Edwin Rios Prospect Player of the Week
Rancho Cucamonga 1st baseman Edwin Rios capped off a spectacular week with another home run on Sunday giving him five home runs for the week, ten RBI, ten hits, all in only twenty-five at-bats. Using my rocket science math calculator, Rios was hitting a home run every five at bats.
The 22-year-old was a 6th round draft pick in 2015 who started out this year with the Great Lake Loons Dodger affiliate in the Midwest League and found himself promoted in June. At the time it seemed like a strange decision because Rios wasn’t exactly smoking the much younger competition but the Dodgers must have seen something and moved him up a level to the Rancho Cucamonga affiliate. Rios has taken to California and is on his way to earning player of the month for his work in July.
In July Rios has seven home runs in sixty-one at-bats, and has a robust 1.166 OPS. Rios has also been coming through in the clutch with a sweet 1.258 OPS with RISP, collecting sixteen hits in thirty-eight at-bats, including nine XBH, and driving in 22 runs. Rios may have to stay in Rancho for a while as first base is filled at AA Tulsa with Bellinger and AAA Oklahoma with O’Koyea Dickson.
Rios and Bellinger both bat left-handed and both play 1st base. Bellinger is two years younger, one level higher, but can also play any outfield position. They are both intriguing trade chips where Bellinger would be the highlight of any deal, and Rios would be someone who could fill in the back end of a trade.