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Dodgers Prospects: Leo Crawford and Omar Estevez Take Texas League Honors

Crawford is climbing fast and Estevez ranks as a consensus top-20 prospect in the system.

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 26: Special edition Los Angeles Dodgers baseballs used for batting practice are held in a basket before the game against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on May 26, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

Two of the Dodgers’ prospects, middle infielder Omar Estevez and left-handed pitcher Leo Crawford, have been named Texas League Player of the Week and Texas League Pitcher of the Week, respectively.

Leo Crawford

Crawford, 22, was signed out of Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua by the Dodgers with his first DSL season coming in 2015 when he was 18 years old. Since then, Crawford has proven to be a solid arm with a lifetime 3.20 ERA and 7.1 K/9 rate in the minors. His recent performance with High-A Rancho Cucamonga and the Double-A Tulsa performance that earned him this award should have him shooting up prospect ranks in the near future. The strikeouts have ticked up in a big way, with Crawford posting 124 strikeouts across 102 1/3 innings at the two levels to go along with a healthy 2.64 ERA.

The 22-year-old southpaw did not allow a run this week for the Tulsa Drillers across two starts. He tossed 11 innings and struck out 18 batters.

Crawford is Rule 5 eligible at the end of the season and could be an intriguing name to watch.

Omar Estevez

Estevez, 21, was signed out of Matanzas, Cuba by the Dodgers for a lofty $6 million signing bonus in 2015. Since then, Estevez has been the type of prospect that is not elite at anything in particular, but is slightly above average at everything. His hit tool and his glove could be his path to the majors in the near future. He is holding an elite 134 wRC+ for Tulsa this season across 63 games. Over the past month, he holds a fantastic slash line of .304/.375/.478 and a 139 wRC+.

To earn the honor, he posted an absurd .440/.533/.760 slash line and 256 wRC+ with two home runs.

Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 18 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.

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