The Dodgers continued to be the hottest team in baseball as they traveled to Miami, where they won three of four games against the Marlins and came home to take the first game against the Red Sox last night.This series will be an important one as the Dodgers will once again get a chance to prove themselves against one of the best teams in baseball.

We’re just about a week away until the rosters expand to 40 players and the Dodgers have done a great job sustaining their lead in the NL West to make sure they can give their starters as much rest as possible.

Here’s a look at what the Dodgers top prospects and 40-man roster candidates have been up to this week.

AAA Albuquerque Isotopes- The Isotopes have been struggling as of late but as it stands now, they have found themselves in second place in their division. Power hitter Scott Van Slyke has played in limited games this week, but he will be joining the Dodgers in a week once again.

-Offense

Alex Castellanos: Castellanos could be joining the Dodgers next week but probably not in a big role as they already have a crowded outfield in LA. He struggled this week as far as average is concerned but his production is still there as he went 5-23 with five RBI’s and three runs scored. Castellanos is hitting .255 this season and continues to be a top outfield prospect in the organization.

-Pitching

Stephen Fife: Fife continues to go back and forth between appearances in the big leagues and the minors. Unfortunately for Fife and the Dodgers, he didn’t have a great outing this week.

He only pitched a third of an inning in his one start allowing just one hit, but he walked five batters and allowed six runs. Hopefully this was just an off start for Fife and he will bounce back before he gets called back up.

Jonathan Sanchez: We checked back up on Sanchez this week and he looked solid in his latest start. He pitched four innings allowing four runs and two hits and had six strikeouts.

With a 13-man pitching staff already in place in LA, Sanchez doesn’t seem to be a viable candidate to be called up once the rosters expand.

AA Chattanooga Lookouts- The Lookouts have been eliminated from playoff contention as they still sit in last place in their division. The good part for the Dodgers though, is that the Lookouts do have most of the Dodgers’ top prospects and next spring training they will be names that the organization will be looking at.

-Offense

Joc Pederson: As Pederson continues to be the Dodgers top outfield prospect, we will continue to track his progress. Pederson once again turned another nice week for the Lookouts as he went 6-23 with four RBI’s, three runs scored and two home runs.

-Pitching

Chris Reed: We checked up on Reed again as he continues to have strong outings for the Lookouts. This week Reed made one appearance and it could have been his strongest outing of the season. He pitched seven innings allowing no runs on six hits and he struck out eight batters.

Zach Lee: Lee is currently the number three overall prospect in the Dodgers’ organization and while he’s been a little inconsistent this season, he did have a nice outing this week. Lee pitched six innings allowing two runs on six hits striking out four batters.

A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes- The Quakes have quitely had a nice season, but one of their players has gone unnoticed thus far as he has had some kind of season so far. Scott Schebler has moved himself into the top twenty Dodger prospects in their minor league system with a superb season.

Scott Schebler: This week Schebler had another outstanding and it’s unfortunate that this is the first time we are checking up on him this season. This week Schebler went 7-25 with eight RBI’s, scoring seven runs and he hit one home run.

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Julio Urias: We checked up on Urias once again as he continues to sit at the top of the Dodgers’ top prospect board. He had another solid week in which he appeared in one game, tossing three innings allowing no runs on two hits and he struck out four batters. 

Is there anyone you want us to check up on next? Let us know!

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About The Author

J.J. earned his degree in Sports Media from Northwest Missouri State University in May 2014. He played baseball collegiately for four years and is now a staff writer for Dodgers Nation. J.J. is a fan of everything L.A. except for the Clippers and UCLA. Follow him on Twitter @JJBACCARI

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