Down On The Farm: Week Of August 19 – Van Slyke, Songco, Reed, Caughel, Bird, Araujo

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I attended the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes game on August 22. For a recap with some pictures and videos of both Corey Seager and Lindsey Caughel, and autographs from those two that I picked up, head over here.

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Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes (4-3)

Player Of The Week – 8/19

Scott Van Slyke – 1B/OF

.462/.696/.769/1.465, 6 RBI, 8 Runs, 1 3B, 2 2B, 10 BB, 2 K, 1 SB

Seriously, how does SVS not have a permanent spot on the Dodgers powerless bench? SVS only appeared in five of the seven games the Topes played this week.

Honorable mentions to Tony Gwynn, Jr. (.462/.588/.692/1.281, 6 Runs, 4 BB) and Nick Buss (.423 /.515/.538/1.054, 7 RBI, 6 Runs, 5 BB, 2 SB) for their outstanding weeks.

Pitcher Of The Week – 8/19

Red Patterson – LHP

6 IP, 0 Runs, 3 Hits, 6 K, 3 BB

Red’s put together a very good campaign in Triple-A, both as a starter and a reliever, especially considering he pitches in a launching pad of a ballpark. After not starting a game in 2012, the 26-year-old has performed admirably in 2013.

Honorable mentions to Matt Magill, who fanned nine against one walk in six innings of three-run ball, and Onelki Garcia, who struck out seven in four plus innings of work.

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Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts (6-1)

Player Of The Week – 8/19

Angelo Songco – 1B

.412/.474/.941/1.415, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 5 Runs, 1 3B, 1 2B, 2 BB, 4 K

When you slug around .950, yeah, you’re going to get the nod as Player Of The Week. Songco has really struggled in Double-A, but he’s been phenomenal over his last 15 games in Chattanooga (.341/.408/.659/1.067).

Shout-out to Joc Pederson for another outstanding week of play (.292/.393/.708/1.101, 3 HR).

Pitcher Of The Week – 8/19

Chris Reed – LHP

13 IP, 3 Runs, 12 Hits, 10 K, 4 BB

The former first-rounder threw a seven-inning, eight-strikeout complete-game shutout in his first of two starts this week. He’s been okay in Double-A this season, but his strikeout rate is down and his walk rate is still too high, both of which are troubling.

His strikeout rate is especially problematic, as it’s decreased each time he’s been promoted or demoted.

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High-A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (2-4)

Player Of The Week – 8/19

Darnell Sweeney – 2B

.346/.379/.692/1.072, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 3 Runs, 3 2B, 2 BB, 8 K

Sweeney moved to second once Seager was promoted, and with the lack of second base depth in the minors, it would be big if the 22-year-old can handle the position as he continues to work on developing his skill set.

Pitcher Of The Week – 8/19

Lindsey Caughel – RHP

6 IP, 2 Runs [1 ER], 7 Hits, 8 K, 3 BB

Caughel continues to impress. I attended this game and Lindsey got no help from his defense on multiple occasions and had little BABIP luck (a bad hop on a ball hit to short, as an example).

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Low-A Great Lakes Loons (6-1)

Player Of The Week – 8/19

Jose Capellan – C

.409/.417/.636/1.053, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 3 Runs. 2 2B, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 SB

Capellan, a 22-year-old backstop out of the Dominican Republic, has struggled mightily after a very good 2012 in the Pioneer League.

Pitcher Of The Week – 8/19

Zachary Bird – RHP

6 IP, 0 Runs, 3 Hits, 6 K, 1 BB

Bird has been a much better pitcher since July 21, which led to his promotion back to Great Lakes on August 16. Over his last seven starts, he’s whiffing a batter an inning, has a K/BB ratio of better than three-to-one, and an ERA of 2.75.

Honorable mention to the still-a-legal-minor Julio Urias (3 IP, 0 Runs, 2 Hits, 4 K, 1 BB).

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Ogden Raptors (3-3)

Player Of The Week – 8/19

Kyle Farmer – C

.524/.524/.762/1.286, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 4 Runs, 2 2B, 0 BB, 2 K

The Dodgers eighth-round selection out of Georgia in 2013, Farmer’s Ogden debut has gone very well as he’s hit for quite a bit of power.

The walk rate could improve and, being that he came out of college, he’s very old for the league at 23. Perhaps the Dodgers have found a future piece to the puzzle (backup) if he continues to improve and can move levels quickly over the next year or so.

Joey Curletta, who posted a .444 OBP and slugged .833, bears mentioning.

Pitcher Of The Week – 8/19

Victor Araujo – RHP

6 IP, 1 Run, 3 Hits, 6 K, 0 BB

Araujo, soon-to-be 21, has displayed excellent command in his first taste of Ogden, striking out nearly a batter an inning while walking less than 2.5/9 en route to a 3.35 FIP.

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Arizona League Dodgers (3-2)

Player Of The Week – 8/19

David Reid-Foley – C

.500/.625/1.000/1.625, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 3 Runs, 2 BB, 0 K

Reid-Foley gets the nod for a second straight week. He hasn’t been playing much in August but has made the most of the plate appearances given to him.

Pitcher Of The Week – 8/19

Victor Gonzalez – LHP

3 IP, 0 Runs, 0 Hits, 4 K, 0 BB

Just 17, the Mexican southpaw has excelled in his professional debut with a nearly 4:1 K:BB mark in 36 innings of work.

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Dominican Summer League Dodgers (2-2)

The Dominican Summer League ended on the 24th, so this will be our final DSL recap until 2014.

Player Of The Week – 8/19

Jose Luis Javier – IF

.545/.545/.727/1.273, 2 Runs, 1 3B, 0 BB, 1 K, 2 SB

JLJ played second, short, and third en route to a big week at the dish. The 20-year-old is having his best season in the DSL (.378 OBP, ~76% successful on SB attempts) since making his pro debut in 2011.

Pitcher Of The Week – 8/19

Jose Escudero – RHP

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

Escudero’s DSL and professional debut has been quite good. 18 years of age, Jose has pitched almost exclusively in relief, and as time progresses I’d like to see an uptick in Ks.

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