by John Chapper, Dodgers PR Staff, July 23, 2009/LOS ANGELES – The Dodgers’ minor league report is a weekly window into the Dodgers’ minor league system, with updated standings, league leaders, team and individual player stats, and the latest team and player news. Player bios can be found in the Player Development section of the Dodgers’ Guide (Pages 411-478).
Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes
Pacific Coast League American South Division
51-46, 1st Place, 1.5 Games Ahead
NO RELATION TO BOBBY: INF Tony Abreu has a 14-game hitting streak, batting .431 (25-for-58) with four homers and 22 RBI…on Sunday, the 24-year-old went 4-for-6 with a triple, a solo home run, and six RBI to lead the Isotopes past New Orleans (Marlins) 17-8…the Dominican Republic native is batting .571 (15-for-29) with two homer and 13 RBI in seven games since the July 15 All-Star Game.
CARLOS CALL: RHP Carlos Alvarado ranks second in the Pacific Coast League with 104 strikeouts…he is 2-1 with 19 strikeouts and a 2.00 ERA (4 ER/18.0 IP) in three July starts…the 31-year-old spent the 2008 season with Triple-A Salt Lake (Angels), going 7-5 with a 4.27 ERA (62 ER/130.2 IP)…he was signed by the Dodgers as a minor league free agent on March 22
HU’S ON FIRST: INF Chin-lung Hu leads the team with 91 hits…the 25-year-old is batting .302 (54-for-179) in 46 games since the start of June…overall, the Taiwan native is batting .266 with two homers and 38 RBI in 90 games.
Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts
Southern League North Division
Second Half: 14-13, 2nd Place, 2.0 Games Back
First Half: 30-39, 4th Place, 8.0 Games Back
LUCAS AT HIM – C Lucas May is batting .325 (13-for-40) with five doubles, a homer, and nine RBI in 12 games since returning from the disabled list…he had been on the DL from May 21-July 2 with a broken right wrist…May, a 2009 Southern League All-Star, is batting .306 with five homers and 20 RBI in 39 games overall.
CHECK THE VECTOR, VICTOR – LHP Victor Garate has tossed 16.2 consecutive scoreless innings over his last 16 appearances, lowering his ERA to 1.96 from 3.60…the 24-year-old Venezuelan has given up only six hits while striking out 16 in that span…Garate, who was selected by the Dodgers in the minor league phase of the 2007 Rule 5 Draft, is limiting left-handed hitters to a .222 average (10-for-45).
KENDY A HAND – RHP Kendy Batista has tossed 13.1consecutive scoreless innings over his last seven games (one start)…the 28-year-old Venezuela native threw 5.0 scoreless innings of one-hit ball yesterday vs. Mobile (Rays), and is 5-0 with a 1.85 ERA in 12 games (four starts) overall…Bautista signed with the Dodgers as a minor league free agent on April 13 after being release by Texas on April 2.
THE FRANCISCO TREAT – RHP Francisco Felix has allowed just one earned run (two overall) in his last 10.0 innings of work (six games) beginning June 29…the 25-year-old is 3-2 with two saves and a 3.04 ERA in 28 games overall (two starts)…Felix was signed by the Dodgers as a non-drafted free agent in February 2003.
Single-A Inland Empire 66ers
California League South Division
Second Half: 14-13, 1st Place, 0.5 Game Ahead
First Half: 32-38, 3rd Place, 11.0 Games Back
TRAY-FECTA: CF Trayvon Robinson leads the California League with 31 stolen bases and is tied for sixth in the league with 26 doubles…the 21-year-old is batting .400 (16-40) with a homer and four RBI over his last 10 games…overall, he is batting .308 with 12 homers and 45 RBI in 96 games.
HOT LARA: SS Christian Lara is batting .371 (13-for-35) with two homers and five RBI in his last 10 games…after a rough April, the 24-year-old has batted .298 (62-for-208) in 61 games…the Venezuelan native was acquired in a trade last season with Houston and batted .256 with a homer and 43 RBI in 106 games with California League rival Lancaster and the 66ers.
EVEN STEVEN: 1B Steven Caseres is batting .325 (13-for-40) with six RBI in his last 10 games…overall, the New York native is batting .296 with 11 homers and 35 RBI in 80 games.
