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). by Jon Chapper, Dodger PR DepartmentTriple-A Albuquerque Isotopes
Pacific Coast League American South Division
73-59, 1st Place, 7.0 Games Ahead
Playoff Picture: In lead for playoff spot – Magic number is 7
DON’T BE J-ELLIS: C A.J. Ellis has hit safely in 15 of his last 16 games, batting .377 (20-for-53) with eight doubles and nine RBI…the 28-year-old is batting .358 (24-for-67) with eight doubles and 13 RBI in 21 August games…he is hitting .338 (27-for-80) with runners in scoring position…overall, he is batting .314 with 13 doubles and 37 RBI in 86 games…the Missouri native was selected in the 18th round of the 2003 draft.
HU’S THE MAN: INF Chin-lung Hu is batting .370 (30-for-81) with three doubles, five triples, three homers, and 10 RBI in 22 August games…the 25-year-old is batting .303 (36-for-119) with runners in scoring position…overall, the Taiwan native is batting .289 with six homers and 51 RBI in 119 games.
LINDBLOM-ING: RHP Josh Lindblom is 1-0 with a save in his last 13 relief appearances, allowing just five runs in 22.1 innings (2.01 ERA)…in 16 games for the Isotopes, the 22-year-old is 2-0 with a 2.91 ERA (11 ER/34.0 IP)… he entered the season ranked as the Dodgers’ No. 4 prospect and as having the Best Fastball in the Dodgers’ system by Baseball America…the Indiana native was selected in the second round of the 2008 draft and appeared in five Cactus League games for the Dodgers, allowing just two runs in 13.0 innings (1.38 ERA).
Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts
Southern League North Division
Second Half: 31-29, 3rd Place, 2.0 Games Back
First Half: 30-39, 4th Place, 8.0 Games Back
Playoff Picture: 2.0 games out with 10 games to play
RUSSELL’S MUSCLE – INF Russell Mitchell has hit safely in 16 of his last 17 games, batting .379 (22-for-58) with seven doubles, two homers, and 15 RBI during that span…after struggling in the season’s first half, he is batting .313 (42-for-134) with 11 doubles, four homers, and 21 RBI in 40 post All-Star break games…overall, the Georgia native is hitting .242 with 27 doubles, 13 homers, and 60 RBI in 121 games…the 24-year-old will represent the Dodgers in the Arizona Fall League for the second consecutive year and was selected in the 15th round of the 2003 draft.
KEND-YA DIG IT?– RHP Kendy Batista has allowed just one run and has 15 strikeouts in his last 12.0 innings (0.75 ERA) over five relief appearances…the 28-year-old is limiting right-handed batters to a .148 average (17-for-115) with 34 strikeouts…in 15 relief appearances, the Venezuelan is 1-0 with a save and a 0.35 ERA (1 ER/26.0 IP)…overall, he is 5-1 with a 2.05 ERA (12 ER/52.2 IP) in 20 games, 5 starts…he was selected in the Triple-A phase of the 2006 Rule 5 draft from Baltimore.
Single-A Inland Empire 66ers
California League South Division
Second Half: 23-36, 5th Place, 11.0 Games Back
First Half: 32-38, 3rd Place, 11.0 Games Back
Playoff Picture: 2.0 games out with 10 games to play
JAKE THE SNAKE: RHP Jake McCarter has tossed 9.0 consecutive scoreless innings over his last seven relief appearances…overall, the Texan is 3-3 with 49 strikeouts in 43.2 innings and a 3.50 ERA over 31 appearances…he was signed as a non-drafted free agent on June 20, 2008 and will turn 25 on Monday.
IM-PEREZ-IVE – DH Andres Perez has hit safely in his last eight games, batting .361 (13-for-36) with four homers and 11 RBI during that span…the 25-year-old is hitting .294 (5-for-17) with runners in scoring position…overall, the New York native is batting .349 with four homers and 13 RBI in 15 games since being signed as a minor league free agent on August 10.
