AFL & Winter League Week 3 Update: The losing continues for Mesa

Alex Castellanos is now playing winter ball in Venezuela - Otto Greule Jr

Mesa did manage to record a tie and a win this week, but the last place club lost the other 4 games and fall to 4 - 12 for the season

We are more than half through the Arizona Fall League season, and the Mesa Solar Sox only have 4 wins. The Dodgers best offensive prospect on the team in Joc Pederson is hitting .103 and has yet to record an extra base hit. The Dodgers best pitching prospect on the team in Chris Reed has a 11.81 ERA, a WHIP of 3.19, and a batting average against of .429. Two other Dodger relievers in Red Patterson and Eric Eadington both have ERA's over 7.00

But it's not all bad news in the AFL. Andres Santiago, who had a breakout regular season in 2012, allowed just 1 hit over 5 shutout innings last Wednesday and lowered his Fall League ERA to 3.27. He also has 12 strikeouts over his 11 innings.

And then there is also the success of 25 year old Rafael Ynoa who just recently had his 12 game hitting streak snapped and is second on the team with his .933 OPS. Not to be left out is Griff Erickson who has only played in 8 games but is hitting .300 with a pair of doubles.

In other Winter League action, the latest big name Dodger prospect to get in on the action is Alex Castellanos, who joined the Tiburones de La Guaira of the Venezuelan Winter League. After crushing the competition in AAA last year, Castellanos has picked up where he left off with 2 homers and a double in his first 3 games (although he did go 0 for 4 with 4 K's in his 4th game). His teammate on the team is Scott Van Slyke, and he had another good week with a couple more homers. Overall Scott is hitting .255 this winter, but has an OPS of .893.

In your weekly Dee Gordon update, the speedster only played twice this week and went 3 for 9 with a triple. In total he's hitting .324 but has made 4 errors in 8 games and has 9 K's vs 2 walks. His teammates are struggling as Tim Federowicz has just 1 hit through 5 games and Brian Cavazos-Galvez is batting .200 without an extra base hit though 7 contests.

As I mentioned last week there aren't really any exciting Dodger pitching prospects playing outside of the AFL, although the one name that did pop up this week was the youngster Miguel Sulbaran. The 18 year old lefty, who pitched very well in the Arizona Rookie League this year, has only pitched in one game so far in Venezuela and retired both batters he faced.

Coming up: Mesa will visit Surprise on Monday to take on the Saguaros, although the starters for the game are still TBD. As we ask ourselves almost every day, will this finally be the week that Onelki Garcia gets into a game?

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