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Updating the Los Angeles Dodgers' Prospects at Class A Rancho Cucamonga

A look at the Dodgers' top prospects at Class A Rancho Cucamonga

The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes have hit smooth sails over the past week, going 4-2.  In the 2nd half of the season they have gone 18-14, and overall they are 60-42, the second-best such mark in Southern Division of the California League. Here’s an update on the Dodgers’ top prospects at Rancho.



Players

Season

Past Week

Comment

Grant Holmes, RHP

19 G 17 GS

100.1 IP

8.52 K/9

3.86 ERA 3.67 FIP

.45 HR/9

95/40 K/BB

1.39 WHIP

.321 BABIP

2 G 2 GS

10 IP

9 ER 11 H 6 K 4 BB

8.10 ERA 4.99 FIP

1.50 WHIP

.303 BABIP

Holmes had a good start and a not-so-good start this past week.  In his first start of the week, Lake Elsinore got to him to the tune of 7 ER in 5 innings, and the Storm also benefitted from 4 Holmes walks.  Grant bounced back yesterday (7.26) against Inland Empire, again going 5 innings but holding the 66ers to 2 ER on 3 hits, issuing no walks and striking out 3.

Inside these two starts is a good snapshot of what’s going on with Holmes.  His 1.39 WHIP is 16th in the California League, and his 95 K’s are sixth-highest.  His K/BB is better than 2/1 but it’s clear that he needs to improve his command to keep progressing.  At 20 years and 4 months old, there’s still plenty of time for Holmes to find that control.  One would expect him to be at Tulsa in 2017.

Yusniel Diaz, OF

215 PA

.263/.340/.384

100 wRC+

3 HR

10.2 BB%

19.5 K%

.320 BABIP

23 PA

.350/.435/.450

149 wRC+

0 HR

8.7 BB%

17.4 K%

The Dodgers’ $15.5 million signing of the Cuban teen is off to a good start in year one. Diaz has shown good patience at the plate and some decent pop, though the home runs aren’t materializing quite yet.

Diaz has put together a hot week, and even without benefit of a home run has managed to hit for some power.  His overall .320 BABIP is a bit high, but not so much as to declare Diaz’ performance a fluke by any means.  He’ll likely be patrolling the outfield for Tulsa in 2017.

Josh Sborz, RHP

19 G 19 GS

102.1 IP

8.88 K/9

2.64 ERA 3.64 FIP

.261 BABIP

1 G 1 GS

5 IP 1 ER 4 H 1 HR

6 K 0 BB

Sborz continues to form a strong combo with Holmes for the Quakes.  He’s just above his teammate in K’s and fifth in the California League.  Those strikeout numbers give some faith that Sborz’ success is not only about the .261 BABIP he’s enjoyed at Rancho.

In his one start this week, Sborz was effective in his five innings, and maybe the best part was the fact that he walked none.  He’s on the older end of the spectrum for an A-Baller, and it seems clear he’s ready for a move to Tulsa along with Holmes in 2017.  

Johan Mieses, OF

367 PA

.232/.303/.463

wRC+ 105

16 HR

7.6 BB%

29 K%

BABIP .287

28 PA

.400/.429/.920

wRC+ 243

3 HR 4 2B

7.1 BB%

29 K%

BABIP .467

Mieses has been the big thumper in the Rancho lineup this season, and his 16 homers are tied for second in the California League. All that power has more than made up for a high K Rate and a low walk rate.  

This week Mieses has been mashing the ball. At 21 years old, Mieses is most likely ticketed for AA ball in 2017.  If his power travels to Tulsa, there could be some big buzz for him in the next couple of seasons.  At this stage you bet that he’ll pick up some plate discipline, though many consider the jump from A to AA the biggest one.  Cross that threshold, and the Dodgers may have something here.

Ariel Sandoval, OF

At Ogden:

209 PA

.244/.288/.449

wRC+ 112

11 HR

4.9 BB%

25 K%

BABIP .292


At Rancho:

78 PA

.206/.273/.353

wRC+ 69

2 HR

6.4 BB%

31 K%

BABIP: .273

15 PA

.308/.357/.308

Sandoval has clearly been adjusting to the jump from low to high A ball, and it would be silly to make any serious pronouncements on him based on 78 plate appearances.  Nevertheless, he should some pop at Ogden that should resurface in Rancho at some point.

That being said, let’s all enjoy the ridiculous sample size that is Sandoval’s week!!  Nearly everything he hit went for a hit, every hit was a single, and every other AB was pretty much a strikeout.  The K’s have been up since he arrived at Rancho, and they were high at Ogden.  His starting point will be an interesting one to track.  He could start at Rancho and then transition to Tulsa pending progress, but right now considering he’s not 21 until November, he’s still got time on his side.  


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