2013 Dodgers AFL & Winter League Week 1 Update: Joc Pederson off to a hot start in Venezuela

Joc Pederson during 2013 spring training - Eric Stephen

Joc Pederson is off to a hot start in Venezuela while a couple of Dodger relievers are throwing well in the AFL

While our daily minor league updates focus solely on the Arizona Fall League, which is the most popular and prestigious off-season league, there are five other leagues that will be going on over the next few months. The Mexican, Venezuelan, and Dominican Winter Leagues have already started, while the Puerto Rican and Australian Leagues are set to kick off in the next few weeks. Given that there are no AFL games on Sunday's we'll use that day to recap all of the off-season action as it relates to the Dodger minor leaguers.

We'll start with Australian League, which will feature Dodger prospects for the first time. News broke this past week that four Dodger minor leaguers will be playing for the Adelaide Bite, whose season starts on November 1st. Outfielder James Baldwin, 1st baseman Chris Jacobs will be down under getting some extra work in, as will pitchers Blake Smith and James Campbell. Smith, the converted outfielder, will definitely benefit from the extra work as he has only throw 19.1 innings so far in his minor league career, while Baldwin can simply use all the extra playing time he can get after struggling throw the last few seasons.

Given that the Mexican, Venezuelan, and Dominican leagues have just started, we'll just take a quick look at some of the more prominent prospects playing there starting with Joc Pederson. Playing for the Cardenales de Lara in Venezuela, Pederson has 7 hits in 26 at bats for a .269 average, however 6 of those 7 have gone for extra bases as he's socked a pair of doubles, a triple, and a couple of homers. In addition, Joc has already accumulated 14 walks over 9 games and therefore his on base percentage is a gaudy .525. Pitcher Red Patterson is really the only other significant name playing in Venezuela, and he has allowed just 1 run and 5 hits over 8 innings of work. In Mexico Matt Angle is off to a solid start with a .333 average over 7 games, while right hand Juan Noriega has not allowed a run in 3 appearances. Finally the Dominican League has just barely started, but I'll let you know that a couple of guys I'll be writing about in upcoming posts are Rafael Ynoa and Carlos Frias.

Lastly let's take a closer look at some of the season stats for the Dodger AFL players. Corey Seager, the Dodgers top prospect on the Desert Dogs, has had a couple of big games but is hitting just .227 over 6 games. Corey has a pair of doubles, 4 RBI's, 4 walks, and 7 strikeouts. As one of the older players in the league Brian Cavazos-Galvez is taking advantage of his experience and is batting .364, while Pratt Maynard has just 8 at bats but has recorded the only homer of the 4 Dodger offensive players on the team. Chris O'Brien has struggled the most with just one hit over 13 plate appearances.

Pitching wise, both Pedro Baez and Yimi Garcia have had very successful starts to their AFL season as they have combined to throw 7.2 scoreless innings. Baez has given up just 1 hit over his 3 appearances, while Garcia has permitted two base knocks in 4.2 frames. Jarret Martin and Mike Thomas, on the other hand have both struggled quite a bit. Martin has issued 8 walks over 4.1 innings and sports 12.46 ERA, and Thomas has allowed 3 runs in 3 appearances.

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