LAD FFA June 26th-July 2nd
Multiple contenders this week as the Dodger prospects kept on their hitting shoes. A new name emerged, my top position prospect continued to surge, the top pitching prospect showed why he’s at the top, and the second three-homer game in two weeks took place.
First off, a few moves took place this past week. Earlier in the week Jose Miguel Fernandez was promoted to AAA and started to play 2nd base making me wonder if Willie Calhoun was being phased out to left field. By the end of the week, Jose Miguel Fernandez was back at AA, and Willie was back at 2nd base. The other interesting move was that Drew Jackson was reinstated from the minor league disabled list and re-installed as the starting shortstop at Rancho Cucamonga. To make room for Drew Jackson the Dodgers promoted the fleet-footed Errol Robinson to AA Tulsa where he started at SS for them. Robinson has now been promoted from the Loons to Rancho to Tulsa in less than a month. I would have expected the older Drew Jackson to get the nod instead of the younger Robinson but I guess this shows us where Drew Jackson is on the Dodgers shortstop depth chart. I don’t think either is a legitimate prospect but Errol Robinson is becoming intriguing.
DJ Peters – A+ – Rancho – DJ Peters slugged three home runs on Sunday to cap off a solid week of slugging. The 21-year-old from our local Glendora foothills Northeast of Los Angeles is making a case for playing in front of his family someday. Peters went nine for twenty-three for the week. Included in his three-homer game was a grand slam. Peters now leads the California League in home runs passing his teammate Ibande Isabel. His .902 OPS is second in the league to the Rockies top position prospect Brendan Rogers. Peters strikes out a lot but at least takes the walk to go with his power.
Keibert Ruiz – A – Loons – Ruiz continues to rake, going ten for twenty-two, with three walks. Included in that weekly total was his first professional grand slam. The 18-year-old ended June with a .925 OPS for the month and is already five for eight in July.
Cristian Santana – A – Loons – Santana started out the week playing in the short-season rookie league in Ogden but ended the week with the Great Lake Loons in the full-season Midwest League. I noted earlier in the week how Santana was making a mockery of the pitching at the rookie league level and the Dodgers agreed, promoting him the next day. For the week, Santana went eleven for twenty-three with two home runs. Santana is only 20-years-old so he’s not old for the Loons. He played two games at 2nd base while in Ogden but has played only 3rd for the Loons. The Loons have a glut of 2nd/SS/3rd with Lux/Davis/Oneil and now Santana. It would appear that of the four, Santana is the only one who won’t get any burn at shortstop, as the other three continue to take turns playing shortstop.
Walker Buehler – AA – Tulsa – Walker is by now the Dodgers top pitching prospect and for the last few weeks has pitched like it. On June 30th, Walker got sixteen outs, pitching into the sixth inning for the first time in his professional career. Walker gave up only two hits, zero runs, one walk, and seven strikeouts. He is on a nice role and appears on track for a possible Sept 2017 debut.
And the winner is………………
Cristian Santana, can’t ignore the hitting machine that he was last week.
Also the ugh game of the week belongs to Dennis Santana. I’ve been touting him all year as a someone to keep an eye on, but last week he let me down with a horrific effort, giving up seven earned runs while getting only five outs.