acquired in the Trayvon Robinson deal from last July in Tim Federowicz and Stephen Fife. However, the roster has been ravaged by the Dodgers due to an abnormal number of injuries on the big league roster.

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Albuquerque Isotopes (1-5)

Runs Scored: 27
Runs Allowed: 43

Player Of The Week

Tim Federowicz – C

Federowicz wins this award for the second time in four weeks, going 7-for-21 (.333) with a home run, four doubles, and eight RBI. He’s not showing the desired offensive ability from a prospect in the Pacific Coast League, but Federowicz has never been known for his bat. He’s at .286/.342/.466 with three home runs, 24 RBI, and 13 doubles.

Pitcher Of The Week

Stephen Fife – RHP

This one is pretty much by default, as no one with the Isotopes really dominated on the hill. Fife had a decent week: 13 IP, 12 H, 6 R, 5 ER, 6 BB, and 6 K. He’s starting to settle down after a horrific start to the season. Still, his 5.32 ERA, 1.71 WHIP, and .305 batting average against aren’t exactly stats to brag about.

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Chattanooga Lookouts (5-1)

Runs Scored: 33
Runs Allowed: 19

Player Of The Week

Blake Smith – OF

Unlike the choices for Albuquerque, this one was a no-brainer. Smith was named the Southern League Player Of The Week, so he naturally wins this week’s award (his second overall). Smith went 8-for-18 (.444) with two home runs, two doubles, a triple, and 11 RBI.

Smith has struggled in Double-A so far, posting a .255/.335/.453 line with a 27.7 strikeout percentage. However, he’s shown some on-base ability (9.7 percent walk rate) and some pop (.453 slugging). He just needs to focus on making more contact.

Pitcher Of The Week

Nate Eovaldi – RHP

Eovaldi had his best week of the season, going 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA, six hits allowed, one run, and six strikeouts. The only hiccup came with his seven walks allowed. Still, he seems to be getting back on track after the Dodgers messed with his routine a month ago.

He’s 2-2 with a 3.18 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, .250 BAA, 7.9 H/9, 0.5 HR/9, 3.4 BB/9, and a 7.1 K/9. It’ll be nice when he’s in Los Angeles for good.

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Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (4-3)

Runs Scored: 34
Runs Allowed: 32

Player Of The Week

Scott Wingo – 2B

Wingo takes his second POTW award by going 8-for-21 (.381) with a double, five RBI, two runs scored, seven walks (against two strikeouts), and a stolen base. The 23-year-old has a .265/.387/.353 line with the Quakes and has hit all over the lineup (leadoff, second, third, eighth, ninth). With the rate Dodger infielders are dropping, he could reach Los Angeles before too long (I’m only half-joking).

Pitcher Of The Week

Eric Eadington – LHP

Eadington was a recently called up from Great Lakes and struggled in his second outing (1 1/3 IP, 4 runs). However, he was nearly flawless this week: 3 1/3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K, 1 save. The big lefty has a ridiculous 34:4 K:BB rate between Rancho and Great Lakes and seems to be getting acclimated to California League hitters and the environment.

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Great Lakes Loons (3-4)

Runs Scored: 34
Runs Allowed: 32

Player Of The Week

O’Koyea Dickson – 1B/DH

Dickson earns his second consecutive POTW award by going 8-for-23 (.348) with a home run, five RBI, four runs scored, and three walks. Dickson is performing quite well to start his season, posting a .377/.460/.642 line in his first 15 games.

If he’s still hitting this well (or close to it) in early June, it should be good enough for a promotion to Rancho Cucamonga.

Pitcher Of The Week

Joel Lima – RHP

It wasn’t the best of weeks for the Loons pitching staff, but Lima did some good work out of the bullpen: 2 G, 5 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K. Lima has pitched just three games for the Loons, but the 23-year-old has been solid in his first 8 2/3 innings of work: 1.07 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, and a .241 BAA.

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