State of the Minor League System - Relief Pitchers

ST. LOUIS - JULY 15: Relief pitcher Travis Schlichting #59 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on July 15 2010 in St. Louis Missouri. The Cardinals beat the Dodgers 7-1. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

I was at the game tonight, so I haven't had a chance to read any of the game thread.  However, I'm sure there was some bitterness toward our relief pitchers after blowing the game and causing such a tough loss.  Hopefully this post will provide a little bit of relief as the Dodger have at least a few solid young arms who could potentially help the Dodgers in the near future.  Some in fact have already contributed tto the big league club this year.  So follow the jump for the mid-season rankings of the Dodgers minor league relief pitchers, as well as additional analysis.

 

Preseason Current Name How Acquired Age Height Weight Throws Current Level
2 1 Kenley Jansen Signed 11/17/04  22.81 6' 5" 245 R AA
4 2 Travis Schlichting Signed 2007  25.75 6' 4" 215 R MLB
1 3 Joshua Lindblom 2008, 2nd  23.10 6' 5" 240 R AAA
N/A 4 Jon Link Trade for Pierre  26.33 6' 1" 190 R AAA
3 5 Javy Guerra 2004, 4th  24.72 6' 1" 195 R AA
5 6 Cole St. Clair 2008, 7th  23.98 6' 5" 225 L AA
12 7 Justin Miller 2007, 6th  22.97 6' 3" 190 R AA
25 8 Kyle Smit 2006, 5th  22.77 6' 3" 165 R Hi-A
11 9 Stephen Ames 2009, 17th  22.35 6' 1" 205 R Lo-A
6 10 Geison Aguasviva Signed 12/15/05  22.97 6' 2" 166 L Hi-A
34 11 Javier Solano Signed 2008  20.31 6' 0" 177 R Hi-A
8 12 Roberto Feliciano 2008, 24th  19.93 6' 0" 214 L Arizona Rookie
N/A 13 Andrew Pevsner 2010, 16th  21.76 6' 3" 205 L Pioneer Rookie
22 14 David Pfeiffer 2003, 14th  24.93 6' 3" 190 L AA
14 15 Luis Ferreras Signed 3/30/07  20.56 6' 0" 150 R Pioneer Rookie
7 16 James Adkins 2007, 1st  24.65 6' 6" 230 L AAA
26 17 Andrew Suiter 2009, 10th  23.11 6' 3" 210 L Hi-A
N/A 18 Logan Bawcom 2010, 17th  21.71 6' 2" 200 R Pioneer Rookie
16 19 Carlos De Aza Signed 10/24/07  20.21 6' 3" 178 R Arizona Rookie
23 20 Ji-Mo Lee Signed 5/24/09  23.72 6' 1" 188 R Pioneer Rookie
17 21 Eric Krebs Trade with Pirates  25.18 6' 3" 210 R AA
20 22 Robert Boothe Signed 12/5/07  24.47 6' 2" 190 R Hi-A
28 23 Joseph Paxson 2009, 13th  23.98 6' 3" 250 R Hi-A
N/A 24 Shawn Tolleson 2010, 30th  22.50 6' 2" 215 R Pioneer Rookie
10 25 Matthew Sartor Signed 7/24/07  25.92 6' 6" 250 R Hi-A
27 26 Leonel Beras Signed 10/22/07  19.21 5' 11" 143 L DSL
24 27 Nick Gaudi 2009, 30th  23.97 6' 5" 215 R Pioneer Rookie
18 28 Fredy Quintero GCL in 2008  22.56 6' 3" 180 R Pioneer Rookie
30 29 Jimmy Marshall 2009, 23rd  23.27 6' 6" 195 R Arizona Rookie
31 30 Joel Lima Signed 2008  20.95 6' 0" 165 R Arizona Rookie
N/A 31 Jackson Mateo Signed 2010  17.91 6' 0" 193 R DSL
47 32 Steve Smith Signed 2008  24.18 6' 2" 215 R Lo-A
N/A 33 Abdiel Velasquez Signed 2010  17.38 6' 3" 184 R DSL
N/A 34 Ariel Pena Signed 2010  18.53 6' 4" 208 R DSL
61 35 Luis Vasquez Signed 10/20/03  24.30 6' 4" 155 R Lo-A
66 36 Gari Tavarez Signed 2006  22.74 6' 0" 170 R Arizona Rookie
N/A 37 Brandon Mann Signed 3/18/10  26.18 6' 2" 165 L Hi-A
41 38 Cody White 2003, 12th  25.39 6' 3" 185 L Arizona Rookie
