Dodgers Midseason Report
Half of the players who entered the season on the Dodgers' Top 10 Prospects list have already played in the major leagues, so you could make a case for any one of those five. But the one who stands out is top prospect Dee Gordon, who jumped to shortstop in Los Angeles three years after getting drafted.
Gordon, 23, batted .315/.361/.370 at Triple-A Albuquerque, earning his callup when Rafael Furcal went on the disabled list. He had cooled to .243/.263/.297 in 74 at-bats in the majors after getting off to a hot start, but he showed the Dodgers enough on defense and at the plate that the team may shift Furcal to second base eventually.
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Righthander Garrett Gould, who won just once and posted a 4.47 ERA in his first two pro seasons, was a Midwest League all-star this season after going 7-2, 1.54 with 65 strikeouts in 13 starts at low Class A Great Lakes.
In a system deep with pitching, righthander Ethan Martin, a first-round pick in 2008, was expected to be one of the best. When he's on, his fastball sits in the mid-90s and can touch 98. When he's not—which has happened frequently—his velocity can drop into the low 90s and his command disappears. After losing his last seven starts in the California League last season, when he also led the league in walks, Martin has gone 3-3, 7.59 this year before being moved to the bullpen in June.
• Of Dodgers prospects still in the minors, the standout was Albuquerque outfielder Trayvon Robinson. The five-tool player was batting .311/.380/.573 with seven steals and led all Dodgers minor leaguers with 17 home runs.
• The bullpen may be a mess at the major league level, but the Dodgers seem well-stocked with relievers in the minors. At Chattanooga, the quartet of Cole St. Clair, Shawn Tolleson, Steven Ames and Josh Lindblom had combined for 16 saves and a 1.72 ERA in 79 innings. And at Great Lakes, Logan Bawcom had three wins and 10 saves in 25 appearances.