Single-A Great Lakes Loons
Midwest League Eastern Division
Second Half: 33-25, 3rd Place, 9.0 Games Back
First Half: 40-30, 3rd Place, 5.0 Games Back
Playoff Picture: In lead for playoff spot – Magic number is 5
DEE MAN – SS Dee Gordon has been named the Midwest League “Prospect of the Year,” the league’s Co-Most Valuable Player with teammate Kyle Russell, and selected to the league’s honorary post-season all-star team…the 21-year-old leads the league with 155 hits, 69 steals, and 11 triples…the Florida native has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games, batting .432 (16-for-37) with three doubles and six RBI…overall, he is hitting .306 with three homers and 32 RBI in 123 games…Dee’s father, Tom “Flash” Gordon, was named Midwest League “Prospect of the Year” in 1988 while playing for the Appleton Foxes (Royals).
RUSSELL’S MUSCLE – RF Kyle Russell was named Midwest League Co-Most Valuable Player and to the league’s honorary post-season all-star team…the 23-year-old continues to lead the league with 26 homers and 93 RBI… the Texas native is batting .344 (45-for-131) with runners in scoring position…overall, the lefty is batting .272 with 34 doubles and 14 steals in 123 games…he entered the season ranked as the Dodgers’ No. 17 prospect by Baseball America and was selected by the Dodgers in the third round of the 2008 draft out of the University of Texas.
TONY AWARDS – C Tony Delmonico joins Gordon and Russell as the catcher on the league’s post-season all-star team…currently on the disabled list with an injured hand, he is batting .285 with nine home runs in 43 RBI…the 22-year-old is in his first season as a catcher and was selected as an infielder in the sixth round of the 2008 draft.
Rookie-advanced Ogden Raptors
Pioneer League South Division
Second Half: 11-11, 3rd Place, 9.0 Games Back
First Half: 24-14, 1st Place (Division Winner), 3.0 Games Ahead
Playoff Picture: Already qualified – Clinched First Half
MORE AWARDS!: 3B Brian Ruggiano has won two consecutive Pioneer League Batter of the Week Awards for the weeks ending August 16 and August 23… for the week of August 23, he hit .448 (13-for 29) with four steals, two triples, a homer, and five RBI in seven games…for the week of August 16, he batted .485 (16-for-33) with four steals, four doubles, two homers, and seven RBI in seven games… the 23-year-old is tied for the league lead with a .380 batting average and has seven homers and 30 RBI in 43 games…the Texas native was selected in the 23rd round of the 2008 draft.
BORN TO BE A DODGER: OF Brian Cavazos-Galvez leads the Pioneer League with 27 doubles, and ranks second in the league with 14 homers and 52 RBI…he is batting .361 (35-for-97) with eight doubles, four homers, and 23 RBI in 23 August games…the 22-year-old was selected in the 12th round of the 2009 draft out of the University of New Mexico, and his father, Balvino Galvez, played eight seasons in the Dodgers’ organization, pitching in 10 games for the Dodgers in 1986, his lone Major League experience.
Rookie-level Arizona League Dodgers
Arizona League West Division
Second Half: 10-16, Tied for 5th Place, 5.5 Games Back
First Half: 13-15, Tied for 2nd Place, 4.0 Games Back
Playoff Picture: Eliminated from Playoffs
HERE’S JONNY – OF Jonathan Garcia has hit safely in 16 of his last 17 games, batting .371 (23-for-62) with eight doubles, a homer, and 10 RBI in that span…the 17-year-old is batting .325 (13-for-40) with runners in scoring position…overall, he is hitting .304 with three homers and 21 RBI in 41 games…the native Puerto Rican was selected in the eighth round of the 2009 draft.
CHRIS-TAL CLEAR – 1B Chris Henderson is batting .353 (12-for-34) with three doubles and six RBI over his last 10 games…the 21-year-old has increased his average each month of his professional career and is hitting .293 (22-for-75) in 20 August games… he was selected in the 21st round of the 2009 draft out of George Mason University in Virginia.