Tony Delmonico Released, Jonathan Garcia Demoted, Joc Pederson Returns

The Dodgers made a few minor-league moves this week, and the two most significant ones involved the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.

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Tony Delmonico, 2008 sixth-round pick, was released. The 25-year-old was hitting just .188 with the Quakes in 21 games.

He was drafted out of Florida State, converted to catcher, and had a great debut season in the Pioneer League: .340/.443/.716. The catching experiment didn’t work, despite a decent caught stealing percentage for a guy who never caught before (28 percent). However, 33 passed balls in 102 games is where the experiment ended.

Delmonico is a former favorite of mine, as I ranked him as high as No. 11 in my prospect rankings just three years ago. Last year he was No. 30 and this year was No. 46.

He has good on-base skills, as his .394 career on-base percentage reveals, but Delmonico played against inferior competition for most of his Dodgers career and has not fared well in the last couple of seasons.

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Jonathan Garcia, last year’s April monster with Great Lakes, now finds himself on the Ogden Raptors roster. There’s no word on whether he’s injured or not, but his performance with Rancho was definitely sub-par.

In 15 games, Garcia posted a .228/.250/.263 line with 22 strikeouts in 57 at-bats, and that simply isn’t going to get it done for the 20-year-old. After hitting 19 home runs in the Midwest League as a 19-year-old last season, he had just two extra-base hits for the Quakes (two doubles).

When I saw him in person a a couple weeks ago, he actually had a good first two at-bats, singling both times. However, he struck out in his next two appearances and looked bad doing so. He swung at pitches that were literally eye-level, which speaks to his problem area.

Presumably, he went down to Ogden because the roster of Great Lakes is jam-packed. However, Ogden’s season doesn’t start until June 18th (two weeks after the draft), so maybe the Dodgers are just giving Garcia a little time off. Like I said, no word on whether he’s injured.

Fortunately for Garcia, he’s still young. His boom or bust potential is possibly the highest of any Dodgers position player, and he could use some seasoning at the lower levels to get his confidence back. Garcia just needs to get back to doing what was working for him, because for a smaller guy (5’11, 175 pounds) he has some great power potential. Hopefully a stint with the Raptors will get him back on track.

Given the dearth of position player talent in the Dodgers system, they badly needed him to progress, but all he’s done is regress so far in 2012.

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Jarrad Page, the former football player, began his season with the Quakes, but he also finds himself on the Raptors roster after going 1-for-10 with a walk and three strikeouts.

Brian Cavazos-Galvez, the subject of a previous post, was demoted from Chattanooga to Rancho in hopes of boosting the team’s offense (even though he couldn’t cut it this time ’round with the Lookouts).

Joc Pederson also made his return (injury) to Rancho on Wednesday night, going 1-for-5 with two strikeouts.

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