Los Angeles Dodgers Top 20 Prospects for2009 - Minor League Ball
Nice breakdown of the system
Kind of Dodger prospect related:
I was looking around other Sickels top prospects lists, and I found that the Indians #1 prospect is....
1) Carlos Santana, C, Grade B+: His future could look a lot like Victor Martinez’s past.
from BADerrick (Tulsa, OK): Can you rank the 5 NL West farm systems?
Jim Callis : (2:59 PM ET ) Sure. From best to worst: Giants, Rockies, Dodgers, Diamondbacks, Padres. The Giants have an elite system, while all the rest are in the 20-30 range for me.
Dodgers' Withrow back in the fold | dodgers.com: News
Withrow has recently worked with the Dodgers' strength and conditioning coach, Brendan Huttman, on a program and his arm seems to be working just fine. When healthy, he's shown a fastball that can sit in the 92-94 mph range, with the hope that there's more there as he matures. He's got a good curve and a feel for a changeup. His dad pitched in the White Sox organization and served as his son's pitching coach in high school, so for a pitcher his age, he's got a clean and repeatable delivery.
Here are a few updates from BA
Rodney McCray better known as the guy who went through the wall to catch a fly ball.LOS ANGELES—Andrew Lambo began his fall season with a strict order from the Dodgers' front office: no hitting, at least not in instructional league.
So Lambo, last year's fourth-round draft pick out of Newbury Park (Calif.) High, went to Peoria, Ariz., a week before the start of the Arizona Fall League and worked on his left-field defense with roving outfield/baserunning coordinator Rodney McCray. The goal was to make himself a better all-around player after hitting a combined .295/.351/.482 with 18 homers and 91 RBIs between low Class A Great Lakes and Double-A Jacksonville this season.
"We did let him sneak in a little batting practice, but he didn't hit in any games," assistant general manager De Jon Watson said. "He was strictly there to work on his jumps and routes and reads and throwing mechanics. When you start at that level, with more advanced players, you want to make sure you are executing like you should."
The Dodgers say the 20-year-old Lambo is a good enough hitter that a week without picking up a bat wouldn't hurt him. That theory seemed to hold water five games into the AFL season, when Lambo was 7-for-19 with only three strikeouts for the Surprise Rafters. This on the heels of a late-season promotion to Double-A—skipping high Class A Inland Empire—in which Lambo hit .389/.421/.750, with three home runs in 36 at-bats.
"We sent him there at the end to challenge him because he had such a solid year in the Midwest League," Watson said. "He was in the top 10 in almost every offensive category, and we wanted him to be exposed to some tougher competition with an older group of kids. He went there and played exceptionally well and swung the bat like we expected him to."
• The Dodgers fired Great Lakes hitting coach Garey Ingram, Rookie-level Ogden pitching coach Craig Bjornson and Rookie-level Gulf Coast League hitting coach Kenny Dominguez.
• Reliever Javy Guerra, who did not allow a home run at Inland Empire this season after giving up 10 in 118 innings as a starter at the same level in 2007, had allowed five runs in 10 innings through his first five appearances in Hawaii Winter Baseball. He was holding opposing hitters to a .194 average.
Could have a sleeper on our hands. It will be interesting to follow his development.LOS ANGELES—It wouldn't be entirely accurate to say Travis Schlichting came completely out of left field. Actually, he came from shortstop. But the formerly failed Rays position prospect is now one of the Dodgers' top middle-relief prospects, something that might not have happened if he hadn't been in the right place at the right time several years ago.
Schlichting, 24, was a high school senior in Texas when Dodgers scouting director Logan White showed up one day to crosscheck John Danks, then a teammate of Schlichting at Round Rock High. Schlichting also pitched in that day's doubleheader, and White, now the Dodgers' assistant general manager, made a mental note of it.
"He was 90-91 (mph) with good sink," White said. "I liked him. He was a tall, lanky kid, but he played shortstop, and Tampa Bay drafted him in the fourth round as a position player."
Schlichting later tried pitching in the Angels organization in 2006, but he wound up with the independent Kansas City T-Bones in 2007. When White eventually got word that Schlichting was available, he dispatched southern Texas area scout Chris Smith to work him out. The Dodgers signed him as a pitcher, sent him to extended spring training and, just before this year's draft, moved him straight to Double-A Jacksonville, where he went 6-4, 3.77 in 33 relief appearances. He hadn't given up an earned run through his first seven appearances with Surprise in the Arizona Fall League.
"He really worked on his delivery in extended spring," assistant GM for player development De Jon Watson said. "He got some consistency to his delivery and his arm slot, and his velocity started elevating. He is a quality guy and a pleasant surprise."
• Top catching prospect Lucas May, who struggled at Jacksonville this year, had been even worse in the AFL. Through his first 11 games with Surprise, May was batting just .195 (6 for 39) with one extra-base hit and two RBIs.
• The Dodgers have expanded their minor league staff, including the addition of three full-time coaches just for their new spring-training and development facility in Glendale, Ariz. That program will be run by longtime Dodgers minor league manager John Shoemaker along with pitching coach George Culver and hitting coach Lenny Harris, the all-time major league pinch-hit king.
I hope Paul gets a shot in the majors this year. He has been solid at every level in the minors. Could be a useful 4th OF.LOS ANGELES—Russell Mitchell isn't converting from a corner infielder to a catcher the way another Russell M. did for the Dodgers a few years ago, even if Mitchell was listed that way on the official roster of the Surprise Rafters in the Arizona Fall League.
Turns out that was merely a creative way to get Mitchell onto the club, because the Dodgers had a catcher slot available to them on the Surprise roster.
Mitchell was a taxi-squad player, meaning he could play for the team two days a week, and he was a cool 8-for-22 in his limited playing time. He didn't spend a single inning behind the plate.
"I have caught some bullpens on the side," Mitchell said. "But when game time comes, I'm at either third or first."
Mitchell, a 15th-round pick in 2003, is coming off his first full season in Double-A, where he hit .264/.332/.425 with 16 home runs and 75 RBIs in 485 at-bats for Jacksonville. He played well enough to warrant an AFL assignment and well enough to at least be considered for a spot on the 40-man roster this winter, though the Dodgers ultimately did not add him.
"I look at him as kind of a Kevin Millar type of guy," assistant general manager Logan White said. "He is a gamer, a hard-nosed kind of player. He is a baseball guy who loves to play the game, a throwback kind of guy, and he doesn't care what he looks like out there. And he is a quiet hitter, but a good hitter."
Mitchell, 23, prefers third over first, but he'll take whichever path leads him to the majors.
"I enjoy playing the hot corner," he said. "It just seems like you're in the game at all times. I started playing first last year a little bit, but I like to be in the action."
• Outfielder Xavier Paul, who had an outstanding season offensively at Triple-A Las Vegas, continued his hot hitting in the Mexican Pacific League. Paul was hitting 296/.423/.496 with six home runs and 14 RBIs in 115 at-bats for Mexicali.
• Justin Orenduff had been roughed up in his time in the Arizona Fall League. He was 3-3, 5.79 and had allowed 10 home runs in 28 innings. Orenduff gave up 25 homers at Las Vegas, sixth-most in the Pacific Coast League, while pitching at least 29 fewer innings than any of the five pitchers who gave up more.