Dodgers 2013 Minor League Countdown: 120 - 101

Hector Nelo has a live arm but at times has trouble harnessing his fastball - Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE

There are plenty of interesting players just outside the top 100

With an off day for the Dodgers in Arizona, I figured it would be a perfect time to post the next part of my minor league countdown series. While we are still outside the top 100, there are a number of players in this group who could turn into legitimate prospects in time. There are also guys in this group who used to be in the top 100, but have fallen due to performance or injury. As a reminder, you can find all the posts in this series here.

120. Craig Stem, RHP (2 IP in HiA, 11.1 IP in LoA, 26.2 IP in Pioneer Rookie Lg in 2012)
Drafted by Dodgers 2011, 15th round
6’5", 215 lbs, 23.25 years old
3-2, 4.05 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 3.73 FIP, 8.78 K/9
Pre 2012 Rank: 113; Pre 2011 Rank: N/A

Selected by the Dodgers in the 15th round of the 2011 draft, Craig Stem is a 6'5" righty who had a solid season in 2012. After a mediocre professional debut with the Arizona Dodgers in 2011, Stem actually started his 2012 season in HiA where he pitched out of the bullpen for 3 games. His stint with the Quakes was short lived, however, as Craig was quickly removed from the roster and instead joined the Ogden Raptors to start their season. Stem spent most of the season in Utah and had mixed results as he held opposing hitters to a .209 batting average, yet walked 17 batters in 26.2 innings which yielded a 4.73 ERA. Nevertheless the Dodgers promoted Stem to LoA at the end of the season where he turned out to be amazing, shutting down the opposition for 11.1 frames and allowing just 5 hits (and 1 walk) while striking out 11. I’m not sure how Craig flipped the switch once he reached the Midwest League, but whatever the case I like what I saw out of the lanky right hander. At 23 years old Stem still has a lot of time to mature, and I’ll definitely be watching him closely in 2013 which he’ll probably spend back in LoA.

119. Ravel Hernandez, SS (Did not play in 2012)
Signed by Dodgers as international FA in 2012
6’0", 145 lbs, 17.25 years old, switch hitter
No stats in 2012
Pre 2012 Rank: N/A

Signed out of the Dominican Republic this past January, Ravel Hernandez is a rail thin shortstop who the Dodgers are hoping will mature into a solid prospect. After the signing Dodger scout Bob Engle had this to say about the youngster: "Ravel Hernandez is a switch hitter who is somewhat on the frail side now, but we think he’ll grow into his body. He has a lot of bounce and quickness in his actions. He has a plus arm and is a plus runner. He’s more of a line-drive, contact-type hitter." His body type sounds comparable to Dee Gordon, but he also has a lot of similarities to fellow Dodger minor leaguer Delvis Morales who is a switch hitting shortstop as well and weights in at 146 despite a 6’1" frame. Morales started in the DSL but has made his way over to the US and at 22 has started to received some recognition as a potential prospect, so hopefully Hernandez will follow suit. I’m sure Ravel will spend 2013 in the Dominican Summer League where he’ll split time at shortstop.

118. Steve Smith, RHP (6.2 IP in AA, 55 IP in HiA in 2012)
Signed by Dodgers before the 2008 season
6’2", 215 lbs, 26.75 years old
4-2, 3.79 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 3.77 FIP, 7.44 K/9
Pre 2012 Rank: 122; Pre 2011 Rank: 124; Pre 2010 Rank: 141; Pre 2009 Rank: 160

Steve Smith was signed by the Dodgers in 2008 as a non drafted free agent out of the University of New Mexico, where he was a teammate of fellow Dodger minor leaguer Brian Cavazos-Galvez. Since then Smith has progressed steadily through the minor league system, making it all the way to AA in 2012 where he spent the final two and half weeks of the season and tossed 5.2 scoreless innings. His promotion to the Lookouts stemmed from his second consecutive successful season in the hitter friendly California League where he helped out the bullpen as one of the club’s most reliable relievers, leading the team in innings pitched for players who threw strictly out of the bullpen. I remember watching Smith pitch live at a Quakes game back in 2011, and while I don’t remember his velocity or what types of pitches he threw, he did come across as a player who was willing to do anything to help the team. Smith will most likely return to Chattanooga in 2013 to throw out of the Lookout bullpen, and while he still isn’t much of a prospect, he’s done very well for himself considering that he wasn’t even drafted.

