Lemmerman Finds Footing In California League





LOS ANGELES There is something refreshingly old school about Jake Lemmerman. Because for all his success, the high Class A Rancho Cucamonga shortstop says what has helped him most has been his failures.

"If you get yourself out, it's just kind of learning from your mistakes," he said. "Don't let it get to you too much. You've got to learn from everything and then narrow it down so you have a set idea of what you want to do."

Based on that criteria, the teaching moments have been few and far between for the 2010 fifth-round pick out of Duke. A California League all-star, Lemmerman was hitting .291/.382/.444 after leading the Rookie-level Pioneer League in runs (69) and finishing second in hitting (.363) last year with Ogden.

"I wasn't expecting to go out there and hit .360. I was definitely surprised," he said. "At the end of the year I was like, 'Wow.' I was excited so it gave me a little bit of confidence going into (this) year."

Lemmerman, 22, got off to a quick start at Rancho Cucamonga, batting .316 in April, before cooling slightly as the summer heated up. That probably shouldn't be surprising since Lemmerman skipped a step on the minor league ladder, going from Rookie ball to high Class A in a single bound.

"Just kind of finding your approach at the plate," he said when asked about his biggest adjustment this year. "Little adjustments here and there. You play to your strengths."

L.A. CONFIDENTIAL

• The Dodgers may be struggling at the big league level, but not in the minors. Entering the second week of July, the organization's top five minor league teams all had winning records and were a combined 203-165.

• Scouting director Logan White beat this summer's international signing period by inking 21-year-old Cuban defector Raydel Sanchez in the spring. Sanchez has proven to be a bargain, going 3-0, 2.05 in his first four starts with Ogden. Team officials were already comparing him to top pitching prospect Rubby De la Rosa.