The fact that he his tearing up the Pacific Coast League hasn't eve drawn a mention by any of the Los Angeles media, instead suggesting that Jay Gibbons might be the man to replace Anderson if his bat continues to slumber (12-for-72, .156).
Sands, on the other side of the mountain, was a 25th round pick in 2008. After a disappointing rookie season in the Gulf Coast League where he hit .205 but displayed some power (10 home runs), he ignited with Ogden last season, hitting .350. He had cup of coffee with Great Lakes (27 at bats in 22 games) but hit only .260.
The pop was still in his bat, however, and he finished with 19 home runs in only 277 times at bat. In the first two months of 2010, he his hitting .355 with a system-leading 15 home runs and 37 runs batted in. That projects to 45 homers and 117 ribbies, but projections rarely work out that neatly.
A check with Brad Golder, play-by-play guru at Great Lakes, indicated that there is no betting line on how long he will stay with the Loons, but you can bet the front office shudders a bit each time they receive a call from Los Angeles.
In the pitching department, the lower minors are stuffed full of pitching prospects despite the fact that a number of those who were projected to be in line for a mid-season promotion to the show (James McDonald, Ethan Martin, Scott Elbert, Josh Lindblom) are currently under-producing. Of course, with the season only one-third completed, there is plenty of time or any or all of them to come around.
Allen Webster, the 18th round pick in 2008, is the current golden boy and is leading the franchise in both wins (6) and earned run average (1.94).
LADugout.com's exclusive top 10 covering the first two months of the season:
Batting Average .430 John Lindsey, Alb .389 Jay Gibbons, Alb .355 Travis Denker, IEmp .355 Jerry Sands, GLks .344 Kyle Russell, IEmp .322 Russell Mitchell, Alb .314 Prentice Redman, Alb .313 Chris Gutierrez, IEmp .311 Jamie Hoffman, Alb .313 Chris Gutierrez, IEmp On-Base Percentage .470 John Lindsey, Alb .446 Tony Delmonico, IEmp .437 Kyle Russell, IEmp .436 Jerry Sands, GLks .405 Jay Gibbons, Alb .401 Chris Gutierrez, IEmp .400 Travis Denker, IEmp .379 Russell Mitchell, Alb .378 Blake Smith, GLks .374 Prentice Redman, Alb .373 Christian Lara, GLks Slugging Average .744 John Lindsey, Alb .694 Jerry Sands, GLks .674 Jay Gibbons, Alb .651 Kyle Russell, IEmp .613 Travis Denker, IEmp .532 Prentice Redman, Alb .523 Cory Smith, Chat .515 Matt Wallach, IEmp .493 Russell Mitchell, Alb .483 Blake Smith, GLks On-Base Plus Slugging 1.213 John Lindsey, Alb 1.130 Jerry Sands, GLks 1.087 Kyle Russell, IEmp 1.079 Jay Gibbons, Alb 1.013 Travis Denker, IEmp .906 Prentice Redman, Alb .882 Cory Smith, Chat .872 Russell Mitchell, Alb .861 Blake Smith, GLks .848 Matt Wallach, IEmp Runs Scored 38 John Lindsey, Alb 