Down On The Farm: Week Of June 10 & 17 – Buss, Stripling, Garcia, Seager, Farmer, Chigbogu, Rodriguez


There’s no Julio Urias appearance this week, but some other quality prospects made the list, including Ross Stripling. Also, the two of the Dodgers‘ short-season leagues began play last week (Pioneer League and Arizona Rookie League).


Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes (5-2 & 4-4)

Player Of The Week – 6/10

Matt Wallach – C

.409/.519/.682/1.201, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 4 R, 5 BB, 3 K

Tim’s son takes this week’s honors with a nice offensive showing for the ‘Topes. He’s bounced around between Double-A and Triple-A, but should, in theory, remain in Albuquerque the rest of the season.

Player Of The Week – 6/17

Nick Buss – OF

.379/.424/.690/1.114, 6 RBI, 5 2B, 2 3B, 7 R, 2 SB, 3 BB, 6 K

Buss, the former USC product, has been a consistent performer for the Isotopes this season, and had himself a pretty good week.

Pitcher Of The Week – 6/10

Blake Johnson – RHP

5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K

Johnson continued his consistent season with a nice showing for the ‘Topes. With Matt Magill back in town, he’s the defacto ace of the team, but Johnson isn’t far behind. It’s too bad he’s already 28 years old.

Pitcher Of The Week – 6/17

Red Patterson – RHP

6 2/3 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Patterson made two appearances (one start, one relief appearance) and is proving to be a solid all-around pitcher for the Isotopes this season.


Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts (3-3 & 4-2)

Player Of The Week – 6/10

Brian Cavazos-Galvez – OF

.353/.353/.588/.941, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 1 2B, 2 R, 2 K

Cavazos-Galvez has stepped in for Yasiel Puig, and has done so quite admirably. The 26-year-old has an .825 OPS in 52 games with the Lookouts this season.

Player Of The Week – 6/17

Osvaldo Martinez – IF

.533/.611/.800/1.411, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 2B, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 K

Martinez was acquired last year from the White Sox and has bounced between Double-A and Triple-A. He’s no more than organizational depth.

Pitcher Of The Week – 6/10

Duke Von Schamann – RHP

12 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 14 K

It took the Southern League Pitcher Of The Week to keep Chris Reed from claiming this spot for the second time in three weeks. Von Schamann had quite the week for the Lookouts, as the big league club contemplates recalling Zach Lee before season’s end.

Pitcher Of The Week – 6/17

Ross Stripling – RHP

12 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 12 K

Stripling’s strong season continues, and he’s quickly challenging Zach Lee for the title of Lookouts’ ace. The 2012 fifth-round pick has performed much better than anyone expected.


High-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (1-6 & 0-4)

Player Of The Week – 6/10

Jonathan Garcia – OF

.560/.577/1.160/1.737, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 2 2B, 2 3B, 5 R, 3 SB, 1 BB, 6 K

Garcia had one of the best weeks any Dodger prospect has had this season, and it earned him California League Player Of The Week honors.

Player Of The Week – 6/17

Darnell Sweeney – SS

.353/.389/.481/.859, 1 RBI, 1 3B, 3 R, 1 SB, 1 BB, 5 K

Sweeney had the best of the short week for the Quakes, as they were coming off the Cal League’s All-Star Game. He’s hit mostly leadoff for the team, and should face the same test next season in Double-A.

Pitcher Of The Week – 6/10

Pedro Baez – RHP

3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Not much pitching for the Quakes during this week, hence the honor going to Baez. He’s made a nice transition from third base to the bullpen, but it’s nothing like the Kenley Jansen transition a few years ago.

Pitcher Of The Week – 6/17

Jarret Martin – LHP

5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 K

This was Martin’s second start of the season in which he didn’t walk a batter — something he previously said he had never done in his baseball career. Well, now he can say he’s done it twice.


Low-A Great Lakes Loons (5-3 & 3-1)

Player Of The Week – 6/10

Leo Rodriguez – 3B

.414/.500/.414/.914, 4 RBI, 4 R, 4 BB, 3 K

Despite hitting all singles (12), Rodriguez was the best hitter for the Loons during this week. He’s had a nice season as a utility infielder for the Loons, and he filled in for Corey Seager when he was on the disabled list.

Player Of The Week – 6/17

Corey Seager – SS

.467/.500/1.200/1.700, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 2 2B, 1 BB, 3 K

Seager, who hadn’t played since June 9 prior to this week (MWL also had its All-Star break), returned with a bang. He had a multi-homer game and tacked on another homer for good measure. He’s starting to heat up after what could be considered a slow start. However, he’s just 19 years old and is more than holding his own.

Pitcher Of The Week – 6/10

Miguel Sulbaran – LHP

6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K

Sulbaran is eerily similar in stature to Urias, but the Venezuelan native isn’t as talented. Still, he’s holding his own as a 19-year-old in the Midwest League, pitching in the rotation and out of the bullpen.

Pitcher Of The Week – 6/17

Arismendy Ozoria – RHP

2 1/3 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

Ozoria has struggled this season, but he had a nice week, striking out five of the seven batters he faced.


Ogden Raptors (2-2)

Player Of The Week – 6/17

Kyle Farmer – C

.444/.444/1.000/1.444, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 3 R, 0 BB, 1 K

The 2013 eighth-round pick had himself quite the debut week, albeit a small sample. He’s making the transition from college middle infielder to professional catcher, so anything he provides offensively is just gravy.

Pitcher Of The Week – 6/17

Victor Araujo – RHP

6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K

This performance would be more impressive if Araujo weren’t already 23.3 years old. He’s quite old for the Pioneer League, but should provide the Raptors with some stability.


Arizona League Dodgers (2-4)

Player Of The Week – 6/17

Justin Chigbogu – 1B

.353/.389/.765/.1.154, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 1 2B, 5 R, 0 BB, 8 K

The Dodgers’ fourth-rounder in 2012, Chigbogu had himself a nice debut week in Arizona. As a high school draftee, he’s age-appropriate for the league. He made 11 outs this week, eight of which were strikeouts. That’s something to keep an eye on going forward for the Ryan Howard-clone.

Pitcher Of The Week – 6/17

Pablo Gonzalez – RHP

5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K

At 22 years old, Gonzalez is facing mostly teenagers in the Arizona League, so anything he does should be taken with a grain of salt. But he had a nice 2013 debut.


Dominican Summer League Dodgers (2-4)

Player Of The Week – 6/10

Jose Luis Javier – 3B/2B

.500/.550/.778/1.328, 5 RBI, 1 2B, 2 3B, 3 R, 2 BB, 5 K

Javier was the team’s best hitter for the second consecutive week, but he isn’t much of a prospect.

Player Of The Week – 6/17

Luis Rodriguez – C

.429/.529/.786/1.315, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 2B, 3 R, 3 BB, 2 K

The 18-year-old is bordering on too old for the league, but he had a nice week nonetheless. He could get promoted to Arizona if he continues to perform.

Pitcher Of The Week – 6/10

Francisco Martinez – RHP

6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K

The 21-year-old had a nice outing for the DSL Dodgers this week. Admittedly, I don’t know a lick about him, but he’s old for the DSL at 21.

Pitcher Of The Week – 6/17

Hector Rodriguez – RHP

7 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K

Rodriguez made two short starts for the DSL club this week. If you combine them, it looks like he had one really solid start. The 18-year-old could be someone to watch in the Dominican.


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