Dodger Diamonds in the Rough - 3/14/13

Notes and info on Dodger prospects from today's spring training games.

Since I spend so much time on the backfields, I thought I'd take a minute to share some information on minor leaguers of note. Whether top or non, these prospects caught my eye today: While Carl Crawford drew a crowd during his rehab appearance, my interest piqued when I saw that Corey Seager would be manning shortstop for the team. I watched two of his at bats: a strikeout and a groundout. What stood out most to me was his size. Listed at 6'3, he looks closer to the 6'5 that Ross Stripling mentioned on the Dugout Blues podcast. And while he's lean right now, there's plenty of room to fill out as he gets older.

I took pictures and video of him which will show up later. He takes an enormous stride, as I've shown below. Still, he projects to hit for good average because of his bat speed and hand-eye coordination. He also projects to his for power as he fills out.



I didn't have the chance to see him make many plays in the field, though he did turn a nice double play after Rafael Ynoa made a great play, snaring a ball behind second base and flipping it to Seager to start the 4-6-3. Corey definitely has the arm strength for the left side of the infield.

Also playing today was Jeremy Rathjen, one of my sleepers for the upcoming year. I only saw him bat once, when he struck out, but he showed good pitch recognition and quick hands. (Video of the at bat will be posted later) He's also tall, possibly 6'6 and a bean pole. He was playing left field today, though he definitely has the foot speed to play center. If he fills out, he may have to move to a corner but should hit for enough power.

On the mound, Jonathan Martinez was a pleasant surprise, showing a loose delivery with some deception. He was sitting at 91-92 with his fastball and threw a breaking ball in the low 80s. However, his command suffered when he was pitching out of the stretch, as he walked Carl Crawford, gave up a single and then surrendered a three run home run. The 18 year old still has work to do but there's plenty of upside.

The performance of the day belongs to Alfredo Unzue. Taken in the 32nd round of last year's draft, he's a Cuban defector who was represented by the same agent as Onelki Garcia. Unzue isn't much of a prospect, already a 27 year old who throws in the mid 80s, but today he dominated the three batters he faced: 9 pitches, 9 strikes, 3 outs. He came a grounder away from striking out the side on the minimum. He showed a changeup with a ton of movement and could conceivably have a chance of making a big league club as a LOOGY, but he's well behind the curve for a prospect and will have to work quickly to establish his value.

That does it for today. Check back tomorrow for more news and notes on the Dodgers' farm system.