Dodgers Prospects of the Month - April

Every month, the Dodgers recognize a pitcher and hitter from all of their minor league affiliates for outstanding production. I thought I'd compare lists and mention some honorable mentions.


Dodger Pride Winners - Josh Wall and Alex Castellanos

My Picks - Mike Parisi and Alex Castellanos

While Wall and Castellanos had excellent months, they both played in a limited amount of games. Wall, the Isotopes' closer, pitched just 10.1 innings and Castellanos is injured and hasn't played since April 23. In Castellanos' case, I'll make an exception, since he produced such ridiculous numbers. Alex compiled a 1.224 OPS in 18 games for Albuquerque, hitting 7 doubles, 4 triples and 4 home runs. He also stole 7 bases and drew 12 walks. Unfortunately, it doesn't appear that he'll be back on the field anytime soon.

Parisi isn't much of a prospect but had himself quite a month to start the year. He posted a 2.79 ERA in 5 starts, spanning 29 innings while not allowing a home run despite pitching 2 of his 5 games in one of the best hitters' parks in the league. The 29 year old journeyman doesn't figure to see any time in the bigs this season, but it's still impressive that he's posted such strong numbers.

Honorable Mentions - Scott Van Slyke, Josh Wall, Will Savage and Josh Fields

Wall did pitch very well, allowing just a 1.74 ERA in 10 appearances, recording 5 saves. He struck out 7 and walked 4. Savage was even more impressive, posting a 2.55 ERA in 24.2 innings. He limited the homers and walks but only struck out 12 batters.

At the plate, Scott Van Slyke batted a robust .323/.385/.531 with 8 doubles and 4 homers. He also walked nearly as much as he struck out. Josh Fields took advantage of Albuquerque's friendly confines and posted a line of .297/.381/.505.


Dodger Pride Winners - Shawn Tolleson and J.T. Wise

My picks - Shawn Tolleson and Kyle Russell

Tolleson was a no-brainer, as the reliever posted a 0.90 ERA with 18 strikeouts in 10 innings. He also allowed just 6 hits and 3 walks. Russell, who missed time with an oblique strain, was setting the world on fire prior to his injury. He was hitting .306/.433/.510 through 60 plate appearances. He cut his K rate down to 25% while drawing 9 walks, resulting in a very good OBP.

Honorable Mentions - J.T. Wise, Blake Johnson and Nathan Eovaldi

Wise had a very nice month as well. He batted .312/.411/.481 with 7 doubles and a pair of homers. He struck out a healthy amount: 25 times in 90 PA's, but also drew 11 walks. The 25 year old doesn't have much time on his side.

Eovaldi pitched well when he was allowed to pitch, allowing just 3 runs in 13 innings while striking out 14 and walking only 3. Two of his starts were cut short after an inning due to pending roster moves. The second of which resulted in his promotion to the big club, only to be followed a few days later by his reassignment to Chattanooga. Johnson, the Dodgers 2nd round pick in 2004, has been resurgent this spring, thriving in a relief role. The 26 yea rold yieled a 1.76 ERA in 15.1 innings with 14 strikeouts and just 2 walks.

Rancho Cucamonga

Dodger Pride Winners - Logan Bawcom and Austin Gallagher

My picks - Logan Bawcom and Leon Landry

Bawcom was incredible in April. Nearly unhittable. The right-handed reliever allowed just 1 hit in 10.1 innings with a perfect 0.00 ERA and 16 strikeouts. He did allow 6 walks, though they didn't hurt him.

Landry was playing out of his mind before a concussion knocked him out of the lineup. Through 48 plate appearances, he was batting .318/.362/.545 with 6 stolen bases and a pair of homers. He's more than holding his own against lefties as well. If he starts drawing some walks, look out.

Honorable Mentions - Chris Reed, Zach Lee and Andres Santiago

Gallagher did hit 5 doubles and 4 homers but I hardly think a .778 OPS in the Cal League is award-worthy. The real story of the first month was the pitching, with three of the starters posting ERA's of under 4.00.

Reed made 5 starts, allowing a 3.41 mark in 29 innings. He struck out 32 and walked 11. Chris missed his last start due to some shoulder stiffness, but I've heard it isn't serious and he should be back on the mound soon. Lee pitched well, surrendering just a 3.62 ERA in 27.1 innings with a very strong 30 to 4 strikeout to walk ratio. His main problem was the long ball, as he allowed 6 homers. Hopefully he can keep the ball in the park as the weather heats up. Santiago led the staff with a 2.22 ERA and struck out 29 in 24.1 innings. The 22 year old righty is the fifth best starter on the team, but he sure pitched like a #1.

Great Lakes

Dodger Pride Winners - Jose Dominguez and Jesus Arredondo

My picks - Juan Noriega and Jesus Arredondo

There really wasn't much debate here. Noriega and Arredondo were simply too good to ignore. Norega, or as he's known in my mind, "Mighty Mouse" posted a perfect 0.00 ERA in 14 innings. The petite righty can run his fastball up to 93 but relies mainly on his curve.

Arredondo is somewhat of a mystery, as he signed from the Mexican League this winter and that's about all anyone knows about him. Oh, and he can hit. Also 21, the second baseman batted .329/.398/.479 in 84 PA's for the Loons. I wish I had more info on him, but I've yet to find any. If you know more about him, please let me know.

Honorable Mentions - Jarret Martin, Jan Vazquez, Juan Noriega and Yimi Garcia

I just noticed that 5 of the 6 players recognized have J names. Clearly I have a intrinsic bias toward people with J names.

Martin and a brutal final outing in April, allowing 7 runs in 5 innings, that interrupted what was a fantastic month. The 22 yaear old struck out 32 in 27 innings and has been clocked up to 95. Dominguez posted a 1.83 ERA, piggybacking Arismendy Ozoria in long relief. The 21 year old has a power fastball, power curve combo that's simply too much for A ball hitters. Garcia is the team's closer, having collected 4 saves and posted an ERA of 1.23 in 7.1 innings. He's struck out 10 and walked 3.

Vazquez, drafted in the 6th round out of Puerto Rico in 2009, has been known as an all glove, no hit catcher. He's trying to change that label this year, after batting .364/.432/.394 in 37 April plate appearances. Sure, it's an insanely small sample, but impressive nonetheless.

More prospect coverage to come. Feel free to stop by the forums and give me your thoughts on the list.