FFA for Week August 7th – August 13th
Wilmer Font – SP – AAA/OKC – Font started two games last week, went twelve innings, gave up nine hits, two earned runs, walked two, and struck out fourteen. Over his last seven starts, he has pitched 41 innings, giving up just six earned runs, twenty-eight hits, walked eight and struck out fifty-four.
Tim Locastro – Inf – AAA/OKC – Tim was promoted to AAA to replace Willie Calhoun as the OKC second baseman and has responded well to his promotion with a .970 OPS so far. This past week Tim had ten hits in twenty-six at-bats, with one home run.
Yusniel Diaz – OF – AA/Tulsa – Yusniel has taken to AA with a flourish putting up a .925 OPS in just 37 at-bats. Diaz is playing mostly RF for Tulsa. For the week, Diaz had eight hits in nineteen at-bats.
Mitchell White – SP – AA/Tulsa – Mitch had his most dominating game since coming back from his injury going five innings, giving up just two hits, two walks, and eight strikeouts. Over his last two games, he has gone ten innings, given up just three hits, two walks, and thirteen strikeouts. His overall work at AA has been outstanding though in limited innings. A WHIP of 0.82 catches your eye for a starting pitcher.
Chris Mathewson – SP – A-/Loons – With Dustin May sidelined and Jordan Sheffield getting scuffed around at Rancho, Chris is trying is his best to be the best pitcher for the Loons. Last week he threw a doozy, going seven innings, four hits, zero earned runs, four walks, and nine strikeouts. Chris has been on a nice five game run.
Edwin Uceta – SP – Rookie/Ogden – Uceta followed up his six inning perfect game with a very nice five inning outing. He gave up just two hits, zero runs, one walk, and four strikeouts.
And the winner of the Dodger Farm Factory Award for August 12th is …………
Diaz was on pace to take the FFA but he didn’t do much this past weekend after starting the week on a torrid pace.
Dodger Minor League Notes:
I may have jumped the gun on Walker Buehler. I was very confident over at the TBLA comment section that Walker Buehler would not be sniffing the Dodger postseason roster because of several hurdles he would need to clear for that to happen. The first hurdle was simply proving he could be an effective relief pitcher and after several stumbles in the role, he wowed everyone last night with five strikeouts of his six outs throwing two perfect relief innings. A few more outings like that and he just might get to prove himself at the major league level in leveraged situations.
Rob Segedin is also on rehab duty, and unlike Adrian, he had a good offensive week, just not enough to make the contender cut. What the future plans are for Segedin as a Dodger remain murky. There does not seem to be any need for his services at this time.
Alex Verdugo continues to flail in August. He hit a game winning home run last week but still managed only five hits for the whole week. In August he has a .622 OPS.
Dennis Santana is struggling in AA. The brilliant command he was displaying for Rancho did not follow him to Tulsa as he has walked fourteen hitters in his last three starts. For Rancho, he had walked in 22 in 85 innings, but for Tulsa, he has walked sixteen in sixteen innings.
Keibert Ruiz has finally cooled off going 1 for 15 with zero walks. This was bound to happen, now we get to see how he deals with it.
The last two number one picks are both struggling in the MWL with the Loons. Gavin Lux had shown signs of breaking out and while he did go did go eight for twenty-five last week, it was pretty empty with one walk, and seven strikeouts including four in one game. Kendall had a four hit game but managed only one other hit for the week. Jeren now has twenty-one strikeouts in just sixty-five at-bats and is carrying a .592 OPS so far.
Talked to a scout at the game yesterday.
Earlier in the year he went to see Rancho.
He said that there were 14 players who he forecasted to see action in the MLB during their careers.
Then he said three or four is a lot.
From Rancho alone? Or the whole system?
He had a hard time believing it himself.
Did he say who he was highest on?
Did not ask him.
I will inquire of after the fact info. of him
but never on pending business.
He knows too/so much.