On Sunday, Ethan Martin joined the club of top Dodger prospects who are currently sucking. Now I don’t want anyone to panic because we are barely a month into the minor league season, but I want to take a quick look at the top 10 Dodger prospects according to Baseball America:
1) Dee Gordon: .273 average, .299 OBP, .347 Slg % (121 at bats)
2) Chris Withrow: 7.48 ERA, 1.59 WHIP, 6.29 FIP (27.2 innings)
3) Aaron Miller: 3.86 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 4.40 FIP (30.1 innings)
4) Ethan Martin: 6.41 ERA, 1.73 WHIP, 3.51 FIP (26.2 innings)
5) Josh Lindblom: 5.40 ERA, 1.83 WHIP, 3.46 FIP (31.2 innings)
6) Scott Elbert: 7.77 ERA, 2.09 WHIP, 5.38 FIP (22 innings)
7) Andrew Lambo: Good stats, but 50 game suspension
8) Ivan De Jesus: .255 average, .291 OBP, .343 Slg % (102 at bats)
9) Trayvon Robinson: .255 average, .336 OBP, .434 Slg % (106 at bats)
10) Allen Webster: 1.59 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 2.70 FIP (28.1 innings)
I for one am not too worried because I feel it is way too early to pass judgment on any of these seasons. However, I’ll let everyone judge for themselves.
AAA – The Isotopes won a high scoring affair in Albuquerque on Sunday 15 to 12. The Isotopes had 18 hits in the game, but surprisingly only 4 of the 18 hits went for extra bases. 2 of those extra base hits belonged to Jamie Hoffmann as he homered and tripled in route to 4 RBI’s. Chin-lung Hu went 4 for 4 with a triple and increase his batting average to .276. Ivan De Jesus had 3 hits in 5 at bats, including a double. One the mound it wasn’t pretty as both James McDonald and Jon Link allowed 5 earned runs. The difference between the two outings, however, was that McDonald allowed 5 runs in 6 innings while Link allowed 5 runs in just 1 inning. Actually, McDonald was pretty solid as he had only allowed 2 runs through 6 innings before allowing a few base runners in the 7th and coming out of the game. Link allowed all three inherited runs to score, and then gave up 5 of his own runs in the 8th. By the way, Link’s ERA has risen to 9.64 so I really don’t think he’ll be back with the Dodgers any time soon. I know he’s pitching in a tough environment, but clearly there is something more to his poor outings.
AA – The Lookouts lost again in Carolina in a game where there is not much to write about. Jesus Castillo got the start for Chattanooga and allowed 4 runs (2 earned) through 4 innings. There were no noteworthy bullpen performances, and the same can be said for the Lookout offense who managed just 6 hits. I will mention, however, that Dee Gordon again went 0 for 5 and is hitting just .109 over his last 10 games with a .236 OPS. It is way too early to worry, but it just sucks to see him struggle.
High A – As mentioned above, Ethan Martin got lit up by allowing 9 hits and 9 runs in just 3.1 innings. Now keep in mind that the 66ers were playing in Lancaster, which is an extremely difficult place to pitch, but even still 9 earned runs is just inexcusable for a top prospect. The two other 66er pitchers who threw in this game were making their 2010 debuts. Big Josh Walter, who had a solid year in 2009 with the Loons, made his first appearance of the season and struggled, allowing 3 runs in 1.2 innings. Javier Solano, who the Dodgers signed out of the Mexican League in 2008, pitched two innings and allowed 1 run while striking out three. Offensively, the 66ers had 14 hits and had two homers. Austin Gallagher finally hit his first jack of the year, and Matt Wallach had the other homer. Kyle Russell went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI, and Travis Denker continued his torrid start with 3 hits in 5 at bats.
A Game 1 – Allen Webster got the start in the first game of the Loons doubleheader, and while he picked up the loss, things actually could have been a lot worse for him had it not been for favorable scoring decisions. While Webster allowed 5 runs, only 1 of those runs was earned, so his ERA remains a sparkling 1.59. I watched the beginning of this game, and while the first hitter of the game apparently reached on an error by Mario Songco, I saw a clean single past 3rd base. The announcers also said it was a clean single, and there was no mention of an error. Webster went on to walk a batter and then allow a triple to deep center, so all of those runs should have been earned. However, the box score will tell you differently. Anyways, enough of my ramble. The one great thing I did also learn from watching the game was that Webster was hitting 97 MPH on the Loons radar gun. I’m not sure how accurate the Loons radar gun is, but even if it is a little fast that is still pretty impressive. On offense, the Captains were clearly scared of Sands as they walked him the first two at bats that I watched, but then he doubled in each of his last 2 at bats, so the opposing pitchers must have made some mistakes. Besides Sands, Rafael Ynoa was the only batter with more than one hit, but he really isn’t much of a prospect at all.
A Game 2 – Will Savage pitched the nightcap for the Loons and allowed 4 runs (2 earned) in the loss. Steve Smith actually recorded the loss when he allowed his first run of the season during 2 innings of relief. Sands only went 1 for 3 in this game, but did show off another aspect of his game by stealing his 5th base. Mario Songco went 2 for 3 with a double, and Brian Ruggiano went 2 for 4.