High Class A Rancho Cucamonga will have a prospect starting on the mound almost every night. Lefty Chris Reed and righty Zach Lee, the Dodgers’ last two first-round picks, lead the way, and they’re backed up by another top 10 prospect in righthander Garrett Gould and righthander Angel Sanchez, who flew under the radar last year while posting a 2.82 ERA in low Class A.
Leap Of Faith
There weren’t many surprises among the Dodgers’ Opening Day assignments. Reed will be opening his first full pro season in high Class A, but he did pitch there at the tail end of last season after he signed. Righthander Freddie Cabrera, a 26th-round pick last year out of NAIA Central Methodist (Mo.), earned a spot onto the prospect-laden Rancho pitching staff. He went 1-1, 2.63 with Mayaguez over the winter back home in the Puerto Rican League.
Where Is That Guy?
Outfielder Alfredo Silverio remains sidelined while recovering from a concussion stemming from an automobile accident in the Dominican Republic during the offseason. The Dodgers’ best position prospect, Silverio should join Double-A Chattanooga or Triple-A Albuquerque once he’s ready to go, but club officials have said there is no timetable for his return.
Time Is Running Out
Righthander Chris Withrow begins his fourth stint with Chattanooga, where he’s gone 12-17, 4.98 over the last three seasons. Though Withrow’s stuff can impress, the Dodgers are still waiting for the 2007 first-round pick, who celebrated his 23rd birthday on April 1, to harness his command.