Down On The Farm: Weeks Of July 15 & 22 – Pederson, Windle, Trinkwon, Gould, Curletta


Sorry, no Julio Urias this week, as the ridiculously young hurler didn’t go beyond two innings in either of his starts. The southpaw hasn’t exceeded two innings since early July.


Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes (1-3 & 4-3)

Player Of The Week – 7/15

It was a short week for the Topes with the Triple-A All-Star Game eating into the week.

Nick Buss – OF

.333/.385/.583/.968, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 Runs, 3 K, 1 BB, 2 SB

Buss and Alex Castellanos were close, but Nick edged out his teammate to continue his strong season in Albuquerque.

Pitcher Of The Week – 7/15

Matt Magill – RHP

4 IP, 1 Run, 3 Hits, 4 K, 5 BB

You know it’s a rough week when the best pitcher walks five in his only appearance. Magill could well find himself back in the bigs if there are a couple of injuries, and after dealing with injury issues of his own, it’s nice to see him work around some control issues to only allow one run and strike out four in four innings.

Player Of The Week – 7/22

Nick Buss – OF

.529/.591/.882/1.473, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 7 Runs, 3 BB, 1 K, 4 SB

Buss takes the nod for a second straight week, as he continues to mash AAA pitching. He could be a September call-up should the Dodgers decide to add him to the 40-man roster.

Honorable mention goes to old friend Dee Gordon for a fantastic week (.500/.586/.667/1.253, 4 Runs, 3 XBHs, 5 BB, 7 SB).

Pitcher Of The Week – 7/22

Stephen Fife – RHP

10 IP, 3 Runs (2 ER), 7 Hits, 13 K, 2 BB

On the strength of a two-start week, Fife edges out Jonathan Sanchez and Magill. Fife is next in line should anything happen to a major-league arm, and he was a strong #5 prior to getting injured.


Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts (1-3 & 2-5)

Player Of The Week – 7/15

Working after the Southern League All-Star Game, which took up the first part of this week, the Lookouts were shutout twice.

Jeremy Moore – OF

.286/.375/.714/1.089, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 Run, 1 K, 1 BB

It wasn’t a great week for Lookouts’ batters, but Moore made the most of his eight plate appearances by clubbing a game-winning homer and reaching base safely three times.

Pitcher Of The Week – 7/15

Duke Von Schamann – RHP

5.2 IP, 1 ER, 7 Hits, 3 K, 0 BB

The man with one of the greatest names ever, put forth a very good start and continues to impress in his first taste of Double-A competition.

Player Of The Week – 7/22

Joc Pederson – OF

.304/.429/.522/.950, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 4 R, 2 2B, 5 BB, 9 K, 1 SB

Joc continues his fantastic 2013 campaign, positioning himself as excellent trade bait and excellent insurance considering how injury-prone the Dodgers outfield has been this year.

Pitcher Of The Week – 7/22

Garrett Gould – RHP

9.2 IP, 6 Runs (4 ER), 6 Hits, 14 K, 4 BB

After a strange and not production-based promotion to Double-A, Gould had himself a hell of a week. He made one start and had his best stuff in four innings of relief, whiffing ten against two walks.

Gould has been much better in Chattanooga than he was in Rancho, and his latest outing provides flashes of what the Dodgers saw when they paid him more than slot to secure his signing in 2009.


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

Player Of The Week – 7/15

Noel Cuevas – OF

.438/.438/.813/1.250, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 3 Runs, 3 K, 0 BB, 3 SB

Cuevas just edges out Scott Schebler (.296/.310/.815/1.125, 4 HR, 8 RBI, 6 Runs), as Cuevas did his damage in two fewer games and struck out ten times less than Scott. The Quakes had a number of guys swing the bat well this week en route to their four wins.

Pitcher Of The Week – 7/15

Carlos Frias -RHP

7 IP, 1 Run, 3 Hits 11 K, 1 BB

Frias’ masterful and best outing of the year gives him the edge over Lindsey Caughel, who went 12.1 innings this week (11 Hits, 5 Runs, 14 K, 1 BB).

Player Of The Week – 7/22

Casio Grider – IF/OF

.529/.600/.706/1.306, 1 RBI, 7 Runs, 1 3B, 1 2B, 1 BB, 3 K, 4 SB

Grider capped a solid week by going 5-5 with a double and three runs scored Sunday. The 25-year-old is ridiculously old for High-A and has had a very rough go of it in 2013.

Pitcher Of The Week – 7/22

Eric Eadington – LHP

6.1 IP, 0 Runs, 4 Hits, 9 K, 1 BB

The southpaw has had a terrible 2013 but made three strong relief appearances this week, whiffing nine against just one free pass.


Low-A Great Lakes Loons (4-2 & 3-3)

Player Of The Week – 7/15

James Baldwin – OF

.381/.417/.571/.988, 6 RBI, 3 Runs, 4 2B, 7 K, 2 BB, 2 SB

The soon-to-be 22-year-old center fielder paced the Loons to a 4-2 week and showed nice pop in what has been an improvement over his 2012 Low-A campaign, though he’s still underperforming greatly in Great Lakes.

