Los Angeles Dodgers prospect Corey Seager is in the stretch run of the longest season of his life.
It is starting to show in his performance in the Arizona Fall League.
The 19-year-old shortstop played in 101 games during the regular season for Low-A Great Lakes and High-A Rancho Cucamonga. He has added another 13 games with the Glendale Desert Dogs, plus Seager played in Saturday's Fall Stars Game, going 0-for-3 with one RBI.
Add it all up and Seager has all the markers of a player worn out and in need of a long winter's rest.
Seager has hit .160 (8-for-50) with one home run and six RBI for Glendale, striking out 18 times while drawing just five walks. He had a pair of 0-for-4 games this week sandwiched around one good performance Tuesday when he was 2-for-5 with his lone homer and two RBI.
Fans should not panic about Seager's season-ending slump. Outfielder Joc Pederson hit .096 (5-for-52) in the AFL last season, but he rebounded to hit .278/.381/.497 with 22 home runs, 58 RBI, and steal 31 bases with Double-A Chattanooga this season and is currently tearing up the Venezuelan Winter League.
As for the rest of the Dodgers, it was a short, fairly quiet week with the Desert Dogs.
Brian Cavazos-Galvez: The Albuquerque native started three games this week, twice in left field and once in right, but he is still struggling to find his swing. Cavazos-Galvez went 1-for-4 with a run scored in Monday's 8-7 loss to Surprise. He was 0-for-4 in Wednesday's 7-5 loss to Peoria and again in Friday's 6-2 loss to Salt River. Cavazos-Galvez had five strikeouts this week.
Onelki Garcia: The lefty did not pitch this week. No reason was given.
Yimi Garcia: It was a tough week for the right-hander. He took the loss in relief Monday, giving up two runs on two hits and one walk in one inning of work. Garcia allowed another run in the seventh inning of Wednesday's loss. He joined Seager in Saturday's Fall Stars Game, allowing one run while pitching the eighth inning as the West team defeated the East 9-2.
Jarret Martin: The lefty did not allow a run in two outings this week. Martin did not allow a baserunner over 1.1 innings in Tuesday's 5-5 tie with Surprise. He pitched a scoreless fourth inning in the Desert Dogs' lone victory of the week, a 10-2 thumping of Peoria on Thursday. That was despite allowing a hit and walking two batters. Overall, Martin has 14 walks in 10.1 innings in the AFL this season.
Pratt Maynard: He returned to Glendale's lineup Friday after missing time following a pitch that hit him in the helmet. Maynard started at catcher and was 0-for-3 with one walk.
Chris O'Brien: The best week of any Dodger farmhand went to O'Brien, largely for his performance in Thursday's win over Peoria. The catcher went 2-for-5 and belted a grand slam off the Mariners' Kyle Hunter in the second inning. O'Brien was 1-for-5 with a double on Tuesday.
Michael Thomas: Much like fellow lefty reliever Onelki Garcia, Thomas took this week off for undisclosed reasons.
The Desert Dogs will resume play Monday at 12:35 p.m. against Surprise. There are 10 games remaining in the AFL season.
Around the Caribbean
The Roberto Clemente League in Puerto Rico has finally begun play with plenty of Dodgers farmhands scattered among four of its five teams.
Right-handers Andres Santiago (Chattanooga) and Jose De Leon (Ogden) are with Caguas, as is outfielder Juan Silva, who apparently signed with the Dodgers after playing at Single-A Bakersfield (Reds) this past season.
Infielder Ozzie Martinez (Isotopes/Chattanooga) is with Carolina, while Mayaguez has a host of Dodgers including Isotopes right-handers Matt Magill and Steve Smith, a former UNM Lobo. Also on the Indios are lefty Daniel Coulombe, right-hander Freddie Cabrera and outfielder Noel Cuevas, who all played for Rancho Cucamonga this past season.
Ponce features catcher Jan Vazquez (Chattanooga), second base prospect Jesmuel Valentin (Ogden/Great Lakes) and outfielder Jon Garcia (Chattanooga/Rancho Cucamonga).