Down On The Farm: Weeks Of July 29 & August 5 – Seager, Lee, Windle, Magill, Bird, Scavuzzo


The big news this week is the promotion of top prospect Corey Seager from Low-A Great Lakes to High-A Rancho Cucamonga. Seager absolutely killed Low-A pitching, hitting .309/.389/.529/.918 with a .410 wOBA and 153 wRC+.

He did that as a 19-year-old. The sky’s the limit.


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

Player Of The Week – 7/29

Scott Van Slyke – 1B

.429/.500/1.000/1.500, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 3 Runs, 1 2B, 1 BB, 3 K

SVS only played in two games this week before being recalled to the bigs, but he made the most of his eight plate appearances and was the driving force behind the Topes only two victories of the week.

Pitcher Of The Week – 7/29

Matt Magill – RHP

12 IP, 1 Run, 6 Hits, 15 K, 6 BB

Magill gets the nod on the strength of two fantastic starts, as he continues to bounce back very nicely from injury. Honorable mention to Matt Palmer, who fanned eight over six innings of two-run (1 ER) ball.

Player Of The Week – 8/05

Scott Van Slyke – 1B

.500/.625/1.000/1.625, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 3 Runs, 4 BB, 3 K

Van Slyke gets the nod once again for another outstanding week in Albuquerque. SVS has clearly proven he can do it all offensively in AAA, and it’s about time he has a permanent spot on the bench and splits time with Andre Ethier in L.A. as a platoon partner.

Pitcher Of The Week – 8/05

Jonathan Sanchez – LHP

6 IP, 1 Run, 8 Hits, 8 K, 2 BB

Yeah, that Jonathan Sanchez. The former Giant, who once upon a time threw a no-hitter, had his second-best start with the Topes since being signed by the Dodgers. Could he see The Show when rosters expand? Sure. Do I want him to? No.


Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts (0-7 & 2-5)

Player Of The Week – 7/29

Osvaldo Martinez – 3B

.333/.360/.458/.818, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 1 Run, 1 BB, 0 K, 1 SB

The 25-year-old, who has struggled against Double-A pitching this season, stood out in an atrocious week for the Lookouts and their bats.

Pitcher Of The Week – 7/29

Zach Lee – RHP

5 IP, 2 Runs, 5 Hits, 6 K, 0 BB

Lee continues to excel in his first full season in Chattanooga. With a FIP of 3.24, over 8 Ks per nine, and just over two free passes per nine, Lee has cemented himself as the top prospect we all thought him to be after he was drafted.

Player Of The Week – 8/05

Angelo Songco – 1B

.375/.412/.625/1.037, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 Run, 1 2B, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 SB

Songco edges out Rafael Ynoa (.292/.485/.500/.985, 1 HR, 9 BB). Double-A has been a real struggle for Angelo in 2013, but perhaps this week can get him on the right track.

Pitcher Of The Week – 8/05

Zach Lee – RHP

11 IP, 2 Runs, 6 Hits, 10 K, 2 BB

Lee takes the honor again, as he had his swing-and-miss stuff working and limited baserunners.

Honorable mention to the recently-promoted Onelki Garcia, who made two relief appearances and was dominant (4 IP, 0 Runs, 1 Hit, 7 K, 1 BB).


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

Player Of The Week – 7/29

Bobby Coyle – DH

.417/.481/.833/1.315, 3 HR, 5 RBI, 7 Runs, 1 2B, 3 BB, 6 K

A number of Quakes had fine offensive weeks, with Coyle getting a slight edge for slugging nearly .850 while reaching base safely in almost half of his plate appearances.

Pitcher Of The Week – 7/29

Gustavo Gomez – RHP

6 IP, 2 Runs, 8 Hits, 6 K, 4 BB

Quakes pitchers this week were … not good, to say the least. Gomez allowed far too many baserunners, but limited the ensuing damage, so he gets the nod. The 22-year-old has missed bats with Rancho, but has also given away too many free passes while generally getting lit-up.

Player Of The Week – 8/05

Chris Jacobs – 1B

.476/.560/1.048/1.608, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 7 Runs, 1 3B, 1 2B, 3 BB, 5 K, 2 SB

Jacobs absolutely demolished the baseball this week. He hit for insane power, got on-base in over half of his plate appearances, and even stole a couple of bags for good measure.

The soon-to-be 25-year-old is crazy old for the league, but he’s been killing High-A pitching after struggling mightily with AA arms and being sent down earlier in the season.

Pitcher Of The Week – 8/05

Lindsey Caughel – RHP

13.2 IP, 6 Runs (5 ER), 12 Hits, 13 K, 3 BB

Caughel put forth another fantastic start, in addition to a solid one, in what has been a tremendous run through his first taste of High-A. Caughel has displayed phenomenal control throughout his two-year professional career.

The recently-signed Edwin Carl earns a mention as well, as he made his Dodger debut and missed bat after bat in two relief appearances (3.2 IP, 1 Run, 2 Hits, 9 K, 4 BB).


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

Player Of The Week – 7/29

Corey Seager – SS

.462/.588/1.308/1.896, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 3 Runs, 2 2B, 3 BB, 2 K

That’s Seager’s line in just four games. Yeah, a promotion was most certainly in order.

