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Santana went 1 IP in RC. O H, 2 BB, 1K. 20 pitches and he sat around 92. That's a good sign.
DODGERS MINOR LEAGUE REPORT
Quakes one win away from title series
Omar Estevez home run difference in 1-0 win
by Craig Minami | True Blue LA — 5 hours ago
The Quakes won to take a 2-1 series lead in an otherwise tough night for Dodger affiliates. Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Ogden lost to fall one game away from losing their series. And Oklahoma City and Ogden gave up ninth-inning leads in their games.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Rancho Cucamonga middle infielder Omar Estevez hit a home run that produced the only scoring in the Quakes 1-0 win. Estevez had ended the regular season with a 25-game hitting streak and he went hitless for the first time in weeks on Thursday. He ended Friday with a 2-for-4 night with his solo home run.
TRIPLE-A OKLAHOMA CITY
The Dodgers were two outs away from taking a series lead. However, the Redbirds (Cardinals) then got four consecutive singles with the last one scoring the walk-off 5-4 win for Memphis. Dodger reliever Brian Schlitter took the mound with a two-run lead in the ninth inning. After two batters, he had a runner on second with one out. The Redbirds then got those four straight singles to score three runs and put the Dodgers behind in their series. Logan Bawcom started for the Dodgers and he gave up a run in 4⅓ innings pitched. Four Dodger relievers put together 3⅔ innings of work where they only gave up another run. The Dodgers scored their runs on home runs. Henry Ramos hit his second postseason home run, this one was a three-run shot that gave the Dodgers a lead. Travis Taijeron hit his first in the eighth inning to give the Dodgers a two-run lead.
The Arkansas Travelers (Mariners) got a solo home run in the top of the ninth inning to beat the Drillers 4-3 and take a 2-1 series lead. It was the second time in this series the Travelers scored in their last at-bat to win a game. Joseph Odom hit his first home run in the postseason off Layne Somsen to leadoff the ninth inning. The Drillers got a leadoff double from Gavin Lux in the ninth inning and had Lux on third with one out. But Keibert Ruiz and DJ Peters were unable to drive in the tying run. Dustin May started for the Drillers and he pitched five innings. May gave up a run and four hits. He had one strikeout and walked one. An error by Zach McKinstry would eventually lead to two unearned runs for the Travelers in the seventh. Cael Brockmeyer hit a solo home run. Gavin Lux, Drew Jackson and Mike Ahmed each had two hits.
CLASS-A RANCHO CUCAMONGA
The Quakes returned home and got excellent pitching and one home run to beat the Lancaster JetHawks (Rockies) 1-0 and take a 2-1 series lead. Edwin Uceta saved his first scoreless effort for the playoffs as he pitched 5⅔ innings to get his first win as a Quake. Dennis Santana made a rehab start and pitched the first inning for the Quakes. Uceta then entered the game and pitched to the seventh inning. Austin Hamilton, Yimi Garcia and Dan Jagiello combined to retire all seven hitters they faced to keep the shutout and preserve the win. Omar Estevez led off the bottom of the sixth with his second home run in the postseason. Estevez and Cristian Santana each had two hits.
ROOKIE PIONEER LEAGUE OGDEN
The defending Pioneer League champions had an opportunity to take a series lead when they entered the top of the ninth with a three-run lead. However, the Grand Junction Rockies would score six runs with five of those runs coming with two outs and they went on to beat the Raptors 8-5 and take a 1-0 lead in their Best-of-3 series. Ogden took an early lead on Dillon Paulson’s two-run homer in the first. The Raptors kept that lead until the seventh when the Rockies tied the game. But then Ronny Brito stole home to break the tie and that was followed by Tre Todd’s two-run homer to give Ogden a three-run lead that took to the ninth inning. The Rockies would send 11 batters up in the ninth inning with six of them scoring.
• CLASS-AA: Tulsa placed IF Errol Robinson on the 7-day DL. IF Eric Peterson assigned to Tulsa from Great Lakes.
• CLASS-A: Los Angeles sent RHP Dennis Santana on a rehab assignment to Rancho Cucamonga.
Is this the closest to a World Series championship I will see for the remainder of my life?
fwiw, nosler's 2018 lad all-prospect team (from 2 days ago)...
Lol AA preparing Lux for the big club's BS
4-for-7 with risp?
these guys will never make it with the big club
Went to the second game Wed night.
Dennis Santana started, went two innings and gave up a solo HR. None of the other pitchers really stood out. Strain hit 94 a couple of times.
Cody Thomas hit a grand slam and a triple. Cristian Santana hit a HR and a double.
For a former first round pick Kendell looked awful. K'd a few times and hit a weak ass ground ball to third. He'd fit right in the big club. Hits ninth in the lineup. Not exactly a ringing endorsement of his abilities.
AA Tulsa won the Texas league championship tonight. Gavin Lux is officially a dude and word is that Tony Gonsolin is really close to being one as well. Mitch White improved late in the season which I guess is better than the last two years when he started to wear out badly. Ruiz and Peters didn't do a ton, but both had been on fire going into the playoffs. Dustin May pitched well in the championship clinching game this evening, but still has some things to work on. Some solid talent on this team and should make for an interesting OKC team in 2019.
HI A Rancho just won the Cal League championship as well tonight! This team cruised all season and the playoffs were no different even with some significant turnover in the second half. They won their series 3-1 and 3-0. This team does not appear to possess on the surface the top flight talent that AA Tulsa has, but it does have some interesting filler guys. Christian Santana was the sleeper pick of many, but a disappointing year(though stronger finish) didn't help fulfill the prophecies.
