2016 has been heavy on call-ups for the Dodgers. Corey Seager was finally given the full-time starting job at SS and we even received a few glimpses of a future ace in Julio Urias. However, the depth of the Dodgers is truly what has kept the team a float at the top of the Wild Card earlier in the season and now the Division. Most recently, the additions of Rob Segedin and Andrew Toles have added a spark to the lineup allowing the young studs to get their feet wet in the majors while assisting in a few Dodgers wins.
This morning, the Dodgers named P Brock Stewart the Branch Rickey Minor League Pitcher of the Year and IF Edwin Rios as the Minor League Player of the Year. This has come deservedly to the two young prospects as they have put up great numbers in the Minors all year.
Dodgers named RHP Brock Stewart as the Branch Rickey Minor League Pitcher of the Year & IF Edwin Rios as the Minor League Player of the Year
— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) September 2, 2016
Stewart, 24, has been lights out in his performances ranging from Single-A to AAA this year. He accumulated a 9-3 record, 126 K’s, 1.68 ERA and a sub-1 WHIP over the course of 118 innings throughout the year.
Rios, 22, on the other hand has been doing nothing but raising pitchers ERAs and shortening their outings. During his time in Single-A and AA this year he has racked up 27 HRs, 75 RBIs all while batting over .300.
We’ve seen the potential that Stewart has in the Majors. In his most recent outing against the Cubs he K’d 8 on the best hitting team in baseball in 5 innings, did not give up a run and only allowed 2 hits. With the rosters expanding this month we might be in for a few more Stewart spot starts if need be. If not, Dodgers fans can possibly expect to see him somewhere in the back of next year’s rotation.
Rios probably still needs a little more seasoning as he just turned 22 in April. Some time in AAA next year would be great for him just to get a better glimpse of what he could accomplish in the future. A big bat like Rios’s might be what the Dodgers need going forward, because it is apparent throughout the past few years that the team’s biggest issue has been leaving runners on base.
The most recent winners of these awards include P Zach Lee and OF Alex Verdugo in 2015.