The Dodgers finally lost their first series in over two months over this past weekend as they lost two of the three games to the Boston Red Sox. Unfortunately when this happens it almost seems that the Dodgers are taking steps backwards, but in all reality its just one series against a top five team in baseball. The Dodgers will take on the San Diego Padres in this weekend series in hopes of beating up on the NL West as they’ll play 25 of their next 28 against divisional foes.
The 40-man rosters will come into play on Sunday so names like Scott Van Slyke, Alex Castellanos, Dee Gordon, Stephen Fife, and yes Matt Kemp will become household names for a while as the Dodgers continue their pursuit of the best record in baseball.
Here is a look at what the Dodgers’ top prospects have been up to this week.
AAA Albuquerque Isotopes- The Isotopes will be taking quite a big hit once the 40-man rosters come into play as power hitters Scott Van Slyke and Alex Castellanos will be joining the Dodgers, and a significant amount of pitchers will also be joining the bullpen.
Scott Van Slyke: We checked up on Van Slyke to see how he is doing before he gets called up. Van Slyke will probably be the one call-up that sees the most playing time in his time on the 40-man roster. This week Van Slyke went 7-21 with eight runs scored and four RBIs.
Dee Gordon: Same as Van Slyke we checked up on Gordon to see how he has been doing before he is called up to the Dodgers. Gordon will likely serve as a pinch runner and could potentially start some games once the Dodgers have things wrapped up. This week Gordon went 7-26 with three runs scored and two RBIs.
Javy Guerra: We checked back up on Guerra as he should be called up to join the Dodgers’ bullpen and eat some innings. Guerra has spent most of his year with the Isotopes, but made nine appearances with the Dodgers.
This week Guerra had two appearances where he pitched a combined 2.1 innings, allowing no runs on three hits and he struck out four batters.
Matt Magill: Magill is another pitching candidate to join the Dodgers once rosters expand tomorrow. I can imagine he would be an option for long-relief but then again the Dodgers’ starting pitching has been pretty good as of late.
This week Magill had one start in which he went six innings and he allowed five runs on eight hits and struck out seven batters.
AA Chattanooga Lookouts- As reported last week, the Lookouts have been eliminated from playoff contention. Hopefully that doesn’t hinder any performance of the top prospects.
Joc Pederson: Pederson continues to be the Dodgers’ top outfield prospect so we will continue to monitor him. Maybe this time next year we will be talking about Pederson being a part of the 40-man roster, especially if he keeps up his production like he is.
This week was another solid week for him as he went 5-20 with one RBI, four runs scored and he hit one home run.
Rob Rasmusen: We checked back up on Rasmusen as he continues to have a nice season for the Lookouts. Maybe, like Pederson, he will be an option for next years 40-man roster as a lefty out of the bullpen possibly.
This week Rasmusen had one start in which he pitched five innings allowing two runs on five hits while striking out seven batters.
A Rancho Cucamonga Quakes- We’re checking back up on outfielder Scott Schebler as he jumped into the Dodgers’ top 20 prospects list last week. The Quakes also got Matt Kemp in their lineup as he’s on a rehab through the weekend after being out since late July with an ankle injury.
Scott Schebler: This week Schebler had another nice week in which he went 5-26 with one RBI and four runs scored. Schebler will probably be moved up to Double A next year as he has had a phenomonal year thus far.
A Great Lakes Loons- The Loons have made the playoffs in the Midwest League.
Julio Urias: Urias continues to sit on top of the Dodgers prospect board so we will keep checking up on him. Urias had another outing this week in which he pitched a season high four innings allowing no runs on two hits and striking out five batters.
In case you missed it, be sure to find out more about Matt Kemp’s rehab assignment.