53 39 Chris Handke 2009, 41st  22.34 6' 11" 235 R Arizona Rookie
29 40 Josh Walter Signed 6/27/08  25.29 6' 4" 250 R Hi-A
N/A 41 Yimy Rodriguez 2010, 27th  22.89 6' 6" 215 R Arizona Rookie
45 42 Giordanny Chavez Signed 2009  19.26 6' 3" 185 R DSL
54 43 Eric Thompson 2006, 23rd  22.29 6' 6" 210 R Unknown
13 44 Francisco Felix Signed 2/19/03  26.98 5' 11" 191 R Loaned to Mex Lg
37 45 Florencio Bustillos Signed 2009  21.26 6' 0" 209 R Pioneer Rookie
64 46 Marlon Urriola Signed 5/25/06  22.05 6' 2" 165 R Arizona Rookie
49 47 Andres, Santiago 2007, 16th  20.73 6' 2" 200 R Unknown
40 48 Jesus Rodriguez Signed 1/20/05  24.85 6' 0" 180 R AAA
51 49 Jordan Roberts 2008, 28th  24.54 6' 1" 180 L Lo-A
36 50 Jake McCarter Signed 2008  25.89 6' 2" 200 R Pioneer Rookie
52 51 Ivan Eugenia Signed 2009  18.84 6' 1" 185 R DSL
N/A 52 Adner Ruiz Signed 2010  21.30 6' 1" 180 L DSL
N/A 53 Pete Budkevics Signed 6/28/10  22.77 6' 2" 165 R Pioneer Rookie
44 54 Clayton Allison 2008, 27th  24.78 6' 5" 235 R Unknown
56 55 Miguel Sanfler Signed 10/2/2002  25.79 5' 11" 165 L Hi-A
70 56 Irvit Mendez Signed 2008  20.28 6' 6" 225 R DSL
33 57 Blake Brannon Signed 6/10/2007  25.38 6' 2" 225 R Unknown
55 58 Thomas Melgarejo Signed 12/1/2005  23.53 6' 1" 216 L Loaned to Mex Lg
N/A 59 Raul Burgos AA Rule 5 Draft  22.92 6' 1" 210 R Pioneer Rookie
N/A 60 Leandro De Dios Signed 2010  21.08 5' 11" 184 R DSL
N/A 61 Victor Araujo Signed 2010  20.70 5' 11" 171 R DSL
46 62 John Hernandez 2009, 28th  23.08 6' 0" 190 R Unknown
N/A 63 Aris Angeles Signed 2010  20.86 6' 0" 179 R DSL
N/A 64 Bret Montgomery 2010, 46th  24.96 6' 6" 250 R Pioneer Rookie
N/A 65 Ricardo Rivas Signed 3/4/10  26.44 6' 1" 180 R Pioneer Rookie
N/A 66 Ariel Botello Signed 2010  20.68 6' 2" 217 R DSL
N/A 67 J.J. Whetsel Signed 4/21/10  25.72 6' 1" 190 R Pioneer Rookie
69 68 Tommy Perez Signed 9/7/03  23.95 6' 4" 167 R Unknown
9 N/A Daigoro Rondon Signed 7/9/2004  23.71 6' 2" 163 R Released
15 N/A Jordan Pratt 2003, 5th  25.18 6' 3" 195 R Released
19 N/A Paul Koss 2007, 11th  25.09 6' 4" 215 R Released
21 N/A Greg Miller 2002, 1st  25.71 6' 6" 215 L Released
32 N/A Harvey Garcia Trade with Pirates  26.35 6' 2" 220 R Released
35 N/A Marcel Prado Signed 7/2/04  22.66 6' 4" 226 R Released
38 N/A Johnathan Dutton 2005, 24th  22.81 6' 1" 155 L Released
39 N/A Zach Schreiber Signed 4/15/09  28.07 6' 1" 220 R Released
42 N/A Joe Torres Signed 7/20/09  27.88 6' 2" 195 L Released
43 N/A Cristian Gonzalez Signed 11/1/04  22.12 6' 1" 169 R Released
48 N/A Kevin Childs 2009, 36th  23.25 6' 2" 195 R Released
50 N/A Graham Miller 2009, 32nd  23.76 6' 2" 205 L Released
57 N/A Jose Mateo Signed 2009  21.34 6' 8" 190 R Released
58 N/A Justin Dignelli 2009, 34th  23.40 6' 4" 220 R Released
59 N/A Matthew Smith 2008, 22nd  23.72 6' 6" 195 R Released
60 N/A Amauri Guzman Signed 3/24/04  23.77 6' 3" 200 R Released
62 N/A Kyle Wilson 2004, 22nd  27.25 6' 2" 200 R Released
63 N/A Jose Garcia Signed 2009  19.25 5' 11" 185 L Released
65 N/A Jean Eusebio Signed 10/12/07  21.13 6' 1" 195 R Released
67 N/A Noel Acevedo Signed 2009  20.27 5' 11" 160 L Released
68 N/A Nick DeBarr Signed 11/30/08  26.91 6' 3" 245 R Released
71 N/A Geraldo Martinez Signed 10/23/07  22.49 6' 0" 162 L Released

