Maybe Pedro Baez Has a Future Now, & Other Minor League Notes

Maybe Pedro Baez‘ problem is that no one told him where on the field the batter is actually supposed to stand.

As we wait for the playoffs to run their course so we can focus on 2013, it’s important to keep in mind that there’s still Dodger baseball being played right now. Well, sort of. News & notes from around the minors…

1) The Arizona Fall League starts today. The AFL, for those who don’t know it, is a six-team league that runs between now and November 15, and it traditionally features some of the best collection of minor league talent. This year, the Dodgers will combine with prospects from Baltimore, Chicago Cubs Detroit, and Houston to form the Mesa Solar Sox, and they’ll contribute nine players. I think you’ll recognize a few of these guys: pitchers Eric Eadington, Onelki Garcia, Red Patterson, Chris Reed, & Andres Santiago; catcher Gorman Erickson; infielder Rafael Ynoa; and outfielders Joc Pederson & Yasiel Puig. Chris Jackson has more about each of the nine Dodger prospects here.

2) Pedro Baez following Kenley Jansen to the mound? Though I can’t say this is 100% confirmed yet, it appears that the organization is finally doing something I’ve been asking for since at least 2010, moving minor league third baseman Baez to the mound. (At least according to the instructional league roster Jackson passed along, which looks legitimate.) Baez, 25 in March, somehow made the Southern League All-Star team despite mediocre stats in his third crack at Double-A this year… and was rewarded for that with a demotion back down to Single-A Rancho Cucamonga to play with guys years younger:

Baez hit just .228/.287/.429 for the Quakes despite being old for an offense-friendly league, and has a career line of only .247/.308/.391 in more than 2,000 plate appearances across six seasons. So it looks like they’re finally giving up on him as a third baseman and taking a chance on the rocket arm that has won him multiple “Best throwing arm in the system” awards from Baseball America. More than about time, I say.

3) Pederson & Puig getting some notice. John Sickels over at Minor League Ball named his preliminary Top 50 Hitting Prospects for 2013 today, and two Dodgers made the list. Puig came in at #34, two spots ahead of fellow Cuban Jorge Soler, and Pederson was #39. Unsurprisingly, Texas shortstop Jurickson Profar topped the list; no Giants were represented. Obviously, this is one man’s opinion, and the usual caveats do apply. Still, it’s nice to see the Dodgers with some minor league hitting potential after several years of being a pitching-heavy system.

4) So long, Trent? Finally, Trent Oeltjen, who played in 75 games for the Dodgers in 2010-11 and 112 more for Albuquerque in 2012, has declared free agency, according to MiLB.com. He’s now free to sign with any club.

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Mike Petriello
Mike Petriello moderator

So who wants to read about Matt Treanor? because... that's going up right now.

DINGERS!
DINGERS!

*commenting because I dont want to get up o.O

FreeDK
FreeDK

Dangit, i wanted to see how full they could actually get the coliseum, but chances are they won't make the ALCS.

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

Internet is cool. I get to study at home while socializing so i dont feel so lonely. My performance at work has actually increased tremendously. Im a nerd. Dammit. #TBBT

DBrim
DBrim moderator

Four games on a Wednesday is not fair.

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

I want to make an inappropriate joke, which seems to be your MO, but i dont want you to suddenly do a hypocritical "higher ground" stance on me.

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

you n i are related i think. That basically also explains why u couldnt stand me at first. We family.

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

kpop is annoying, and that doesnt even break kpop standards

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

no one likes the macarena. Thats mah point.

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

A B list actor visited O.co and the 5 fans in attendance went crazy with excitement.

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

its a stupid reference to the Weekend At Bernie's franchise. Lame when it started, lame now. Look back on it in five yrs and you have the macarena

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

now this "goat" is a kid. Story keeps changing. I think he a serial murderer.

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

The real joke is that we are both parodying you, Jake.

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

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LA_Woman
LA_Woman

 @el serracho DAMMIT. I am so pissed that she isn't well. They've gone on a couple tours recently, so I thought maybe she was doing better. Also she'd been diagnosed with MS, but then figured out this year that it wasn't MS. So I thought things were good. She wouldn't mind you talking to her. I used to run into her around town during the X days, and she was "just peeps" and would talk to me if I approached her.

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

 @LA Woman delightful. Exene is my neighbor now, i see her walking from time to time but she's not doing so hot. I want to say hi, but don't want to be a fanboy, though i've waved. Sooo good. 

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

 @el serracho hahaha yeah Henry Rollins lulz. But there was a lot of great West Coast punk. Thing is the LA scene wasn't all "punk"... was so diverse. X, Go-Gos, Blasters, Top Jimmy, Zippers, The Last, etc. etc. Such great club-going days. My second childhood.

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

 @LA Woman being close to those kinda guys in those DIY days... hard to take it seriously. that was always part of the appeal of west coast punk for me.. it was kids just like me. you know? there were no rock stars until henry rollins decided to show everyone what  a jerk he is. IMHO. YMMV. 

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

 @el serracho I was part of Back Door Man Magazine with Gregg Turner. Never had any of their records. Just could never take them seriously because I knew him, I guess. Or something.

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

 @LA Woman  that is just great. are we of the same era, then? they came out a bit ahead of my punk rock awakening.. a few years, but close.