Left-hander Onelki Garcia, who split his season between Double-A Chattanooga (2-3, 2.75 ERA, 1 save), Triple-A Albuquerque (0-1, 3.72) and Los Angeles (13.50 ERA in three games), takes the roster spot of right-hander Pedro Baez with the Glendale Desert Dogs.
The move was not related to any sort of injury to Baez. The Dodgers had planned to send Garcia to the AFL all along, but they chose to wait as he had pitched more innings than expected this past season. In turn, Baez, in his first year as a pitcher after converting from third base, hit his innings limit for the season (58 in minors, 4.1 in AFL).
Baez finished his brief Glendale campaign with four scoreless appearances. He allowed three hits and three walks while striking out six batters.
Garcia made his debut in Friday's 4-2 loss to visiting Salt River. He did not allow a run in two innings of work, allowing just two hits and one walk while striking out two batters.
It was a relatively quiet week for the other seven Dodgers farmhands on the Glendale roster.
Yimi Garcia: The right-hander appeared in two games, tossing a perfect inning each time. Garcia had one strikeout in Wednesday's 4-0 win over visiting Peoria. He then struck out two batters in Friday's loss.
Jarret Martin: The lefty made two appearances on the week. He threw 1.2 scoreless innings Wednesday, walking two batters and striking out one. In Saturday's 5-2 victory over visiting Scottsdale he gave up one run in two innings of work on one hit and two walks. He struck out two.
Mike Thomas: The other southpaw threw two scoreless innings. He struck out all three batters he faced in the seventh inning of Monday's 5-1 loss at Scottsdale. Thomas went 1.1 innings Friday, allowing one hit and one walk.
Brian Cavazos-Galvez: The Albuquerque native appeared in four games, starting three times in left field and once in right field. He struggled in the batter's box, going 1-for-14 overall with just a solo home run in Tuesday's 5-1 loss to visiting Scottsdale. Cavazos-Galvez also drove in a run with a sacrifice fly on Saturday. His worst game was an 0-for-5 effort, with three strikeouts, on Thursday though the Desert Dogs won 6-0 at Peoria.
Pratt Maynard: There were no games this week for the catcher.
Chris O'Brien: He started three games at catcher this week, though he was just 1-for-7 overall. O'Brien had a two-run double Saturday. He did draw four walks over the course of the week. Defensively, O'Brien had a rough game Tuesday as he was charged with two passed balls and an error.
Corey Seager: The shortstop prospect seems a bit worn out after a long season, going 1-for-12 in four games. Seager was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts Monday and 0-for-3 with a strikeout and a walk Tuesday. He went 1-for-5 with a double, a run scored and an error Thursday, but followed that up by going 0-for-3 with a strikeout Friday.
The AFL resumes play Monday as the Desert Dogs travel to Surprise to play at 1:35 p.m.
Around the Caribbean
- Outfield prospect Joc Pederson continues to be an on-base machine for the Cardenales de Lara in the Venezuelan League. Pederson has an eye-popping .282/.561/.667 slash line, drawing 26 walks in just 14 games. He also has three home runs, four doubles, one triple and 14 runs scored.
- Isotopes outfielder Nick Buss joined the Cardenales on Saturday and went 2-for-5 with a run, a double and an RBI in a 10-8 win over the Tiburones de La Guaira. Buss started in left field while Pederson was in right field, going 1-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and three walks.
- Double-A shortstop Miguel Rojas, who re-signed with the Dodgers this week, came into that game as a pinch runner for the Tiburones. He would go on to hit a double and finish with two runs scored.
- In the Dominican League, Isotopes right-hander Angel Castro tossed six scoreless innings as the Aguilas Cibaenas rolled to a 4-1 win over the Tigres de Licey on Friday. Castro scattered three hits and two walks while striking out four batters to improve to 2-0 in as many starts for the Aguilas.
- In the Mexican League, Isotopes outfielder Matt Angle is quietly having a solid campaign, batting .313/.400/.417 with eight runs scored and a solo home run for Culiacan.
- The Puerto Rican League will finally kick off its season this Friday.