Yes, I know that Jacksonville is not a State – it’s a City, but we are going to talk about the State (condition) of the Jacksonville Suns, the Dodgers AA farm team. On May 2, their record sits at 11-16 and they are 3 games behind the division leader, Birmingham.
The Suns have certainly underperformed as a team, but there are several bright spots. James McDonald is not one of them. He is 1-1 with a 5.27 ERA. Maybe he’s just working on some stuff?
- SS Ivan DeJesus, Jr. is having a breakout year so far and is hitting .306 with a .419 OB% with 2 HR and 16 RBI. He has 3 Stolen Bases and 7 Doubles
- Catcher Lucas May is hitting .312 with a .395 OB% and an OPS of .998. He has 4 HR and 14 RBI to go with 8 doubles
- LHP Clayton Kershaw is winless but has lived up to his press clippings with a 1.40 ERA and looks ready for prime time
Little else has went right with the Suns and they really don’t have that many prospects at this juncture. Mitchell, Hoffman, Tomlin, Godwin, Gonzalez and others are possible major league “fringe” players, but McDonald, Kershaw, Man and DeJesus are all DODGER TOP 10 prospects. Cory Wade would be in that category as well, but he’s in LA now.
If Jacksonville gets to .500, I’d be surprised, especially considering the fact that the Dodgers will soon call up their Ace.