On Tuesday, Hyun-Jin Ryu was placed on the Disabled list with elbow tendonitis. Then on Wednesday, Roberts’ made it very clear that Clayton Kershaw’s future was uncertain and that surgery was even a possibility. To top it off, the Dodgers announced that Alex Wood will be undergoing surgery Arthroscopic Surgery and would be out for 8 weeks!
Our need for starting pitching is as desperate as ever, and trading for starting pitching would mean giving up a bulk of our prospects. So what should they do? Jose De Leon is making an amazing case to bring him up with his start on Wednesday night.
The Oklahoma City Dodgers faced the Tacoma Rainers Wednesday night at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, Washington. De Leon started the game and was as lights out as can be, picking up his 3rd win in his last 4 starts. The top prospect went 8 shutout innings and struck out 10!
8 dominant innings on the mound by Jose De Leon tonight. Allows just 4 hits with 0 walks and 10 strikeouts! Dodgers lead 7-0 in the 9th.
— OKC Dodgers (@okc_dodgers) July 21, 2016
— MiLB.com (@MiLB) July 21, 2016
Career high 8 innings for Jose De Leon tonight: 8 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 10 K. 105 pitches/80 strikes (!). That's what we call shoving, folks.
— Alex Freedman (@azfreedman) July 21, 2016
According to Milb.com, this season De Leon is 3-0 with a 2.49 ERA and 64 strikeouts! Still don’t believe the hype? Check out De Leon in action!
The Dodgers’ Front Office has a lot of tough decisions to make about the future of the team and their young prospects. They would like to save the arms of their pitching prospects, which is why they moved Urias to the OKC bullpen before he was called up to start Thursday’s game against the Nationals. They’ve already exhausted Urias’ arm more than they wanted to by using him so much this season, so is it worth it to do the same for De Leon? That is really the only question that there is because the kid can most definitely pitch. 8 innings and 10 strikeouts is something the Dodgers need now, and Jose De Leon could be their answer!