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Arizona Complex League and Dominican Summer Leagues Start June 5

The Arizona Complex League (ACL) and Dominican Summer League (DSL) both began their seasons on Monday, June 5 and the regular season will end August 22, and will consist of 63 games.

 

The ACL has 3 divisions, consisting of 17 teams of 15 organizations.

 

  • ACL East (6) – LAA, DBacks (2), Giants (2), Rockies
  • ACL Central (5) – A’s, Brewers, Cubs, Guardians, Reds
  • ACL West (6) – LAD, Mariners, Padres, Rangers, Royals, ChiSox

 

The LAD ACL team will have Jair Fernandez as the manager again in 2023.  Fernandez guided the ACL Dodgers to a 25-29 record last year.

 

The remaining staff:

 

Hitting coach: Danny Dorn
Hitting coach: Blake Gailen
Hitting coach: Johermyn Chavez

Pitching coach: Andres Urbina
Pitching coach: Luis Vasquez

Bench coach: Johan Garcia

Coach/complex coordinator: Fumi Ishibashi

Coach/baseball tech associate: Zoe Hicks

Athletic trainer: Alfredo Casillas
Assistant athletic trainer: Zoe Hicks

Performance coach: Jose Gutierrez
Performance associate: Irma Maldonado
Performance operations assistant: Marlon Cairo

Video/development associate: Jade Gortarez
Video/development associate: Joe Nadler

The LAD ACL roster consists of:

26 pitchers, 6 catchers, 11 infielders, and 2 outfielders.  Although Samuel Muñoz is listed as an infielder is actually an OF/DH.

 

Pitchers of note – 20 RHP, 6 LHP:

  • Ken Giles – MLB RHRP

 

  • Ryan Brasier – MLB RHRP

 

  • Kendall Williams (22) – RHSP – Traded from Toronto in the Ross Stripling trade in 2020. Pitched 110 innings in 2022, mostly at Great Lakes (A+).

 

  • Jimmy Lewis (22) – 2019 draft pick 2C (Overall 78). In 2021, Lewis pitched 50.1 innings at RC.  Pitched some at Rancho in 2022.  Was injured early on in his career.  Hopefully this will be a breakout year for Lewis.

 

  • Maximo Martinus (19) – Total 4.2 IP in 2022 at ACL. Last pitched June 13.  Highly regarded 2021 IFL signee from Caracas, Venezuela.  Was in the US as an 18 year old.

 

  • Alberluis Matos (21) – 2019 IFL signee from Santiago, DR. 0 IP in 2022 at LAD ACL.

 

  • Darlin Pinales (20) – 2019 IFL signee from Santo Domingo, DR. – Has 21.0 IP this year at RC.

 

  • Reynaldo Yean (19) – 2021 IFL signee from Sabana Grande de Moya, DR. – Pitched well in DSL in 2022. 24.1 IP. Strikeout pitcher, 41.  One of the few IFL signees to reach the US in first year.  Three innings last year at ACL.

 

  • Callum Wallace (19) – 2022 IFL signee from Brisbane, Australia – 11.0 IP at ACL in 2022.

 

  • Sean Linan (19) – 2022 IFL signee from Cartagena, Columbia – 26.0 IP in DSL, and pitched very well. Groundball pitcher with a 2.08 ERA and 0.96 WHIP.

 

Catchers of Note:

  • Nelson Quiroz (21) – 2018 IFL signee from Navajoa, Sinaloa, Mexico – Played well at Rancho in 2022 with limited PA. 50 PA, .341/.420/.659/1.079, 6 BB, 5 K.

 

  • Carlos Avila (19) – 2021 IFL signee from Barquisimeto, Venezuela – 2022 stats at DSL – 141 PA, .308/.411/.417/.828.

 

Infielders of Note:

  • Wilman Diaz (19) – 2021 IFL signee from Maracay, Venezuela. One of the most highly regarded SS prospects to come out of Venezuela, who has had nothing but struggles since he signed.  While not at the age for a make or break year, it is a critical year for the future of Diaz.  Second year at ACL.

Three highly regarded 2022 IFL signees.  They play all three SS, 2B, and 3B.

