Down On The Farm: Week Of May 27 & June 3 – Moore, Reed, Dickson, Urias


All I really care about is Julio Urias, but there were a couple prospects who had solid weeks for their respective Dodgers minor-league teams. With Yasiel Puig having been promoted from Double-A, the Lookouts offense now runs through Joc Pederson. The Dominican Summer League started play this week as well, and some of the bigger international signings should log ample playing time in the league.


Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes (5-2 & 3-3)

Player Of The Week – 5/27

Jeremy Moore – OF

.389/.476/.778/1.254, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 2B, 1 3B, 4 R, 1 SB, 3 BB, 3 K

Moore, picked up in the offseason after being released by the Angels, had himself a nice week for the Isotopes. He missed the entire 2012 season, and at 25 isn’t much of a prospect, but he has a little shine left (emphasis on little).

Player Of The Week – 6/3

Matt Angle – OF

.500/.600/1.250/1.850, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 6 R, 3 BB, 3 K

The man who amazingly remained on the 40-man roster for the entire 2012 season, Angle had his best week to date. With Scott Van Slyke and now Alex Castellanos in Los Angeles, Angle will continue to get lots of playing time in the outfield.

Pitcher Of The Week – 5/27

Blake Johnson – RHP

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

Johnson has been one of the only constants in the Isotopes rotation this season. He’s having a particularly good season in Albuquerque.

Pitcher Of The Week – 6/3

Red Patterson – RHP

10 2/3 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 12 K

I’ve had a soft spot for Patterson over the last couple seasons. He’s underrated and could be a long reliever in the majors. He’s been a staple in the Isotopes bullpen and is now getting the occasional start.


Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts (4-3 & 5-1)

Player Of The Week – 5/27

Gorman Erickson – C

.333/.444/.800/1.244, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 1 2B, 3 R, 3 BB, 4 K

Erickson beat out the otherworldly Yasiel Puig for this week’s honor. Erickson hit almost as many home runs this week as he did all of last season in the Southern League. Unfortunately, he’s hitting less than .200.

Player Of The Week – 6/3

Sean Burroughs – 3B

.429/.529/.571/1.100, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 3 R, 3 BB, 1 K

Yeah, this is that Sean Burroughs. The Lookouts haven’t been hitting a whole lot, and Burroughs’ solid week took the proverbial cake. It’s hard to give this honor to a guy who’s 32 in Double-A, but here we are.

Pitcher Of The Week – 5/27

Chris Reed – LHP

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

It was difficult to not put Zach Lee (7 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 8 K, Southern League Pitcher Of The Week), but Reed outdueled Diamondbacks prospect Archie Bradley in his lone appearance. That earned him some points in my book. Reed is destined for the bullpen, but if he has a few more starts like this, he could remain in the rotation for a bit longer.

Pitcher Of The Week – 6/3

Andres Santiago – RHP

6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K

Santiago edged out some solid performances from Rob Rasmussen, Jose Dominguez, and Yimi Garcia for this week’s honor. Santiago hasn’t been great this season, but perhaps this could be the start of something good.


High-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (2-5 & 3-4)

Player Of The Week – 5/27

O’Koyea Dickson – 1B

.345/.387/.724/1.111, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 5 2B, 7 R, 1 BB, 7 K

Dickson is steadily having a decent season for the Quakes, playing mostly first base while also DHing and even logging some surprising innings at third base. This was his best week to date.

Player Of The Week – 6/3

Darnell Sweeney – SS

.379/.424/.621/1.045, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 2 2B, 1 3B, 4 R, 2 SB, 3 BB, 11 K

Sweeney has posted some decent numbers this season, including a cycle earlier this year. He’s hit both leadoff and third for the Quakes, but is firmly entrenched as their leadoff man for now and likely the rest of the season.

Pitcher Of The Week – 5/27

Jarret Martin – LHP

6 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 8 K

Martin had a solid week for the Quakes, as the team continues to lose pitchers to promotions. Barring anything unforeseen, Martin should be in the Rancho rotation the rest of the season.

Pitcher Of The Week – 6/3

Gustavo Gomez – RHP

7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K

Gomez is pitching a lot better than expected for the Quakes this season. His 4.12 ERA, considering the environment, is solid, but his 3.41 FIP and 2.98 SIERA are even better. This was his best start of the season.


Low-A Great Lakes Loons (1-6 & 4-2)

Player Of The Week – 5/27

Aaron Miller – OF

.273/.333/.455/.788, 2 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 2 R, 2 BB, 5 K

It was a poor offensive week for the Loons, so the converted pitcher takes the honor this week. Considering Miller just recently made the change, he’s not doing too poorly.

Player Of The Week – 6/3

Tyler Ogle – C/1B

.455/.571/.727/1.298, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 3 2B, 5 BB, 4 K

Ogle, named to the Midwest League All-Star team, edged out Corey Seager for this week’s honor. He’s the team’s best veteran hitter, and it shows with his team-leading .418 on-base percentage.

Pitcher Of The Week – 5/27

Carlos Frias – RHP

6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K

Another MWL All-Star, Frias is the ace of the Loons’ rotation. At 23, he’s not age-appropriate for the league, but he’s pitching well nonetheless.

Pitcher Of The Week – 6/3

Julio Urias – RHP

5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K

Urias’ amazing debut continued with the best outing of his young career. He has a special arm and could be the team’s top prospect in a year or two.


Dominican Summer League Dodgers (2-4)

Player Of The Week – 6/3

Jose Luis Javier – 3B/2B

.300/.364/.450/.814, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 K

It was tough to find a player from the DSL Dodgers’ opening week, but Javier had the best statistical week. It’d be more impressive if he weren’t 20 years old. I expect guys like Michael Medina and Ariel Sandoval to populate this list the rest of the summer.

Pitcher Of The Week – 6/3

Nelson Sandoval – RHP

4 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K

The 19-year-old Venezuelan had a nice season debut after throwing 17 2/3 innings with the DSL squad in 2012. He could be a guy to watch this summer.


Dustin Nosler is the founder of the site Feelin’ Kinda Blue. He also co-hosts the weekly podcast Dugout Blues. Follow him on Twitter @FeelinKindaBlue or like his site on Facebook.

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