LAD FFA July 3rd – July 9th

Some noteworthy contenders by two real prospects, by a pitcher who I don’t have a read on, and a minor league free agent who got some burn in major league camp this past spring.

DJ Peters has been hot for a while and he kept it going last week picking up ten more hits, including three more home runs. He has now hit six home runs in his last seven games. Making it even sweeter two of his home runs came against Madison Bumgarner on a rehab start. Over his last ten games, a DJ Peters is now hitting .410.

Cristian Santana finally went a game without a hit but it was only the first time as a Loon that is has happened. Overall for the week, he had eleven hits, including his first home run as a Loon.  The only downside for Santana right now is that after exhibiting patience early in the season with Ogden he has yet to take a walk as a Loon in nine games.

Devin Smeltzer pitched a gem on July 4th for the Loons. Smeltzer went six innings, gave up just four hits, one earned runs, zero walks, and eight strikeouts.

Henry Ramos is in the midst of his hottest professional stretch. Ramos collected three hits in all four games that he played last week.  Hard to get excited however about a twenty-five-year-old in AA, but a tip of the hat to him for his excellent week.  I knew nothing about Henry Ramos so I had to turn to google to help me out and this excellent overview by Dennis Schlossman did the trick.

For those unfamiliar with Ramos, the switch-hitting prospect was signed by the Dodgers as a minor league free agent last November. Originally drafted by the Red Sox in the fifth round of the 2010 draft, he had ties to current Dodgers vice president of international and amateur scouting David Finley, as Finley was in Boston’s scouting and player personnel departments at the time that Ramos was selected. At one point last year, he was ranked as high as No. 16 on the Red Sox Top 30 Prospects list, but ultimately fell out of high regards when his vital stats gradually fizzled by season’s end.

And the winner is ………………….Henry Ramos with DJ Peters a close second. Normally I’d give this to Peters since he’s a real prospect but this may be the only time Henry Ramos ever gets a mention here, and he did earn it with four three-hit games in one week.

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