FFA for Week of July 24th – July 30th
Eric Mejia – AA (Tulsa) – The 22-year-old middle infielder had an inexplicable week slugging four home runs. That wasn’t so strange but how about the fact he had not hit a home run in over 200 plate appearances while in Tulsa until he hit those four home runs? How about the face he got to those four home runs for the week by hitting two home runs in two games? For the week Eric had eleven hits and seven RBI.
Wilmer Font – AAA (OKC) – Font continues to bedazzle at the AAA level. Last week he pitched one game, six innings, four hits, zero earned runs, one walk, and nine strikeouts.
Edwin Rios – AAA (OKC) – Rios got off to a slow start when he was promoted to AAA but last he week he found his hitting groove. Rios collected seven hits and two home runs to move his AAA OPS over .900.
Leo Crawford – A- (Loons) – 20-year-old Leo had his best game ever as a professional going eight innings, four hits, one earned run, one walk, and six strikeouts.
Keibert Ruiz – A+ (Rancho) – Kay Bear only played four games last week but still managed to collect a hit in every game and now has a ten game hitting streak. His OPS for Rancho still sits at an amazing 1.110. The Dodgers are giving the kid plenty of rest now that he is playing at Rancho.
Starling Heredia – Rookie League (Ogden) – Starling also only played in four games last week but collected eight hits in just eighteen at-bats. Starling now has eleven doubles in just eighty-two at-bats and a comic book OPS of 1.221. This is the slugfest Pioneer league but still, that is amazing production. Heredia is off to the all-star game, and I’d think a promotion to full season ball with the Loons is right around the corner.
Hendrik Clementina – Rookie League (Ogden) – First time I ever heard of Clementina was when he made the Pioneer League all-star team as a catcher. Ever since, every time I look at a Pioneer box score he’s getting at least one hit, usually two. Over his last ten games he’s 15 for 39 with two home runs and 12 RBI.
And the winner of the LAD Farm Factory Weekly award for July 24th – July 30th is………
Has to be Eric Mejia with his bizarre home run barrage.
Minor League Notes:
Erisbel Arruebarrena the Cuban SS who has had all sorts of problems fitting in and performing showed up on the Arizona Summer League and just as quickly disappeared. Erisbel got into two games, July 24th, and July 27th, collected two hits in each game and has not played since.
2017 Number one pick Jeren Kendall was promoted to full season ball last week. Jeren started off going zero for nine, but hit a triple in his 10th at-bat. Jeren followed up the triple with his first home run as a Loon yesterday.