Outside of being removed early in Monday’s game and being held out of the lineup Tuesday due to issues with the altitude in Colorado Springs, Hector Olivera’s time with Triple-A Oklahoma City has largely been a success.
Playing in just his 12th professional Minor-League game, Olivera went 4-for-5, finishing the night a double shy of hitting for the cycle. After his impressive performance in the OKC Dodgers’ sixth consecutive home win, Olivera said he’s gained confidence with each passing at-bat, according to Jacob Unruh of NewsOK.com:
That’s what I needed. I needed more games to play and each game I play, each at-bat I’m there I feel more confident,” Olivera said through a translator.
Additionally, the 30-year-old Cuban native said he believes he’s ready for a promotion to the Majors:
I’m waiting for that call,” he said. “I’ve been working really hard to get here and I think I’m prepared. I’m just waiting for the call.”
OKC Dodgers manager Damon Berryhill said he’s seen notable progress from Olivera since the infielder first joined the club from Double-A Tulsa:
He’s coming quick and the swings are getting better. Defensively, he’s getting better and getting better jumps on the ball. I’m pleased with where he’s at.”
Olivera was sent to the Dodgers’ Camelback Ranch Spring Training facility in Glendale, Ariz., on the same day he officially signed a six-year, $62.5 million deal with the club. Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said Olivera would likely move to High-A for a few games before working his way up the Minor League ranks.
Olivera instead jumped directly to Double-A, where he remained for six games. At the time of signing, he projected needing three to four weeks to work himself back into baseball shape. June 16 was exactly four weeks since his comments.
Friday was Olivera’s sixth game with the OKC Dodgers. He also spent six with the Drillers, and a call up to the Majors in the coming weeks certainly isn’t beyond reason. Although the Dodgers have continued to publicly state a timetable hasn’t been placed on that process. Olivera is batting a combined .388/.423/.571 with two home runs and seven RBIs in the Minors.