117. Ryan Christenson, LHP (Injured in 2012)

Drafted by Dodgers 2010, 7th round
6’1", 185 lbs, 24.25 years old
No stats in 2012
Pre 2012 Rank: 66; Pre 2011 Rank: 51; Pre 2010 Rank: N/A

The Dodgers drafted Ryan Christenson for the 3rd time in 2010, and he finally signed as the club’s 7th round pick for $125K. Ryan’s debut season saw mixed results as he dominated the Arizona Rookie League for a month, but then struggled after a promotion to LoA. Christenson returned to the Midwest League in 2011 and showed some improvement, making the midseason All Star team and ranking second on the Loons with 119.1 innings pitched. Overall he didn’t have a great year, however, as he posted a 5.05 ERA and only had one month during the season when opposing batters hit less than .300 against him. That brings us to 2012, which Ryan missed due to injury. I really can’t find much information about his injury and for a time I thought that he was actually released, but just this past week he posted on Facebook that he was in Arizona so I’m almost positive he is still with the organization. Since there is no new info on him this year, I’ll repeat some of the scouting reports I from last year when Hugh Bernreuter of the Saginaw news caught up with Christenson during the 2011 season. Ryan told Hugh "The big difference this year is getting ahead in the count, throwing strikes. My two-seam fastball has become my out pitch. My fastball sits in the low 90s or high 80s, so it’s important for me to locate my pitches." In addition to his fastball, Christenson has a solid mid 70’s curveball and a sinking changeup. Also, according to Baseball America, the continued development of changeup will be what determines if he is able to stay in the rotation. If his changeup doesn’t improve, he may end up in the bullpen. Given his lack of experience and his injury the Dodgers will probably be careful with Christenson in 2013, although if he’s fully healthy he’ll probably be a part of either the Loons’ or the Quakes’ rotation.

116. Alan Garcia, RHP (20.1 IP in Pioneer Rookie Lg, 3 IP in Arz Rookie Lg in 2012)
Drafted by Dodgers 2012, 22nd round
6’4", 253 lbs, 22.25 years old
1-1, 5.79 ERA, 1.59 WHIP, 3.84 FIP, 10.80 K/9
Pre 2012 Rank: N/A

I’m a little biased with my ranking of Alan Garcia since he was drafted out of my alma mater of Azusa Pacific University. While he’s 7 years younger than me, I’m almost positive that he was the first player drafted by the Dodgers out of APU so I’m obviously rooting for him. Despite my bias, Garcia does deserve to be considered at least a fringe prospect given his size and his ability to strike batters out. While his ERA of 5.79 isn’t anything to write home about, the fact that he spent most of his season in the hitter friendly Pioneer League means that I need to look at more than his earned run average. His FIP for the season was pretty solid, and while his WHIP wasn’t great he did strike out almost 11 batters per 9 innings and picked up 4 saves as the Raptors part time closer. I still haven’t seen a detailed scouting report on Garcia so I still don’t know much about his pitching repertoire, but I’m sure that will change as Alan moves into a full season league. Garcia will probably throw for the Loons in 2013 and I’m hoping that he’ll continue to move up through the minor league ranks so I can say that an APU player made it to the big leagues as a Dodger.

115. Miguel Urena, RHP (Did not play in 2012)
Signed by Dodgers as international FA in 2012
6’8", 210 lbs, 18 years old
No stats in 2012
Pre 2012 Rank: N/A

Miguel Urena was signed recently out of the Dominican Republic along with a handful of other teenagers. Like most of these signees there isn’t much info available out there, but luckily there was one quote about Urena from Dodgers scout Bob Engle who said "Miguel Urena is a big kid – about 6-foot-8 – and a little older than the others at 19. We think there’s a lot of untapped ability in him. He has a fresh, big arm and a very good delivery. We think there will be a lot more in there when we get him into a pro setting." One thing to note about this quote is that while Engle says he is 19, his date of birth on MLB.com put him at 18 and I also read another article that has him at 18 years old as well. Age aside, I love Miguel’s height and the fact that Engle says he has a lot of untapped ability. I’m guessing that means despite his "good delivery" he has yet to learn how to use his height to his advantage and generate optimal velocity, but that good coaching will probably get him there. He’s going to be project, but if the Dodgers are successful in coaching him up I think he could turn into a legit prospect down the road. I’m sure he’ll start 2013 in the Dominican Summer League which will give us another reason to follow the Dominican Dodgers this season.

