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Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Goldstein On James McDonald

Busy time of the year for him:
James McDonald, RHP, Dodgers (Triple-A Albuquerque)
Monday's stats: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 10 K
McDonald opened camp in the big leagues as part of the Dodgers rotation, but control issues moved him to the bullpen, and further control issues sent him back to Double-A. Don't let those 18.2 innings suddenly write him off as a prospect. His ceiling isn't tremendous as a guy whose secondary stuff is better than his heater, but he's striking out more than a batter per inning at Triple-A while limiting Pacific Coast League hitters to a .226 batting average while most importantly, throwing strikes. He'll almost certainly be back at some point.
I didn't mention it in today's minor league scorebook post, but that could be the sound of McDonald getting his mojo back.

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