Rancho pitchers cooling off Cal league
or a league known for offense, the big three starting pitchers of the Quakes in the Cal league have yet to give up an earned run in twenty-three innings. Walker Buehler, Mitchell White, and Dennis Santana have been superb through the first two weeks of the year.
Plus, the Dodgers top ranked pitching prospect Yadier Alvarez was just assigned to Rancho.
— Sam Dykstra (@SamDykstraMiLB) April 17, 2017
Walker Buehler, rhp, Dodgers. After Tommy John surgery in 2015, the Dodgers did well to ease the former Vanderbilt star back into action. That seems to be paying off. Buehler pitched three scoreless innings in his first appearance of 2017 and touched 99 mph, and then Saturday struck out eight batters in a row in a three-inning stint. Buehler allowed hits to the first two Lake Elsinore (Padres) hitters, then got Josh Naylor to fly out before fanning the next eight. He hit 99 again Saturday, according to the stadium gun.
Below are the totals so far this year for key prospects.
ProspecName AtBats OPS IP K / BB ERA Cody Bellinger 38 1.202 Yadier Alvarez Alex Verdugo* 37 1.005 Willie Calhoun* 37 0.659 Walker Buehler 6 12 / 0 0.00 Yusniel Diaz 34 0.862 J Sheffield 4 4 / 1 0.50 Mitchell White 9 11 / 4 0.00 Omar Estevez 35 0.575 Keibert Ruiz 21 Will Smith 23 0.574 Trevor Oaks 14 15 / 4 2.57 Drew Jackson 32 0.695 D.J. Peters 37 0.732 Oneil Cruz 34 0.452 Edwin Rios* 36 1.034 Carlos Rincon 30 1.357 Dennis Santana 8 7 / 1 0.00 Johan Mieses 26 0.431 Brendon Davis 27 1.335 AJ Alexy 6 9 / 1 0.50 Jacob Rhame 7 6 / 3 1.29
Prospect Hitter of the Week goes to Cody Bellinger for collecting eight hits, two home runs, and at least one RBI, Walk in the final four games of the week. Bellinger got on base twelve times via a hit or walk. The walks were nice to see because in his first four games he had only walked once.
Prospect pitcher of the Week has to go to Walker Buehler for the exploits already mentioned at the top of the article.
The prospect catchers Will Smith and Keibert Ruiz are having a tough time in April so far.