  • Mairoshendrick Martinus (18) – Willemstad, Curaçao – 2022 at DSL, 211 PA, .264/.336/.467/.803, 6 doubles, 5 triples, 7 HRs, 38 RBI

 

  • Oswaldo Osorio (18) – San Felipe, Venezuela – 2022 at DSL, 187 PA, .239/.428/.471/.899, 4 doubles, 5 triples, 6 HRs, 39 RBI

 

  • Jerel Perez (18) – La Romana, DR – 2022 at DSL, 205 PA, .278/.371/.500/.871, 11 doubles, 2 triples, 8 HRs, 28 RBIs. Perez has started the year early at RC before being reassigned to ACL.  2023 at RC – 27 PA, .238/.407/.333/.740, 2 doubles.

Two other IFL middle infielders to follow:

  • Derlin Figueroa (19) – 2021 IFL signee from Santo Domingo, DR – 2022 at DSL – 169 PA, .296/.393/.535/.928, 5 doubles, 1 trouble, 9 HRs, 38 RBI

 

  • Darol Garcia (20) – 2019 IFL signee from Santo Domingo, DR – 2022 at DSL – 126 PA, .359/.472/.427/.899, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 1 HR, 11 RBI

 

Three 2022 Rule 4 Amateur Draft Picks – All played some ACL in 2022.

  • Sam McLain (22) – 5th round (165 overall) – Played mostly at RC in 2022

 

  • Logan Wagner (19) – 6th round (195 overall)

 

  • Cameron Decker (19) – 18th round (555 overall) – Has played at RC in 2023. 74 PA, .203/.297/.344/.641.

 

Outfielders of Note –

  • Samuel Muñoz (18) – 2022 IFL signee from Santo Domingo, DR – I am including him as an OF even though listed as an infielder. Has played exclusively in OF.  2022 DSL – 210 PA, .347/.429/.491/.920, 12 doubles, 5 triples, 1 HR, 42 RBI

 

  • German Tapia (19) – 2021 IFL signee from San Pedro de Macoris, DR by Toronto. Traded by Toronto to LAD for Garrett Cleavinger.  2022 DSL – 141 PA, .295/.461/.410/.871, 4 doubles, 1 triple, 2 HR, 16 RBI

 

Of special note, Ben Serunkuma and Umar Male are the first Ugandan-born players to sign a professional baseball contract with an MLB club.  Both at ACL.

 

Complete ACL Roster:

 

2023 Dominican Summer League (DSL) – The DSL season goes from June 5, 2023 to August 22, 2023.  There will be a total of 56 games.

2023 International Free Agents Signed and Where Assigned.

  • Joendry Vargas (SS) – Bautista – $2,180,000
  • Arnaldo Lantigua (OF) – Mega – $700,000
  • Daniel Mielcarek (SS) – Mega – $400,000
  • Erick Batista (RHP) – Bautista
  • Luis Carias (RHP) – Mega
  • Harold Gonzalez (SS) – Bautista
  • Javier Herrera (SS) – Mega
  • Anderson Jerez (RHP) – Mega
  • Elias Medina (SS) – Mega
  • Samuel Sánchez (RHP) – Mega
  • Jesus Tillero – (RHP) – Bautista
  • Eduardo Quintero – (C) – Bautista
  • Robinson Ventura – (RHP) – Mega

These are the original assignments.  They do tend to change.  Five of the above have been assigned to DSL LAD Bautista and eight have been assigned to DSL LAD Mega.  The Dodgers are loathe to bring any current year IFA to USA in the same year they are signed.  I would not expect to see any of the above players in Arizona in the ACL in 2023.

The lone catcher signed this period was Eduardo Quintero who reigns from Venezuela.  The Dodgers have signed at least one Venezuelan catcher in each of the last nine international signing periods.  But while signed as a catcher, Eduardo has been moved to CF, and that is where he started in Game 1.

Other Venezuelan catchers signed by LAD since 2014.

