Week two of the Arizona Fall League saw plenty of mixed results for all eight Dodgers minor-league players with the Glendale Desert Dogs.
As the top prospect in the group, shortstop Corey Seager tends to get the lion's share of attention. The former first-round draft pick is just 19, making him one of the youngest players in the AFL. That, coupled with a month-long layoff after Single-A Rancho Cucamonga's season ended, has left Seager a little rusty and his results a little erratic.
Seager played back-to-back games twice this week as the various AFL teams began to establish what could be considered their primary and secondary rosters, using their best players more frequently while others are just used as replacements when the best need a day off.
After going 1-for-4 with an RBI in Monday's 5-1 victory over Peoria, Seager had a Tuesday to forget. He was 0-for-3 with a strikeout while making two errors in the field as the Desert Dogs lost 5-4 at Peoria.
Seager took Wednesday off before responding with one of his best games to date Thursday. He went 2-for-4 with two runs, a double and two RBI as Glendale shut out Salt River 6-0.
Then came Friday's 2-1 loss at Scottsdale, when Seager was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and one walk. Seager still has a lot of potential, though it is obvious he still has some work to do to smooth out the rough edges in his game.
As for the rest of the future Dodgers, it was fairly quiet week.
Pedro Baez: The right-handed reliever appeared twice, tossing two hitless, scoreless innings. He struck out two batters Monday and allowed one walk Thursday.
Yimi Garcia: He also had a nice, quiet week, just like Baez. The right-hander piled up three scoreless innings in two games. He had one strikeout while not allowing a baserunner Monday. Garcia followed that up with two innings Friday, overcoming one hit and two walks.
Jarret Martin: While the right-handers shined, the lefties took their lumps. Martin walked four batters in two-thirds of an inning Tuesday, allowing one run and taking the loss against Peoria. He went 1.2 innings Saturday, charged with three runs on two hits and four walks while striking out three batters in the 7-0 loss to Surprise.
Michael Thomas: Much like Martin, Thomas would probably like a mulligan for the week. He allowed two runs on three hits in one inning of work Wednesday, though the Desert Dogs held on for an 8-6 win over Salt River. He took the loss in Friday's extra-inning defeat at the hands of Scottsdale, giving up one run on three hits and two walks while striking out two in 1.1 innings.
Brian Cavazos-Galvez: The outfielder started three games and came off the bench in another, going 3-for-13 with one run, one RBI, one walk and two strikeouts. The Albuquerque native and former Isotope played three games in left field and one in right field.
Pratt Maynard: He started twice behind the plate, going 1-for-5, though the one hit was a two-run homer Wednesday. Maynard drove in three runs in that game.
Chris O'Brien: He made three starts on the week, twice at catcher and once as a designated hitter. Overall, O'Brien was 1-for-10 with one run, a double, an RBI and three strikeouts.
After taking its usual Sunday off, the AFL will resume Monday as Glendale visits Scottsdale at 6:35 p.m.
Around the Caribbean
In the Dominican League, which started its season Friday, Isotopes pitcher of the year Angel Castro (8-5, 3.48 ERA) and reliever Kelvin de la Cruz (3-1, 2.89, 7 saves) are playing with the Aguilas Cibaenas. Also on the roster is second baseman Rafael Ynoa (.267/.338/.370 at Double-A Chattanooga), who figures to move up to Albuquerque this spring.
The Estrellas de Oriente feature catcher Drew Butera (.228/.281/.509), plus former Isotopes Todd Linden and Frankie de la Cruz. The Gigantes del Cibao feature right-handed pitching prospect Carlos Frias (8-7, 3.31 overall), who pitched at three levels this season, finishing up at Chattanooga.
Reliever Luis Vasquez (3-3, 2.52), who split the season between the Isotopes and Lookouts, is with the Tigres del Licey. Albuquerque native Jordan Pacheco of the Colorado Rockies is with the Toros del Este alongside former Isotopes Ramon Troncoso and Claudio Vargas.
Over in the Mexican Pacific League, Isotopes manager Lorenzo Bundy is again at the helm at Navojoa. Outfielder Matt Angle is playing with former Isotope Luis Cruz with Culiacan.
Down in Venezuela, the Cardenales de Lara feature top outfield prospect Joc Pederson, who should be an Isotope in 2014, and right-hander Red Patterson. That season has been underway for over a week now and Pederson is already batting .273/.543/.727, drawing an eye-popping 13 walks in eight games. Patterson has a 1.13 ERA after one start and one relief appearance.
Others playing in the league include infielder Elevys Gonzalez with the Bravos de Margarita; right-hander Matt Palmer and first baseman Eliezer Alfonzo with the Navegantes del Magallanes; and right-hander Anthony Ortega and Double-A players Hector Nelo and Miguel Rojas with the Tiburones de la Guaira.
The Puerto Rican league will start Nov. 1 and announce its rosters then.