Winter League play is underway, so let’s take a look at the top performers thus far as October comes to a close.
In roster news, Pedro Baez and Jarret Martin replaced Onelki Garcia and Shawn Tolleson in the Arizona Fall League.
Arizona Fall League
Pratt Maynard – C
Pratt has made the most of his 11 plate appearances, reaching base five times with a homer and three walks. He’s hitting .250/.455/.625/1.080 and has yet to strike out.
Corey Seager – SS
Seager is the obvious guy to watch during the winter, and though he has struggled thus far (.146/.239/.220/.459 in 11 games), I’m not concerned in the least about his long-term potential and production. On the positive side of his small sample size in the AFL, half of ManBearSeag’s hits have gone for extra-bases, and he’s shown the willingness to take a walk.
He’s young but advanced for his age, and though he’ll have to move to third unless he suddenly becomes Troy Tulowitzki with the glove, his future is bright as he’s set to begin 2014 in High-A.
He’s admitted that he’s fatigued, but it’s all a learning experience at this point for him.
Yimi Garcia – RHP
The lesser-known of the Garcia relief prospects has posted a 2.35 ERA in just under eight innings of work. He’s continuing to up his stock and his mid-90s fastball could see Los Angeles next year.
Dominican Winter League
Rafael Ynoa – 2B
Ynoa is the only Dodger hitting property in the DWL. Through five games he’s hitting .182/.308/.364/.672 with one extra-base hit. He has a utility upside, but will probably settle as org depth.
Angel Castro – RHP
Castro has fanned ten and allowed just one earned run through 11.1 IP. However, he has walked five in his two starts.
Venezuelan Winter League
Joc Pederson – CF
Joc has absolutely demolished VWL pitching to the tune of a .279/.543/.698/1.241 slash line in 15 games. He has already amassed nine XBHs and a ridiculous 26:15 BB:SO ratio.
Safe to say he’ll be ready for AAA.
Red Patterson – RHP
Coming off of a strong Triple-A campaign in Albuquerque, Red has made four appearances (three starts) in Venezuela and has continued to impress. The 26-year-old has a 1.89 ERA and 16 whiffs in 19 innings. He’s allowing too many hits but has worked around those baserunners thus far.
Mexican Winter League
Luis Cruz – IF
Cruz has hit .308/.419/.385/.804 through seven games, with more walks than strikeouts.
Juan Noriega – RHP
The 23-year-old Mexican native has been very good in his eight innings, allowing just one earned run and walking a pair. However, he’s yet to display the swing-and-miss stuff he had in his 2013 Cal League stint, as he’s fanned just two in those eight frames of work.
Noriega is the lone Dodger arm in the Mexican League.