Down on the Farm

Rookie-level Gulf Coast Dodgers' outfielder Alfredo Silverio has made an easy transition to baseball in the United States. Silverio, 20, was signed in 2003 as a non-drafted free agent out of La Romana, Dominican Republic and has spent the past three seasons playing for the Dodgers in the Dominican Summer League.

    Silverio's .373 average, 66 hits and 43 RBI are currently best in the GCL and his .559 slugging percentage ranks third. From June 23-July 9, he put together a 10-game hitting streak and batted.439 (18-for-41) over that span.

LAKE OF FIRE:  Single-A Great Lakes pitcher Steven Johnson has caught fire in his past four starts. Johnson, the Dodgers' 13th round draft choice in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, is 1-0 with a 0.67 ERA in his four August starts. Additionally, he held his opponents to a .213 batting average and did not allow a walk in two consecutive starts on August 8 and August 13 (15.0 innings).  

ALREADY GONE: Single-A Great Lakes said "bon voyage" to third baseman Josh Bell and pitcher Miguel Ramirez as they were promoted to Single-A Inland Empire, while Double-A Jacksonville lost a reliable closer in Jon Meloan as he packed his bags for Triple-A Las Vegas. Bell and Ramirez become the fifth and sixth member of the Loons to be promoted to Single-A Inland Empire, joining pitchers Jesus Rodriguez, Francisco Felix, Cody White, and outfielder Bridger Hunt.  

Bell, ranked as the Dodgers' ninth-best minor league prospect this off-season by Baseball America, batted .290 with 15 home runs and 62 RBI in 107 games for the Loons and  .457 (16-for-35) with a homer and seven RBI in nine games in August prior to his call-up on August 10.  

Ramirez recorded 15 saves with the Loons and posted a 1.57 ERA with 56 strikeouts in 51.2 innings pitched. He led the Loons in saves (15) and games finished (36) at the time of his promotion on August 17 and tossed 19 consecutive scoreless innings from June 22-August 5.  

Meloan, ranked as the Dodgers' seventh-best minor league prospect this off-season by Baseball America, was 5-2 with a 2.18 ERA and 19 saves in 35 appearances for the Suns. The hard-throwing right hander held opposing batters to a .155 batting average, struck out 70 batters and allowed just 24 hits in 45.1 innings. He was practically unhittable at home, posting a 0.72 ERA and held the opposition to a .100 average at the Baseball Grounds at Jacksonville.  

WADE IN THE WATER: James McDonald (1.65 ERA in eight starts for Double-A Jacksonville) is not the only pitcher turning heads since being called up from Single-A Inland Empire. Cory Wade has posted a 1.42 ERA and has fanned 26 batters in 25.1 innings out of the Suns' bullpen. Wade, the Dodgers' 10th-round draft choice in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft, has not been scored upon in 12.1 innings at home and is holding visiting opponents to a .119 batting average.  

SULTANS OF SWING: There are many Dodger farmhands that are swinging the bat exceptionally well in the month of August. At Triple-A Las Vegas, first baseman John Lindsey is hitting at a .329 (27-for-82) clip with five homers and 14 RBI in 22 games in August and shortstop Chin-lung Hu is practically matching him with a .315 average (28-for-89), five homers and 14 RBI in 22 August contests. Single-A Inland Empire outfielder Adam Godwin is batting .422 (19-for-45) with a .469 on-base percentage and at Single-A Great Lakes, third baseman Brian Mathews began his Loons career by hitting .378 (17-for-45) in his first 11 games. Rookie-level Ogden shortstop Jaime Pedroza is batting .378 (28-for-74) with six homers and 22 RBI in 19 games for the Raptors and rookie-level Gulf Coast Dodger outfielder Andrew Lambo holds a .371 average (23-for-62) and a .494 on base percentage through 18 games in August.