Four of the Dodgers’ top five minor-league affiliates saw their regular seasons end Monday.
First, a couple noteworthy individual performances:
Onelki Garcia made his professional debut for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga and struck out four of the six batters he faced in two perfect innings. The left-hander was the Dodgers’ third-round draft pick in June, but had not pitched since because of a delay in obtaining his work visa. Garcia defected from Cuba in 2010.
Tyler Ogle went 3-for-3 with a walk and four RBIs in his debut game at Triple-A Albuquerque. The catcher, a ninth-round draft pick in 2011 out of the University of Oklahoma, made stops in the Arizona League (.483 in 16 games), Midwest League (.210 in 18 games for Great Lakes), Pioneer League (.258 in 8 games for Ogden) before coming to Albuquerque when Tim Federowicz was called up by the Dodgers.
Here’s one quote that did not make any of the 10 blog posts or twostories I filed from Dodger Stadium yesterday. It’s from Stan Kasten.
“I want to stress … we continue to believe in the importance of building a foundation through scouting and player development,” Kasten said. “We won’t be what we want to be until we build the system of players.”
“The great advantage of this ownership is, we can do both at the same time.”
Sounds a little utopian, right? Let’s take a look at the hit the Dodgers’ farm system just absorbed.
Brandon League has had an interesting 2012 season. He began as the Seattle Mariners’ incumbent closer, coming off an All-Star season in which he recorded a career-high 37 saves.
The right-hander converted his first five save opportunities out of the Seattle ‘pen this year, then blew four of his next eight chances and lost the job in May to a rotating committee that finally settled on Tom Wilhelmsen. From then on League pitched the seventh, eighth, ninth and 10th innings for the Mariners, including a couple save situations (he went 0-for-2).
That’s why League’s numbers weren’t eye-popping when the Dodgers announced they acquired him Monday night for Single-A outfielder Leon Landry and Double-A pitcher Logan Bawcom. League has an 0-5 record, a 3.63 earned-run average, nine saves in 46 games and 27 strikeouts in 44.2 innings –a 5.4 strikeouts/9 innings ratio.