Rule 5 Draft Results: Dodgers take Nobody; Lose a Few in Minor League Phase

No one will be playing the role of Carlos Monasterios in Los Angeles this season. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

The Dodgers were not involved at all in the major league phase of the Rule 5 draft, but they did lose 3 players in the AAA phase.  1st baseman Jaime Ortiz, who has stalled in LoA after showing some promise early in his career, was the first to go as he was taken by the Marlins.  Catcher Jessie Mier was taken by the Rangers, and big reliever Matt Sartor was taken by the Giants.  Sartor was a non drafted free agent who I thought had decent potential given his size and the fact that he performed well in AA in 2009.  He did struggle in Chattanooga in 2010 and was sent back to HiA, where he rebounded with a 2.88 ERA in 40.2 innings.

Here is what I had already written about Jessie Mier for this year's top 200 (but hadn't published yet):

Jessie Mier is the less talented, older brother of Jiovanni Mier.  For those of you who don’t know, Jessie’s brother Jiovanni was drafted by the Astros with the 21st overall pick in the 2009 draft, and is a promising young shortstop (although he was terrible in 2010).  Jessie, on the other hand, is a struggling backup catcher.  Drafted out of Lewis-Clark College in 2007 he played in 8 games with the Ogden Raptors in his debut season before breaking his hand.  Since then, Mier has been used sparingly although he has managed to make all the way up to AA.  In 2010 with Chattanooga, Jessie was actually relatively decent with the bat, with his big month coming in May when he hit .405 with a 1.018 OPS.  But the sample size of his stats was still very small since he only accumulated 145 at bats for the season.  While he is known as one of the better defensive catchers in the Dodgers system, Mier’s career offensive stats suggest that he doesn’t have what it takes to ever make it to the major leagues.  However, he can continue to be a valuable organization player, and may even eventually get promoted to AAA.

I hadn't written anything on Ortiz or Sartor yet this year, but here is part of what I said last year.

Jaimie Ortiz:

To be honest, I’m not exactly sure why Ortiz never really got going offensively, but my best guess is that he simply never got into a rhythm during the season because he had to share his first base duties with Steven Caseres throughout the entire season and didn’t really get consistent playing time (in 2009).  Still that’s no excuse for Ortiz, especially since he was playing in the hitter friendly California League.  The good news is that Jaime is still just 21 years old and already has a lot of professional experience.  Drafted out of Puerto Rico as a 17 year old, Ortiz has made a steady progression through the Dodgers system.  So far in his four year professional career, he has been promoted after each season (going from the GCL to the Pioneer League to LoA to HiA).  (It ended up that he was demoted back to LoA in 2010).

Matt Sartor:

Matthew Sartor started his college career at North Central College, but ended up transferring to the University of Texas at Arlington.  During his two seasons with the University of Texas at Arlington, Sartor was used sparingly and he went undrafted after posting a combined 7.91 ERA in just 31 innings.  After the 2007 college season, however, Sartor was not ready to give up baseball so he joined an independent league.  The move paid off as the Dodgers signed Sartor shortly thereafter and was placed in the Pioneer League.  I’m not sure if Sartor showed better stuff in the independent league or if the Dodgers signed him purely due to his size and projection, but either way the signing has looked great based on his professional success.  Since he was already 23 at the time of his signing, he made his professional debut in the Pioneer League posted great numbers.  He struck out 25 batters in just 18 innings, picked up 2 saves, and only allowed a .161 batting average.  2008 was split between LoA and HiA, and Sartor again thrived with a combined 3.12 ERA and a strikeout rate of 10.7.  As predicted, Matt played in AA in 2009 he got off to a very hot start.  Through the month of June, Sartor lead all Dodger minor leaguers with a 0.94 WHIP (minimum 30 innings) and had a FIP of 2.53.  He was also selected to the Southern League midseason All Star team.  Unfortunately the 2nd half of the season was not kind to Sartor has he had an ERA of 6.29 after the All Star game, but even still Matthew had an overall successful season.  He ended the year with a respectable 3.57 FIP and batters only hit .236 against him.  He also had great strikeout numbers and fanned over a batter per inning (all information related to 2009).  He’s a massive player, and while I’m not exactly sure about how hard he throws, I’m assuming that it’s at least in the low 90’s.

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