Single-A Great Lakes Loons
Midwest League Eastern Division
Second Half: 12-12, 3rd Place, 8.5 Games Back
First Half: 40-30, 3rd Place, 5.0 Games Back
THE DEE CLUB – SS Dee Gordon, the Dodgers’ No. 7 prospect according to Baseball America, leads the Midwest League with 51 stolen bases, nine more than his closest competitor…he also leads the circuit with 112 hits, eight more than his closest challenger…Gordon, 21, leads the ML with 69 runs scored as well…the left-handed hitter, who was a mid-season Midwest League All-Star, was selected by the Dodgers in the fourth round of the 2008 draft.
BUSS STOP – CF Nick Buss has 18 RBI in 19 games in July, including 12 in his last 10 contests…the 22-year-old USC alum ranks third on the team with 49 RBI, trailing Kyle Russell’s 68 and Jaime Pedroza’s 56…Buss, a left-handed hitter, is batting .266 in 69 games…he was selected by the Dodgers in the eighth round of the 2008 draft.
AND THE TONY GOES TO – C Tony Delmonico is batting .406 (12-for-32) with five walks and seven runs scored in his last nine games to raise his average to .273 from .262…the Dodgers’ sixth-round selection of the 2008 draft is batting .313 (21-for-67) in 19 games in July after hitting just .224 (15-for-67) in 19 games in June.
NO BLEMISH FOR BLEVINS – RHP Bobby Blevins has a 1.98 ERA (11 ER/50.0 IP) in eight starts since the beginning of June, lowering his season ERA to 3.95 from 6.00…he is 7-7 in 18 starts overall…the 24-year-old was selected by Los Angeles in the 13th round of the 2007 draft.
IRON NATE – RHP Nate Eovaldi has a 0.84 ERA (4 ER/42.2 IP) in his last 10 games (four starts), lowering his season ERA to 3.50 from 7.36…the Dodgers’ 11th-round selection from the 2008 draft has allowed just one home run in his 69.0 innings of work overall…the 19-year-old is the Dodgers’ No. 10 prospect according to Baseball America.
ST. CLAIR IS A BEAR – LHP Cole St. Clair has tossed 6.2 consecutive scoreless innings over his last six games…the Foothill High School (Santa Ana) grad is 3-0 with a 2.66 ERA in 16 games…he is 6-for-6 in save opportunities…the 22-year-old has 30 strikeouts in 20.1 innings, an average of 13.3 punchouts per nine innings…the Dodgers selected St. Clair in the seventh round of the 2008 draft.
Rookie-advanced Ogden Raptors
Pioneer League South Division
16-11, 2nd Place, 1.0 Game Back
SANDS-ATIONAL: OF Jerry Sands leads the Pioneer League with a .393 average, is tied for the league lead with nine homers, and ranks second with 26 RBI…the 21-year-old has hit safely in eight straight games, batting .394 (13-for-33) with three homers and six RBI…the North Carolina native was selected in the 25th round of the 2008 draft and spent the 2008 season with the Gulf Coast League Dodgers.
SWEPT UNDER THE RUGGIANO: INF Brian Ruggiano is batting .373 (19-for-51) with three homers and 10 RBI in 12 games since being promoted from the Rookie-level Arizona League Dodgers on July 5…the 23-year-old has hit safely in each of his last seven games, batting .394 (13-for-43) with two homers and five RBI during that span…he was selected in the 23rd round of the 2008 draft and spent last season with Ogden, batting .241 with two homers and 21 RBI in 46 games.
HE AMES HIGH: RHP Steven Ames has allowed two runs while striking out 18 in 11.2 innings (1.54 ERA) in six games…the 21-year-old was drafted in the 17th round of the 2009 draft out of Gonzaga University.
Rookie-level Arizona League Dodgers
Arizona League West Division
12-14, Tied for 4th Place, 4.0 Games Back
AKINS BREAKY HEART – LF Nick Akins, the Dodgers’ 19th-round pick in the 2009 draft, is batting .363 with nine doubles, three homers, and 19 RBI in his first 21 pro games…he is 9-for-21 (.429) with runners in scoring position.
Dominican Summer League Dodgers
Dominican Summer League B.C. North Division
19-26, Tied for 8th Place, 13.0 Games Back
CAN YOU SEE JOSE? – RHP Jose Dominguez is 4-1 with a 1.44 ERA (4 ER/25.0 IP) in his last five starts after going 0-1 with a 5.02 ERA (8 ER/14.1 IP) in his first four starts…the 18-year-old signed with the Dodgers as a non-drafted free agent in July 2007.