Pitcher Of The Week – 7/29

Tom Windle – LHP

7.2 IP, 2 Runs, 4 Hits, 11 K, 5 BB

Though Windle’s second start was less than stellar, his first start was fantastic and he missed enough bats in the second one to merit this spot.

Player Of The Week – 8/05

Kevin Taylor – 2B

.368/.429/.632/1.060, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 3 Runs, 1 3B, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 SB

The 22-year-old doesn’t hit for a lot of power but has displayed excellent command of the strike zone with Great Lakes in 2013 and has improved upon his 2012 Midwest League numbers.

Pitcher Of The Week – 8/05

Miguel Sulbaran – LHP

4 IP, 1 Run, 2 Hits, 5 K, 1 BB

The 19-year-old out of Venezuela just edged out Windle for the spot. The southpaw is faring much better in his second stint in the Midwest League.


Ogden Raptors (5-2 & 2-5)

Player Of The Week – 7/29

Jacob Scavuzzo – OF

.350/.417/.800/1.217, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 6 Runs, 1 3B, 1 2B, 3 BB, 2 K

A number of Raptors had excellent offensive weeks, but Scavuzzo gets the glory for his .800 SLG and the fact that he had less batted ball luck than the other Ogden players up for consideration.

Pitcher Of The Week – 7/29

Zachary Bird – RHP

6 IP, 0 Runs, 6 Hits, 9 K, 2 BB

The righty, who turned 19 last month, has the stuff and ability to be a middle of the rotation guy and generate swings-and-misses, but he’s thus far struggled to keep guys off base. Perhaps, though, this start is a sign of things to come, as his last handful of starts have been much better across all fronts.

Player Of The Week – 8/05

Jesus Valdez – 1B/DH

.400/.455/.650/1.105, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 4 Runs, 2 2B, 2 BB, 5 K

After struggling in Great Lakes to open the season, Valdez, the 21-year-old Oxnard native, has found success in Ogden, hitting for power and showing solid plate discipline. He’s somewhat old for the league, so he’ll need to show immediate improvement when the Dodgers promote him.

Pitcher Of The Week – 8/05

Zachary Bird – RHP

12 IP, 5 Runs (4 ER), 8 Hits, 11 K, 2 BB

A two-start week gives Bird the nod once again, as he edges out Scott Barlow‘s one excellent start (6 IP, 2 Runs [1 ER], 5 Hits, 6 K, 0 BB).


Arizona League Dodgers (3-2 & 4-2)

Player Of The Week – 7/29

Faustino Oguisten – SS/OF

.571/.632/.786/1.417, 1 RBI, 6 Runs, 3 2B, 4 BB, 0 K, 3 SB

The 22-year-old Dominican has displayed excellent plate discipline and great instincts on the basepaths in 2013. Faustino has played like what we hoped Dee Gordon would play like.

Pitcher Of The Week – 7/29

Abdiel Velasquez – RHP

5 IP, 2 Runs, 4 Hits, 5 K, 1 BB

The 20-year-old Panamanian has put up excellent peripherals in 2013, striking out a batter per inning while posting a K:BB ratio of 3:1. His season has been Chris Capuano-esque, with good outings followed by bad outings and the cycle continually repeating.

Player Of The Week – 8/05

Josh Henderson – OF

.375/.421/.688/1.109, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 4 Runs, 2 2B, 2 BB, 3 K

The club’s 16th-round pick in 2012, the 19-year-old outfielder has had an excellent and much-improved campaign in the Arizona League, though it’s only been 16 games so far this year.

Pitcher Of The Week – 8/05

Jose De Leon – RHP

5 IP, 0 Runs, 3 Hits, 10 K, 0 BB

The AZL Dodgers had three pitchers deserving of this spot, and De Leon gets it because he not only had the best start of the three this week, but he was the only one of the troika to get just one start.

Two honorable mentions go to Blake Johnson (8 IP, 0 Runs, 4 Hits, 12 K, 1 BB) and Greg Harris (9 IP, 2 Runs, 10 Hits, 9 K, 1 BB).


Dominican Summer League Dodgers (4-2 & 1-4)

Player Of The Week – 7/29

Jose Luis Javier – IF

.520/.600/.640/1.240, 4 RBI, 9 Runs, 1 3B, 1 2B, 5 BB, 3 K, 3 SB

JLJ, who will turn 21 later this year, laced ‘em up at second, third, and short en route to a monster week. He’s shown a good eye at the dish this year, and solid skills on the bases, making up for the fact that he’s never going to hit for power.

Pitcher Of The Week – 7/29

Kevin Guzman – RHP

8 IP, 1 Run (0 ER), 4 Hits, 9 K, 1 BB

The 18-year-old out of Venezuela, who was signed earlier this year, has been tremendous in his debut season, displaying an excellent command of the strike zone and swing-and-miss stuff.

Player Of The Week – 8/05

Ibandel Isabel – OF/DH

.308/.471/.538/1.009, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 Runs, 4 BB, 4 K

Isabel continues his stellar start as a pro, hitting for power and getting on-base at excellent clips, especially considering he’s all of 18 years old.

Pitcher Of The Week – 8/05

Wellington Serrano – LHP

9 IP, 3 Runs (2 ER), 8 Hits, 6 K, 3 BB

Serrano toed the rubber twice this week and continues the strong start to his professional career. Not even 19, the southpaw has thrown just under 50 innings.


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