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Los Angeles Dodgers Top HIgh-A Performers at Rancho Cucamonga

A look at the Dodgers' best performances at Rancho Cucamonga.

As the season winds down, the Dodger organization has had an outstanding season, both in terms of graduating players and developing depth throughout the organization. At High A Rancho Cucamonga, a number of Dodger players have performed well and this seems like as good a time as any to highlight them.

Keep in mind, this is a list of top performers, who may or may not also be among the Dodgers’ top prospects.  Prospects are about what you think somebody will be, performers are evaluated based on what they have done.  This list is about the latter. Also, as our Jason Rutherford reminds us, that prospect designation is fluid and doesn’t necessarily establish a minor leaguer’s ceiling.

Five of the six players here made the California League All-Star team, a designation with significant meaning since it takes in virtually an entire season, as opposed to the Major League All-Stars. So without further ado, here is Quakes’ Honor Roll:



Player

Stats

Comment

Josh Sborz  RHP

20 G 19 GS


108.1 IP


2.66 ERA  3.06 FIP


1.03 WHIP


108 K 30 BB


0.95 GO/AO


.262 BABIP

The 2016 California League Pitcher of the Year currently sits atop the league ERA category despite having been promoted to AA Tulsa. There’s not much to complain about with those numbers, especially those strong peripherals. Sborz enjoyed some batted ball luck, but overall put up a solid year that certainly warranted a promotion.

Andrew Sopko

18 G 18 GS


99.1 IP


3.26 ERA  3.16 FIP


1.25 WHIP


99 K 24 BB


0.87 GO/AO


BABIP .335

There’s an argument to be made that Sborz’ partner in crime in the Quakes’ rotation was every bit as good as Sborz while the two were together.   Sopko had terrible batted ball luck compared to Sborz but missed as many bats and when you look at their FIP’s there’s not much of a margin. He’s also at Tulsa, where he and Sborz will get a chance to be the Drillers’ front end staffers in 2017.

Matt Beaty IF

480 PA


.292/.344/.416


10 HR 25 2B 82 RBI


69 K 34 BB

Beaty, as a left-handed swinging infielder, has put together a strong season in Rancho.  Those 82 RBI are 2nd in the California League and lead the team. For a guy with some pop in his bat, he also did a great job of limiting his strikeouts, as the next couple of entries will illustrate.

Erick Mejia SS

PA 563


.292/.347/.406


4 HR  12 2B 12 3B


47 RBI


96 K 38 BB

Mejia is clearly an offensive force at the Single A level, and his 12 triples comfortably lead the CL.  While not nearly the contact hitter that Beaty is at this level, it’s  not the 96 K’s that grab attention.  Mejia has committed a whopping 35 errors at shortstop.  He’ll certainly need to clean that up if he’s going to progress in pro ball, but it’s clear this is a talented ball player who put together a fantastic year.

Johan Mieses RF

450 PA


.249/.317/.528


27 HR 29 2B


70 RBI


136 K/33 BB

The Quakes’ big bopper in 2016 leads the California League in homers, and clearly doesn’t get cheated at the plate with those 136 strikeouts. Those K’s and his .249 batting average are numbers that might encourage detractors, but in 2016 we know better.  That power and production are tremendously enticing, and he’s only 21 years old.

Tommy Bergjans

3-13 W-L


1.28 WHIP


4.98 ERA 3.65 FIP


.332 BABIP


133 K 29 BB

To circle the point I made in the intro, I bring you Mr. Bergjans.  Nobody who goes 3-13 is going to make an All-Star team at any level, no matter how many come around to the fact that pitcher wins are utterly useless.   Ditto a 4.98 ERA.  But look at that FIP.  Factor in that horrendously unfortunate .332 BABIP.  Finally, look at those peripherals. Right up there with Sborz and Sopko, even better, arguably.  It’s hard to say that Bergjans was a top performer per se, but when you look at things he could control, it’s hard to say he was outpitched by his two more celebrated teammates. He is 23, but I am curious to see what the Dodgers do with him moving forward.


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