Down On The Farm – Winter Leagues Update: Seager, Pederson, Alexander Guerrero, Gordon, Reed


Alexander Guerrero injured his thigh during Dominican Winter League play, and the Dodgers have made it clear they don’t want him playing unless he’s 100%. Guerrero’s DWL trainers have cleared him to play, according to Guerrero himself.

Clearly a conservative, smart move by the club to protect their newest investment.


Arizona Fall League

Corey Seager – SS

Corey was impressive in his final AFL game, going 2-4. His final line isn’t good in the least — .181/.253/.306/.559 with a .265 wOBA — but he was clearly fatigued heading into the Arizona Fall League (he admitted as much) and I put zero stock in his performance, which would have been the case even had he torn up the league. He’s 19 and will likely see Double-A at some point in 2014 as a 20-year-old.

He’s damn good, and he’s the future of the club somewhere on the left side of the infield.

Brian Cavazos-Galvez went 3-4 with three doubles in the AFL finale.

Jarret Martin – LHP

Martin had a fine final performance, striking out both of the batters he faced in the Glendale Desert Dogs‘ last contest.

Dominican Winter League

Alexander Guerrero – 2B

Guerrero has not suited up since suffering the aforementioned thigh injury during his best performance of the winter, a 3-3 showing with his first homer.

Dee Gordon – CF

Gordon continues to swing the lumber well while playing center with the Tigres Del Licey, reaching base safely in five of 13 trips to the dish over his last three games, while stealing two bases in the process.

Angel Castro – RHP

Castro allowed two runs (neither of them earned) over six frames of six-baserunner ball. He whiffed four against just one free pass.

Venezuelan Winter League

Joc Pederson – CF

Joc got himself back on track over the last four games, reaching safely in eight of 19 plate appearances. He walked four times and struck out just three times, getting back to his incredible OBP ways in the VWL.

Chris Reed – LHP

Reed made his Venezuelan debut, and it didn’t go smoothly. In two starts totaling 6.1 IP, the former first-rounder out of Stanford allowed five earned and 12 baserunners while walking four and striking out seven. On the positive side of things, his second start was much better (although he didn’t last long), as he fanned seven against just one walk.

Mexican Winter League

Luis Cruz – IF

There’s some real confusion as to whether this is the former Dodger Luis Cruz or some other Luis Cruz. In the end, it really doesn’t matter, as whatever Cruz it is won’t be finding his way onto the 25-man roster.

Cruz has posted a .429 OBP over his last three contests while drawing four walks in that span.

Juan Noriega – RHP

Juan’s last two appearances have been his worst of the Mexican Winter League, as he’s allowed five runs and six baserunners over an inning of work.

Puerto Rican Winter League

Juan Silva – OF

Silva gets the nod for the second straight week after another excellent stretch. The 22-year-old posted a .579 OBP over his last four games, reaching base safely 11 times in all. He clubbed three doubles, drove in four, and drew four walks while striking out just one time.

Andres Santiago – RHP

Santiago made two appearances, allowing no runs and no baserunners over 3.2 IP. He fanned six in those two relief outings.

Matt Magill – RHP

Magill allowed two runs and five baserunners over five innings while whiffing four in his lone start of the week.

Australian Baseball League

Chris Jacobs – 1B

Jacobs had himself a monster three-game stretch in which he reached safely in nine of 16 trips to the plate and absolutely demolished the baseball. He had seven hits over the course of two games, including a homer and a double. During these three games, he scored five runs, drove in three, and drew a pair of walks against three whiffs.

Blake Smith – RHP

Smith made one relief appearance, throwing two innings of scoreless ball. He allowed one hit and struck out one batter.


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