The Dodgers sent a few of their higher bonus players from the draft and international signings to the Arizona League this summer, so let’s see how they fared.
Grant Holmes, the Dodgers’ top pick in 2014, made his debut with the club by striking out five of the first seven batters he faced. He finished his stint in Arizona with 33 strikeouts and just seven walks in 30 innings. When his fastball and breaking ball are on, he’s nearly unhittable.
Lucas Tirado, who received a cool $1 million in last year’s signing period, also made his professional debut with the club. Unfortunately, his learning curve appears to be a little steeper than the rest of his teammates. Tirado batted just .177/.266/.230 with 50 strikeouts in 39 games.
Michael Medina was a bright spot, after signing for $275,000 last year. He played most of the season before turning 18 and was one of the club’s best power hitters, clubbing five home runs and nine doubles. Unfortunately, he paid the price, striking out 52 times in 36 games.
Alberto Estrella, whose last name literally means “star” when translated to English, showed some bright spots in his debut but struggled overall, OPSing just .585 in 31 games.
On the pitching side, Takumi Numata showed promise with strong peripherals. The 20-year-old Japanese native struck out a batter an inning and allowed just one home run in 28 innings, but bad luck on balls in play led to a bloated ERA.
This year’s 12th rounder, Kam Uter, pitched sparingly in his debut after signing for $200,000. The two=sport star struck out eight in 5.1 innings and it will be interesting to see how the organization decides to deploy him next season.
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