114. Joel Lima, RHP (77.2 IP in LoA in 2012)
Signed by Dodgers 2/22/08
6’0", 165 lbs, 23.5 years old
2-0, 4.52 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 5.04 FIP, 6.03 K/9
Pre 2012 Rank: 106; Pre 2011 Rank: 88; Pre 2010 Rank: 102; Pre 2009 Rank: 65

Joel Lima, the much younger half brother of the late Jose Lima, was signed by the Dodgers in 2008. After spending two seasons in the Dominican Summer League and another in Arizona, Lima actually started the 2011 season in AA. While his time with the Lookouts was short lived as he spent most of that year in the Pioneer League, at the very least Lima got his name on the Dodgers radar as he struck out more than a batter per innings. In 2012, however, Lima spent the year with the Loons where he posted mediocre stats as the team’s long reliever. While the 23 year old showed good control, his pitchers were probably a little too close to the plate as he gave up 13 homers for the year (which ranked 2nd on the club). Lima also failed to induce enough swings and misses as his K/9 of around 6 was not very impressive for a bullpen arm. Overall Lima has good bloodlines, but he has yet to show off a plus arm which has hindered his development. At 23 years old the Dodgers will probably give him a shot in HiA in 2013, but if he has another down year he could be on the chopping block in terms of his time with the organization.

113. Owen Jones, RHP (27.1 IP in Pioneer Rookie Lg in 2012)
Drafted by Dodgers 2012, 19th round
6’1", 190 lbs, 23.75 years old
1-2, 4.28 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 3.02 FIP, 9.22 K/9
Pre 2012 Rank: N/A

Owen Jones played his college ball at the University of Portland, and after spending most of his college career as a starter Jones was moved to the bullpen in 2012 where he thrived as his team’s closer. Owen set a school record with 16 saves and finished his senior season with an amazing 1.24 ERA. Jones also struck out more than a batter per frame in his final college season. Upon joining the Dodgers Owen was sent to the Pioneer League where he was a very important part of the Raptors bullpen. Jones finished the 2012 season with a team high 7 saves and also showed immaculate control as he only walked 4 batters over 27.1 frames. He also struck out more than a batter per inning and had a FIP of just 3.02. Heading into 2013 Jones will definitely join a full season league, and at this point I’m just not sure if the 23 year old will be on the Loons or the Quakes roster.

112. Bladimir Franco, 3B (29 games in Pioneer Rookie Lg, 23 games in Arz Rookie Lg in 2012)
Signed by Dodgers 7/6/07
6’1", 172 lbs, 22 years old, bats right handed
.269 average, .783 OPS, 8 HR’s, 31 RBI’s, 2 SB’s
Pre 2012 Rank: 115; Pre 2011 Rank: 69; Pre 2010 Rank: 36; Pre 2009 Rank: 30

After an outstanding campaign in the DSL as an 18 year old in 2009 (which caused me to rank him way too high at the time), Bladimir Franco struggled mightily over the next two seasons while in the Arizona Rookie League. In 2012, however, Franco turned things around during his 3rd campaign in Arizona and finally started to hit, which even earned him a promotion to the Pioneer League in July. While his overall stats weren’t overwhelming and he has several holes in his game including a high strikeout rate (over 30%) and his defense at 3rd base (.913 fielding %), 2012 was still a step in the right direction for Franco. He also finally showed some of the power he displayed back in the DSL. Overall Bladimir is still just 22 years old so hopefully he can continue his upward trend in 2013, which he spend either back in Ogden or possibly in Great Lakes with the Loons.

111. Lenix Osuna, RHP (Did not play in 2012)
Signed by Dodgers as international FA in 2012
Unknown height, unknown weight, 17.25 years old
No stats in 2012
Pre 2012 Rank: N/A

I really don’t know much about Lenix Osuna, but I’m ranking him higher than he probably deserves because: 1) his first name is Lenix; and 2) he is the son of Antonio Osuna. The elder Osuna was a staple in the Dodgers bullpen during my adolescent years, and while he had a decent career as a Dodger reliever, he was for whatever reason a player that my brother and I frequently joked about. I’m not sure if it was his name or his appearance or a combination of both, but he was somebody we both found funny. Anyways Lenix is very much of an unknown since I can’t find much information about him, but give his bloodlines and young age I’m hoping he at least has a shot to turn into a prospect. He was signed out of Mexico and is still just 17 so he’ll probably spend 2013 in the Dominican Summer League, although the Dodgers also have the option of loaning him to the Mexican League. Only time will tell how he turns out, but I’m definitely rooting for another Osuna to one day join the Dodgers.

