Dodger Farm System Positional update June 2nd, 2017

With two months in the books, how has the farm system been doing?

My quick top ten:

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  1. Keibert Ruiz – I might be crazy, but he’s my favorite positional prospect
  2. Alex Verdugo – possible trade bait
  3. Willie Calhoun – trade bait
  4. Brendon Davis
  5. Gavin Lux
  6. Edwin Rios – trade bait
  7. Will Smith
  8. Oneil Cruz
  9. Carlos Rincon
  10. DJ Peters
  11. Yusniel Diaz

 

AAA Oklahoma Dodgers:

Kyle Farmer has done nothing but hit so far this year. The C/3rd baseman is going to try to carve out an Austin Barnes type of career.

Calhoun is having a nice year but I’d still want to see more considering his bat is his only tool.

Alex Verdugo has shown little power this year but great plate discipline.

Bobby Wilson is there to remind us of the nice depth the Dodgers have. Wilson has already proven he’s a reliable major league backup catcher.

Ike Davis should probably retire.

Trayce Thompson and Scott Van Slyke trying to work their way back to the major league roster. Right now Brett Eibner has taken their spot. Eibner might keep it though Thompson has finally got his baseball legs back under him.

Rk                Name Age  PA 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO   BA  OBP  SLG   OPS
1          Kyle Farmer  26  28  3  0  2   6  4  2 .375 .464 .750 1.214
2           Drew Maggi  28  74  4  0  2   8 13 14 .390 .486 .559 1.046
3           Max Muncy*  26  98  5  1  4  15 10 24 .349 .418 .570  .988
4      Willie Calhoun*  22 187  9  1 10  21 14 20 .301 .353 .538  .891
5       OKoyea Dickson  27 196 10  1 14  36 17 45 .249 .321 .561  .882
6        Alex Verdugo*  21 187  6  2  1  24 22 21 .317 .396 .398  .793
7         Bobby Wilson  34 113  5  0  7  18 10 23 .228 .304 .485  .789
8         Brett Eibner  28  71  2  1  3  10  3 22 .258 .296 .455  .750
9           Ike Davis*  30  61  2  0  3  11  4 18 .218 .262 .418  .680
10   Charlie Culberson  28 163  4  2  3  13 13 34 .242 .302 .356  .658
11     Trayce Thompson  26 155  3  2  4  10 13 45 .186 .253 .321  .575
12     Scott Van Slyke  30  55  2  0  0   1  7 15 .178 .327 .222  .549

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/1/2017.

AA Tulsa Drillers:

Edwin Rios just hits and hits. The 2016 LAD Positional Minor  League Player of the Year is crushing it in Tulsa.  They say he’s lost weight and looks more nimble at 3rd base. That is all good, the bad –  Notice the 48/6 K/BB ratio. Ouch

Jose Fernandez is doing OK, but he’s a 29 year old and that offense just won’t cut it. I can see why the Dodgers were able to sign him for the minimum. He is a minimum player. Hard to imagine a major league career for him.  Maybe he keeps shaking the rust off and gets going, but he better start soon.

Not much else of note here, unless you want me to point out, just how bad Johan Mieses has been.

Rk              Name Age  PA  R 2B HR RBI BB SO   BA  OBP  SLG  OPS
1        Edwin Rios*  23 195 25 15  9  38  6 48 .344 .374 .574 .948
2      Michael Ahmed  25 106 12  5  6  18  9 30 .292 .349 .531 .880
3        Kyle Farmer  26 141 21  7  3  18 16 13 .339 .411 .468 .879
4       Kyle Garlick  25 180 29  8 11  27 11 53 .253 .311 .500 .811
5    Jose Fernandez*  29 167 19 10  5  23  6 16 .299 .335 .461 .796
6        Matt Beaty*  24 137 14  8  3  17  6 19 .300 .336 .446 .782
7       Erick Mejia#  22  69 10  3  0   1 10 13 .268 .379 .393 .772
8       Tim Locastro  24 197 31 12  1  10 12 29 .280 .355 .400 .755
9     Wynston Sawyer  25 108  9  7  3   8  8 27 .255 .315 .418 .733
10    Paul Hoenecke*  26 123 10  6  7  13  4 30 .231 .260 .462 .722
11    Jacob Scavuzzo  23 132 15  5  6  22  6 41 .236 .280 .423 .703
12     Stetson Allie  26  99  7  6  1   5  9 41 .216 .293 .341 .634
13      Johan Mieses  21 144 18  3  8  14 14 62 .126 .229 .339 .568

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/1/2017.

A Plus – Cucamonga Quakes

Yusniel Diaz has to be the biggest disappointment in the system right now.  The multi-tool CF may not have the hit tool. He’s only 20 but this is not impressive.

DJ Peters is impressive, though that K rate is krazy bad. At least he can take a walk and provide some pop when he connects.

Will Smith has had some streaks of brilliance this spring but overall is just a tad over tepid given his age for a league like this.

Ibandel Isabel has hit 12 home runs. There, I said something nice.

Drew Jackson is 23 and not doing much when you consider he’s repeating the level.

