Edwin Rios going for two POTW honors in a row
Rios went 13-for-24 with four doubles and six RBI over the six games that earned him honors, good for a .542/.538/.708 battling line. Rios’ best performance came April 24, when he was 5-for-5 with two doubles and four RBI.
Not willing to settle for one player of the week, Rios is going for two in a row. His stats over the last ten games will blow your mind:
35 AB, 16 Hits, 3 HR, 13 RBI, 3 BB, and a .457 BA.
This week Rios has three home runs in only seven at-bats. His TSL for the season is .380 / .414 / .663.
Baseball America checked on him:
Edwin Rios, 3b, Dodgers. Few minor leaguers have been as hot of late as Rios. In the past 10 games, Rios is 16-for-35, and that includes two homers Thursday as Double-A Tulsa beat Arkansas (Mariners) 3-2. Rios drove in all three runs and now has six homers. The physical lefthanded hitter is now slashing .380/.414/.663
After the series in Northwest Arkansas Rios felt the need to tweak his swing after two hitless outings. Since then he has faced Seattle’s top pitching prospects, Dylan Unsworth and Max Povse showing his continuous improvements in the box going 11-for 20 in a five-game hitting streak since 4/24. He discussed his batting tweaks with Michael Peng from milb.com after going 5-for-5 at OneOK Park against the Arkansas Travelers.
“In my batting practice and pregame routine, I always try to use the whole field and hit the ball to left-center a lot,” Rios said. “Just so that, in games, if my body wants to open up, I can stay close enough and able to use the field. I really take pride in that. And when you see it in the game, it’s good to know that I’m doing something right.” (Michael Peng/milb.com)
Rios is turning himself into the best positional trading chip the Dodgers have. He’s blocked at 1st base by Cody Bellinger, and he’s blocked at 3rd base (his natural position) by the long term deal Justin Turner signed this winter. Destroying AA would suggest he is close to the major leagues.
Don’t be surprised if Edwin Rios makes his major league debut for an organization not named the Los Angeles Dodgers.