It was an up and down week for the Los Angeles Dodgers’ farm system. Corey Seager was up, literally, being promoted from Double-A Tulsa to Triple-A Oklahoma City. It’s not like OKC needed another great player, as they breezed through the first month of the season.
Tulsa got reinforcements after losing Seager, with Yadir Drake, Kyle Farmer and Adam Law joining the Drillers. They’re currently three games back in the North division. High-A Rancho Cucamonga remains in first place as they took two of three in both of their series last week.
The Quakes also got two starts (one inning each) from Kenley Jansen as part of his rehab assignment. Meanwhile Low-A Great Lakes lost both of their series this past week and fell to a game under .500 at 10-11.
Hitter of the Week – Scott Schebler
Schebler got off to a rough start in Oklahoma City, going four for his first 32. He began turning things around April 20, hitting his first home run of the season, then homering in each of his next two games for three in a row.
This past week, Schebler was on fire, batting .313 with a pair of home runs and a double. As a player who’s not necessarily known for his plate discipline, he drew six walks and didn’t strike out. If the walks continue to come in bunches, Schebler won’t be completely dependent on his BABIP normalizing to be productive.
Pitcher of the Week – John Richy
Last year’s third-rounder has been up and down in his first full season, starting strong then following up with a pair of difficult starts. On Friday, Richy followed Kenley Jansen, as the Dodgers’ closer made his first rehab appearance since undergoing foot surgery. While some pitchers don’t fare well out of the bullpen, Richy was excellent.
The right-hander had just two balls hit out of the infield, while recording a career high eight strikeouts in less than five innings. His other outs came on a popup and five ground balls. Richy allowed a triple to leadoff his fifth inning of work, but struck out the next two batters before giving way to Ramon Benjamin, who’d strand the runner.
Hopefully he can build off this outing and continue to miss bats in bunches.
Top 10 Update
Julio Urias: Urias had a high/low week, starting with perhaps his best start as a pro, allowing just one hit over six scoreless innings while striking out 10. He followed that with another quality start, allowing three runs in six innings while striking out seven.
The 18-year-old lefty now boasts a 2.70 ERA in five starts with 33 strikeouts and just four walks.
Corey Seager: Seager was unexpectedly promoted to Oklahoma City mid-week and made his debut on Friday, going 2-for-5. Those are his only this in AAA thus far, though expect him to start producing again in short order.
Grant Holmes: Holmes had his worst outing of the year last Wednesday, allowing six runs (five earned) in 3.2 innings while also giving up his first two home runs of the season. The 19-year-old hurler now has a 6.32 ERA through his first four starts of the year.
Alex Verdugo: Verdugo has also struggled, hitting just .160 last week though he did manage a pair of doubles and stolen bases. As the weather warms up, expect Verdugo’s bat to as well.
Julian Leon: Leon had a rough week, going 2-for-18. Much like Verdugo, he should see his numbers improve along with the temperature.
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