Cingrani went 1 IP, 2K's, 1 BB
Axford .2, 1 ER, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K
Garcia .2 1 K
And Lux led the game off with a HR. With Seager and his assortment of health related worries, nice to have Lux coming into his own. Sort of similar to Buehler rising after Julio's fall health-wise
Loving what Lux is doing, but all reports are that he's going to be a 2B in show. He has some serious accuracy issues with his throws and the reports of his overall defense reminds me a lot of what we heard about Dee Gordon coming up.
Yeah that's what I meant by sort of similar. Not quite set up to step directly into the role the way Buehler did, but wherever he ends up playing, if he stays healthy and rakes that level of production from the middle of the diamond will be much appreciated given the current circumstances
drillers and quakes sweep their way to their championships
Dodgers MiLB affiliations had the 3rd best all around record behind only the Rays and Astros. They also had the most playoff teams (6 out of 6 domestic). Interesting thing mentioned in BA is that teams have started to add a 7th domestic team to their roster. The Dodgers were already one of the few, but growing number of orgs to have a second DSL team. I would not be shocked to hear that we would join the party with a second AZL team in the years ahead.
The Padres are going to have a new AA team in the Texas League based out of Amarillo.
they could accomplish the same thing by just moving the padres there
MLB.com updated their top 100 for the end of the season and the Dodgers had 4 in the group after graduations. Lux is in and was rated one of the fastest risers in MiLB. Smith is out after an abysmal display in OKC. The club has 6 55-grade prospects now.
#32 Verdugo (#7 OF)
#39 Ruiz (#3 C)
#82 Lux (#9 SS)
Smith (#8 C)
Here is a story about LHP prospect Julian Smith. There was some recent talking leading up to the weekend about him and it sounds like even though it was only one inning, this kid got the attention of more than just BA. If anything, it sounds like he has the stuff to be a big league reliever. It will be interesting to watch how he responds to better strength training as it sounds like that was something he needed a lot more of and has already seen the benefits of it.
SURPRISE, Ariz. — Saturday morning was easily the highlight of Julian Smith’s professional career. You could see it in his eyes afterward, bursting with the pride of knowing he’d finally taken the mound and faced hitters in the iconic Dodger blue that so many greats have worn throughout the history of the sport.
His one inning in an instructional league game against the Rangers was his first outing of any kind as a professional, so it being the highlight of his career was almost by default. Still, that didn’t mute his excitement afterward.
“It was great to be out there,” he said. “It was more excitement being able to wear Dodger blue. It means a lot to the organization, to the program. It was just a great feeling being out there.”
Smith was taken by the Dodgers in the 15th round out of Catawba Valley (N.C.) JC and given a $152,000 bonus to sign. This came after he missed the 2017 season with Tommy John surgery, but then showed little rust after pitching again this past spring.
The skinny lefthander showed on Saturday why he caught the Dodgers’ eye. He pitched with a low-spin fastball with rising life that touched as high as 94 mph, and he backed it up with a downer curveball in the 79-80 mph range and a developing changeup in the low 80s. His long-levered frame is still projectable, and his delivery is fluid and athletic.
He didn’t play any other sports—at least on an organized basis—growing up, but he does have a background as a position player, which probably is part of the reason for his athleticism on the mound.
“I really idolized Willie Mays. My favorite number is 24. I like Josh Hamilton a lot,” Smith said, explaining who he modeled his game after growing up. “During my high school years, the pitching started to bear fruit, so when I got to college (I started pitching).”
Smith had planned to play at North Carolina State this coming spring, which would have made him the first CVCC alumnus to move on to play at a Power Five conference. But then the Dodgers, a franchise with a special significance for black players like Smith, came calling.
“The Dodgers mean so much to the baseball community. Going back to Jackie Robinson and 42, you know, if it wasn’t for him and the Dodgers, I wouldn’t be here today,” Smith said. “That’s extremely important to be able to wear the same jersey that he wore. It’s just a great organization altogether and L.A. just means a lot.”
Smith dealt with a bit of shoulder fatigue coming off his final college season, so he didn’t get to pitch at any level of the minor leagues. That doesn’t mean he wasn’t working to get better behind the scenes.
The team has helped Smith find ways to get stronger and increase his mobility and flexibility, and even in one outing he can already feel the benefits.
“I feel a lot stronger when I’m out there and I feel more in control with my body,” he said.
Smith’s goal coming out of Cox Mill HS in Concord, N.C. was to sign with a Division I college, preferably in the Southeastern or Atlantic Coast Conferences, but when his grades weren’t up those schools’ standards, he opted for Catawba Valley.
“It was tough times, because every kid’s dream is to go to a big D-I school out there in the ACC or the SEC,” he said, “but when that wasn’t going to work out I wasn’t necessarily discouraged. I just knew what I had to do, and coach (Paul) Rozzelle gave me an opportunity, so I took it.”
In his final season with the Red Hawks, after the Tommy John surgery, Smith dazzled. He went 8-2, 2.51 and struck out 130 hitters in 79 innings and became the first player in school history to hear his name called in the draft.
Smith says that he recalls scouts taking an interest in him as a freshman, but he really took notice of the radar guns popping back up last year, when he’d see 10-15 per game behind the backstop.
That’s when he knew things were getting real.
“Ever since I was kid, this has been my dream,” he said. “I was like, ‘I want to play major league baseball, this is what I want to do.’ Whether that was in the field or that was on the mound, I was like, ‘This is what I want to do.’”
Now, with a pro appearance—albeit one that won’t show up outside of the Dodgers’ internal databases—under his belt, Smith is a small step closer toward that goal.
AFL back in business.
Dodgers: First baseman Jared Walker showed the power that allowed him to hit 25 homers during the regular season across two levels of A ball when he launched a solo shot to deep right field in the bottom of the seventh inning. Left-hander Ben Holmes turned in a strong first start, tossing three scoreless frames, allowing three hits and a walk while striking out four.
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