Before we get to the minor league report, it should be noted that the Dodgers announced that 11 picks from the 2012 draft have already signed. The most notable by far is the Dodgers supplemental round pick Jesmuel Valentin, who signed exactly for slot money of $984,700. The other signees were, RHP Ross Stripling (5th), OF Theo Alexander (7th), OF Jeremy Rathjen (11th), SS Darnell Sweeney (13th), RHP Matthew Reckling (14th), LHP Jake Hermsen (28th), C John Cannon (29th), RHP Jordan Hershiser (34th), C Austin Cowen (35th), and OF Corey Embree (38th). All the signees were college players with the exception of Valentin and 7th round Alexander.
Minor League Player of the Day – C.J. Retherford - 4 for 5, 2 HR's, 2 RBI's. I wrote more about Retherford's incredible run below, but I wanted to point out here that over the last 10 games he has 9 homers, is hitting .450, has a slugging % of 1.150, and an OPS of 1.627. Sure he's 27 years old, but if he keeps hitting he should definitely get a chance to move up to either AA or AAA in the near future.
AAA – The Isotopes committed 5 errors and were down early, but Albuquerque scored the final 9 runs of the game and came away with a 17 to 11 victory over the Redbirds (Cardinals). Trent Oeltjen and Tim Federowicz had the big games as the plate as both homered and drove in 4 runs each. Josh Fields and Luis Cruz both went 3 for 5 with a double and 2 RBI's, while Brian Cavazos-Galvez had a big pinch hit, two run, two-bagger. On the mound Stephen Fife allowed 8 hits and 7 runs over 5 innings, but only 3 runs were earned thanks to all the errors. Reliever Blake Johnson got crushed for 4 run in his one inning of work, but luckily Bret Montgomery was solid over 2 frames and Wil Ledezma was able to strike out the side in the 9th.
AA – Rained out again
HiA – Rancho swept their second straight series on Sunday as they defeated the Mavericks (Mariners) 7 to 4. The Quakes are the hottest team in the California League as the win moved the club into a 1st place tie. They also have perhaps the hottest hitter in minor league baseball as 3rd baseman C.J. Retherford went 4 for 5 with 2 more homers to give him 9 bombs in his last 9 games (and 10 in his last 11). Retherford's OPS for the year is now at an even 1.000, and he leads the league with 49 RBI's. Leon Landry also had a great game as he went 3 for 3 with a double, a triple, and 2 RBI's, and it was his 3rd multi-hit game in his last 4 contests. After a quiet few days Jonathan Garcia got back into the swing of things with a single and a double, while Joc Pederson only had 1 hit but did walk twice and stole a pair of bases. On the mound Andres Santiago returned from the DL and made his first start in over a month, allowing just 1 hit (a solo homer) in his 3 innings of limited work. Jon Michael Redding picked up in the 4th and pitched the rest of the game, giving up 8 hits over 6 frames but permitting just 3 runs for the win.
LoA – After a short two game winning streak, the Loons fell back to their losing ways with a 3 - 2 defeat at the hands of the Whitecaps (Tigers). The loss came in walk-off fashion in extra innings as the first pitch thrown by Raydel Sanchez in the bottom of the 10th was launched over the right-center field wall. Going back to the start of the game, Arismendy Ozoria was solid for the first 6 innings, allowing just 4 hits and an unearned run. Jose Dominguez picked up in relief but struggled as he gave up 3 hits and walked a pair which resulted in a run, and then of course Sanchez lost it in the 10th. The Loons were relatively quiet at the plate as Andrew Edge had the only multi-hit game by going 2 for 4 with a double. Pedro Guerrero did hit a homer and Kevin Taylor doubled, but that was about it in terms of offensive excitement. Great Lakes did do something cool on the base-paths, however, as Joe Winker stole home on the back end of a double steal.
DSL – Off day
Coming up – The Lookouts will try again to make up their double header on Monday and I believe the starters for the two games will be Chris Reed and Allen Webster. John Ely will try to continue his solid season for the Isotopes, while G-Men Garrett Gould and Gustavo Gomez will throw for the Quakes and Loons, respectively.
Minor League Transactions – HiA: Austin Gallagher was placed on the DL with a right elbow contusion, and Casio Grider was added back to the roster. Also Sunday's starter Andres Santiago was activated from the DL while Derek Cone was assigned back to Ogden.