Infielder Rafael Ynoa continues to be the top performer among Los Angeles Dodgers prospects in the Arizona Fall League.
Ynoa, who played primarily second base at Double-A Chattanooga this season and seems likely for a promotion to Albuquerque in 2013, has hit .319/.358/.574 with two home runs and nine RBI for the Mesa Solar Sox going into Monday’s game at the Surprise Saguaros.
Among the rest of the Dodgers’ contingent with Mesa, catcher Gorman Erickson has also fared well, albeit in less playing time. The Solar Sox have rotated three catchers, so Erickson has only appeared in eight of 16 games.
After struggling at Chattanooga (.234/.345/.328), Erickson has hit .300 (6-for-20) with five runs scored, two doubles and one RBI for Mesa.
Outfielder Joc Pederson, one of the Dodgers’ top prospects, has scuffled since joining the AFL after playing for Team Israel in the World Baseball Classic qualifying round last month. Pederson has hit just .103 (3-for-29), with no extra-base hits and three RBI.
Pitchers tend to struggle in the warm, dry air in Arizona, and the Dodgers’ trio of arms are no exception. Lefty Eric Eadington has a 7.11 ERA and one save in seven appearances, allowing nine hits and four walks in 6.1 innings.
Right-hander Red Patterson has gone 0-1 with a 7.94 ERA in six games, allowing eight hits and three walks in 5.2 innings.
Lefty Chris Reed, the Dodgers’ first-round draft pick in 2011, has had the worst run, going 1-0 despite an 11.81 ERA in seven games. He has been hammered for 12 hits and given up five walks in 5.1 innings.
Lefty Onelki Garcia has yet to pitch this fall for unknown reasons.
The Solar Sox (4-12) have the worst record in the AFL and currently sit five games out of first place in the East Division. The AFL runs through Nov. 15.
Around the Caribbean Leagues
- Isotopes lefty Scott Rice has not allowed a run in four appearances for Estrellas de Oriente of the Dominican Winter League. Rice has five strikeouts in 2.2 innings.
- Isotopes catcher Tim Federowicz has struggled mightily for Tigres de Licey, with just one hit in 19 at-bats. Federowicz has struck out 11 times and has yet to draw a walk.
- Three other Isotopes are playing for Licey, which is managed by former Isotopes skipper Dean Treanor. Right-hander Luis Vasquez (0-1, 6.00) has struggled in relief, while outfielder Brian Cavazos-Galvez has gone 3-for-15 at the plate. Shortstop Dee Gordon has been the star, batting .324 (11-for-34) with a .395 on-base percentage. He has six runs scored and three stolen bases in four attempts.
- Down in Mexico, outfielder Trent Oeltjen — who became a free agent after the season — has hit just .227 (10-for-44) with 14 strikeouts for Hermosillo. Right-hander Francisco Felix has shined for Culiacan, going 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA in five games. First baseman-catcher J.T. Wise has played sparingly for Mazatlan, batting .235 (4-for-17) with a home run and two RBI.
- Over in Venezuela, Chattanooga infielder Luis Nunez has had a rough time with Anzoategui, batting .214 (12-for-67) with two triples and seven RBI. Isotopes right-hander Blake Johnson has gone 1-0 without allowing an earned run in six innings of relief for Magallanes.
- La Guaira now features four Isotopes and one possible future Isotope. Lefty Derrick Loop (0-1, 3.97) has battled his way through three starts and two relief appearances, allowing 13 hits and nine walks in 11.1 innings. Right-hander Will Savage (0-1, 27.00) has been smacked around for 10 hits and eight runs in 2.2 innings. Outfielder-first baseman Scott Van Slyke has hit .255 (12-for-47) with four home runs and nine RBI. Outfielder Alex Castellanos just joined the Tiburones and has hit .375 (6-for-16) with two home runs in his first four games. Chattanooga third baseman C.J. Retherford has hit .291 (16-for-55) with three homers and six RBI.
- The Puerto Rican League still has yet to release rosters. League play begins next weekend.