Down On The Farm: Week Of June 24 – Pederson, Lee, Schebler, Griggs, Underwood

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An eventful week with some of the Dodgers top prospects shining.

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Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes (5-1)

Player Of The Week

Nick Buss – OF

.348/.444/.739/1.183, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 2 2B, 2 3B, 5 R, 2 SB, 2 BB, 2 K

Buss, the lone Isotope representative for the Triple-A All-Star Game, had himself a solid week and is having a really good season overall. At best, he’s a fifth outfielder type, but being able to play center field is an advantage for him.

Pitcher Of The Week

Blake Johnson – RHP

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

Johnson had a nice start this week for the ‘Topes, and has been consistently solid all season. He has the outsidest (yeah, I just wrote that) of chances to see Los Angeles this season.

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Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts (3-4)

Player Of The Week

Joc Pederson – OF

.333/.481/.619/1.100, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 5 R, 4 SB, 5 BB, 4 K

Pederson is the Dodgers’ only Futures Game representative, and has shown all facets of his game this season. Early on, it was the power. Now, he’s showing his plate discipline with some power spliced in. I’d be surprised if he isn’t a full-time major leaguer by mid-2014.

Pitcher Of The Week

Zach Lee – RHP

13 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 10 K

On any other week, Chris Reed would have taken this honor (13 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 5 BB, 14 K), but Lee’s performance just edged him out. I’m more encouraged by Reed’s recent performance, but Lee has been great all season.

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High-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (2-5)

Player Of The Week

Scott Schebler – OF

.407/.485/.741/1.225, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 3 2B, 6 R, 2 BB, 6 K

Schebler had himself quite a week, including a walk-off grand slam on June 28. With Jonathan Garcia being promoted to Double-A, Schebler is one of the best hitters remaining for the Quakes.

Pitcher Of The Week

Gustavo Gomez – RHP

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

The Quakes’ rotation has taken some hits from promotions this season (Ross Stripling, Duke Von Schamann, Garrett Gould), but Gomez has been there all season. He hasn’t thrown particularly well, but he gives them some much-needed innings at times.

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Low-A Great Lakes Loons (6-1)

Player Of The Week

Jeremy Rathjen – OF

.300/.417/.500/.917, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 2B, 2 R, 2 SB, 4 BB, 4 K

I thought Rathjen would make an appearance earlier in the season on this list, but he’s struggled in the Midwest League so far. However, he had a good week for the resurgent Loons and should be a fixture in the lineup going forward.

Pitcher Of The Week

Scott Griggs – RHP

7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 15 K

That’s not a typo. Griggs struck out 15 in seven innings this week, which earned him Midwest League Player Of The Week honors. The closer for the Loons, Griggs could move quickly if he exhibits enough control.

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Ogden Raptors (5-2)

Player Of The Week

Pat Stover – OF

.471/.471/.765/1.236, 6 RBI, 1 2B, 2 3B, 2 R, 2 SB, 0 BB, 3 K

Stover is a bit old for the Pioneer League, but he helped pace the Raptors this week. With a team full of teens and 20-year-olds, Stover is a welcome “veteran” presence in the lineup.

Pitcher Of The Week

Jose Agusto Diaz – RHP

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

Diaz spent the last two seasons with the Dominican Summer League Dodgers, so jumping to the Pioneer League is a little more significant for him than most. But he is 22, so he probably should have been up sooner.

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Arizona League Dodgers (4-1)

Player Of The Week

Justin Chigbogu – 1B

.350/.417/.850/1.267, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 2 2B, 1 3B, 7 R, 3 BB, 6 K

Chigbogu was recently promoted to Ogden, but he left his mark on the Arizona Rookie League before he left. The 2012 fourth-round draft pick had a 1.091 OPS in 11 games.

Pitcher Of The Week

J.D. Underwood – RHP

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

The 2013 fifth-round draft pick made his professional debut, and it was pretty impressive. Underwood could — and probably should — move up to the Pioneer League before season’s end.

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Dominican Summer League Dodgers (1-3)

Player Of The Week

Ariel Sandoval – OF

.333/.368/.389/.757, 1 RBI, 1 2B, 4 R, 2 SB, 1 BB, 1 K

An underwhelming performance, but it was one of the best this week in the DSL for the Dodgers. Sandoval was one of the Dodgers’ big international signings in the 2012-13 period, but has gotten off to a rough start in his first taste of professional ball.

Pitcher Of The Week

Welington Serrano – RHP

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

The 18-year-old notched his second win of the season for the DSL Dodgers this week. He’s not the best pitching prospect down there, as the guy to keep an eye on is Jairo Pacheco. Like Julio Urias, he’s a 16-year-old lefty.

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