Tuesday was a rather impressive night for some of our kids in Vegas as they rolled to a 20-8 victory over the Omaha Royals. The most impreassive of them all was Matt Kemp who was 4 for 5 with 3 doubles, 4 RBI and 2 steals. This should be good news to all Dodger fans, as Kemp quickly became a Dodger favorite when he was called up and immediately started to impress. He did start to slow down in LA as the pitchers started to figure him out and exploit his weaknesses, but the whole idea of bringing him up was to see what his weaknesses would be so he could work on those in Vegas, and he isn’t disappointing down there with a .349 average in 10 games.
Another notable performance from that night was from 1B prospect James Loney, who was 3 for 5 with 2 RBI. Loney, who many consider our 1B of the future, was actually starting in left field. Many people who have been concerned that his progress would be blocked by the exceptional play of Nomar Garciaparra, and who think there wouldn’t be room for both in LA, this could serve as a way that they could both play together. While we do seem to have a lot of outfield help with young players, getting Loney some experience in left could be a sign that Ned plans to resign Nomar in the offseason and still wants to give Loney a chance. That could be something to look into when offseason negotiations begin.