3 LAD make MLB’s Prospect Team of the Week
Jonathan Mayo of MLB puts out an interesting weekly segment that they call Prospect Team of the Week. This comes from http://www.mlbpipeline.com which is new to me and is simply mapped to http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/news/prospects/index.jsp.
For this week, three Dodger prospects made the weekly team. To qualify for the team you must be on the MLB top 30 prospect list. This means that no matter what Brett Eibner or O’Koyea Dickson do, they can’t make the team.
I knew Cody Bellinger had a great week so I fully expected him to represent the Dodgers but I was curious who the other two prospects were that they choose. As I read the article I realized this was the first iteration of this particular segment and that it incorporated all of the games played thus far.
1B: Cody Bellinger, Oklahoma City Dodgers (Triple-A)
Dodgers’ No. 1 prospect
10 G, .395/.465/.737, 9 R, 4 2B, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 5 BB, 12 SO, 4 SB
It looks like Bellinger is starting off his first full season of Triple-A the way he finished things in 2016: red hot. The 21-year-old got hits in eight of his 10 games played since the start of the season, with five of them of the multihit variety. He hit his first home run of the season in game 3 on April 8, then added another two on the 13th and 16th. Bellinger has driven in runs in four straight games and has even gone 4-for-4 in stolen-base attempts.
SS: Brendon Davis, Great Lakes Loons (Class A)
Dodgers’ No. 27 prospect
9 G, .444/.595/.741, 6 R, 3 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 8 BB, 9 SO, 1 SB
Not only did Davis pick up 12 hits over his first nine games, he also drew eight walks, leading to a Minor League-leading .595 on-base percentage to start the year. He leads the Midwest League in that category and batting average while standing second to teammate Carlos Rincon (more on him in a bit) in OPS. Davis had four multihit games and finished the week with a three-hit performance on Saturday.
OF: Carlos Rincon, Great Lakes Loons (Class A)
Dodgers’ No. 24 prospect
8 G, .367/.457/.900, 7 R, 1 2B, 5 HR, 11 RBI, 5 BB, 14 SO, 1 SB
Rincon teamed with Davis for a formidable duo in the Midwest League. The 19-year-old outfielder leads the Minors with his .900 slugging percentage and is tied for second with five homers. Davis had a two-homer, four-RBI game on April 12.
I enjoyed this so much I think I’ll do this as a weekly segment myself simply for LAD prospects but to make my life easier I’m going to use ten game segments which are how MILB has them split up for easier processing.