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Minor Leagues: Alex Verdugo and Manny Bañuelos Named To All-PCL Squad

Two Oklahoma City Dodgers received top honors on Monday in being named to the 2018 All-PCL team. Alex Verdugo and Manny Bañuelos were the two minor league players named to the squad. Their reward could be a promotion when rosters expand to 40-players on September 1st.

Both Verdugo and Bañuelos are deserving of this nomination – something that is no anomaly for Oklahoma City Dodgers through the years.

This marks the fourth straight year a member of the OKC Dodgers has been named to the end-of-season All-PCL Team. This is also just the second time since Oklahoma City rejoined the PCL in 1998 that multiple Oklahoma City players have made the team in the same season, as well as the first time since 1999.

Bañuelos ranks third in the PCL with a 3.59 ERA in 27 appearances and 18 starts. While he’s made a recent move to the bullpen, he leads the league with 10.79 strikeouts per nine innings. At 27 years of age, he figures to be an arm within the organization who could factor in as in-house help down the stretch.

Whereas Bañuelos is a name recognized by many, Verdugo is the household name of the pair. While he’s appeared in 14 games at the big league level during the course of the regular season, he has a .335 average in 86 games for Oklahoma City. During his PCL season, he’s tallied a pair of 13-game hit streaks and has a .391 on-base percentage. His time at the AAA level remaining should be short because he’s proven his mastery of this league.

Analysis

In brief, it’s great to see the Dodgers get minor league hardware. This is a reminder that the organization does have help beyond the big league level. If reinforcements are needed – and there are indications that they are – the solutions reside in-house. Make no mistake about it, there are clubs around baseball that don’t have this kind of talent seasoning at their AAA level. When we say that the Dodgers are treating their fans to a charmed life, this is a small piece of evidence. Further, it’s been this way for almost a generation in Los Angeles. The future remains very bright due to these two names and many others. It should be fun to see them blossom, and their impact they will have when they reach Dodger Stadium.

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Written by Clint Evans

Clint lives in Ohio, and played collegiate baseball. He loves the Dodgers due to his first memories of Chavez Ravine when he was nine years old. The voice of Vin Scully has been a staple in his life since he was a kid. No amount of baseball talk is ever enough, and he wishes the regular season was year round. He has written about baseball online since 2007.

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  1. I was able to attend two games of the aces vs Oklahoma city Dodgers. Verdugo has a very good arm and is very comfortable at the plate. A couple of things bothered me though. Both days he was the last one on the field for pre game warmups. One day a trainer warned him up because everyone else was already in the dugout. And unfortunately he was in the dugout both days for the national anthem. As a paid high school coach for 13 years both of these actions are very concerning regarding coachabilty and team attitude.

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