FURTHER DOWN ON THE FARM
By James Hilchen
The first homestand of the 2012 season is in the books. Due to the stability of the Dodger roster thus far, the turnover on the roster for the Isotopes has been refreshingly slow. As happens every year, those transactions are bound to pick up as the season rolls on. With that being said, here is a look at some of the faces that may be appearing in a ‘Topes uniform in the future and how they are starting their 2012 seasons in Chattanooga and Rancho Cucamonga.
Pedro Baez – (3B) Has appeared in 18 games for the Lookouts. He is currently hitting .254 with a HR and 6 RBI.
Nick Buss – (CF) In 74 AB, has a .243 average with 3 SB and 7 RBI.
Brian Cavazos-Galvez – (OF) The Albuquerque native and former Lobo is off to slow start in Chattanooga. He is currently hitting .153 with 2 HR and 7 RBI in 16 games.
Nathan Eovaldi – (RHP) Eovaldi, the #3 prospect in the Dodger organization by Baseball America, has started 3 games for the Lookouts. Although he has yet to register a decision, Eovaldi has thrown 12 innings, giving up 10 hits and 3 walks, while striking out 14.
Kyle Russell – (RF) Russell, who appeared in 11 games for the Topes last season, is hitting .325 with 2 HR and 6 RBI in 11 games.
Shawn Tolleson – (RHP) Tolleson continues to impress as he did last season. In 8 innings, Tolleson has allowed only 4 hits and 0 walks, while striking out 15. He has 4 saves in his 6 appearances.
Allen Webster – (RHP) Webster is the #2 prospect in the organization according to Baseball America. He has started 4 games and pitched 20 1/3 innings, giving up 31 hits, and has an ERA of 4.43.
Chris Withrow – (RHP) Withrow is the #7 prospect according to Baseball America. He recently appeared in his first game of the season, going 4 1/3 innings, giving up 6 hits and 2 walks, while striking out 3.
Rancho Cucamonga (Hi Single-A)
Garrett Gould – (RHP) The #6 prospect in the Dodgers organization is 0-3 with a 6.06 ERA. Gould has racked up the strikeouts however, with 28 K’s in 16 1/3 innings.
Zach Lee – (RHP) The #1 prospect of the Dodgers according to Baseball America has started 4 games for the Quakes. Lee has thrown 21 /13 innings and has a 2.95 ERA while striking out 25 batters.
Charlie Mirabal – (SS) Mirabal, who appeared briefly with the Isotopes in 2011, is hitting .174 in his first 16 games.
Chris Reed – (LHP) Reed is the #5 ranked Dodgers prospect. He has started 4 games and has a 1-2 record with a 3.68 ERA. Reed has 25 strikeouts in 22 innings pitched.
WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
Here is an update on the whereabouts of some former Isotopes…Jason Repko was recently recalled from AAA Pawtucket and appeared in 5 games for Boston before going on the disabled list with a separated shoulder… Xavier Paul is currently playing in the Nationals organization for AAA Syracuse…Trayvon Robinson is playing for AAA Tacoma in the Mariners organization…Jamie Hoffman elected free agency after not making the opening day roster for the Rockies. Hoffman then signed a minor league contract with the Orioles and is playing at AAA Norfolk.