  • 2014 – Keibert Ruiz – Traded to Washington
  • 2015 – Marco Hernandez – Released
  • 2016 – Wladimir Chalo – Dodgers Development List
  • 2017 – Jenderson Jardines – Released
  • 2018 – Diego Cartaya – AA, Currently Dodgers #1 prospect
  • 2019 – Yeiner Fernandez – High A Great Lakes, catcher/2B
  • 2019 – Jefferson Valladares – ACL
  • 2019 – Carlos Rojas – ACL
  • 2020 – No signing period held
  • 2021 – Jesus Galiz – Rancho Cucamonga
  • 2021 – Carlos Avila – ACL
  • 2022 – Victor Rodrigues – Currently assigned to DSL LAD Bautista
  • 2023 – Eduardo Quintero – Currently assigned to DSL LAD Bautista

There is one other Venezuelan catchers that was on the DSL rosters in 2022, and is still in the organization:

  • Angel Diaz (2021) – DSL LAD Mega

 

My last year’s watch list:

2022 Bautista:

  • Mairoshendrick Martinus – SS – Curacao (Martinus is viewed by some as the best infielder from Curacao since Ozzie Albies signed with the Atlanta Braves.) Assigned to LAD ACL
  • Accimias Morales – RHP – Venezuela – Assigned to Rancho Cucamonga
  • Oswaldo Osorio – SS – Venezuela – Assigned to LAD ACL
  • Josue De Paula – OF – Dominican Republic – Assigned to Rancho Cucamonga
  • Jeral Perez – SS – Dominican Republic – Assigned to LAD ACL
  • Alexander Albertus – SS – Aruba – Assigned to DSL ACL Bautista
  • Yuliangel de la Cruz – RHP – Dominican Republic – Assigned to DSL LAD Bautista
  • Peter Bonilla – LHP – Spain – Assigned to DSL LAD Bautista
  • Víctor Rodrigues – C – Venezuela – Assigned to DSL LAD Bautista

2022 Mega:

  • Samuel Muñoz (MLB Pipeline #7) – Infielder – Dominican Republic – Assigned to LAD ACL
  • Raynerd Ortega – SS – Venezuela – Assigned to DSL LAD Bautista
  • Javier Pena – C – Dominican Republic – Assigned to DSL LAD Bautista
  • Domingo Geronimo – RHP – Dominican Republic – Assigned to DSL LAD Bautista
  • Luciano Romero – RHP – Venezuela – Assigned to DSL LAD Mega
  • Eduardo Guerrero – SS – Venezuela – Assigned to DSL LAD Mega

Five of the above have been assigned to the Dodgers ACL roster, while two have been assigned to Full Season A League at Rancho Cucamonga.  Just a guess, but I suspect that Samuel Muñoz will find his way to Rancho before too long.  It will be very interesting to see where the three SS end up playing on the field…Mairoshendrick Martinus, Oswaldo Osorio, and Jeral Perez.

 

DSL LAD Bautista Roster

 

DSL LAD Mega Roster

 

Game 1 – ACL and DSL

 

DSL Game 1  – Featured the two LAD DSL teams facing off against each other.  2023 IFL signees who started:

DSL LAD Bautista 4 – DSL LAD Mega 3 – 7 innings

 

Bautista:

  • Joendry Vargas SS – 0-3, 1 BB
  • Eduardo Quintero CF – 2-3, 1 BB, 1 RBI
  • Harold Gonzalez DH – 1-3, 1 BB
  • Jesus Tillero – Starting Pitcher – 2.0 perfect innings, 2 K

 

Mega:

  • Elias Medina 3B – 0-3
  • Daniel Mielcarek SS – 0-3
  • Arnaldo Lantigua LF – 1-3, 1 RBI
  • Eduardo Guerrero DH – 1-3
  • Javier Herrera 2B – 0-2, 1 RBI
  • Samuel Sanchez – Starting Pitcher – 1.1 IP, 3 Runs (all earned), 4 hits, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 HR
  • Luis Carias – Relief Pitcher – 1.1 IP, 1 Run (earned), 2 hits, 2 BB, 1 K

The big hit of the day came from Yorfran Medina (1B) – 2-3, HR (1), 3 RBI.

 

Box Score

 

 

ACL Dodgers 7 – ACL Giants Black 6

What a way for a Dodgers team to start the season.  Down 6-3 to the ACL Giants Black going into the 8th, the Dodgers come all the way back and win in a walk off in the 9th with a Derlin Figueroa HR (1).

