Dodgers 2013 Minor League Countdown: 218- 201

The first part of my annual series features mostly players from the Dominican Summer League.

Welcome again to the most comprehensive analysis of the Dodgers minor league system. For the 5th straight year I am going to provide a summary of virtually every player in the Dodgers minor league system who meets the following qualifications: (1) played in the Dodgers minor league system during 2012, was injured during the entire 2012 season, or has signed with the Dodgers since the end of the 2012 season; (2) is still currently within the Dodgers organization; (3) is under 28 years old as of Opening Day 2013; and (4) the player is still considered a prospect, which means that pitchers must have less than 50 innings pitched or 30 appearances in the majors, and hitters must have less than 130 at bats in the majors. I do not take into account service time, and therefore it is possible that I have included prospects who will not technically be rookies in 2013.

As you may have noticed I’m starting this series a little later in the off-season than normal, but I still plan do go through the entire minor league countdown before opening day. In fact, the Dodgers have slightly more than 200 players in their organization who qualify for my list this year, and because I didn’t want to leave anyone out I decided to include them all. I finalized my list right after Michael Medina signed on 1/25/13, so he is included in the list but any subsequent transactions will not be reflected. Also most of my posts will include more than the standard 10 players which I’ve typically done in the past.

I know that writing up over 200 players seems a little excessive, especially since the majority of these players are obviously not prospects. However, I really look at this as a "get to know your Dodger minor league system". My goal is for Dodger fans to know at least a little something about all players in the Dodgers system because it makes looking at the minor league box scores more fun. There won’t just be a bunch of names, but instead players that fans have at least heard of.

What also makes this fun is that because this is the 5th year I am doing this, you can track where each player has ranked over the past few seasons. So you can see whether a player has made moved up or down my list over the years. I’ve included where each prospect played in 2012, how each was acquired by the Dodgers, their height, weight, and age as of opening day 2013, and finally their 2012 combined minor league statistics.

218. Daury Urena, OF (8 games in DSL in 2012)
Signed by Dodgers in 2012
6’1", 170 lbs, 21.75 years old, bats right handed
.261 average, .596 OPS, 0 HR’s, 0 RBI’s, 0 SB’s
Pre 2012 Rank: N/A

Not much to see here as the 21 year old apparently started the 2012 season with the Dominican Dodgers, yet didn’t play after June 16th for an undisclosed reason. The outfielder didn’t show much promise in his 23 at bats as he recorded just 1 extra base hit, and while his player page still says he’s in the organization, he may not even be around in 2013.

217. Bernys Almarante, SS (2 games in DSL in 2012)
Signed by Dodgers in 2012
6’0", 185 lbs, 19.5 years old, bats right handed
.000 average, .000 OPS, 0 HR’s, 0 RBI’s, 0 SB’s
Pre 2012 Rank: N/A

Bernys Almarante is a young shortstop in the Dodgers organization, but he only played 2 games in his debut season so I have very little information on him. He probably won’t be much of a factor as the organization heads into 2013 because there are several younger Dominican players who will probably play ahead of him.

216. Daniel Lantigua, RHP (8.2 IP in DSL in 2012)
Signed by Dodgers in 2011
6’3", 180 lbs, 20.75 years old
0-0, 9.35 ERA, 2.54 WHIP, 5.62 FIP, 6.23 K/9
Pre 2012 Rank: 194; Pre 2011 Rank: N/A

After appearing in just one game in 2011 Daniel Lantigua made 9 appearances for the DSL Dodgers in 2012 yet wasn’t very impressive. The right hander allowed 10 hits and 9 runs in his 8.2 innings of work, walking 9 and K’ing 6 in the process. It will be interesting to see if he makes the Dominican Dodgers roster again in 2013 or if the organization will let him go.

215. Martin Rosario, C (34 games in DSL in 2012)
Signed by Dodgers in 2012
5’10", 182 lbs, 21.25 years old, bats right handed
.218 average, .517 OPS, 0 HR’s, 7 RBI’s, 1 SB
Pre 2012 Rank: N/A

Signed as a non drafted free agent out of Puerto Rico in 2012, Marin Rosario was sent to the Dominican Summer League and had a very disappointing debut season. Despite being a little older than most players debuting in the DSL, the backstop didn’t show any offensive spark and managed just 3 extra base hits all year old (all doubles). His defense was pretty solid, but that will only get him so far. He’ll almost certainly return to the DSL in 2013.

214. Claudio Tejeda, 3B/SS/2B/OF (47 games in DSL in 2012)
Signed by Dodgers 2/8/11
6’0", 170 lbs, 20.25 years old, bats right handed
.226 average, .621 OPS, 0 HR’s, 13 RBI, 4 SB’s
Pre 2012 Rank: 200; Pre 2011 Rank: N/A

Tejeda signed with the Dodgers in February of 2011, but didn’t make his professional debut until the tail end of the 2011 DSL season. He only got into 5 games in 2011 and managed a couple of singles that year, but in 2012 he was basically a full time player. While his success at the plate remained stagnant, the 20 year old Tejeda proved that he could provide value as a defender as he played all over the field in 2012. While he will most likely return to the DSL Dodgers in 2013 as utility player, his future remains very bleak unless he can learn to hit the ball with authority.