Pitcher Of The Week – 7/15

Owen Jones – RHP

3 IP, 0 Runs, 2 Hits, 7 K, 3 BB

There were a number of guys with solid weeks who could’ve found themselves in this spot. Jones, a 23-year-old college reliever, made three relief appearances for the Loons and held opponents scoreless while continuing to display his good swing-and-miss stuff.

Player Of The Week – 7/22

Aaron Miller – OF

.389/.500/.722/1.222, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 4 Runs, 1 3B, 1 2B, 4 BB, 3 K

Yes, that Aaron Miller. The converted southpaw had himself quite a week, highlighted by a 4-4 effort which included the dinger.

Pitcher Of The Week – 7/22

Tom Windle – LHP

5 IP, 1 Run, 6 Hits, 4 K, 0 BB

The 2013 2nd-rounder continues to impress in his professional debut with another five strong innings of work. Windle is at almost a punch-out an inning thus far, and has allowed just one homer through six starts.


Ogden Raptors (2-4 & 3-3)

Player Of The Week – 7/15

Brandon Trinkwon – SS

.480/.519/.840/1.359, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 5 Runs, 6 2B, 4 K, 2 BB

The 2013 7th-round selection out of UC Santa Barbara crushed the baseball, as a number of Raptors players had brilliant offensive showings this week. Trinkwon continues his strong debut campaign in the Pioneer League, and I wouldn’t completely rule out a late promotion to Great Lakes.

Pitcher Of The Week – 7/15

Luis De Paula – RHP

3 IP, 0 Runs, 2 Hits, 3 K, 2 BB

It wasn’t a strong week for Raptors pitching, but the 21-year-old Dominican put forth one of his best outings of the season in a relief effort.

Honorable mention to Zachary Bird, who whiffed eleven and walked just two over eight innings of work (one outstanding start and one poor start) while allowing seven earned runs.

Player Of The Week – 7/22

Joey Curletta – OF

.412/.444/.882/1.327, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 4 Runs, 2 2B, 1 BB, 3 K

The young masher did all of his damage in two games this week. Curletta, 19, has displayed a good eye at the plate, and though he possesses immense power, the pair of long balls were his first two homers in 2013 and the first of his professional career.

Honorable mention to 21-year-old Oxnard native Jesus Valdez, who clubbed four homers this week.

Pitcher Of The Week – 7/22

Francisco Villa – RHP

5.1 IP, 3 Runs (2 ER), 5 Hits, 6 K, 3 BB

There wasn’t a great deal to choose from this week, as no Ogden pitchers stood out. Villa has been good in his Pioneer League debut, whiffing a batter an inning.


Arizona League Dodgers (2-3 & 5-1)

Player Of The Week – 7/15

Cody Bellinger – 1B

.211/.423/.421/.844, 4 RBI, 4 Runs, 2 2B, 1 3B, 7 BB, 5 K, 1 SB

The Dodgers 2013 4th-round pick displayed a great eye at the plate and extra-base pop.

Honorable mention to third baseman Michael Ahmed, who hit .300/.417/.400/.817 with four RBI and three walks.

Pitcher Of The Week – 7/15

Wascar Teodo – RHP

5.1 IP, 1 Run, 1 Hit, 6 K, 0 BB

The 19-year-old Dominican, signed for $15,000 in 2011, was impressive in a pair of relief outings. He’s allowed runs in just two of his nine outings in the Arizona League this season.

Player Of The Week – 7/22

Josmar Cordero – 1B

.400/.571/1.300/1.871, 3 HR, 5 RBI, 5 Runs, 4 BB, 2 K, 1 SB

The 21-year-old first baseman pounded the baseball, capping the week with his best performance of 2013: a multi-homer, four RBI effort.

Pitcher Of The Week – 7/22

Jose De Leon – RHP

6 IP, 1 Run (0 ER), 3 Hits, 3 K, 1 BB

Drafted in the 24th round of this year’s draft, the 20-year-old Puerto Rican had the best start of his pro career.


Dominican Summer League Dodgers (3-2 & 4-4)

Player Of The Week – 7/15

Ibandel Isabel – OF

.438/.474/.750/1.224, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 5 Runs, 2 2B, 1 BB, 2 K

The 18-year-old, signed out of the Dominican in April, has been excellent this season.

Pitcher Of The Week – 7/15

Welington Serrano – LHP

6 IP, 1 Run (0 ER), 1 Hit, 5 K, 0 BB

Not even 19, the Dominican southpaw tossed a gem and has been quite good in the DSL, though I’d like to see some more strikeouts as he progresses.

Player Of The Week – 7/22

Michael Medina – OF

300/.364/.750/1.114, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 4 Runs, 3 2B, 1 BB, 13 K

Medina’s plate discipline, at times, certainly leaves much to be desired, but the power is there. At just 16 years of age, he’s more than holding his own thus far in his debut campaign.

Pitcher Of The Week – 7/22

Francisco Martinez – RHP

6 IP, 2 Runs (1 ER), 1 Hit, 4 K, 1 BB

At 21, Martinez is old for the DSL. He’s had great success thus far, though like Serrano I’d like to see an increased rate of missing bats going forward.


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