110. Kazuya Takano, RHP (14.1 IP in Arz Rookie Lg in 2012)
Signed by Dodgers in November 2010
6’1", 170 lbs, 20.25 years old
1-1, 3.77 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 4.46 FIP, 8.79 K/9
Pre 2012 Rank: 94; Pre 2011 Rank: 76; Pre 2010 Rank: N/A

Kazuya Takano was the first Japanese high school player to sign with the Dodgers when he joined the team in November 2010. After a rocky 2011 professional debut in the Arizona Rookie League during which he gave up 8 homers in just 38.1 innings for a 6.81 ERA, Takano returned to Arizona in 2012. The second time around Kazuya improved significantly, although he was used sparingly out of the Dodgers bullpen and saw his season end in early August due to an undisclosed injury that saw him land on the 60 day DL. While he struggled a bit with control, he was very tough to hit as opposing batters had a .196 average against him. In fact, over 5 appearances that spanned 7.2 innings in the month of July, Takano allowed just 2 hits. In terms of his stuff, while this might be outdated I did find one article that said Takano processes a fastball that tops out at around 90 mph, a decent slider, a curve, and a split-finger pitch. Where Kazuya ends up in 2013 might depend on his healthy, but if he’s injury free I could see him joining the Raptors in Ogden.

109. Hector Nelo, RHP (52.2 IP in AA in 2012 – all with Nationals)
Minor League Rule 5 pick in 2012
6’1", 200 lbs, 26.25 years old
1-6, 2.73 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 3.73 FIP, 10.77 K/9
Pre 2012 Rank: N/A

The Dodgers may have found a diamond in the rough when they took Hector Nelo from the Nationals in the minor league phase of the 2012 Rule 5 draft. The first thing to know about Nelo is that his fastball has been clocked at 100 mph, and back in 2011 Baseball America rated him as having the best fastball in the Carolina League. The second thing to know is that Hector’s combine ERA over the past two seasons, split between HiA and AA, was a stellar 2.59. So the question is why did the Nationals not at least put him on the AAA roster to protect such a live arm from the minor league rule 5? I don’t really have the answer, but I do know that there are a few negatives to go along with positives that I mentioned. First Nelo is already 26, so over the past two seasons when he had a solid ERA he was one of the older players in the league. Second, the right hander has averaged 5.4 walks per 9 innings over his career which means that he has trouble harnessing his fastball. Finally, in an article I read about Nelo it seems that his secondary pitches are inconsistent, meaning that while he might be able to get away with a hard fastball in the minors, that probably wouldn’t translate into success in the big leagues (or even in AAA). At the end of the day Hector’s live arm was a gamble worth taking since the price was so cheap, so it will be interesting to see how he pans out. If there is room on the Isotopes roster he’ll probably spend 2013 in AAA, but might also end up back in AA.

108. Abdiel Velasquez, RHP (2 IP in Arizona Rookie Lg, 22 IP in DSL in 2012)

Signed by Dodgers 7/2/09
6’3", 184 lbs, 20 years old
0-2, 3.38 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 2.95 FIP, 4.50 K/9
Pre 2012 Rank: 107; Pre 2011 Rank: 73; Pre 2010 Rank: N/A

Abdiel Velasquez is a young right hander from Panama who had an outstanding professional debut in the Dominican Summer League in 2010 as a 17 year old with a 2.53 ERA and .150 batting average against through 32 innings. He struggled a bit in 2011, however, which earned him 3rd season in the DSL in 2012. That 3rd season was a strange one as Abdiel pitched in just 6 games, posting a 2.45 ERA through the end of July but also striking out just 11 batters in 22 innings. Either way Velasquez finally got noticed by the organization and was promoted to the Arizona Rookie League in August. While he only pitched in one game for the Arizona Dodgers, this almost certainly means that Abdiel will return to Arizona in 2013. Overall Velasquez is still very young and has put up some good stats with his solid pitching frame, so he’s someone I’ll continue to keep my eye on.

