Here's a new name. Made BA's hot list today
Lots of stuff in the chat as well
No. 12 AUSTIN GALLAGHER, 3B DODGERS
Team: high Class A Inland Empire (California)
Why He's Here: .444/.515/.815 (12-for-27), 6 R, 4 2B, 2 HR, 11 RBIs, 5 BB, 4 SO
The Scoop: Gallagher ranked seventh in the Rookie-level Pioneer League last year, but he was still considered raw. That's what makes Gallagher's season even more impressive. Since joining Inland Empire in late May, Gallagher is batting .326/.372/.522 in 230 at-bats at just 19 years old.
Gallagher is a power-hitting third baseman, though he isn't flexible and may end up moving to first base. Gallagher, who is 6-foot-5 and 210 pounds, also played basketball and football in high school before the Dodgers made him a third-round pick last season. Now that he's focused on baseball full time, Gallagher has raised his prospect status by moving surprisingly quickly.
Q: jr from valencia,ca asks:
With Russel Martin entrenched as the Dodgers' cather for the next decade or so, who becomes his backup? Santana or Lucas May? who has the higher ceiling?
Ben Badler: May's had some defensive problems and his offensive game has dipped lately. Santana has the edge... obviously it's the Cal League so we're always a little hesitant, but he's always shown control of the strike zone, and his offensive game has taken a leap forward this year.
Q: mike from durham asks:
Any thoughts on the season Andrew Lambo is having in the MWL?
Ben Badler: Excellent season, especially encouraging after tearing up the GCL a year ago. One of the best bats among prospects in that league, though he's probably a 30 runner and he's limited to a corner outfield position or first base.
Q: Phil from Grand Rapids asks:
Why hasn't Chris Withrow, the dodgers 1st rounder last year, pitched yet this season?
Ben Badler: In spring training, Withrow grabbed a plastic snorkeling mask while he was on the beach. When he threw it, part of the mask cut his hand pretty bad. I'm not making that up, by the way. So that set him back, and then he went through a bit of a dead arm period too.
Q: Antonio from Whittier, CA asks:
I wasn't aware of the season Austin Gallagher was having. Any chance he'll be the future at third base for the Dodgers insead of Blake DeWitt or Andy LaRoche?
Ben Badler: Gallagher got a late start to the season, so he sneaked up on people a little bit. I think LaRoche is or at least should be their future at third base, while scouts don't seem to think that Gallagher will stick at third base.