213. Geuris Alcantara, RHP (29.2 IP in DSL in 2012)
Signed by Dodgers 10/26/10
6’2", 185 lbs, 20.75 years old
5-1, 4.55 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 4.31 FIP, 3.94 K/9
Pre 2012 Rank: 200; Pre 2011 Rank: N/A

Geuris Alcantara got rocked in limited appearances in 2011, but in 2012 the right hander was one of the club’s main relievers and amassed a 5 – 1 record for the Dominican Dodgers. While his strikeout rate was extremely low and he allowed opposing batters to hit .292 against him, Alcantara survived thanks to a low HR rate and good control. He also has a solid pitching frame but is going to have to show more to warrant a move to the US.

212. Jesus Perez, OF (55 games in DSL in 2012)

Signed by Dodgers 10/13/10
6’1", 180 lbs, 19.75 years old, bats right handed
.224 average, .568 OPS, 1 HR’s, 19 RBI’s, 4 SB
Pre 2012 Rank: 192; Pre 2011 Rank: N/A

Perez participated in just 2 games in his inaugural season in 2011, but in 2012 he played a much bigger role for the Dominican Dodgers. While his stats were underwhelming, Jesus played a solid role as the team’s main right fielder and even filled in on occasion at 3rd base. Going into his 19 year old season he’s going to have to turn the corner offensively if he wants to have any chance at getting promoted to the US.

211. Angelo Ponte, C (1 game in AA in 2012)
Non Drafted Free Agent signed by the Dodgers on 6/14/10
5’11", 215 lbs, 26.25 years old, bats right handed
.200 average, .533 OPS, 0 HR’s, 0 RBI’s, 0 SB’s
Pre 2012 Rank: 198; Pre 2011: 195; Pre 2010 Rank: N/A

Angelo Ponte is one of several emergency catchers within the Dodgers organization. I’m pretty sure he spent the entire 2012 season in Chattanooga, but he only played in one game when his presence was absolutely necessary. In fact, since joining the organization in 2010 as a non drafted free agent out of Fordham University, Angelo has played in just 16 games. As most people know, Fordham was the college that Vin Scully graduated from, so there are some ties between the school and the Dodgers. That being said Ponte isn’t more than a bullpen catcher at this point, so that is why he ranks so low despite spending last year in AA. He’ll probably retain a similar role in 2013.

210. Ariel Pena, RHP (4.2 IP in DSL in 2012)

Signed by Dodgers 6/26/09
6’4", 208 lbs, 21 years old
1--0, 15.43 ERA, 3.21 WHIP, 8.56 FIP, 1.93 K/9
Pre 2012 Rank: 160; Pre 2011 Rank: 140; Pre 2010 Rank: N/A

After a couple of subpar seasons in the DSL, Ariel Pena got rocked in limited appearances in 2012. While I like his ideal pitching frame, I’m not sure what else he has left given that he’s already spent 3 seasons in the Dominican and has regressed each year. Maybe he’ll get another shot in 2013 given that he’s still just 21, but he’s going to have to really turn it around if he wants to keep playing professional baseball.

209. Jorlin Chales, SS/2B (2 games in DSL in 2012)
Signed by Dodgers in 2012
5’9", 155 lbs, 18.75 years old, switch hitter
.200 average, .600 OPS, 0 HR’s, 1 RBI, 0 SB’s
Pre 2012 Rank: N/A

Jorlin Chales signed with the Dodgers in 2012 after the new ownership group took over, but he wasn’t a high profile signee and played in just two games last season. The infielder managed a double over 5 at bats, and the fact that the 18 year old is a switch hitter bodes well for his future. I’m guessing he’ll see a much bigger role with Dominican Dodgers in 2013.

208. Elou Jean, RHP (1 IP in DSL in 2012)
Signed by Dodgers in 2012
5’11", 205 lbs, 20.75 years old
0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.00 WHIP, 3.20 FIP, 0.00 K/9
Pre 2012 Rank: N/A

Elou Jean pitched all of 1 inning for the Dominican Dodgers in 2012, but he is somewhat of an interesting name because he is the only player in the organization from Haiti. I don’t know anything more about him outside his age, height, and weight, but it’s cool to have players from all around the world in the organization so I’ll be rooting for him when he returns to the DSL in 2013.

