Buehler and Bellinger deliver
For Dodger fans, most of Monday was spent watching the Cubs take what seemed like hours to celebrate their 2016 World Championship, and then defeat the Dodgers in a walk off.
With the big club struggling, we turn our attention to the farm system which is in a full spring super bloom.
Working from top to bottom:
Cody Bellinger had three more hits and has hit in all five games this season. He has three multi-hit games out of the five. He also has six strikeouts in just 21 at-bats.
Willie Calhoun hit another double and joins Bellinger in the .400 club. He has also only struck one once this year.
Hard to imagine anyone hotter than Brett Eibner. Brett hit a home run in his lone at-bat and has six straight hits dating back over three games. He has only started two of the five games but he has made the most of his meager eleven at-bats, pounding out seven hits, one double, and three home runs.
Julio Urias made his first start of 2017 and unlike 2016 where he blew through April on his way to the Dodger rotation in May, he was human in this game. 11 outs, two earned runs, two hits, and four walks.
Walker Buehler made his 2017 debut and wowed those in attendance with his plus-plus stuff.
Walker Buehler done after three innings (47 pitches, 32 strikes); fastball sat 94-98 and touched 99 MPH, good off-speed #Dodgers
— Taylor Blake Ward (@TaylorBlakeWard) April 11, 2017
RF Carlos Rincon hit two home runs and has now homered in three straight games. He has four on the year, two more than anyone else in the MWL. The 19-year-old was ranked 33rd by David Hood.
19-year-old shortstop Brandon Davis continued his hot streak rocketing his first home run of the year. Davis has hit in every game including four walks to give him a robust .650 OBP. He is repeating the season and it will be curious where he goes when Gavin Lux is ready to play.