The Dodgers should consider swapping out Omar Estevez with Brendon Davis given that Estevez is being overmatched at this level.

Name                 Age  PA 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO   BA  OBP  SLG  OPS
DJ Peters             21 215  9  3  8  27 28 75 .256 .372 .472 .844
Luke Raley*           22 201  5  4  5  18 17 44 .301 .383 .460 .843
Ibandel Isabel        22 192  4  0 12  34 19 76 .234 .323 .473 .796
Will Smith            22 188  7  2  7  24 27 46 .233 .374 .447 .821
Drew Jackson          23 160  7  1  5  16 21 38 .242 .375 .424 .799
Yusniel Diaz          20 198  5  1  2  19 21 50 .227 .308 .302 .610
Omar Estevez          19 163  7  1  1  14  9 37 .205 .258 .285 .542
Brandon Montgomery    21 125  7  0  1  14  5 20 .259 .288 .345 .633
Ariel Sandoval        21 108  3  0  1   8  7 39 .180 .241 .240 .481

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/1/2017.

A Ball Great Lake Loons

Hey look, some nice prospects.

Brendon Davis should be putting his name back on the prospect lists.  Lots to like here, the big downside are the K’s but at 19 in this tough hitters league, everything else looks good.  Is he a 2nd baseman, SS, or 3rd baseman? Dodgers don’t know yet so neither do we.

Carlos Rincon showing some big pop, little plate discipline.

Keibert Ruiz is probably one of my fastest risers. Eighteen, catcher, switch hitter, elite defense, holding his own offensively. Sign me up.

Gavin Lux isn’t at the Diaz level of disappointment but I was hoping for more from the 2016 1st round pick.

Cruz started slow in the cold weather of the MWL, but as it heats up so has Oneil Cruz. At only 18 and his first foray into a professional season on the continent, the expectations are still low. Getting burn at both SS and 3rd. Not sure why they are bothering with any SS work but I’m sure the Dodger dvlp group know what they are doing. The Dodgers must think the world of him to put him in such a tough environment instead of waiting for the Rookie leagues. That speaks volumes to me.

Mitch Hansen – forget about it

Name               Age  PA 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO   BA  OBP  SLG  OPS
Brendon Davis       19 200 10  2  5  29 26 65 .275 .390 .449 .839
Carlos Rincon       19 160  8  1  9  30 12 60 .259 .319 .510 .829
Cody Thomas*        22 194  6  1  9  19 14 67 .219 .284 .416 .699
Oneil Cruz          18 196  3  0  4  16 13 55 .218 .265 .302 .567
Keibert Ruiz#       18 154  9  0  1  14  7 23 .296 .338 .380 .718
Luis Paz*           20 153  4  1  3  17 10 41 .196 .248 .301 .549
Gavin Lux*          19 149  3  3  0   9 18 30 .236 .336 .307 .643
Mitchell Hansen*    21 150  4  1  1   8 16 39 .188 .280 .256 .536
Saige Jenco*        22 131  3  3  0  11 18 28 .198 .321 .279 .600
Gage Green*         24 107  8  0  0  14  6 18 .213 .271 .298 .569
Steve Berman        22  83  6  0  0  11  3 13 .269 .301 .346 .647
Zach McKinstry*     22  69  7  0  1   3 17 10 .308 .478 .500 .978
Errol Robinson      22  61  4  0  2   8  4 16 .204 .246 .389 .635
Moises Perez        19  55  4  0  0   5  5  9 .163 .236 .245 .481
Erick Meza*         19  37  0  0  1   4  1  6 .114 .162 .200 .362
Gersel Pitre        20  16  1  0  0   2  3  3 .333 .467 .417 .883
Shakir Albert       20  15  2  0  0   2  2  5 .231 .333 .385 .718

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/1/2017.

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5 Comments

  1. Mike Sacha

    How about Verdugo equals Andrew Lambo and Calhoun equals PeeWee (Delwyn Young)?????

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    • Young is a decent comp when you consider the fielding tool versus the bat tool but Calhoun has way more power and has accomplished much more at a much younger age.
      Lambo was a 1st baseman who played outfield. Verdugo might be something like Puig defensively in right field. He’s thrown out 44 runners in just 334 games. I like that plate discipline, kind of the anti – Joc in that contact is his game, and he’s really young for his level.

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  2. 68elcamino427

    Nice one.

    On one fine Saturday morning in Moreno Valley,
    Mike Edwards explained to me the notion
    That on each minor leauge team there are only one or two players on the roster who the team is really trying to develop. Everyone else is just filler, there to have people to fill positions on the field so the real prospects can play.

    When about one in twenty minor leaguers get even just a cup of coffee in the MLB, it brings this concept into focus.
    This also demonstrates how much of a freak the players who stick in the MLB are.
    They got the skills.

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  3. Major League Ballplayers
    AAA – Verdugo, Calhoun
    AA – Maybe RIos
    A Plus – Maybe Smith/DJ Peters, Diaz
    A – too soon to tell for any of them but given the age I’d go with Ruiz/Davis/Lux/Oneil
    Of course we haven’t touched the pitchers yet, what a boatload.

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