207. Welington Serrano, LHP (2 IP in DSL in 2012)
Signed by Dodgers in 2012
6’0", 170 lbs, 18.5 years old
0-0, 0.00 ERA, 2.00 WHIP, 6.70 FIP, 4.50 K/9
Pre 2012 Rank: N/A

Welington Serrano has a great name, but he only pitched in two games for the Dominican Dodgers in 2012 so he’s a little hard to evaluate. The 18 year old proved to be a bit wild in his short stints, but he also gave up just 1 hit so I’m hoping the lefty has some promise. Like other youngsters I’m guess he’ll have a much bigger role for the Dodgers foreign club in 2013.

206. Rafael Gomez, SS (29 games in DSL in 2012)
Signed by Dodgers in 2012
6’0", 170 lbs, 18.25 years old, switch hitter
.175 average, .525 OPS, 0 HR’s, 4 RBI’s, 3 SB’s
Pre 2012 Rank: N/A

Rafael Gomez was another player signed by the Dodgers after the new ownership group took over, but he wasn’t a big international name and had poor stats in his professional debut. Sure Gomez was just 17 years old, but he didn’t record an extra base hit in his 29 games and batted just .175. He played mostly shortstop which is good news for his defensive pedigree, but he’s not going to go anywhere without showing some offensive skills.

205. Jake Chaplin, 1B (1 game in Arz Rookie Lg in 2012)
Signed as non drafted FA in 2012
6’0", 180 lbs, 23 years old, bats left handed
.250 average, .500 OPS, 0 HR’s, 2 RBI’s, 0 SB’s
Pre 2012 Rank: N/A

Jake Chaplin graduated from Haverford (not to be confused with Harvard) University in 2012, and in August of 2012 was signed by the Dodgers as a non drafted free agent. Jake played a big role in Harverford’s Division III’s baseball program and finished his senior year with a .400 average, but he wasn’t drafted and had to wait until the Dodgers signed him before putting a uniform back on. While he appeared in just one game for the Arizona Dodgers last season, I’m guessing that Chaplin will be back with the organization in 2013 to help out a 1st base for one of the club’s rookie leagues.

204. Vladimir Martinez, 2B/OF (25 games in DSL in 2012)
Signed by Dodgers 3/30/10
6’2", 173 lbs, 20.75 years old, switch hitter
.250 average, .599 OPS, 0 HR, 7 RBI’s, 1 SB
Pre 2012 Rank: 185; Pre 2011 Rank: 142; Pre 2010 Rank: N/A

Vladimir Martinez is a shortstop from the Dominican Republic who made a brief professional debut in 2010. In 2011 he returned to the DSL and played a full season, but overall he had a pretty disappointing year. In 2012 he had another sub-par season and didn’t play after mid-July for an undisclosed reason. None of that is good news for Martinez who at one time showed a decent amount of promise as an 18 year old. I can’t imagine Vladimir making an impact with the organization in any way unless he really turns it around with a 4th season in the DSL.

203. Steve Cilladi, C (1 game in AAA in 2012)
Drafted by Dodgers 2009, 33rd round
5’9", 182 lbs, 26 years old, bats right handed
.000 average, .000 OPS, 0 HR’s, 0 RBI’s, 0 SB’s
Pre 2012 Rank: 199; Pre 2011 Rank: 187; Pre 2010 Rank: 193; Pre 2009 Rank: N/A

Steve Cilladi got exactly one plate appearance in 2012, and he struck out for the Albuquerque Isotopes. In fact, in his 4 years with the organization, Cilladi only has 106 plate appearances and most of those came in his debut season with the Arizona Dodgers. Steve is basically an emergency/bullpen catcher and in 2012 he spent the entire season in Albuquerque. I’m not sure what warranted the one at bat, but it was probably a unique situation that required him to be used. He’ll probably reprise his role with the Isotopes in 2013 and will also be a valuable asset during spring training.

202. Albert Romano, SS (8 games in DSL in 2012)
Signed by Dodgers in 2012
6’1", 171 lbs, 17.75 years old, switch hitter
.185 average, .456 OPS, 0 HR’s, 4 RBI’s, 1 SB
Pre 2012 Rank: N/A

Albert Romano, a switch hitting shortstop that the Dodgers signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2012, had a rough debut as a 17 year old. He had just one extra base hit in the 8 games that he participated in, although he was able to drive in 4 runs. He also made 6 errors which put him on pace for almost an error a game. The youngster still has time to improve and should play a much bigger role for the Dominican Dodgers in 2013.

201. Geoff Brown, LHP (7 IP in LoA in 2012)

Signed as non drafted FA in 2012
6’1", 200 lbs, 24 years old
1-1, 5.14 ERA, 2.14 WHIP, 3.34 FIP, 5.14 K/9
Pre 2012 Rank: N/A

The University of Washington product went undrafted after his senior year, but after spending some time in the Australian Baseball League and in independent baseball here in the USA Brown was signed by the Dodgers and was sent to Great Lakes at the end of their season. The 24 year old, who has been described as a left handed specialist, had a little bit of trouble in his professional debut, but with more work I could see him becoming a solid organizational player for the club. He’ll probably return to LoA in 2013.

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