Dodgers Minor League Recap: Jose Peraza Makes Strong First Impression

Jose Peraza

With the non-waiver trade deadline coming and passing, some familiar names left the organization and one big name made his debut. Jose Peraza became Corey Seager’s double play partner in Triple-A Oklahoma City and acquainted himself well in the lineup.

Some top pitchers struggled with their command, while a few of Rancho’s hitters had a memorable week.

Hitter of the Week – Brandon Dixon

Dixon, who began the year in Double-A Tulsa, moved back to High-A Rancho in June, and he’s been much more productive at the plate. The 2013 third-rounder has batted .297 since returning to High-A and had a historic week for the Quakes.

He began by going 0-for-5 against Lancaster, then proceeded to hit six home runs over the next six games, including a pair on Saturday. Dixon now has 14 home runs on the year to go along with 24 stolen bases.

Pitcher of the Week – Grant Holmes

Last year’s first-rounder has pitched well in Low-A Great Lakes, posting the league’s fifth best ERA at 2.59 and is tied for third in strikeouts with 105 in just 87 innings. Since the All-Star break, Holmes has been dominant, allowing just four earned runs in seven starts while striking out 38 in just 35.2 innings.

The 19 year old likely doesn’t need much more seasoning in Low-A and could join the Quakes for their playoff run.

Top 10 Update

Julio Urias had a pair of difficult outings last week, first allowing three runs in five innings, then surrendering no hits in 5.1, but walked four and saw two of them score after he left the game.

Corey Seager doubled and hit a home run last week, but also hit just .233 with a .691 OPS. The 21 year old struggled in July and will hopefully finish his season on a high note.

Alex Verdugo got back into his torrid hitting ways last week, batting .367 with a double and a pair of stolen bases.

Jose De Leon is on the disabled list with a back strain but should be ready to pitch again soon.

Julian Leon hit just .143 last week but did double and homer.

Chris Anderson had a tough outing on Tuesday, allowing five runs in six innings.

Zach Lee bounced back after his Major League debut and pitched a seven-inning complete-game for OKC on Sunday.

Notable Performances

-Newly acquired Jose Peraza hit the ground running with OKC, going 5-for-10 in his first three games as a Dodger, including a stolen base and home run.

-Dixon wasn’t the only Quake to hit the lights out last week. Jacob Scavuzzo has been unstoppable since his promotion from Great Lakes, batting .358 in 29 games with Rancho, including a line of .536/.639/.929 last week.

Justin Chigbogu has as much power as anyone in the system, and proved it last week, smashing three doubles and three home runs, leading to a 1.269 OPS.

Willie Calhoun, the club’s fourth-rounder from the 2015 draft, was promoted to Great Lakes and continued his torrid hitting, going 12-for-26 with nine walks.

-Cuban righty Pablo Fernandez made a pair of starts, going 6 shutout innings for Great Lakes before pitching another 6 strong innings in his debut with Rancho.

Chase De Jong, acquired for international bonus money, has had two impressive outings in a row. After surrendering seven runs in his first two games as a Dodger, the 21-year-old righty has gone ten scoreless innings allowing just one hit and striking out 17.

Jharel Cotton had a bizarre stat line on Friday, allowing seven walks in five innings without surrendering a run.

-Dominican Summer League Dodgers lefty Leonardo Crawford went five scoreless innings with a career-high 10 strikeouts.

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