Here’s my quick analysis of the Dodgers trade for Scott Podsednik. Even though I’m a “prospect guy” and not a huge fan of Podsednik, I actually don’t think this trade is too bad. The Dodgers basically sold high on 2 players who were having the best seasons of their careers, and were probably aided by the environments that they were playing in. Despite his breakout season, I only had Pimentel ranked as the 10th best starting pitching prospect in the Dodgers organization in my midseason write-up, so that isn’t really a huge loss. Lucas May on the other hand was the Dodgers best catching prospect and leaves the position very thin, but I still wasn’t convinced he’d ever be a big league catcher. He’ll do much better in the AL where he can double as the DH every now and then. In addition, May was out of options after this season, so the Dodgers probably weren’t sure what to do with him.
AAA – John Lindsey must have been angered by the news that the Dodgers had traded for Podsednik instead of bringing him up, and he took out his aggression on the Iowa Cubs. Lindsey with 4 for 4 with a homer and brought home 4 runs for Albuquerque in their 8 to 4 win. Not to be outdone, Russell Mitchell continued his torrid hitting with yet another home run, his 19th of the season. Ivan De Jesus also knocked one out of the park. The shorthanded Isotope pitching staff was forced to use Jon Link as their starting pitcher. Luckily Link held his own for 3 innings and was backed up by 4 relievers, who for the most part did a pretty good job.
AA – The Lookouts got a ton of offensive production out of the outfielders on the team in their 12 to 7 win over Birmingham. Jerry Sands set the tone with homers in his first 2 at bats, and later tacked on a single and 2 walks. Trayvon Robinson followed suit with a homer in the 2nd inning and also walked a couple of times. Andrew Lambo, serving as the DH in this game, also homered and picked up a couple of RBI’s. Finally, Kyle Russell, who didn’t want to be left out, singled, doubled, and knocked in 3 runs. Brent Leach started for Chattanooga but only got 6 outs before getting pulled in the 3rd. David Pfeiffer struggled through 3.2 innings, but then Justin Miller came in and took control of the game with 2.1 shutout innings and was credited with the win.
High A – Will Savage allowed 7 hits and 5 runs in 6 innings, which is actually pretty good considering that the game was played in the High Desert. Geison Aguasviva then took over and provided 3 innings of hitless relief, which is really good news. Aguasviva also ended up with the win when Scott Van Slyke hit a 3 run homer in the 9th inning to give the 66ers a come from behind 7 to 5 victory. Van Slyke also doubled and singled in the game, but nobody else on offense had a good game.
A – Even though the Podsednik trade wasn’t announced until the Great Lakes game was close to being over, I’d still like to think that the Loons pitched a shutout in honor of their former teammate Elisaul Pimentel. Allen Webster started the game and blanked the Lugnuts for 6 innings while allowing just 3 hits. Webster did walk 4, however, and only struck out 4. Andy Suiter came out of the pen and improved upon his already outstanding K rate by striking 5 batters in 2 innings, and then Steven Ames sealed the shutout with his 9th save in just his 12th appearance. Brian Cavazos-Galvez’s hit streak was unfortunately snapped in this game, but other players like Mario Songco and J.T Wise picked up the slack. Both Songco and Wise had 2 hits each, as did Rafael Ynoa.
Rookie Ogden – Off day
Rookie Arizona – My boy Brandon Martinez was the starting pitcher for the Arizona Dodgers, and he dominated the Rangers with 4 shutout innings. Martinez allowed 4 hits and struck out 5 in his longest outing of the season. The Dodgers bullpen was solid until the 9th when Carlos De Aza allowed the tying run to score. Luckily De Aza was picked up in the bottom of the 9th by 3rd baseman Bladimir Franco, who singled in the winning run for his 2nd RBI of the game. Besides Franco, the Dodgers offense was very dead as Jan Vazquez provided the only extra-base hit of the game.
DSL – Despite scoring 6 runs in the 8th inning, the Dodgers lost a wild game 9 to 8. A couple of Dodgers pitchers had horrible games (Moises Tamarez and Aris Angeles); however a couple of Dodgers pitchers also had great games (Victor Araujo – 6 K’s in 2 innings, and Leandro De Dios – 5 K’s in 3 innings). The offense was led by Abdul Nieto and Leo Rodriguez (3 hits each) as well as Jorky Infante, who hit a 3 run homer.