I had a cheesy grin on my face as I read the Top 200 Prospect list put out by True Blue LA. The Dodgers do not have 200 Prospects. They have about 20 PROSPECTS and 180 SUSPECTS! However, the Dodgers Organization is not nearly as bereft of prospects as some think. We don’t have a bunch that are major-league ready, but DeJesus, Lindblom, Elbert, Haeger, Schlichting and Leach are all close to ready and while I don’t see any as “superstars” I believe that some of them will be very good players. However, we are in a position where we don’t need a bunch of young players RIGHT NOW.
Behind the players mentioned above are Gordon, Lambo, Robinson, Van Slyke, Russell, Withrow, Adkins, Martin, Eovaldi, May, Mitchell, Baez, Jansen, Delmonico, Gallagher, Miller and Guerra. Some of those guys will be complete “busts” and others who are not on the radar will step up. Additionally, last years draft has yielded some very good prospects.
All-in-all, we have 4 or 5 young players who could make the team this year and the second wave is another year or two away. We don’t have the Jacksonville Five, but in 2011 you could see the Lambo Leap!
- By the way, the Peoria Javalinas beat the Phoenix Dessert Dogs 5-4 to win the Arizona Fall League Championship. Andrew Lambo, who was one of the youngest players in the league, hit 5th and was 2-3 with a run scored, a triple, a base on balls and an RBI in the game. He finished the season with a .330 BA (.365 OB%), with 2 HR, 18 RBI and 1 triple in 91 AB’s. His OPS was .848. Not eye-popping, but solid and remember – he was one of the youngest players in the AFL.
- Russ Mitchell, who is several years older, is a longtime Minor Leaguer whose dedication and perseverance paid off in a stellar Arizona Fall League campaign, was presented with the 2009 Dernell Stenson Sportsmanship Award on Saturday. He hit .319 with a .396 OB% with 25 RBI and 5 HR. His OPS was 1.003. While not technically a prospect, I see him as a player who can be a nice pinch hitter who can play 1B, 3B, LF and RF. It wouldn’t be incorrect to say that his career path is similar to that of Casey Blake. Stay tuned.
- Lucas May, had a nice AFL season. In only 40 AB’s he hit .325 with a .383 OB%. He had 2 HR, 6 doubles and 12 RBI while OPSing 1.008. He will move up to AAA next season. He’s still a prospect, but has to work on his game-calling skills (some pitchers don’t like pitching to him).
- Travis Schlichting had a 4.20 ERA in 15 innings as he tried to learn a new pitch.
- Javy Guerra had a 0.84 ERA, but that was misleading. He only pitched 10 innings and struck out 8 while walking 9. To put it bluntly – he was downright lucky.
- Eric Krebs had a 2.63 ERA and posted 19 K’s in 11 innings. Draw no conclusions from that.
- Kenley Jansen, who has a 98 MPH Fastball (converted from C this year), struck out 9 in 4 innings, but had a 9.64 ERA – put him down as a Suspect who could become a Prospect.
The Roy Halladay rumors won’t die. The Dodgers are talking about it. I think it would be silly to include Billingsley as the guy has had one bad “half-season” and can still be an Ace. I would refuse to include Billingsley or Kershaw in a trade for Halladay, but I would include Martin and Broxton in the deal. Both players would be replaceable for us and valuable to Toronto. How about Elbert, McDonald, Stults or Troncoso, plus Broxton and Martin for Halladay. Toronto would have a “Native Son” to build around. We’d have to sign a catcher, such as Ivan Rodriguez (Molina is a Type A Free Agent and no way to we allow SF to get two picks due to our action), who could catch 100 games – Ausmus is good for 62. That’s my take… Ellis? I doubt it!