Hawaii Winter League Report

So far in the Hawaii Winter League the West Oahu CaneFires have had very little reason for optimism except when Steve Johnson was scheduled to pitch. His last time out, though, even that didn't go well so matters are even bleaker for them these days.

The 20-year -old righthander had been nothing short of brilliant in his first two starts for the Fires, going nine innings in which he yielded only one run. However, Saturday, in his third start, he was shelled and the team has fallen on even harder times. They're now 2-10, already 6 1/2 games behind North Shore in their two-team division.

Johnson himself is 1-1 and saw his ERA soar to 4.15 as a result. He has displayed remarkable control, though, walking only one man while striking out 11 in the 13 innings he's pitched.

The other two Dodger pitchers on the West Oahu staff haven't been doing at all well. Righthander Kyle Wilson is 0-2 with a 17.05 ERA and lefthander Garrett White has dropped his only decision and has an 8.44 ERA.

Of the Dodger hitters assigned to the team, Russell Mitchell is turning in some strong at-bats with a .333 average and one home run. He's been playing first base while Josh Bell handles third. But Bell, who is rated the top prospect among the L.A. personnel in this league, hasn't kick-started his game, hitting only .194 with one home run.

Outfielder Ryan Rogowski is doing all right with the bat, hitting .270 However, in his specialty-stealing bases- he, has exactly sizzled. The man who led all Dodger minor leaguers this just-concluded season with 39, has swiped three here but he's also been caught three times, hardly a ratio to be touted.

Outfielder Jamie Hoffmann hasn't been doing much hitting with a .229 mark but catcher Kenley Jansen is doing even less, managing only a .174 average.

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