107. Omar Luna, SS (122 games in AA in 2012)
Signed as minor league free agent in Dec 2012
5’11", 165 lbs, 26.25 years old, bats right handed
.315 average, .758 OPS, 3 HR’s, 57 RBI’s, 19 SB’s
Pre 2012 Rank: N/A

Originally signed by Tampa Bay out of the Dominican Republic, Omar Luna became a free agent this past off-season after 6 years with the Rays. During that time Luna worked his way all the way up to AAA, although his promotions were mostly due to his defensive versatility because his bat never really showed any signs of life until 2012 (which Omar spent entirely in AA). In fact, even this past season when Luna hit a career high .315, his OPS was only .758 due to a mediocre walk rate and lack of extra base hits. Even still the Dodgers liked what they saw out of Luna as they signed him to a minor league contract this past off-season and even invited him to their big league spring training. Again I’m sure this signing was more due to his defensive versatility rather than his ability to hit, but at the very least he should give the Dodgers some defensive options this spring and provide them with an insurance policy in AAA, which is where he’ll likely spend the 2013 season. So far this spring he has done well in limited playing time, but it’s only a matter of time before he gets re-assigned to minor league camp.

106. Matthew Reckling, RHP (0.2 IP in Pioneer Rookie Lg in 2012)
Drafted by Dodgers 2012, 14th round
6’4", 210 lbs, 24 years old
0-0, 27.00 ERA, 4.50 WHIP, 24.19 FIP, 13.50 K/9
Pre 2012 Rank: N/A

Given that Matthew Reckling only pitched in one game during his professional debut before going on the 60-day DL, I’m going to spend most of this summary on the right hander’s pre-draft scouting report. Matthew spent 4 years at Rice University, and the #446 overall pick in the 2012 draft was actually ranked by Baseball America as the 179th best prospect. Reckling was in Rice's starting rotation during his senior year and threw in the low 90's, but when used in short spurts he can get his fastball up to 97 mph. He has a solid curve and an OK changeup, but most scouts feel he'll be a two-pitch reliever. Given that he can throw 97 mph out of the bullpen I think that a relief role sounds about right, but again it’s tough to judge based on a very limited professional debut. Since I don’t know what caused him to go on the 60-day DL it’s a little difficult to predict what 2013 will bring for Reckling, but if healthy I would guess that the big 24 year old would be ready for a full season in the Midwest League give his college experience.

105. Carlos Frias, RHP (5.2 IP in HiA, 78 IP in Pioneer Rookie Lg in 2012)
Signed by Dodgers 1/3/07
6’4", 170 lbs, 23.25 years old
7-5, 4.73 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, 3.44 FIP, 7.74 K/9
Pre 2012 Rank: 71; Pre 2011 Rank: 42; Pre 2010 Rank: 32; Pre 2009 Rank: 71

Carlos Frias is somebody that I’ve always had high hopes for, but so far he simply hasn’t panned out as a prospect. The peak of his prospect status probably came after the 2009 season which is when he got noticed in the Arizona Rookie League thanks to a mid 90’s fastball, but ever since that time he has struggled mightily. Over the years there have been multiple reports that his velocity has dropped which makes sense when you look at the fact that he hasn’t really progressed. While he is still just 23 years old, he’s now spent almost 4 years in US based rookie leagues and that’s not counting 2011 which he spent with the Quakes and threw just 16 innings. This past season Carlos again started in the California League (after a stint in extended spring training) but was quickly demoted back to the Pioneer League where he joined the Raptors rotation. His stats in Ogden were actually pretty solid when you consider the hitting environment, but given his experience I expected a little more. In 2013 Frias will probably be given another chance to play in a full season league, but he might have to throw out of the bullpen because there will probably be a starting rotation log-jam in the lower minor leagues. If he can regain his mid-90’s fastball and control his secondary pitchers he could still have some value, but at this point I’m not crossing my fingers.

