It looks like Mark has not had a chance to generate a new post, so I thought I would step in and post something that I was looking at to get a different conversation going.
Wilmer Font has got to be a huge consideration for a September call up, and should be a major consideration for a bullpen spot next year. He now leads the PCL with 160 Ks in just 119.1 IP. His 3.39 ERA and 1.09 WHIP lead the PCL for all qualifiers. He has only 31 BB in those 119.1 IP. That makes his K/9 at 12.07, and his BB/9 around 2.34. His K/BB ratio is better than 5/1. His batting average against is .219. In other words, Wilmer Font should be the front runner for Pitcher of The Year in the PCL, and for the Dodger Minor League Pitcher of the Year. With 27 games remaining in the OKC schedule, Wilmer should have another 4-5 starts. I could see a scenario where Font starts 4 more games and goes no more than 5 innings to keep his innings down and is then in the LA Dodger dugout in San Diego on September 1.
I have been mentioning Matt Beaty’s name quite a bit lately, and it should come as no surprise that the Tulsa 3B/1B was selected at Texas League’s Player of the Week. In the 7 games from July 31 – August 6, he had multi-hit games in each of the 7 games. He batted .536 with 18 hits, 10 RBIs, and only 1 K. He is now leading the Texas League with a .330 average.
In 2015, Beaty was a 12th round draft choice out of Belmont University as a Catcher. He was a 2nd team All American in 2015. But he was yet another of those catchers that also plays infield. He is currently listed as a LH 1B, but plays just as much at 3B (and does not catch). John Sickels, at Minor League Ball, wrote that Beaty has a good defensive reputation at third base. Sickles estimated that Beaty would be selected in the 6th round. His pre-draft report on Beaty is as follows: “Matt Beaty, 3B, Belmont: Senior, hits left, excellent multi-year track record, hit .382/.469/.668 this year with 12 homers, 12 steals, 32/17 BB/K, also has good defensive reputation. Has to be a target for sabermetrically-oriented teams in middle rounds. TT: Sixth round.” Finding a multi-tooled top 10 round prospect in the 12th round…Sounds like a perfect FAZ match.
Matt will be 25 next year, so he is not a young prospect which is undoubtedly why he is not already included in the Dodgers Top 30. But his bat is getting him noticed.