The Dodgers seem to focus more on pitching when it comes to their drafts, and it has paid off as the Dodgers have a solid group of relief pitchers in their system.  There are obviously quite a few names here, and since I don't have time to discuss all of them this post this will be more of an open forum to discuss my midseason ranking of these players.  However, I will mention a few names of interest. 

I think that is it is pretty obvious that Kenley Jansen is now our #1 relief prospect.  He has shot up the prospect charts and has impressed everyone by consistently having strong performances.  Travis Schlichting has also moved up a few spots due to his solid relief with the Dodgers this season.  Javy Guerra, on the other hand, has slipped a bit since he's been injured most of the 2010 season thus far.  Lindblom is finally back where he belongs as a reliever, so he'll now get to focus on putting all his energy into 1 or 2 innings.  Hopefully the results in relief will continue to be favorable for him. 

Justin Miller and Kyle Smit's conversion to relievers have been very successful as both have put up great numbers thus far in 2010.  At this point they both seem like potential options in the Dodgers bullpen one day.  Steven Ames also continues to amaze us as a 17th round pick, even though he got hit hard the other day.  In addition, Javier Solano has a great FIP this season (2.51) and has an amazing strikeout to walk ratio.

There are a few 2010 draftees who I have been impressed with thus far.  21 year olds Andrew Pevsner and Logan Bawcom, drafted just one round apart, seem to be solid pitchers who could turn into solid prospects.  Shawn Tolleson is another one who has had a very good professional debut.

Getting further down the list, Jimmy Marshall has always been a favorite of mine, and Chris Handke is a 6'11" pitcher who the Dodgers are hoping will be a legitimate pitching prospect once he matures and grows into his body.  Finally, there are several younger players in the Dominican Summer League with solid pitching frames who may or may not pan out.  I especially like 17 year olds Abdiel Velasquez and Jackson Mateo, who both currently have ERA's close to or below 3.

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