104. William Soto, RHP (Did not play in 2012)
Signed by Dodgers as international FA in 2012
6’4", 185 lbs, 17 years old
No stats in 2012
Pre 2012 Rank: N/A

William Soto was the Dodgers top international signee out of Venezuela in 2012, but has yet to play in a professional game. He signed for about $190K and has a very projectable frame. Since there is only one scouting report on the youngster, I’ll let Baseball America do the talking as they said Soto has "an 86-90 mph fastball that has heavy action and good angle. With his size, fluid arm action and clean delivery, he could be sitting in the low-90s eventually. He's shown feel for his high-70s changeup with solid sink and his low-70s curveball that could become an average offering." Given his age it seems that Soto will spend 2013 in the DSL, and that will give us yet another young pitcher to follow in the 2013 Dominican Dodger minor league game recaps.

103. Jeff Hunt, 3B (42 games in LoA in 2012)

Drafted by Dodgers 2009, 15th round
6’2", 190 lbs, 22 years old, bats right handed
.237 average, .718 OPS, 6 HR’s, 23 RBI’s, 1 SB
Per 2012: 73; Pre 2011 Rank: 57; Pre 2010 Rank: 37; Pre 2009 Rank: N/A

Jeff Hunt has always been a personal favorite of mine, but so far he has done nothing but disappoint. After spending three mediocre season in the Dodger rookie leagues, Hunt got the chance to play for the Loons in 2012 but he again did nothing to impress. Sure his 6 homers were a career high, but hit just .237 and continued to strike out at an alarming rate. He also continued to struggle on defense as he made 10 errors in just 28 games at the hot corner. While his pre-draft reports made me believe that he might possibly be our 3rd baseman of the future, his minor league performance has caused him to fall further and further down in my rankings. He is still just 22 so he still has some time to turn things around, but unless he really has a breakout season in 2013 he’ll probably be just another organizational player. My guess is that he returns to the Loons where he’ll continue to be a DH and part time 3rd baseman.

102. Paul Hoenecke, 1B/OF (3 games in Pioneer Rookie Lg, 41 games in Arz Rookie Lg in 2012)

Drafted by Dodgers 2012, 24th round
6’1", 180 lbs, 22.75 years old, bats left handed
.385 average, 1.078 OPS, 5 HR’s, 40 RBI’s, 2 SB’s
Pre 2012 Rank: N/A

Drafted this past season out of the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, Paul Hoenecke couldn’t have had a better professional debut. Assigned to the Arizona Rookie League despite playing four years of college ball, Hoenecke used this experience to his advantage as he dominated the league. When you look at the Arizona League statistical leaders he not only ran away with the league batting title (.382 average), but he also ranked 2nd in the league in OPS (1.064), 3rd in Total Bases (107), and 7th in RBI's (38). That earned him a late season promotion to Ogden where he only got 4 at bats but continued his hot hitting with a pair of doubles. Defensively Paul spent most of his time at 1st base, but he also got some time in the outfield and even played one game at 3rd base. Overall I don’t think the Dodgers were expecting Hoenecke to do quite so well in his debut, but he was a pleasant surprise even though he was playing against less experienced competition. If he continues to hit he’ll obviously work his way up through the system, but I expect 2013 to be a much bigger challenge for him if he plays for the Loons like I expect.

101. Justin Boudreaux, SS/3B (31 games in LoA, 44 games in Pioneer Rookie Lg in 2012)
Drafted by Dodgers 2011, 14th round
6’1", 190 lbs, 23.5 years old, bats right handed
.201 average, .617 OPS, 3 HR’s, 36 RBI’s, 9 SB’s
Pre 2012 Rank: 60; Pre 2011 Rank: N/A

Justin Boudreaux was selected by the Dodgers out of Southeastern Louisiana University in the 14th round of the 2011 draft. In his 3 year college career he had a .307 average, 25 HR’s, and 37 stolen bases for the Lions, and pre-draft scouting reports said that Justin had a good combination of power and speed. That gave me some pretty high hopes for the infielder, but unfortunately his results so far as a professional have been underwhelming. While he did have a solid showing in the Pioneer League back in 2011, that was only for 32 games so it was a small sample size. In 2012 he actually started the year in the Midwest League, but he was absolutely terrible in the first month and a half of the season so he was sent back to extended spring training as he hit just .144 for the Loons with a .462 OPS. He re-emerged back in Ogden but was unable to find his 2011 form as batted just .236 for the Raptors. Justin also failed to show either the power or the speed I was hoping for, which makes me even less optimistic when I look to his future. In 2013 Boudreaux’s destination will probably depend on how he does in spring training, and best case scenario for him would be if he gets another chance with the Loons.

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