Friday, May 27, 2011

What's the future hold for Angelo Songco?

Dodgers' outfield prospect Angelo Songco hit for the cycle on Wednesday in Rancho Cucamonga's 25-9 victory. With the glut of outfield prospects the Dodgers have, what kind of future does Songco have in the organization?

Songco, a fourth-round pick in 2009 out of Loyola Marymount, had a pedestrian debut season, hitting .235/.299/.436 in 69 games between Ogden and Great Lakes. He struggled mightily with the Loons to the tune of .150/.226/.258. He played 2010 at Great Lakes and put up respectable numbers -- .274/.344/.446 with 15 home runs, 30 doubles and six triples. If not for a poor August, he would have ended with better numbers.

So far with Rancho, he's hitting .328/.389/.521 with six home runs and 17 doubles in 46 games.

His strikeout rate has increased this season (from 17.9 percent in 2009 to 20.8 percent), but he's also hitting with more power. Still, 20.8 percent isn't a horrible k-rate. While the California League is notoriously a hitters league, there's reason to think his numbers might not all be a product of the league.

I had Songco ranked as my No. 22 Dodger prospect heading into the season. This is what I had to say about him:
"Songco was actually putting up really good numbers through the the end of July (.301/.371/.485, 13 home runs) before completely collapsing in August and five games in September (.195/.248/.328). He has potential, including power potential. He had one bad month during an otherwise solid season. It'll be interesting to see if he can play solid for an entire season. At best, he could be a solid corner outfielder in the bigs."
The outfield prospects I had ranked ahead of him were Trayvon Robinson (3), Leon Landry (9), Jonathan Garcia (12), Blake Smith (15), Joc Pederson (16) and Brian Cavazos-Galvez (17). Smith, his teammate, isn't fairing as well as Songco (.263/.321/.497), but he's hit more home runs than Songco (11). Robinson is enjoying some success at hitter-friendly Triple-A; Landry started off slow, picked it up a bit and is back to struggling in Low-A; Garcia was red hot in April but has fallen off a bit in May; Pederson has yet to take the field and Cavazos-Galvez is not performing as well at Double-A as expected.

The fact that Songco is tearing up the California League thus far while guys I had ranked above him aren't playing as well bodes well for his chances. But, we're two months into the season. There's still a lot of baseball to be played. If Songco keeps it up, he could get a promotion to Double-A before season's end.

Songco's defensive limitations hamper his chance of making the majors, but if he keeps up the hot hitting, he'll force his way into a Major League lineup. If I had to guess, I'd say it would be with another organization.

1 comment:

  1. He sounds like a stud. I might make a trip out to RC one of these days. Maybe I'll take a little video.