Jeral Perez opened the 8th with a HR (1).  Luis Guerra followed with a BB and a singles by Mairoshendrick Martinus put runners on 1st and 2nd with no outs.  Oswaldo Osorio singled and Guerra scored with Martinus moving to 3rd, with Osorio being thrown out at 2nd.  A WP scored Martinus for the tying run.

Reynaldo Yean and Guillermo Arvizo were the two top ACL LAD pitchers in this one.  Both pitched a scoreless/hitless inning with 2 Ks.

  • Wilman Diaz – 2-4
  • Samuel Muñoz – 1-4, triple (1), 2 RBI
  • Jose Meza – 2-4, double (1), 1 RBI
  • Jerel Perez – 1-4, HR (1), 1 RBI
  • Derlin Figueroa – 1-4, HR (1), 1 RBI

 

Box Score

 

 

 

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Dionysus

Incredible content. Bravo!

Bluto

I mean what are we looking for at this level? Just skill development (play time? OPS improvement??)

Specific attributes (secondary pitched, K rates? Hitting off-speed? Fb speed?)

is stat scouting enough? Or should we wait for feedback from the Keith Laws of the world?

Help me Obi Jeff, your my only hope

Badger

Not too long for me. These days when I read I look for two things – does it make me laugh, or does it help me learn something. Your stuff makes me feel smarter, though again I would probably flunk a test.

As for eye test or metrics, I’m a metrics guy now. Don’t see anybody, only the occasional film, but read metrics all the time. I look at it as scientific evidence.

Badger

Geez, if the coaches can’t see all that they should be fired.

Badger

That is a lot of in depth detail. Hope there isn’t a test.

Times article this morning on how bad the bullpen is. Ranked 26th. Is that better than the starters? Yeah, probably.

I wonder if Cincinnati is jacked up to play us. Yeah, probably.

Last edited 8 months ago by Badger
tedraymond

Wow Jeff. That’s an amazing amount of content to digest. There can’t be anyone more thorough in informing a fan base of every prospect their team has in their pipeline. I mean, talk about going deep on research. Like Badger I’m thankful for no test. The amount of staff and support these players have available to them at this stage of the development ladder is crazy. That could be the reason the Dodgers are so successful with their development.

It looks like the infield, especially the SS position, has be emphasized recently by the front office as a spot that may need some depth in the organization.

I’m looking forward to this short road trip with Cincy and the Phils. With all the money the Mets and Phils spent this offseason I would think their fans aren’t very happy right now. Even with a four hit game yesterday, Trea Turner has a
.243/.286/.398/.684 line so far this season. Again, another example of a $300M contract that will probably be a $27M annual throw away in a 3-4 years. I was glad that AF passed on that signing. It would have been more validated if Lux had not gotten injured. I’m confident that Gavin could have exceeded TT current numbers. To have a player with TT’s speed with an OBP of less than .300 is not right. Oh well, not our problem.
Carry on.

Singing the Blue

Nick Robertson is finally getting his chance.
That explains the removal of Luke Williams from the 40-man yesterday.
Scott sent to OKC to make room for Robertson. He pitched well when they gave him a chance and was just a victim of numbers, I guess.
Personally, I would have sent Bazooka down so that he could learn how to throw to a base when picking up an infield dribbler.

Speak of players being optioned, the Jays optioned Manoah to the Florida Complex League today. I hope he re-discovers himself. He’s an interesting character.

Last edited 8 months ago by Singing the Blue
Badger

I’m gonna say it. 100 mph pitches. Stop it. You’re going to throw your arm out. Look around. 100 mph arms are dropping like 1’ putts. Keep it up, and you’re next.

Buehler and May. Back off 3-4 mph and learn how to put that pitch in the corner of the box. Also, learn the two seamer and a change and you might add 5 years to your career and $150 million to your bank account.

Dionysus

Little chocolate donuts

Badger

Just heard from an old friend. SLO Tim. He ain’t happy either.

This is our 2023 Los Angeles Dodgers.

OhioDodger

Ooh, ooh, that smell,
Can’t you smell that smell.

Dionysus

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