Injuries have forced the Los Angeles Dodgers to rely on some of their Minor League depth, perhaps more than anticipated, but talented players remain stashed throughout the organization.
Here’s a recap of last week’s action…
Hitter of the Week – Adam Law
Law, a 12-throunder out of BYU in 2013, was a strong performer in his debut but struggled in 2014 with High-A Rancho Cucamonga, hitting .273/.349/.333. However, versatility is his strongest attribute, as he’s started at every position except pitcher, catcher and first base during his brief career.
This week, Law went 11-for-25 with a pair of doubles and five walks, on his way to hitting .440/.553/.520. Already 25, time isn’t really on his side, though he could be a valuable bench player if he continues to get on base and be competent at multiple defensive positions.
Pitcher of the Week – Trevor Oaks
Oaks has performed well through his first three starts in Low-A Great Lakes. Last year’s seventh-round pick has allowed just one run in 17 innings while striking out nine and walking just five.
Oaks’ low-90s fastball has a ton of movement, which leads to weak contact and lots of ground balls. Once his breaking ball and changeup get going, he should be able to move up the ladder quickly.
Top 10 Update
Julio Urias: Urias had his worst outing of the early season, allowing five runs in four innings while only striking out two. He rebounded with a 10-strikeout performance an is scheduled to make one more start this week.
Corey Seager: Seager struggled this past week, hitting just .227 but managing to draw his first three walks of the year, as well as hitting a pair of doubles and a pair of home runs.
Grant Holmes: Holmes’ last start came in freezing conditions, as it began to snow during his start. Still, he managed three scoreless innings with six strikeouts for his first scoreless outing of the season.
Alex Verdugo: Along with Holmes and Leon, Verdugo is having some issues acclimating to the cold weather. He did manage to hit .286 last week with a triple and a walk.
Jose De Leon: De Leon returned from his minor groin strain and was up and down, working a long first inning before striking out the side in the second and working another laborious frame in the third.
Julian Leon: Leon doubled twice last week but struggled to make contact, striking out nine times and hitting just .217.
Chris Anderson: Anderson had two starts last week, going seven strong innings in his first and then allowing five runs in six innings in the next. He’s walking fewer batters but surrendering more home runs, giving up four long balls in four starts.
Zach Lee: Lee’s been a revelation early in the year, displaying more fastball velocity early on as well as a sharper, shorter slider that’s resulting in swings and misses. He’s given up just two runs in his first 19 innings while striking out 18 and walking only four; he then proceeded to struggle a bit Tuesday.
Riser Of The Week – Cody Bellinger
Bellinger came into the year with some momentum after getting an aggressive assignment to High-A as a 19 year old. Not only is he already a Major-League caliber defender at first base, the organization has been playing him in center field.
The lanky lefty has also been showing some potential on offense. While he’s struck out plenty (22 Ks in 69 at-bats), he’s also drawing walks and hitting for some power. If Bellinger can make more contact while growing into his frame, he could become a very promising prospect.
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