Last week began with an offensive explosion in Arizona, with the AZL Dodgers scoring 19 runs on 19 hits, and ended with a dramatic comeback win in Great Lakes, with the Loons walking off with a 4-3 win.
In between, Chase De Jong continued his dominant streak with High-A Rancho Cucamonga, while Cody Bellinger continued showing his power stroke. Triple-A Oklahoma City’s new double play combo of Jose Peraza and Corey Seager hit well, while Double-A Tulsa’s loaded rotation is keeping the Drillers in the playoff hunt.
Hitter of the Week – Cody Bellinger
After hitting nearly .200 over June and July, Bellinger has turned things around in August, hitting .313 through nine games with just 6 strikeouts. Last week, he clubbed three home runs, giving him 23 on the year, leading the Dodgers’ system and tying him for second in the California League.
Bellinger turned 20 just last month and is already showing Major-League quality tools.
Pitcher of the Week – Chase De Jong
De Jong continues his impressive run after being acquired for international slot money. The 21-year-old Southern California native has allowed just two runs over his last 23.2 innings with the Quakes, throwing 13.2 innings last week with 12 strikeouts and just one walk.
His overall ERA sits at just over 3.00, with 110 strikeouts in 115.1 innings.
Top 10 Update
–Julio Urias had a unique outing on Friday, allowing eight hits but just one run in 5 innings. The 18 year old now sports a 3.36 ERA on the year with 66 strikeouts in 59 innings.
–Corey Seager had a solid week, batting .320 with a pair of doubles.
–Jose De Leon, returning from a back issue, pitched a pair of perfect innings, striking out three. The righty now has 135 strikeouts in 96 innings.
–Grant Holmes struggled with his control in his start last week, walking three, but surrendering just one run in 4.2 innings.
–Yadier Alvarez has not pitched with an affiliate yet and figures to make his debut next season.
–Jose Peraza continues to hit well with OKC, batting .345 last week with three doubles and one triple. With Howie Kendrick’s injury, Peraza could be the next man up.
–Jharel Cotton had a solid start last week, allowing a pair of runs and striking out five in five innings.
–Alex Verdugo continued his prolific hitting display, batting .409 last week with a double and a home run.
–Austin Barnes batted .400 last week with one double and a stolen base. The backstop is hitting .312/.386/.494 in OKC this year.
-Second rounder Mitch Hansen had a solid showing last week, going 6-for-14.
–Peter Lavin hit .292/.469/.542 with eight walks and a pair of home runs.
–Jordan Paroubeck, also acquired for international slot money, tripled and homered on his way to a .956 OPS.
–Brandon Dixon continued his hot streak, batting .286/.348/.571.
–Ross Stripling went seven strong innings, allowing just one run while striking out four.
–Trevor Oaks allowed just one run over 5.2 innings with six strikeouts.