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Broxton’s Return: Velocity is Back, Movement is Not (Plus Some Kenley Jansen Stuff).

If you saw Jonathan Broxton‘s performance on Saturday, you were probably a little relieved. Broxton faced eight batters, gave up no hits and got six outs. The two walks made it interesting, but that seemed to be a little rust he was shaking off as they came against two of the first three batters.

The point, though, is that nobody really touched Broxton’s stuff. (All graphs provided by BrooksBaseball.net, please go visit their site and say thank you for all of the info).

Broxton's Box Score July 24, 2010

I don’t understand the bunt groundout–I do, but it was a silly move with Reyes at bat–but after the bunt, he got two strikeouts and three groundouts. Nobody hit anything to the outfield, which is lightyears better than he did last week, and best of all he mixed in his slider.

The funny thing is the velocity on his fastball is there, but the movement isn’t.

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Dodgers minor league report

CoolGuy_88888888 files this report on the Dodgers’ minor league system for True Blue LA.  Sometimes it’s just great to see the information like that.

Aaron Miller is doing quite well in A+ Inland Empire.  25 innings pitched, 26 strike outs.  I’d like to see him lower the home run rate and lower either the BB/9 or the hits/9 rate before I’d promote him, though.

Kenley Jansen likewise is exceeding expectations at the IE.  14.2 IP, 22 K, 3 BB, 2 R.  Amazing for a guy who just made the switch.

The pitchers seems to be doing well, the hitters aren’t quite as great.

Dee Gordon has three walks in 87 PAs.  That’s worse than Josh Vitters, the prototypical he’s-got-everything-except-patience-at-the-plate prospect.  He is, however, hitting .345/.371/.452 at AA Jacksonville, which is very, very good.  Nice to see the power coming in a little.

Jerry Sands is the big surprise so far this year.  Sands is at A Great Lakes and so far this year, this is what he’s put up in 85-90 plate appearances: .382/.442/.842.  Two doubles, three triples, eight home runs.  He’s 22 right now, which is a little old for A, but I’m guessing he’s in line for a promotion to A+ at about mid-season.

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Aaron Miller and Kenley Jansen own in first appearance for Inland Empire

Inland Empire is the Dodgers’ A+ affiliate.  It’s early (very early) for prospects, but this is cool:

Aaron Miller (2009 draftee): 5 IP, 2 runs, 5 hits, 0 BB, 10 K
Kenley Jansen: 2 IP, 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 BB, 4 K

Gotta admire De Jon Watson and Logan White’s ability to pick ’em.

You don’t want to imagine that the first start of the season is anything more than one start, but how cool is that? Miller will probably be up to AA by mid-season and get a late season call up to the bigs if everything falls into place.  That’s … unlikely, but it’s best possible scenario.

For Jansen, it’ll probably take a little longer since this’ll be his first full year as a pitcher, but what sounds like a good ETA?  Mid-2011 if everything goes right?

Chris Withrow also had a good first start at AA Chattanooga: 6 IP, 2 runs, 3 hits, 1 BB, 4 K.  Not quite as jaw-dropping as Miller and Jansen’s performances, but still very good.

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