37 Kyle Russell, IEmp 36 Jerry Sands, GLks 32 Angel Songco, GLks 30 Tray Robinson, Chat 28 Jay Gibbons, Alb 28 Christian Lara, GLks 27 Ivan De Jesus, Alb 27 Prentice Redman, Alb 27 Dee Gordon, Chat Hits 74 John Lindsey, Alb 65 Jerry Sands, GLks 64 Kyle Russell, IEmp 61 Christian Lara, GLks 60 Jamie Hoffman, Alb 57 Dee Gordon, Chat 56 Jay Gibbons, Alb 49 Russell Mitchell, Alb 49 Prentice Redman, Alb 48 Eddy Perez, Chat 48 Lucas May, Chat Doubles 22 John Lindsey, Alb 15 Jay Gibbons, Alb 14 Blake Smith, GLks 13 Jamie Hoffman, Alb 13 Eddy Perez, Chat 13 Jerry Sands, GLks 12 Ivan De Jesus, Alb 12 Russell Mitchell, Alb 12 Christian Lara, IEmp 11 Kyle Russell, GLks 11 Brian Cavazos-Galvez, GLks Triples 4 Kyle Buss, IEmp 3 Tray Robinson, Chat 3 Scott Van Slyke, Chat 3 Matt Wallach, IEmp Home Runs 15 Jerry Sands, GLks 14 Kyle Russell, IEmp 10 John Lindsey, Alb 8 Jay Gibbons, Alb 7 Prentice Redman, Alb 6 Tray Robinson, Chat 6 Cory Smith, Chat 5 Christian Lara, IEmp 5 Blake Smith, GLks Runs Batted In 48 Kyle Russell, IEmp 42 John Lindsey, Alb 39 Jay Gibbons, Alb 37 Jerry Sands, GLks 31 Cory Smith, Chat 30 Prentice Redman, Alb 29 Jamie Hoffman, Alb 28 Russell Mitchell, Alb 27 Christian Lara, IEmp 27 Blake Smith, GLks Stolen Bases 20-9 Dee Gordon, Chat 16-4 Brian Cavazos-Galvez, GLks 15-4 Elian Herrera, Chat 13-4 Rafael Ynoa, GLks 13-4 Tray Robinson, Chat 10-4 Christian Lara, GLks 9-1 Jerry Sands, GLks 7-3 Kyle russell, IEmp 6-1 Chin-Lung Hu, Alb PITCHING Wins 6-3 Allen Webster, GLks 5-3 Alberto Bastardo, Chat 5-3 Ethan Martin, IEmp 4-0 Brett Wallach, GLks 4-1 James McDonald, Alb 4-1 Will Savage, GLks 4-3 Mario Alvarez, Chat 4-3 Eli Pimentel, GLks 3-5 Tim Corcoran, Alb Earned run average 1.94 Allen Webster, GLks 2.18 Will Savage, GLks 2.63 Jesus Castillo, Chat 2.83 Eli Pimentel, GLks 2.91 Nat Eovaldi, IEmp 3.08 Aaron Miller, IEmp 3.83 Josh Wall, GLks 3.84 Brett Wallach, GLks 3.75 Alberto Bastardo Chat 3.81 Mario Alvarez, Chat Games 20 Kyle Smit, GLks 19 Brent Leach, Alb 19 Juan Perez, Alb 18 Brandon Mann, IEmp 17 John Link, Alb 16 Justin Miller, Alb 16 Travis Schlichting, Alb 16 Luis Vasquez, GLks 16 Eric Krebs, Chat 16 Paul Koss, IEmp Innings 57.2 Alberto Bastardo, Chat 57.2 Will Savage, GLks 54.2 Jesus Castillo, Chat 54.1 Mario Alvarez, Chat 52.0 Josh Wall, GLks 50.1 Jon Redding, IEmp 51.0 Josh Lindblom, Alb 51.0 Allen Webster, GLks 49.2 Aaron Miller, IEmp 47.2 Eli Pimentel, GLks Strikeouts 57 Alberto Bastardo, Chat 53 Eli Pimentel, GLks 52 Ethan Martin, IEmp 50 Allen Webster, GLks 50 Aaron Miller, IEmp 49 Josh Wall, GLks 47 James McDonald, Alb 45 Josh Lindblom, Alb 42 Brett Wallach, GLks 41 Will Savage, GLks 40 Scott Elbert, Alb 40 Chris Withrow, Chat Saves 9 Luis Vasquez, GLks 5 Javy Guerra, Chat 3 Scott Dohmann, Alb 3 John Link, Alb 3 Jon Huber, Chat 3 Justin Miller, GLks 3 Steve Smith, GLks