With the Dodgers getting a rare September off-day today, I decided to look in on the club’s minor-league affiliates who are participating in the playoffs.
It was a quick look.
Three Dodgers affiliates found their way into their respective postseasons: The Arizona League Dodgers (who were eliminated Saturday), the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts and the Rookie-level Ogden Raptors.
Chattanooga and Ogden are both in action tonight, against Huntsville and Idaho Falls, respectively. The Chattanooga game isn’t available via MiLB.TV, but the Ogden game is. Eighteen-year-old left-hander Victor Gonzalez is starting for Ogden in a game that begins at 6:15 p.m. PST.
The short-season Rookie league Ogden Raptors begin play today. Several members of the Dodgers’ 2014 draft class will be on the roster: pitchers John Richy (third round), Brock Stewart (sixth round), Ryan Taylor (13th) and Joe Broussard (15th); outfielders Colin Hering (10th round), Devin Ahart (16th) and Brian Wolfe (20th); and infielders Ivan Vela (21st) and Jimmy Allen (24th).
The club is managed by former Cy Young Award winner Jack McDowell.
The Dodgers have two other short-season Rookie league affiliates: The Arizona League Dodgers, which begin play Friday and the Dominican Summer League Dodgers, which began play May 31.
The Dodgers formally announced their 2013 minor-league coaching staff Monday. It’s a long list with mostly familiar names:
The Ogden Raptors, the Dodgers’ affiliate in the advanced-rookie level Pioneer League, saw their season come to an end Friday in a 10-0 loss to the Missoula Osprey. The Osprey win the best-of-three series, 2 games to 1.
Jesus Valdez and Delvis Morales went 2-for-4 for the Raptors, but starter Ross Stripling –the Dodgers’ fifth-round 2012 draft pick — was tagged for eight hits and seven runs (six earned) in 3 2/3 innings.
The Raptors were the last of the Dodger farm teams still alive in the postseason.
The Ogden Raptors, the Dodgers’ advanced-rookie level affiliate in the Pioneer League, kept its season alive with a 13-7 win over the Missoula Osprey on Thursday night.
Eleventh-round draft pick Jeremy Rathjen went 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs. Noel Cuevas, a 21st-round draft pick in 2010, went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs scored. The Dodgers’ most recent first-round draft pick, Corey Seager, went 1-for-4 with a double and scored twice.
Gregg Downing, a 47th-round draft pick last year, finished the game with 5 1/3 innings out of the bullpen to earn the victory. The best-of-three series concludes tomorrow night with the two teams even, 1-1.
Ogden rallied late but fell in Game 1 of its Pioneer League Championship Series, 4-3, at Missoula (D-backs) Tuesday night. The Raptors are the only Dodgers affiliate club playing in the postseason.