Down On The Farm: Dodgers Minor League Week Review, July 27-August 2
This week sawthe Major League trade deadline come and go and fortunately without seeing the Dodgers have to give up any of their top prospects. This of course is due to the fact that given the recent Dodger success, a big deal was not necessary.
Here’s a look at what is going on this week in the Dodger’s minor league affiliates:
AAA Albuquerque Isotopes- The Isotopes were at the top of the Pacific Coast League American Southern last week, but now find themselves one game behind the Oklahoma City RedHawks. This week the team saw Scott Van Slyke recalled to join the big league roster when the New York Yankees came to town, so they were missing a big part of their lineup for about half the week.
Alex Castellanos: Castellanos has had a nice year swinging the bat this season so far. He’s hitting .260 with 16 home runs and 51 RBI’s. However, this was not a week that Castellanos will want to remember.
This week he tallied only four hits, scored only two runs and drove in one run. The outfielder is a prime candidate to join the Dodgers when the roster expands to a 40-man roster.
Stephen Fife: We checked up on Fife again this week after the Dodgers were able to hold on to their most trade-able arm. This week, Fife pitched six innings allowing only three hits with seven strikeouts and gave up no runs. This outing must make the Dodgers feel good after struggling most of the year with injuries and he’s set to make a start tomorrow against the Cubs.
Rob Rasmusen: Rasmusen has had a tough go at things this season. He sports an 0-6 record with a 5.98 ERA. On Wednesday Rasmusen pitched just 4.1 innings, allowing five runs on seven hits with only one strikeout. Rasmusen will not be joining the 40-man roster ,but the Dodgers could be looking for his arm next season out of the bullpen to join Paco Rodriguez as another left-hander out of the pen.
AA Chattanooga Lookouts- The Lookouts are continuing to try and hit their stride as they’re in last place in the Southern League North. There was a lot of worry for Dodger fans as their number one overall prospect Joc Pederson was given the day off on Wednesday, which happened to be the MLB Trade Deadline, but Pederson was given the day off to get some rest.
Joc Pederson: We checked up on Pederson again as we probably will for the rest on the season as he continues to be the Dodgers number one outfield prospect. This week, Pederson went 4-17 with three RBI’s and four runs scored. After Pederson struggled last week, it was nice to see him bounce back with a solid week of play. Pederson shouldn’t be joining the 40-man roster as the Dodgers would like to keep him playing everyday.
Ross Stripling: We took a look at the Dodgers right handed starter this week who has had a successful season thus far. He has a 5-2 record with 3.34 ERA and this week, Stripling pitched a total of seven innings allowing seven hits and four earned runs while striking out six batters.
Garrett Gould: Gould has spent most of the season coming on in relief. In fact, he usually comes in right after Stripling does. This season, Gould has a 2-2 record with a 3.98 ERA mostly all in relief. The righty from Wichita, Kan. had two appearances this week pitching a total of 7.2 innings allowing only two runs on five hits with 15 strikeouts. Yes, this was what you would call a fantastic week for a relief pitcher.
A Great Lakes Loons- This week for the Loons was a successful week as they saw the Dodgers number two overall prospect, shortstop Corey Seager get moved up to their class High A affiliate the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, while Julio Urias had yet another solid week of pitching.
Corey Seager: Before getting promoted to the Dodgers High A affiliate, Seager was having a tremendous season batting .309 with 12 home runs and 57 RBI’s. This week Seager was having some kind of week before getting moved up. He went 9-25 hitting four home runs, while driving in nine runs and scoring four runs. Obviously those numbers are impressive for any prospect which is why the Dodgers were quick to move him up last night.
Julio Urias: Urias turned in another nice week for the Loons. He pitched his standard four innings allowing five hits and two earned runs while striking out five batters. Urias probably will not increase his innings this summer due to the fact he is still only 16 years of age, but if he keeps up his effectiveness, the Dodgers will be seeing him very soon.
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